Leave behind the fast-moving streets of the Thai capital and take time out to experience Ayutthaya, a World Heritage-listed wonder near the border of Burma (Myanmar). Explore this ancient Siam capital with a knowledgeable local guide, and bear witness to timeworn temples, bell-shaped chedis and intricately carved relics of Thailand’s golden era. Travel onwards to the shady town of Kanchanaburi and pay tribute to the brave POWs who perished while building the infamous Hellfire Pass and Bridge on the River Kwai. Delve further into World War II history on a visit to the War Museum and Allied Cemetery before this historical sojourn completes the loop back in Bangkok. End the journey amid the buzz of night markets, sidewalk restaurants and colourful, chaotic streets.

Start
Bangkok, Thailand
Finish
Bangkok, Thailand
Countries
Thailand
Themes
Short Breaks
Code
TTAR
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
61kg pp per trip

Travel from Bankok to Ayuthaya and Kanchanaburi on this Thailand holiday


Highlights

  • Visit a former residence of Thai kings
  • Experience ancient Ayutthaya
  • Be humbled by the Hellfire Pass Memorial
  • Swim in idyllic rock pools fed by waterfalls
  • Travel by samlaw to The Bridge on the River Kwai

Itinerary

Get this ancient odyssey underway by heading out to Bang Pa In Summer Palace, a former residence of Thai kings, set around a lavish ornamental pond. Then, make tracks to the Ayuthaya where there's the chance to have fortunes told inside Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon before admiring a temple often compared to the Taj Mahal.
Be humbled by inscriptions on the Hellfire Pass Memorial, built to honour the POWs who died while constructing the 'Death Railway'. Venture into the steamy surrounds of Erawan National Park, home to seven refreshing waterfalls and plenty of rock pools for swimming. Return to Kanchanaburi and perhaps hit the markets for a night stroll.
Board a traditional samlaw and take in several historic sites including the WWII War Museum, the Allied War Cemetary and the notorious Bridge on the River Kwai. Return to Bangkok where the journey wraps up.
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Inclusions

Meals
2 breakfasts, 2 lunches
Transport
Private minibus, Songthaew
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nights)
Included activites
  • Ayuthaya Historical Park
  • Kanchanaburi - Erawan Falls

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Notes

1. This trip starts early on day one at approx 8am and finishes on day three in the late afternoon.

We are pleased to offer a special ANZAC Day Departure on the 24th of April please see Important notes section of the trip notes for further information.

Important notes

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