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.
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.
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.
Suites & Cabins
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.