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RV River Kwai

Thailand’s first inland cruise ship combines the romance of the colonial era with modern luxuries.

Overview

The 120-foot-long RV River Kwai, is Thailand’s very first inland cruise ship. Newly built in the colonial style, and carrying a maximum of only 20 passengers, her two-deck, open-air design is based on the original blueprint used by the Irrawaddy Flotilla, which was founded in Burma in 1865 to become, by the 1920s, the largest privately owned fleet of ships in the world.

Teak-Lined Cabins

Combining the romance of the colonial era with today’s modern luxuries, this small and intimate vessel has just 10 deluxe, air-conditioned cabins, located on the Main Deck and entered via outside passageways. Each of these cozy, teak-wood-lined rooms measures 129 square feet and is outfitted with twin beds, a roof safe and a private en-suite bathroom with a shower. As the boat travels along the River Kwai, you can enjoy and appreciate the scenery through your big picture window.

Life On Board

On the open plan Upper Deck, you will find the dining area, bar and seating areas, which are covered by a collapsible frame awning to enable the vessel to pass under low bridges. This deck also functions as a lecture hall and lounge, complete with an adjoining sun deck and an observation platform.

The Team

A dedicated crew of 10 and a multilingual cruise director will take care of all your needs on this River Kwai Cruise, including superb meals and an utterly engaging and diversified program. Indeed, the emphasis is on cultural immersion. Lecturers and guides will provide the background information about the historic sites that you’ll get to explore, guaranteeing a unique adventure and an abundance of photo opportunities.

Your Leisurely Cruise

The RV River Kwai opens up an entirely new area for river tourism, taking you in comfort to parts of Thailand that, until recently, were almost unreachable by any other means of transportation. Your leisurely journey, either upstream from Kanchanaburi or downstream from Daowadung, within the jaw-dropping natural beauty of Kanchanaburi Province, west of Bangkok, offers you the opportunity to see the inland regions along the River Kwai from a perspective that few get to experience. The picture is completed with exotic scenery and wildlife as well as plenty of local traditional fishing boats and rafts along the way.

Every morning and afternoon, you can set out on guided land excursions to visit attractions along the river including Buddhist temples, historic sites, elephant camps and remote villages, Khmer ruins, waterfalls and hot springs, war cemeteries, and of course, the Bridge over the River Kwai – made famous by the 1957 movie about the prisoners of war who built the bridge, which was subsequently destroyed by allied aircraft.

Itineraries & Prices

1 / 3
4-Day
4-Day
7-Day

4 Day / 3 Night - Upriver Cruise

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: Depart from Bangkok by van / coach to Kanchanaburi via Nakorn Pathom. Short stop to visit the highest Chedi in Thailand called “Phra Pathom Chedi” which is the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia.

Visit to Khao Noi Cave Temple (Wat Tham Khao Noi) located on the west bank of the river. The monastery was constructed on a hill, decorated in the form of Chinese architecture and cultural art. From the top of the monastery observe the beautiful scenery of Kanchanaburi and its mountainous horizon.

Also visit to Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Sua) nearby, built in the form of Thai cultural art. The great Buddha image and pagoda placed in the temple are respected by all Buddhists.

Continue to Kanchanaburi and visit to JEATH War Museum, a realistic depiction of a prisoner of war (POW) camp with bamboo huts which give an inkling of the grim living conditions and atrocities endured. On display are tools, bombs, photographs, original sketches, testimonies, pictorials and physical memorabilia dating from World War II.

Embark RV River Kwai at Nong Ya dock. Lunch on board while cruising on Kwai Noi River.

PM: Afternoon at leisure! Dinner and overnight on board.

RV River Kwai's 4-Day Upriver Cruise - Day One - Boat Drone View
Location
Bangkok
Day
1 / 4

Ban Kao, Sai Yok

AM: Breakfast on board while cruising upriver on the Kwai Noi River to Muang Singh. Visit a boarding school nearby the bank of the Kwai Noi River built under the patronage of H.R.H. Crown Princess Sirindhorn for refugee children.

Visit “Prasat Muang Singh“, historical park with Khmer architecture from the late Lopburi period, some 700-800 years ago. The extensive ruins of the temple beside the River Kwai Noi are a potent reminder of the vast expanse of the Khmer empire. The ancient border town of Muang Singh, “City of the Lions”, was probably established as a trading post. Continue by coach to Tha Kilen Train Station. Take a 3rd class train to Saphan Tham Krasae passing over the long wooden viaduct.

