The ANZAC Three Day Tour provides opportunity to attend both the Dawn Parade at Hellfire Pass and Wreath-laying Ceremony at Don Rak War Cemetery on ANZAC Day. It also allows time to explore some of the wonderful attractions of Kanchanaburi Province including the Tiger Temple and the Elephant Camp.
07:00 Pick up from strategic hotels in Bangkok We pick up from three areas in the city and ask folks to meet at these designated hotels. Details will be provided when you bookMore...
09:00 Don Rak Cemetery Kanchanaburi First stop will be at the Don Rak War Cemetery. You'll have time to wander around the cemetery.
The local guide will join us here.More...
11:30 Train Ride along the 'Death Railway' We'll board the train and ride over the precarious Wang Pho Viaduct which was constructed by POWs along the cliff face and high above the River Kwai.More...
12:00 Lunch in a Thai Restaurant We'll stop for lunch in a local restaurant on our way up to Hellfire Pass. Don't worry if you don't like spicy food or if you have kids with you. There's plenty of variety in Thai food and you'll find something you like, no problems.
14:00 Hellfire Pass Museum & Konyu Cutting The benefit of the two-day tour is that you get to visit Hellfire Pass in the daytime. Take your time here. You can begin in the museum itself and then walk down into Konyu Cutting.
You'll need decent walking shoes as the descent takes about 25 minutes.More...
18:00 Check-in to Resort Time to check-in to your resort. Prices are Based on Twin Share, single room add 3000 Baht payment on the Day.
19:00 Dinner at Thai Restaurant A set-menu dinner will be served at 7:00 pm sharp and the first round of drinks over dinner will be on us so please don't be late!
Day 2 Departs: 03:15
03:15 Depart for Dawn Parade Hellfire Pass Early start this morning. We'll leave promptly at 3:15 am and will not wait for stragglers or late risers. If you are late we will be gone!More...
04:15 Walk down into Konyu Cutting Hellfire Pass is located on an Army Base and the army take care of the parking arrangements. We have to park a long way from the Museum and take a 'songtaew' passenger truck and then walk about 25 minutes down into Konyu Cutting.
05:30 Dawn Parade Hellfire Pass Dawn Parade commences at 5:30 am and lasts about 30 minutes. Cold water is available at various points in the cutting and it's a good idea to drink a lot.
06:30 Gunfire Breakfast A traditional ANZAC Gunfire Breakfast of tea or coffee with a nip of Bundy Rum and an ANZAC biscuit will be served in the car park in front of the Hellfire Pass Museum.
07:30 Breakfast at Resort We'll return to the resort around 7:30 am for a hearty breakfast and you'll have time to relax before leaving for the cemetery.
09:00 Depart for Don Rak War Cemetery We'll leave the resort at 09:00 so that you have time to find a seat in one of the tents before the wreath-laying ceremony starts.
10:00 Wreath-Laying Ceremony There will be a number of tents erected around the cenotaph so you will be able to sit in the shade. Every tent has an unending supply of cold water delivered free to your seat by local students. Please drink a lot because it will be hot.More...
11:00 Hospitality offered by the Australian Embassy Every year the Australian and NZ Embassies alternate the hosting of hospitality and in 2014 it's the Aussies turn. Expect copious amounts of good Aussie beer served behind the VIP tent.
12:30 Lunch at Floating Restaurant Set-menu lunch will be served in a local Thai restaurant.
14:00 Check-in to Resort Your free to relax and catch up on some sleep during the latter part of the afternoon.
19:00 Dinner at Local Restaurant We'll have dinner in one of the local restaurants and after you have a choice between shopping at the local night market, enjoying a few beers in one of the local bars or catching up on some sleep with an early night.
Don't forget early start tomorrow.
Day 3 Departs: 06:45
06:45 Depart for Tiger Temple We'll leave the resort bright and early at 6:45 so please be ready. Remember there's a dress standard requirement for everyone at the Tiger Temple.
07:30 Breakfast with the Monks While they are preparing the breakfast for the monks you'll be able to feed the tigers cubs.
Once the monks have finished eating you'll be invited to share a short devotion with them. Please take off your shoes and tuck your feet under you when you sit.More...
08:00 Training for Tiger Cubs After breakfast you'll be able to participate in the training of the tiger cubs. Getting them to respond to simple commands is a very rewarding experience.
08:30 Play in Waterfall with Young Tigers It's a short walk from the temple to the waterfall where the young tigers enjoy their morning frolic. You can get in with them but be warned, you'll get wet!
09:30 Wash & Shampoo Young Tigers From the waterfall you can give a tiger it's morning wash and shampoo. They love this part of the day and this is what makes the morning program so special.
10:00 Tiger Canyon with Adult Tigers In the afternoon program the tigers are chained to the ground as there are many people. In the morning they are not chained. They run free while you are in the safety cage. They love the pool here & this is as close as you'll ever get to adult tigers.
11:00 Photo Op with an Adult Tiger Once the tigers have worked off their pent-up energy they relax in the shade. This gives you a chance-in-a-lifetime to have your piccie taken right beside one of these magnificent animals.
11:30 Lunch at Thai Restaurant From the Tiger Temple we'll drive to a local Thai restaurant for lunch.
13:00 Elephant Ride Through Jungle The adventure continues. Elephants are much loved in Thailand and riding one is a unique experience. Once you're on its back it's a long way down!More...
14:00 Bathe Elephants in River Kwai After the ride through the jungle you'll be able to carry on to the river where you can shampoo and scrub the elephants. The water in the river here is beautifully clear. Be prepared to get wet.
15:30 Depart for Bangkok All good things must come to an end, so it's time to head back to the city.
18:00 Arrive Back at Hotel You can expect to be back at your hotel in Bangkok around 6:00 pm depending on the traffic.
Important Information Hellfire Pass is an hour's drive out of Kanchanaburi so an early start is in order. No stragglers or you'll be left behind.
Wear sensible shoes as the access is through the old railway bed and the rocks are sharp.
A tot of Bundy Rum will be served after the Dawn Parade.
Following the Wreath Laying Ceremony the embassies of Australia and New Zealand alternate the provision of a hospitality tent. In 2014 the hosts are Australia.