The RV River Kwai, the first inland cruise ship in Thailand, is a newly built colonial style river cruiser based on designs used by the original Irrawaddy Flotilla which was founded in Burma in 1865 and by the 1920s was the largest privately owned fleet of ships in the world.The RV River Kwai carries a maximum of 20 passengers in 10 teakwood cabins (single deck) and operates on a 4 days/3 nights year round program every Monday-Thursday and Thursday-Sunday on both Upstream and Downstream programs alternately.
The RV River Kwai opens up an entirely new area for river tourism in Kanchanaburi province west of Bangkok.  Every morning and afternoon land excursions are offered to visit attractions along the river including temples, historic sites, Khmer ruins, waterfalls, war cemeteries, hot springs, the bridge on the River Kwai, and local attractions, etc. The RV River Kwai is also available for special Golf Charter Cruises on request.The new option during the RV River Kwai is “Asian Trails Elephant Driving Licence”.Lecture of basic information on elephants will be given on the cruise followed by exam, then proceed to Elephant Camp to study how to sit, ride, feed and take care of elephant.  Feel the spirit and become an Asian Trails Mahout! If you decide to book our optional “Asian Trails Elephant Driving Licence”, please bring with you 1 photo of a size 2.5 cm x 2.5 cm. The booking can be made together with RV River Kwai booking or during the tour directly with the Cruise Manager. The actual “Asian Trails Elephant Driving Licence” will be issued in Bangkok and delivered to you after the RV River Kwai Cruise.

Itinerary:Program I – Upstream

Monday
Day 1:Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Ban Kao (L/D)
07:00               Depart from Bangkok by coach to Kanchanaburi via Nakorn Pathom.
09:00               Short stop to visit the highest Chedi in Thailand called “Phra Pathom Chedi” which is the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia.
10:30                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.

RV River Kwai ship
Thailand - River Kwai cruise Tour
Thailand - Temple on RV River Kwai Cruise tour

11:30               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.
12:00               Embark RV River Kwai.
13:00               Lunch on board while cruising on Kwai Noi River.
14:30               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.
15:00           Proceed by coach to visit Somdet Phra Sri Nakharin Park, located in the Kanchanaburi Agriculture College.  It is known as “Stone Garden” covering 200 rai (96 acres), since most of its area is scattered with stones of different sizes and shapes, similar to animals.
16:30           Return to boat and continue cruising upriver to Wang Pla Moo Bridge.
(Optional: Asian Trails Elephant Driving Licence – Extra: Baht 1900.- per person)
18:00          Basic information on elephants
18:00-18:30    Lecture part 1
18:30-18:40    Coffee break
18:40-19:00    Lecture part 2
19:30          Dinner and overnight on board, near Ban Kao.
Tuesday
Day 2 Ban Kao-Sai Yok (B/L/D)
Breakfast on board while cruising upriver on the Kwai Noi River to Muang Singh.

09:00-09:30      Exam on theory

10:00                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.

11:00                Continue by coach to Tha Kilen Train Station.
11:47                Take a 3rd class train to Saphan Tham Krasae passing over the long wooden viaduct.
12:02                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.
12:30                Continue by coach and short stop at Sai Yok Elephant Village located right on the river bank, upriver from Wang Pho Bridge.(Optional: Enjoy half an hour elephant riding through the jungle and along the Kwai Noi River – Extra: Baht 300.- per person)Training and practical exam for Elephant Driving Licence
14:00                      Lunch on board while cruising upriver.
Afternoon at leisure on the boat.
(Optional: Enjoy one hour Thai traditional massage – Extra: Baht 500.- per person)
19:30                      Dinner and overnight on board near the Resotel.
(Optional: Enjoy 45 minutes Mon dances performance – Extra: Baht 150.- per person)

Wednesday
Day 3 Sai Yok-Sai Yok Yai-Ban Hin Dad (B/L/D)
Breakfast on board.
09:00               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.
10:30                Cruise upriver to Ban Haad Ngiu and 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.
Rejoin the boat at Kaeng Pa Lorm.
13:30                Lunch on board while cruising upriver, passing Sai Yok Yai Waterfalls.
Afternoon at leisure on the boat.
15:30                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.
16:30                Back to boat and cruising upriver.
19:00                “Farewell Dinner” and overnight on board at Daowadueng Bridge.

