The River and the Railway

2-Day River Kwai Tour & Floating Raft House Stay in Kanchanaburi - Thailand

Prices from £264 pp

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Duration3 days / 2 nights

LocationBangkok - River Kwai - Erawan waterfall - Kanchanaburi

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This River Kwai rafts trip is one of our favourite bite-size trips, taking you through the diverse landscape along the River Kwai- an essential experience in Thailand. You will begin with a visit to a market with local fresh produce. From there, you'll visit a museum on the construction of the Burmese Railway and take a boat to your home for the night - a unique floating guest house on the River Kwai. The following day, you'll take a swim in the aquamarine pools of Erawan falls and ride the rails of the infamous Death railway to the Bridge over the River Kwai.

This trip departs on Tuesday and Thursday from Bangkok. Daily in July and August.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Transport
  • English-speaking guide
  • Lunch and dinner on Day 1
  • Breakfast and lunch on Day 2
  • Breakfast on Day 3
  • Excursions as described
  • Entrance Fees at Erawan Waterfall

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Your day-by-day itinerary

Bangkok to Kanchanaburi

Early this morning, you’ll be picked up from your hotel in Bangkok by minibus. Your first stop will be a market with shops and fresh fruit stalls. After stocking up, you’ll continue your journey into the tropical province of Kanchanaburi where you’ll stop for lunch before visiting the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum where you will learn all about the building of the Death Railway and those that worked and died here.


Next you’ll continue on to your floating accommodation where the rest of the afternoon is free for you to spend as you wish. You’ll have your own en-suite hut, complete with a hammock to laze in and although there’s no electricity, the banks of the river will be lit with flickering oil lamps. In the evening you will enjoy a local dinner at the restaurant where traditional dances are performed.

hammock river kwai

Kanchanaburi - Erawan waterfalls - Death Railway

After waking up in your floating hut, you’ll begin your journey by longtail boat. Your first stop today is the Erawan National Park. The waterfalls here have seven levels with a height difference of 1500m. Depending on your walking speed, it will take about 1 hour to reach the top but your efforts will be rewarded when you relax in the sparkling waters.


After a tasty lunch you will continue your journey to Nam Tok station to ride the rails on the infamous Burma Railway. The haunting Death Railway was built by POWs during the Second World War and your guide will explain the shocking history of the rails. Next you’ll hop back in the minibus for the short drive to the Bridge over the River Kwai. The historical bridge is an amazing sight, and part of the original viaduct remains today.

couple standing on metal bridge over kwai river in thailand

After your time on the bridge comes to an end you’ll head to a comfortable hotel located near the river in central Kanchanaburi. Your room has its own balcony overlooking the lush tropical gardens and there’s a swimming pool, perfect for a pre-dinner dip.

river kwai transport

Departure from Kanchanaburi

This River Kwai trip finishes after breakfast today. From here you will continue with your Thailand adventure.


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