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Floating Market, River Kwai Bridge and Tiger Temple Tour

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Highlights

  • Two top sightseeing destinations in one day
  • Fabulous photo-opportunities at a Floating Market
  • See the world-famous Bridge over the River Kwai
  • Make friends with a tiger at the amazing Tiger Temple
  • Delicious Thai lunch included
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off

Overview

Visit three of Thailand’s top attractions in one day on this great tour from Bangkok.

Experience the unique atmosphere of an authentic floating market. See Thai women in straw hats paddling traditional boats piled high with colorful merchandise. Watch the vendors jockeying for position and hear bargains being struck.

After lunch, continue to Kanchanaburi to see the world-famous ‘Bridge over the River Kwai’, a relic of the grimmest days of World War II.

Today Kanchanaburi is a peaceful place where a muddy brown river glides past jungle-covered banks. Visit the JEATH Museum to find out about the poignant human story of the Bridge and the notorious ‘Death Railway’ of which it was part.

Also make a stop at the Tiger Temple, a Buddhist monastery and wildlife sanctuary where you'll enjoy close encounters with magnificent tigers and a wide variety of other rescued animals.

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Itinerary

Your Floating Market, River Kwai Bridge and Tiger Temple Tour departs at 0700h (7.00am). Hotel pick-up is available from most central Bangkok hotels.

On the day of your tour, plan to meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time. Please present your confirmation voucher to the guide before starting the tour.

You will be driven in an air-conditioned mini-van through the lush Thai countryside to Ratchaburi Province, outside Bangkok. You’ll then board a long tail speed-boat to travel along a waterway to the Floating Market. Enjoy views of village people going about their daily lives as you glide along the canal. The Floating Market starts early in the morning and continues all day. You will see wooden canoes laden with multi-coloured fruits and vegetables, paddled by Thai women wearing indigo-hued shirts and conical straw hats – the quintessential picture of Thailand.

You will also visit a Royal Thai Handicraft Village, before enjoying a Thai set-menu lunch in a local restaurant in Kanchanaburi. There is a possibility of vehicle change at the Handicraft village.

After lunch, you will see the famous Bridge on the River Kwai, immortalized in a novel and film in the 1950s. This bridge was part of the ‘Death Railway’ (Thailand-Burma railway) constructed by the Japanese Imperial Army in World War II to supply their troops in Burma. Using forced labour, including about 60,000 Allied Prisoners of War (POWs) and a much greater number of Malays and other Asians, the 415-km railway was completed in 1943. The POWs and other laborers endured appalling conditions and many thousands perished.

Still in use today, the Kwai Bridge was the target of frequent Allied bombing raids during World War II and was rebuilt after war ended. The curved spans of the bridge are the original sections.

You will visit the JEATH War Museum near the Bridge, where you'll learn more about the grim story of the Death Railway. The Museum building is a reconstruction of a thatched POW hut, with bamboo bunks. On the wall are photographs of POW living conditions and memorabilia such as uniforms.

On the return journey, you will make a stop at the Tiger Temple, a Buddhist monastery dedicated to providing sanctuary for all wildlife and committed to preserving the endangered tiger. Man and beast live here harmoniously, and the monks invite you to appreciate the majesty of the tiger up close. You will have the chance to greet, sit with and even pet the majestic cats.

You will also meet a variety of other rescued animals at the sanctuary including peacock, deer, boar, buffalo and horses.

At the end of the 10 hour tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Bangkok.

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Reviews

The experience was wonderful and I was amazed at the professionalism shown by the staff. I was given a brochure the moment I checked into my hotel room and was given the pick up... Shankar Menon

Excellent experience visiting these three places. The opportunity to see, touch and film the tigers was truly unique. Also, the River Kwai visit, which reminds everyone of the... Jose Tacoronte

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

Daily

Duration

Approx 10 hours

Start time

Start time: Tour departs at 0700h (07:00am). Please be ready and waiting in your hotel lobby 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time
Duration: Approx 10 hours

Meeting point

The lobby of your hotel in Bangkok. (The list of hotels from which pick-up is available is given under Additional Information)
(Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

Ending point

At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at your hotel

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Inclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned mini-van
  • Long-tail boat ride to Floating Market
  • English-speaking guide
  • All admission fees
  • Lunch (Thai Cuisine) plus fresh fruit and drinking water

Exclusions

  • Entry-fee to Snake Farm
  • Entry-fee to Elephant Camp

Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 48 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details. Please note you do not require the ‘011’ code when you are dialing within Thailand.

On the day of your tour, plan to meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time. Please present your confirmation voucher to the guide before starting the tour.

A minimum of two passengers is required for this tour to run. In the unlikely event that the minimum is not reached the activity operator will contact you either to change the date or to swap you onto a different tour. If neither of these options is satisfactory for you then a refund will be arranged.

Wearing of bright colored clothes is strictly prohibited at Tiger Temple.

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
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Cancellation policy

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