Arrive at Saphan Tham Krasae and visit to Krasae Cave situated on the bank of the Kwai Noi River, an excellent view point. The cavern houses a Buddha image. Continue by coach and short stop at Sai Yok Village located right on the river bank, upriver from Wang Pho Bridge.

PM: Lunch on board while cruising upriver. Afternoon at leisure on the boat. Dinner and overnight on board.

RV River Kwai's 4-Day Upriver Cruise - Day Two - Dinner On Board
Location
Kwai Noi River
Day
2 / 4

Sai Yok, Sai Yok Yai & Ban Hin Dad

AM: Breakfast on board. Walk uphill to visit Kaeng Lava Cave. From the landing a short trail leads to the cave which boasts admirable stone draperies and concretions in large chambers. The stalactites and stalagmites are a spectacular creation by nature.

Continue by coach to Hell Fire Pass, a part of the Death Railway cut through the stone mountain. Trails lead to Hin Tok Bridge and Konyu Cutting where a plaque commemorates the ordeal of Australian and British POW’s who undertook the hazardous work in precarious conditions at the aptly named pass. The memorial complex (Hin Lek Fai) is intended to honor the Allied Prisoners of War and conscripted people from India, Burma, Malaysia and other countries who died during construction of the railway, as well as all who suffered as a consequence of the hardships.

PM: Lunch at local restaurant in Saiyoke National Park area, passing Sai Yok Yai Waterfalls. Back to boat and cruising upriver.

Afternoon at leisure on the boat. “Farewell Dinner” and overnight on board.

RV River Kwai's 4-Day Upriver Cruise - Day Three - Cruising Along River Kwai
Location
Kwai Noi River
Day
3 / 4

Disembarkation

AM: We start the day by offering foods to monks (making merit in Buddhist style) at nearby temple. Breakfast on board.

Disembark and return to Kanchanaburi by coach.

Visit to Wat Tham Khaopoon, a Buddhist temple which served as a big camp of World War II. There is a middle cave containing stalactites and stalagmites and many remarkable Buddha images. Behind the temple enjoy a marvelous view down the valley of the Kwai Noi River.

Then, visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Center Museum, an interactive museum which provides a remarkable research and information centre dedicated to presenting the story of the Thailand-Burma Railway. Also visit to the Donrak War Cemetery which contains the remains of 6,982 Allied prisoners of war who perished during the construction of the “Death Railway”. Continue to the world-famous bridge over the River Kwai. The sturdy Iron Bridge spanning the River Kwai Yai, which was a crucial part of the Death Railway, was built in some 16 months by Allied prisoners of war and Asian conscripts. The bridge was destroyed in Allied bombing raids towards the end of World War II and was later rebuilt by the Japanese as war reparations.

PM: Lunch at River Kwai Restaurant, next to the bridge. Proceed to Bangkok. Arrive Bangkok and transfer to your hotel in Bangkok downtown.

RV River Kwai's 4-Day Upriver Cruise - Day Four - Sunrise on Deck
Location
Bangkok
Day
4 / 4
1 / 4

4 Day / 3 Night - Downriver Cruise

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: Depart from Bangkok by van / coach to Kanchanaburi via Nakorn Pathom. Short stop to visit the highest Chedi in Thailand called “Phra Pathom Chedi” which is the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia.

Visit to Khao Noi Cave Temple (Wat Tham Khao Noi) located on the west bank of the river. The monastery was constructed on a hill, decorated in the form of Chinese architecture and cultural art. From the top of the monastery observe the beautiful scenery of Kanchanaburi and its mountainous horizon.

Also visit to Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Sua) nearby, built in the form of Thai cultural art. The great Buddha image and pagoda placed in the temple are respected by all Buddhists. Continue to Kanchanaburi.

PM: Lunch at Sommai Restaurant. Proceed to Hell Fire Pass, a part of the Death Railway cut through the stone mountain. Trails lead to Hin Tok Bridge and Konyu Cutting where a plaque commemorates the ordeal of Australian and British POW’s who undertook the hazardous work in precarious conditions at the aptly named pass. The memorial complex (Hin Lek Fai) is intended to honor the Allied Prisoners of War and conscripted people from India, Burma, Malaysia and other countries who died during construction of the railway, as well as all who suffered as a consequence of the hardships.

Embark RV River Kwai and cruise along Kwai Noi River. Dinner and overnight on board.

