8 Day Central Thailand with River Kwai from $899 per person

8 day Thailand with River Kwai

Escorted Package Includes

7 nights accommodations
4 nights Bangkok
2 nights Kanchanaburi
1 night Ayutthaya
Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
Hotel porterage
11 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
Entrance fees per itinerary
Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Important Dates
A deposit of $600 is payable on booking, balance is due 60 days before departure.

Special Features

In Bangkok, visit serene Wat Po, home of the astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long
Visit the buzzing and vividly colorful Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Walk the Bridge over the River Kwai & explore the War Museum
Visit Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, used as a summer palace by the Siamese royalty
Marvel at Chai Wattanaram Temple, one of Ayutthaya’s most impressive remaining monuments

Add flights with your favourite airline. Go West Travel is an IATA registered travel agency with access to all published fares including all sale fares. A package deal can be quoted before you pay deposit.

2021 Departure Dates and Prices
Book By 
Mar 17 2021
Book After 
Mar 17 2021
Wed, Aug 25 
Sold Out
$ 929$ 1329
Wed, Sep 08$ 929$ 1329
Fri, Sep 17$ 929$ 1329
Wed, Sep 20$ 929$ 1329
Fri, Oct 1$ 929$ 1329
Wed, Oct 06$ 929$ 1329
Fri, Oct 15$ 899$ 1329
Wed, Oct 20$ 899$ 1329
Fri, Oct 29$ 939$ 1339
Wed, Nov 03$ 929$ 1329
Fri, Nov 12$ 929$ 1329
Wed, Nov 17$ 929$ 1329
Wed, Nov 24$ 929$ 1329
Wed, Dec 01$ 939$ 1339
Wed, Dec 08$ 939$ 1339
Wed, Dec 15$ 939$ 1339
Fri, Dec 24$ 939$ 1339
These prices are per person on the basis of twin-share bookings. For anyone traveling alone, please add $325. Go West Travel does not offer sharing with a stranger on this tour.
2022 Departure Dates and Prices
Mar-18Book By 
Mar 17 2021
Book After 
Mar 17 2021
Fri, Jan 07$ 939$ 1339
Wed, Jan 12$ 939$ 1339
Wed, Jan 19$ 899$ 1339
Fri, Jan 21$ 939$ 1339
Wed, Feb 02$ 899$ 1339
Wed, Feb 11$ 939$ 1339
Wed, Feb 16$ 939$ 1339
Fri, Feb 18$ 939$ 1339
Fri, Mar 04$ 939$ 1339
Wed, Mar 16$ 939$ 1339
Wed, Mar 23$ 939$ 1339
Fri, Mar 25$ 939$ 1339
Fri, Apri 01$ 939$ 1339
Fri, Apr 15$ 939$ 1339
Wed, Apr 20$ 939$ 1339
Fri, Apr 29$ 939$ 1339
Wed, May 04$ 929$ 1329
Wed, May 18$ 929$ 1329
These prices are per person on the basis of twin-share bookings. For anyone traveling alone, please add $325. Go West Travel does not offer sharing with a stranger on this tour.
Daily Itinerary

This tour starts in Bangkok on Wednesdays and Fridays

DAY 1, Wednesday – Arrive in Bangkok
Welcome to Thailand! Arrive in exotic Bangkok and transfer to your hotel; remainder of the day is at leisure. Time to rest, relax and acclimate to your new time zone
Overnight: Bangkok