Thursday
Day 4               Ban Hin Dad-Kanchanaburi-Bangkok (B/L)
07:00               Offering foods to monks (making merit in Buddhist style) at nearby temple.
08:30               Breakfast on board.
10:00                Disembark and return to Kanchanaburi by coach.  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.
13:00                Lunch at River Kwai Restaurant, next to the bridge.
14:00                Proceed to Bangkok.
18:00                Arrive Bangkok and transfer to your hotel or to Bangkok Airport.

Itinerary:     Program II – Downstream

Thursday
Day 1 Bangkok-Kanchanaburi-Thong Pha Phum-Ban Hin Dad (L/D)
07:00               Depart from Bangkok by coach to Kanchanaburi via Nakorn Pathom.
09:00               Short stop to visit the highest Chedi in Thailand called “Phra Pathom Chedi” which is the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia.
10:30                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.
11:30                 Continue to Kanchanaburi.
12:30                Lunch at Sommai Restaurant.
13:30                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.
16:00                Embark RV River Kwai at Daowadung Bridge and cruise downstream on Kwai Noi River.
19:30                 Dinner and overnight on board at Sai Yok Yai Waterfalls.

Friday
Day 2 Ban Hin Dad-Sai Yok Yai-Sai Yok (B/L/D)
Breakfast on board while cruising downriver.
08:30                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.
09:45               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.
10:30                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.
11:30                Board RV River Kwai at Kaeng Pa Lorm.
(Optional: Asian Trails Elephant Driving Licence – Extra: Baht 1900.- per person)
12:00                Basic information on elephants
12:00-12:30    Lecture part 1
12:30-12:40    Coffee break
12:40-13:00    Lecture part 2
13:30                      Lunch on board while cruising downriver to the Floatel Jungle Raft.
15:00                      River rafting or canoeing downstream on Kwai Noi River.  If time allows, visit nearby Mon Village.
(Optional: Enjoy one hour Thai traditional massage – Extra: Baht 500.- per person)
19:30                      Dinner and overnight on board near the Resotel.
(Optional: Enjoy 45 minutes Mon dances performance – Extra: Baht 150.- per person)

Saturday
Day 3 Sai Yok-Ban Kao (B/L/D)
Breakfast on board while cruising downriver.
09:00-09:30          Exam on theory
10:15                Short visit at Sai Yok Elephant village located right on the river bank.
(Optional: Enjoy half an hour elephant riding through the jungle and along the River Kwai Noi – Extra: Baht 300.- per person)
Training and practical exam for Elephant Driving Licence
11:45                Lunch on board while cruising downriver to Wang Pho Bridge.
13:00                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.
13:36                Take a 3rd class train to Tha Kilen Train Station passing over the long wooden viaduct.
13:51                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.
15:00                Return to the RV River Kwai at Prasat Muang Singh and cruise downstream.
Afternoon at leisure on the boat.
19:00                “Farewell Dinner” and overnight on board, near Ban Kao.

Sunday
Day 4 Ban Kao-Kanchanaburi-Bangkok (B/L)
08:00               Breakfast on board while cruising downstream to Wat Tham Khaopoon.
09:00               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.
09:30               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”.
12:30                Rejoin RV River Kwai at Saphan Mai and lunch on board while cruising on the Mae Klong Dam at Tha Muang.
15:00                Disembark RV River Kwai at Mae Klong Dam and return to Bangkok by coach.
18:00                Arrive Bangkok and transfer to your hotel or to Bangkok Airport.

TOUR COST

All Tours or combination of Tours are subject to an Acceptance Payment/Deposit of £200.

Cost per person on twin share basis as per itinerary

On application for the current Tour Cost

Prices:Per person in shared twin-cabin, THAI BAHT PLUS £200 Acceptance Payment per person.

Payment.
1. On acceptance£200 (euro 240) per person, Acceptance Payment/Deposit (non refundable) by cheque payable to “S W & M Miller” in England.

Your Contract for all tour arrangements is directly with our Associate Company in Thailand to whom payment for the tour is made.

2. You pay eight weeks prior to arrival in Thailand, or on Acceptance – 50% of the total in US $, by Credit Card or International Bank Transfer.

3. On arrival in Bangkok– the balance of 50% is payable, in US $, by Credit Card or Cash.

Please Note:  A credit card charge may apply.