RV River Kwai's 4-Day Downriver Cruise - Day One - Cruising Along River Kwai
Location
Bangkok - Kanchanaburi
Day
1 / 4

Ban Hin Dad, Sai Yok Yai & Sai Yok

AM: Breakfast on board while cruising downriver. Visit a boarding school nearby the bank of Kwai Noi River built under the patronage of H.R.H. Crown Princess Sirindhorn for refugee children.

Continue by coach to visit Hin Dad Hot Spring, formerly called Kui Mang. It was accidentally discovered by Japanese soldiers who were supervising the construction of the Death Railway. The natural hot spring features two large pools and private baths. The mineral in the spring is believed to cure many diseases, e.g. beriberi (lack of vitamin B), arthritis, etc.

Visit to Pha Tad Waterfall located in the western zone of Si Nakharin Dam National Park. It originates from a small stream called Huai Kui Mang. Pha Tad is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Kanchanaburi Province and flows into the Kwai Noi River.

Board RV River Kwai at Kaeng Pa Lorm.

PM: Lunch on board while cruising along Kwai Noi River. River rafting or canoeing downstream on Kwai Noi River. If time allows, visit nearby Mon Village. Dinner and overnight on board.

RV River Kwai's 4-Day Downriver Cruise - Day Two - Boat Drone View
Location
Kwai Noi River
Day
2 / 4

Sai Yok - Ban Kao

AM: Breakfast on board while cruising downriver. Short visit at Sai Yok village located right on the river bank.

Lunch on board while cruising to view greenery and mountainous scenery at its best.

Board the coach to visit the Krasae Cave situated on the bank of the Kwai Noi River, an excellent view point. The cavern houses a Buddha image. Take a 3rd class train to Tha Kilen Train Station passing over the long wooden viaduct.

Arrive Tha Kilen and continue by coach to “Prasat Muang Singh“, historical park with Khmer architecture from the late Lopburi period, some 700-800 years ago. The extensive ruins of the temple beside the River Kwai Noi are a potent reminder of the vast expanse of the Khmer empire. The ancient border town of Muang Singh, “City of the Lions”, was probably established as a trading post.

Return to the RV River Kwai at Prasat Muang Singh and cruise along Kwai Noi River.

PM: Afternoon at leisure on the boat. “Farewell Dinner” and overnight on board.

RV River Kwai's 4-Day Downriver Cruise - Day Three - Excursion on Land
Location
Kwai Noi River
Day
3 / 4

Disembarkation

AM: Breakfast on board while cruising along Kwai Noi River.

Visit to Wat Tham Khaopoon, a Buddhist temple which served as a big camp of World War II. There is a middle cave containing stalactites and stalagmites and many remarkable Buddha images. Behind the temple enjoy a marvelous view down the valley of the Kwai Noi River.

Continue by coach to Kanchanaburi to visit the world-famous bridge over the River Kwai. The sturdy Iron Bridge spanning the River Kwai Yai, which was a crucial part of the Death Railway, was built in some 16 months by Allied prisoners of war and Asian conscripts. The bridge was destroyed in Allied bombing raids towards the end of World War II and was later rebuilt by the Japanese as war reparations. Continue to the Thailand-Burma Railway Center Museum, an interactive museum which provides a remarkable research and information centre dedicated to presenting the story of the Thailand-Burma Railway.

Finally, visit to the Donrak War Cemetery which contains the remains of 6,982 Allied prisoners of war who perished during the construction of the “Death Railway”. Rejoin RV River Kwai and lunch on board while cruising towards Nong Ya dock.

PM: Disembark RV River Kwai at Nong Ya dock and return to Bangkok by coach. Arrive Bangkok and transfer to your hotel in Bangkok downtown.

RV River Kwai's 4-Day Downriver Cruise - Day Four - Dining Area on Deck
Location
Kanchanaburi - Bangkok
Day
4 / 4
1 / 4

7 Day / 6 Night - 7 Day Cruise

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: Depart from Bangkok by van / coach to Kanchanaburi via Nakorn Pathom. Short stop to visit the highest Chedi in Thailand called “Phra Pathom Chedi” which is the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia.

Visit to Khao Noi Cave Temple (Wat Tham Khao Noi) located on the west bank of the river. The monastery was constructed on a hill, decorated in the form of Chinese architecture and cultural art. From the top of the monastery observe the beautiful scenery of Kanchanaburi and its mountainous horizon.