DAY 2, Thursday – Bangkok City Tour
This morning, take a tour that introduces you to Bangkok, the “City of Angels”. Drive through Chinatown packed with hundreds of market stalls, street-side restaurants, and gold shops. On to colorful “Little India” with its bright hanging walls of glistening fabrics and the fragrant wholesale Flower Market. Visit serene Wat Po, (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) the oldest and largest temple in the city, with its astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long and almost 40 feet high. Drive via Royal Avenue where most of the Government offices are located and the King’s Palace. The rest of the day is at leisure before tonight’s Welcome Drink and orientation meeting with your Tour Manager, followed by a Welcome Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Friday – Full Day in Bangkok
Today is yours to explore Bangkok independently. Or, take the optional tour to the elaborate 18th century Grand Palace, symbol and ceremonial heart of the kingdom, and to Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), with its brightly colored buildings, golden spires and gorgeous mosaics. You’ll see the distinct contrast in style between the Thai-inspired Wat Phra Kaew and the European design of the Grand Palace. In the evening, attend the optional buffet dinner and stunning performance of the “Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom of Siam”. Boasting over 150 performers, this lavish production delves into Siam’s history and culture
Optional: Half Day Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha (AM)
Optional: Siam Niramit Show & Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Saturday – Travel to Kanchanaburi, Visit Bridge over River Kwai & War Museum
Travel southwest this morning to the vibrant Damnoen Saduak Floating Market; observe how the ancient trading of wares is conducted between hundreds of local farmers and villagers aboard small sampan boats. The boats are fully loaded with all kinds of products including fruits, vegetables, dry goods, and freshly cooked food. From the Floating market, continue to the quiet provincial capital of Kanchanaburi, with its stunning natural beauty and beautiful rivers. Walk over the stone bridge at the River Kwai, one of the most famous rivers in the world, which gained international fame in the book and film, “Bridge on the River Kwai”. The bridge, several museums, and cemeteries have respectfully preserved the history and memorialized the dead. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a hotel restaurant
Overnight: Kanchanaburi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Sunday – Full Day in Kanchanaburi
Today is at leisure to explore Kanchanaburi independently. Or, take the optional full day Hellfire Pass and Death Railway tour. Hellfire Pass derives its name from Allied POWs forced to work day and night in the jungle to complete the bridge and rail line using only simple tools; more than 12,000 soldiers and 80,000 Thais perished during the construction. Lunch en route before returning to hotel
Optional: Full Day Hellfire Pass & Death Railway with lunch
Overnight: Kanchanaburi
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Monday – Travel to Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya City Tour
Depart Kanchanaburi and travel to Ayutthaya, the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai for over 400 years, once glorified as the largest city in Southeast Asia. In the center of the city lies Ayutthaya Historical Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you can see the ruins of the former capital and its remaining palaces, monasteries, and towers – one can envision the grandeur and splendor that was once the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. After lunch, continue to the Chai Wattanaram Temple, built by King Prasat Thong, a commoner who overthrew the previous king and took his throne. Here, you can enjoy the peaceful and tranquil surroundings of Siam before dinner
Overnight: Ayutthaya
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Tuesday – Travel to Bangkok
Start your morning with a visit to Bang Pa-In Palace, a collection of beautiful buildings in various architectural styles, surrounded by a lake. Originally built by King Prasat Thong in 1632, this served as the Royal Summer Palace for the Thai Kings. Afterward, travel to Bangkok. En route stop at a gem gallery, to watch jewelry being made and learn more about the gems used. Time on your own in Bangkok to revisit some of the city’s fabulous sites, or, indulge in a last-minute shopping spree. Enjoy a night out on the town as you bid farewell to Thailand
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Wednesday – Depart Thailand
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

Accomodation at the Century Park Hotel, Bangkok, River Kwai Resotel, Kanchanaburi & Kantary Hotel, Ayutthaya

Optional Tours

Add these on now or book with your guide while on the tour. Prices are per person and twin share bookings do not need to have both people booked together.

Day #4 $50.00

Half Day Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha
Morning tour of Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the adjoining Grand Palace. Together they form the most impressive sights for visitors to Bangkok. Wat Phra Kaew consists of over 100 brightly colored buildings, golden spires and glittering mosaics, dating back to 1782, when Bangkok was founded. From Wat Phra Kaew continue to the Grand Palace. Despite the proximity of the two, there’s a distinct contrast in style between the Thai-inspired Wat Phra Kaew and the European designs of the Grand Palace. It is important to note that this palace is used now only for occasional ceremonial purposes and is no longer the royal residence.

Day #4 $78

Siam Niramit Show & Dinner

Enjoy a delightful Buffet Dinner at the Siam Niramit Restaurant before attending this evening’s stunning performance of “Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom” of Siam. This $40 million production, with over 150 performers, explores the Kingdom of Siam’s history and culture, with scenes highlighting the Ancient Kingdom of Lanna, Khmer heritage, and traditions of the central plains. Then, venture into the heart of Thai mythology with scenes of Fiery Hell, the mystical Himapaan Forest, and Blissful Heaven. Lastly, enjoy a montage of joyous celebrations honoring the Buddhist tradition.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #6 $38

Full Day Hellfire Pass & Death Railway with lunch

Depart early in the morning from Kanchanaburi to visit Hellfire Pass and the Death Railway. En route, stop at nearby Sai Yok National Park, known for its waterfalls, caves and rare wildlife. Here, visit the Sai Yok Noi Waterfall, the most popular attraction in the park. After lunch, continue to Hellfire Pass that derives its name from Allied Prisoners of War ordered by the Japanese authorities to complete the bridge and rail line earlier than scheduled. All POW’s were forced to work day and night in the jungle, digging through the mountain with simple tools. More than 12,000 soldiers and 80,000 Thais perished during construction. Conclude the tour with a train ride that crosses the Bridge over River Kwai.

Approximate tour duration is 8 hours

Entry to Thailand

It is your responsibility to review border requirements for entry into Thailand. Generally, an Australian travelling for tourism, will not require a visa to enter Thailand for this tour.