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River Kwai & Hua Hin

 

River Kwai & Hua Hin

Thailand Holidays - Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

BangkokAriyasomVilla 3 nights
River Kwai Dheva Mantra
2 nights
Hua Hin
Cape Nidhra
4 nights

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10 days from £1025

International flights NOT included - see below

 

Bangkok, Thailand's vibrant capital, combined with jungle adventure on the River Kwai, and lazy days beside the turquoise waters of Hua Hin*

*We have selected Hua Hin for this itinerary as it is within easy driving distance of both the River Kwai and Bangkok.  Other beach resorts are possible if you prefer, but in most cases you will need to add in domestic flights; please ask for a quote.

 

THAILAND HOLIDAYS FACTFILE

 

 Recommended flight from London: British Airways from London Heathrow (see below).  If you are travelling from a country other than the UK we would be happy to give you guidance on your flight options.

 

DAY 1 – Arrival in Bangkok.

On arrival in Bangkok you will be met outside customs by a representative of World Discovery and taken by private car direct to your hotel.  The rest of the day is at leisure.  Recommended flight from London: British Airways from London Heathrow (see below).  If you are travelling from a country other than the UK we would be happy to give you guidance on your flight options.

Thailand Holidays - Bangkok - Wat ArunDAYS 2 AND 3 – Bangkok.

Bangkok never ceases to amaze, with its infinite palette of sights, sounds and smells and the gracious hospitality of its people who are always willing to exchange a few words next to a street stall.  There are some 'must see' historic attractions such as the Grand Palace with its fabulous Emerald Buddha, the glittering Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn, pictured left) and the magnificent Royal Barge Museum, but Bangkok is also the place to experience the local culture of today.  Our expert guides know the streets of the capital like the back of their hands and guarantee a memorable visit.  Stroll through Chinatown and sample a traditional Yum Cha meal, an early light lunch that involves drinking Chinese tea and eating dim sum dishes, or take a tour by tuk-tuk (motorised rickshaw) to the night markets and dine on delicious street food.  Go shopping for silk at the legendary Jim Thompson's House, or discover what it means to be Thai and the excellent new Museum of Siam.  Further afield, if you don't mind a very early wake-up call, there's the world-famous 'floating market' at Damnoen Saduak to the west of Bangkok.
Meals included: Breakfast each day.

DAY 4 - Nakhorn Pathom.  River Kwai.

After an early breakfast you will be collected from your hotel for the journey to the River Kwai.  Stop en route in the town of Nakhorn Pathom to visit Phra Pathom, the world's tallest Buddhist monument.  The orange-clad chedi (reliquary tower) dates back to the mid 1850s and attracts Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world.  Continue to Kanchanaburi, located 128 kilometres/80 miles west of Bangkok.  This mountainous area is close to the border with Burma (Myanmar).  On arrival you will have a late lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, an interactive museum dedicated to presenting the moving history of the Thailand–Burma Railway in World War II.  You will also visit the War Cemetery, resting-place for more than 6,000 Allied prisoners of war, before checking into your hotel.  The balance of the day is at leisure.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch.

 Thailand Holidays - River KwaiDAY 5 – River Kwai.  Death Railway.  Sai Yoke Elephant Camp.

After your breakfast, leave your hotel to visit world-famous Bridge over the River Kwai (left), a part of the Death Railway constructed by Allied prisoners of war.  Spend time walking through the town and then take a short ride on the ‘Death Railway’ Train passing the over original wooden viaduct constructed by Allied POWs.  After lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy a short elephant ride (approx 30 minutes) and some river rafting at Sai Yoke Elephant Camp.  Return to your hotel in the afternoon.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch.

 

 Thailand Holidays - Cape NidhraDAY 6 – Drive to Hua Hin.

Leave the River Kwai region and drive to Hua Hin, Thailand's longest-established beach resort, for a 4 night stay.
Meals included: Breakfast.

DAYS 7 to 9 - Hua Hin.

At leisure in Hua Hin at the excellent Cape Nidhra Resort.  Hua Hin is renowned for its wonderful fresh seafood, best enjoyed in one of the many seafront restaurants.
Meals included: Breakfast each day.

DAY 10- Return to Bangkok. Depart.

At leisure until your evening private transfer by road to Bangkok Airport for your homeward international flight.
Meals included: Breakfast.

 

 

Thailand Holidays - BeachExtend your Stay

Our sample itinerary includes 4 nights in Hua Hin, although you may wish to stay longer.  This can be easily arranged.  Other beach destinations such as Krabi, Phuket, Khao Lak or Ko Samui may be selected instead of Hua Hin for your beach stay.  Please ask for details.

 

 

International flights.

We recommend the daily non-stop services of British Airways from London Heathrow to Bangkok.  Current timings (subject topossible change) are as follows:
Heathrow/Bangkok. Depart at 22.05; arrive Bangkok at 15.20 (next day)
Bangkok
/Heathrow. Depart at 00.20; arrive Heathrow at 06.25

You can book the flights yourself on the easy-to-use British Airways website.  Thai Airways International and EVA Air also offer daily flights.  For these airlines and other routes involving connections en route, we recommend the Skyscanner website for searching for the best options.  Alternatively World Discovery can book the flights for you (we levy a service charge of £25 per person for this service).

 

Thailand Holidays: River Kwai and Hua Hin (Reference: WDTH003)
2018 Departures
Price per person based on a minimum of two persons travelling together:

Daily departures

Price

Jan to Mar

£1265

Apr to Oct

£1025

Nov to Dec*

£1290

* Supplements will apply during the Christmas and New Year periods.

Single Room Supplements on request.

The price includes:

  • Hotel accommodation as listed above in twin-bedded rooms with private facilities.
  • 9 breakfasts and 2 lunches as shown in the itinerary.
  • Private transportation throughout with an English-speaking driver.
  • All sightseeing as shown (unless indicated as ‘optional’), including guiding and entrance fees.

Not included in the price:

  • International flights (see our recommendation above). We are happy to discuss the flights with you and give you further guidance.
  • International airport taxes.
  • Optional sightseeing. The World Discovery representatives in Bangkok and Hua Hin will be pleased to organise any sightseeing you may wish to include during your stay.
  • Tipping. We will give you guidance in this often sensitive matter

A deposit of £250 per person is required at the time of booking, plus the cost of the international airfare and service charge if World Discovery is booking the flights on your behalf.  The balance of the price for your Thailand holiday must be paid at least 8 weeks before your departure date.

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