Also visit to Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Sua) nearby, built in the form of Thai cultural art. The great Buddha image and pagoda placed in the temple are respected by all Buddhists.

Continue to Kanchanaburi and visit to JEATH War Museum, a realistic depiction of a prisoner of war (POW) camp with bamboo huts which give an inkling of the grim living conditions and atrocities endured. On display are tools, bombs, photographs, original sketches, testimonies, pictorials and physical memorabilia dating from World War II.

PM: Embark RV River Kwai at Nong Ya dock. Lunch on board while cruising on Kwai Noi River. Afternoon at leisure!

Dinner and overnight on board.

RV River Kwai's 7-Day Cruise - Day One - Cruising Along River Kwai
Location
Bangkok - Kanchanaburi
Day
1 / 7

Ban Kao, Sai Yok

AM: Breakfast on board while cruising upriver on the Kwai Noi River to Muang Sing.

Visit a boarding school nearby the bank of the Kwai Noi River built under the patronage of H.R.H. Crown Princess Sirindhorn for refugee children. Visit “Prasat Muang Singh”, historical park with Khmer architecture from the late Lopburi period, some 700-800 years ago. The extensive ruins of the temple beside the River Kwai Noi are a potent reminder of the vast expanse of the Khmer empire. The ancient border town of Muang Singh, “City of the Lions”, was probably established as a trading post.

Continue by coach to Tha Kilen Train Station.

Take a 3rd class train to Saphan Tham Krasae passing over the long wooden viaduct.

Arrive at Saphan Tham Krasae and visit to Krasae Cave situated on the bank of the Kwai Noi River, an excellent view point. The cavern houses a Buddha image.

Continue by coach and short stop at Sai Yok Village located right on the river bank, upriver from Wang Pho Bridge.

PM: Lunch on board while cruising upriver. Afternoon at leisure on the boat.

Dinner and overnight on board.

RV River Kwai's 7-Day Cruise - Day Two - Sunset on River Kwai
Location
Kwai Noi River
Day
2 / 7

Sai Yok, Sai Yok Yai & Ban Hin Dat

AM: Breakfast on board. Walk uphill to visit Kaeng Lava Cave. From the landing a short trail leads to the cave which boasts admirable stone draperies and concretions in large chambers. The stalactites and stalagmites are a spectacular creation by nature.

Continue by coach to Hell Fire Pass, a part of the Death Railway cut through the stone mountain. Trails lead to Hin Tok Bridge and Konyu Cutting where a plaque commemorates the ordeal of Australian and British POW’s who undertook the hazardous work in precarious conditions at the aptly named pass. The memorial complex (Hin Lek Fai) is intended to honor the Allied Prisoners of War and conscripted people from India, Burma, Malaysia and other countries who died during construction of the railway, as well as all who suffered as a consequence of the hardships.

PM: Lunch at local restaurant in Saiyoke National Park area, passing Sai Yok Yai Waterfalls. Back to boat and cruising upriver. Afternoon at leisure on the boat.

RV River Kwai's 7-Day Cruise - Day Three - Front View Cruising
Location
Kwai Noi River
Day
3 / 7

Ban Hin Dat & Thong Pha Phum

AM: We start the day by offering foods to monks (making merit in Buddhist style) at nearby temple. Breakfast on board.

Depart by coach to visit Vachiralongkorn Dam, an immense lake created from the waters of three rivers harnessed by the hydroelectric dam, which stretches to the far horizon. The thick jungle through which the railway line cut a swathe in recent times has been tamed and the surrounding fertile land now supports agricultural crops – sugar cane, tapioca, tobacco, maize and cotton. The admirable rugged scenery of the lake set against rolling hills on the distant horizon is ample reward for the long journey. Drive back to Thong Pha Phum and visit local market.

PM: Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon at leisure. Return to the RV River Kwai at local pier and cruise downstream on Kwai Noi River.

Dinner and overnight on board.

RV River Kwai's 7-Day Cruise - Day Four - Excursion from Hellfire Pass
Location
Kwai Noi River
Day
4 / 7

Ban Hin Dat, Sai Yok Yai & Sai Yok

AM: Breakfast on board while cruising downriver. Meet coach and continue to visit Hin Dad Hot Spring, formerly called Kui Mang. It was accidentally discovered by Japanese soldiers who were supervising the construction of the Death Railway. The natural hot spring features two large pools and private baths. The mineral in the spring is believed to cure many diseases, e.g. beriberi (lack of vitamin B), arthritis, etc.