Cancellation Charges

35 days prior to arrival a cancellation fee of US$200 per person will be applicable.
30 days notice of cancellation a fee of 25% of the total amount will be applicable.
25 days notice of cancellation a fee of 50% of the total amount will be applicable
Less than 25 days notice incurs the full amount.Acceptance Payment non refundable
Included in the Cost

  • Accommodation on a twin sharing basis in the hotels mentioned above or equivalent – subject to availability. Accommodation in air conditioned room with bath (room with shower at Maekok River Village Resort) and meals as mentioned in the programme
  • Any single room subject to supplement shown.
  • Room and breakfast basis – or meals as indicated in the itinerary (B), (L) and (D)
  • Full board at Wildlife Park if applicable.
  • Transfers, entrance fees, and tours by air conditioned car/minibus with English/German/French/Italian/Spanish-speaking guide
  • Services of an English speaking local guide (or a naturalist in National Parks)
  • Entrance fees at monuments and parks where applicable
  • Train journeys where applicable – 2nd class airconditioned sleeper berth train ticket Chiang Mai-Bangkok
  • Domestic economy airfares, indicated in the itinerary, are subject to change – Domestic air ticket Chiang Rai-Bangkok
  • Boat trip
  • Basic porterage at airports, rail stations and hotels (not tips).
  • All currently applicable taxes.
  • Where US$ or Thai Baht are quoted,  the UK pounds price shown is for comparison only and is subject to change.

Excluded from the Cost

  • Expenses of a personal nature:  table drinks, laundry, telephone calls, Internet charges, mineral water, tips, shopping etc.
  • Any other meals or services not mentioned in the itinerary or ‘includes’ list.
  • Any international airfares to India and Asia
  • Any airport taxes where applicable in each country
  • Any subsequent increase in airfares, fuel costs, monuments/sightseeing fees.
  • Any other taxes subsequently introduced by Government, State or Tourist Ministry.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa Fees, if applicable, in any country
  • Any Christmas, New Year and Gala Dinners

General note:
All elements included in this quotation are subject to availability until the booking is made.  The hotels/ services   as quoted may change when giving you the final confirmation, based on current availability.

Child Policy:

  • Children of 4 years and older must solely occupy a berth and pay the full rate (same as adults).
  • Infants below the age of 4 years may sleep in their parent’s cabin without extra charge but parents are to provide own baby food.
  • NO triple rooms or extra beds are available.

Inclusive of:

  • Accommodation on RV River Kwai, meals as mentioned above, coffee, tea & drinking water.
  • Transfers and sightseeing tours with English, French or German speaking local guide (together with other cruise members).
  • Entrance fees.

Not included:

  • Optional tours.
  • Expenditures of a personal nature for bar and laundry.
  • Gratuity to crew.

Remarks:

  • Should VAT (currently 7%) or any other government taxes be introduced or raised within the contract period, we reserve the right to adjust our rates accordingly to reflect the change.
  • Asian Trails reserves the right to adjust the rates if the fuel cost increase by over 20% (currently Baht 28.-per litre, 91 octane) within the contract period.

Reservation Policy:

  • Option terms can be offered as follows:

More than 120 days prior the departure date    : 30 days option
between 120 days and 60 days                   :  15 days option
between 59 days and 30 days                    : 7 days option
between 29 days and 11 days                    :  1 day option
This option expires if deposit payment is not received by us by the stated date.

Payment Terms:

  • 50% deposit is required upon confirmation of any bookings, refundable up to 61 days before departure and non refundable for charters.
  • Final balances must be paid 31 days before departure or the booking may be cancelled and the deposit forfeited.

Cancellation Terms:
More than 60 days prior to departure   :  NO cancellation fee
Between 60 and 31 days prior to departure  :  20% of contract rate
Between 30 and 21 days prior to departure  :  50% of contract rate
20 days to departure day and no show       :  100% of contract rate

Terms and Conditions:

