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Private Tour: Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Day Trip from Bangkok

6 Reviews

  • Location: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3685BKK29P

This privately guided, full-day excursion out of Bangkok is a wonderful way to maximize your time to experience the amazing floating markets of Thailand as well as Kanchanaburi, home to the bridge made even more famous by the Hollywood movie starring Alec Guiness, The Bridge on the River Kwai.


Highlights

  • Instant Confirmation
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Lunch included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Your journey commences with a leisurely drive from Bangkok, passing through salt fields and rice paddies before embarking aboard your long tail speed-boat on your journey to the floating markets. The floating markets are a fascinating experience, a complete contrast to how we shop for food in the west, and are made up of Thai style canoes laden with colorful and succulent fruits, vegetables, sweets and meats - gently plying their way through the canal, selling as they go. It is one of most popular Thai sightseeing experiences and not to be missed. If you want to take a closer look your local Thai guide will help you organize a local boat ride through the markets (optional extra).

You will then board your coach for the journey west to Kanchanaburi, home to the River Kwai and it's infamous bridge. The building of the bridge in 1943 was part of a wartime project to link existing Thai and Burmese railway lines to create a direct route from Bangkok, Thailand to Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar) in an effort to support the Japanese occupation of Burma. Over 100,000 conscripted laborers and 12,000 prisoners of war died during the whole project.

Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant before visiting the bridge after which a visit is made to the new Thailand - Burma War Museum which is adjacent to the War Grave Cemetery. Combining the two attractions unfortunately means there is not enough time to take a train ride, before your journey back to Bangkok and your hotel.


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Departure Dates:
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Pickup time from your hotel may vary slightly depending on our hotel location
Departure Time:
  • 7:10am
Hotel pickup and drop off is NOT available from the following hotels:
  • Novotel Suvarnabhumi - Bang Na (near Suvarnabhumi Airport)
  • Niran Grand - Bang Na
  • Nototel Bang Na - Bang Na
  • Royal Princess Srinakarin¬† - Bang Na
  • Amari Don Muang - Viphavadee (near Don Muang Airport)
  • Airport Suite Bangkok - Viphavadee (near Don Muang Airport)
  • Asia Airport - Viphavadee (near Don Muang Airport)
  • Ebina House - Viphavadee (near Don Muang Airport)
  • Rama Gardens - Viphavadee (near Don Muang Airport)
  • Quality Suite Airport - Viphavadee (near Don Muang Airport)
  • Miracle Grand Convention - Laksi
  • Inn Come Sweet - Chatuchak
  • Chaleena Princess - Ramkamheng
  • Grand Hitech Tower Inn - Ekkamai
  • Forum Park - Yannawa (far end of Nang Linchi)
  • Rio Residence - Yannawa (far end of Nang Linchi)
  • Royal Pacific Plaza - Rama 9
  • Oasis - Huang Kwang
  • P R Union - Thonburi
  • Gold Orchid Bangkok - Suttisan
  • And selected areas

Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.

Return Details:

Returns to original departure point at approximately 4:00pm


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Pricing information

Private Tour: Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Day Trip from Bangkok

Private Tour: Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Day Trip from Bangkok
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Inclusions:
    • Transport by private vehicle
    • River cruise to the floating market
    • Hotel pickup and drop off
    • Local guide
    • Lunch
    • Entrance fees
    Exclusions:
    • Gratuities (optional)
    Additional Information:

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
    • Boat ride is not wheelchair accessible
    • You must provide your hotel details at time of booking, failure to do so may result in cancellation
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    Traveler Reviews

    Reviewed by: John B, March 2014

    A very enjoyable day. but long and tiring. Our guide was excellent and she ensured we got the most from our trip. Because we booked the private tour we were able to alter the itinery to include a ride on an elephant and offer support to the Thai elephants in a positive way. The floating market was a great experience and we highly recommend taking the boat around the market. It's very busy and the first time we have seen a 'boat jam' but this just added to the fun. Well worth a visit. The journey to visit the River Kwai is about 3 hours from Bangkok but we wouldn't have missed it or changed anything. Having a private tour was definitely a bonus for this trip. The museum and cemetery visit were thought provoking and the Thai people encourage a respectful approach from their visitors. The area around the bridge is commercialised but this is to be expected at a tourist destination that draws so may visitors. Be prepared for the increased heat and humidity at these destinations. Driving around Bangkok and surrounding areas is definitely an experience in itself and not for the faint hearted.

    Reviewed by: Christine W, United Kingdom, August 2008

    Having a private tour is well worth doing. The tour guide allowed us to do things in our own time, explained things fully, and gave us time alone to explore afterwards. He was very friendly and knowledgeable. You should be aware that the bridge is a little scary and dangerous as there are no sides. That might just be me worrying too much!
    From $132.58

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