Visit to Pha Tat Waterfall located in the western zone of Si Nakharin Dam National Park. It originates from a small stream called Huai Kui Mang. Pha Tat is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Kanchanaburi Province and flows into the Kwai Noi River.

Visit to Pha Tad Waterfall located in the western zone of Si Nakharin Dam National Park. It originates from a small stream called Huai Kui Mang. Pha Tad is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Kanchanaburi Province and flows into the Kwai Noi River.

PM: Lunch at local restaurant and take a long tailed boat along Kwai Noi River to the Floatel Jungle Raft. River rafting or canoeing downstream on Kwai Noi River. If time allows, visit nearby the Mon Village.

Dinner and overnight on board.

RV River Kwai's 7-Day Cruise - Day Five - Boat Drone View
Location
Kwai Noi River
Day
5 / 7

Sai Yok, Ban Kao

AM: Breakfast on board while cruising downriver. Morning at leisure on the boat.

PM: Lunch on board while cruising downriver to Wang Pho Bridge.

Depart by coach to visit Ban Kao National Museum, constructed beside a Neolithic burial ground. When Dr. Van Heekeren, a Dutch archaeologist was working as a prisoner of war on the construction of The Death Railway during World War II, he accidentally found numerous stone tolls in the Ban Kao area. When the war was over, the archaeological excavations were systematically conducted at the delta of the Kwai Noi and Kwai Yai Rivers. A large number of prehistoric skeletons, potteries, stone tools and ornaments were uncovered and exhibited at this museum.

Rejoin RV River Kwai.

Thai Cooking Class: There is no better way to learn Thai cooking than taking an authentic cooking class in Thailand. However this basic cooking class – on deck of RV River Kwai – will introduce you to the wonderful world of Thai flavors. During classes the school’s instructional emphasis is focused on three things: traditional Thai technique, innovative use of ingredients and aesthetic presentations. Spend a few hours learning to prepare a traditional Thai cocktail (‘Mai Tai’), authentic Thai dishes (e.g. ‘Tom Yam Kung’ or ‘Chicken Green Curry’) and a Thai green papaya salad (‘Som Tam’). An experience not to be missed!

Farewell Dinner and overnight on board.

RV River Kwai's 7-Day Cruise - Day Six - Sundeck Lounge
Location
Kwai Noi River
Day
6 / 7

Disembarkation

AM: Breakfast on board while cruising downstream to Wat Tham Khaopoon.

Continue by coach to Kanchanaburi to visit the world-famous bridge over the River Kwai. The sturdy Iron Bridge spanning the River Kwai Yai, which was a crucial part of the Death Railway, was built in some 16 months by Allied prisoners of war and Asian conscripts. The bridge was destroyed in Allied bombing raids towards the end of World War II and was later rebuilt by the Japanese as war reparations. Continue to the Thailand-Burma Railway Center Museum, an interactive museum which provides a remarkable research and information centre dedicated to presenting the story of the Thailand-Burma Railway. Finally, visit to the Donrak War Cemetery which contains the remains of 6,982 Allied prisoners of war who perished during the construction of the “Death Railway”.

Rejoin RV River Kwai at Saphan Mai and lunch on board while cruising towards Nong Ya dock.

PM: Disembark RV River Kwai at Nong Ya dock and return to Bangkok by coach. Arrive Bangkok and transfer to your hotel in Bangkok downtown.

RV River Kwai's 7-Day Cruise - Day Seven - Side View
Location
Kanchanaburi - Bangkok
Day
7 / 7
1 / 7

Accommodations

Social Areas

Bow Deck
Cabin
Dining
Outside Corridor
Ship seen from the front
Single bed in the cabin
Group dining together
Ships side and a river view

Suites & Cabins

RV River Kwai's Deluxe Stateroom RV River Kwai's Deluxe Stateroom

Deluxe Stateroom

Guests
2
Size
12 m² / 129 ft²
Beds
Twin

These teak-lined cabins feature a picture window to enjoy the beautiful scenery when sailing across River Kwai. The cozy cabins come with a mini-bar and a coffee and tea set for guests. The private ensuite bathroom is equipped with a shower and a water closet.

Technical Information

Deck Plan

Features

  • Cabins with balconies
  • Air conditioning
  • WIFI available
  • Hot showers

Equipment

  • Flash lights
  • Water canteen/bottle
** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details