  • Though every effort will be made to ensure that the published itinerary is followed as closely as possible, given uncertain river and other local conditions, all schedules and itineraries may be subject to alterations and delays at short notice.
  • The ship’s purser and captain are jointly responsible for passengers’ comfort and safety. Passengers must accept their decisions and instructions.
  • Whilst our crew do everything in their power to facilitate landings, access to the ship at certain river stations can be difficult, with steep and sometimes slippery riverbanks.  Elderly clients should consult their doctor to ensure that they are fit for travel.  Wheel chairs are not allowed.
  • In the case of water levels being too high or low or defects to the vessel beyond the control of the shipping line an alternative itinerary will be offered to passengers after consultation between the ship’s captain and Cruise Asia Ltd. management, subject to accommodation and meals being maintained on board the vessel unless by prior agreement with the Charterer.
  • Should it prove difficult to embark or disembark passengers at the scheduled points Cruise Asia Ltd. is not liable to bear any extra cost of transporting passengers to and from the revised point of embarkation or disembarkation unless passengers or their agents have purchased a complete package tour which includes land services from us.  Any reason for changing the points of embarkation or disembarkation can not count as a reason for cancelling this contract.
  • Clients should seek advice from their doctor regarding relevant inoculations and prophylactics for travel in Thailand.
  • Clients must be fully insured to cover any risk of medical repatriation and the Cruise Asia Ltd. is in no way responsible for such liabilities.
  • Once a booking has been received through a sales agent or directly from the passenger a contract exists between the Company and the client and these terms and conditions must be adhered to by both parties.
  • Unless otherwise agreed agents are responsible for the transfer of their clients to and from the ship on time and in the event of a late arrival the ship is not obliged to delay departure thereby upsetting tight schedules.
  • The company accepts no liability or responsibility for loss or damage to passenger’s property whilst on board a company vessel.
  • During the river stops on the company provide an escorted service but not always a licensed guide service.  If passengers wish to bring their own state-licensed guide then guide accommodation in the crew quarters may be offered subject to availability at a special rate.
  • The company reserve the right to refuse to allow anyone on board if a ticket cannot be produced and the company can not guarantee the exact allocation of cabins and deck location which may in the event of extenuating circumstances differ from the cabin number indicated on the ticket.
  • Within the ticket price fuel costs have been calculated on average prices as of the publication of this document.  Should fuel prices rise by more than 10% Cruise Asia Ltd. will be entitled to impose a fuel supplement equivalent to the amount by which the fuel price exceeds the price allowed for in the contract.
  • It is not permitted to allow any breed of animal on board.
  • Infants below the age of 4 years may sleep in their parent’s cabin without extra charge but the Cruise Asia Ltd. cannot guarantee the availability of a cot. Children of 4 years and + must solely occupy a berth and pay full rate
  • In the event of a dispute the law of the country in which the vessel is operating will apply.
  • The company reserves the right to change the vessel without notice.
  • Payment terms and cancellation policy is printed on an invoice issued for each booking whether for an individual or for a group.  Clients and their agents must abide these terms and the company reserve the right to either cancel an existing reservation or to refuse passage in the event that these terms have not been adhered to.
  • In the event that one passenger enters into a commercial or other form of relationship or arrangement with another passenger the company is no way liable for the obligations of one passenger to another passenger or any claim arising thereof. If as a result of any such relationship or arrangement entered into without the involvement of the company by prior agreement then the company is in no way liable for any claims from either party of any nature whatsoever.

Specifications of the Vessel:

The RV River Kwai is an inland water class vessel, with the following specifications:

Length                 120ft / 36m
Beam                   25ft / 7.6m
Draft                   3ft / 90cm
Air Draft               11.5ft  / 3.5m
Tonnage                 155.69 tons
Engines                  2 x 200 hp Hino engines with inboard propulsion; propellers have 4 blades, 3ft diameter
Speed                    8 knots cruising
Power                    1 x 75kva Caterpillar (recon) genset, 1 x 20 kva port/emergency genset, shore lines to bases on river
Cabins                   10 deluxe staterooms of 3m x 4m with own shower, water closet, air-conditioned, mini safes, etc.
Public                   Upper deck is open plan with dining, bar and seating areas covered by a collapsible frame awning to enable vessel to pass under low bridges
Water                    Water tanks
Sewage                  Holding tanks to pump out to on shore sceptic facility
Comms                   Thai GSM cellular, FM Radios, PA system, tannoy
Safety                  Smoke detectors in all cabins, emergency lighting and generator, fire extinguishers, pumps and hoses, life jackets for all passengers, life rafts, ship’s motorized tugboat
Navigation             Ship’s horn, searchlights, Garmin GPS (Global Positioning System)
Amenities              Fully equipped kitchen, refrigeration units
Crew                   Thai crew of 11.