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Floating Market Damnoen Saduak

Waterways have always been an integral part of Thai life and many communities depended entirely on them for their daily existence.

Long before cars, boats of all shapes and sizes plied the rivers and canals through the kingdom of Thailand, trading their wares and delivering their supplies.
The Floating Market at Damnoen Saduak is located in Ratchaburi Province which is just over 100 kms or two hours drive from the capital city of Bangkok.

This is a particularly fertile area, being irrigated by a 32 kilometre straight-line canal constructed by King Rama IV way back in 1866.

It connects the Taachin River with the Mae Klong River and became a major transport artery between the provinces of Samut Sakorn and Samut Songkram.

Apart from providing transportation, Damnoen Saduak Canal also provides year-round water, with more than 200 small canals having been dug by farmers to irrigate their land.

The area is famous for the quality of its fruit, namely grapes, mangoes, bananas, oranges, papaya & coconut.

Nowadays, both sides of the canal are densely populated and bright and early every morning vendors from the surrounding area turn up to trade their wares.

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Bridge over the River Kwai

The Bridge over the River Kwai was built during World War II for the Japanese Army using Allied POWs.

Altogether, 61,700 British, American, Australian, Dutch and New Zealand soldiers and a large number of Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Malaysian, Thai, Burmese and Indian labourers were involved.
Two bridges were actually built side by side. A wooden trestle bridge, which is no longer there, was completed in February 1943 and an eleven span steel bridge completed in April 1943.

This bridge had been dismantled by the Japanese and brought to Kanchanaburi from Java in 1942. The central spans were destroyed by Allied bombings and rebuilt by British Army Engineers immediately after the war.

It was part of the strategic railway linking Thailand with Burma. During the construction of the bridge over the Khwae Yai River - River Kwai as it is known among foreigners - the brutalities of war, disease and starvation claimed thousands of POWs lives.

The bridge was immortalised in the book by Pierre Boulle entitled The Bridge Over The River Kwai and later in the movie of the same name. Unfortunately, he had never been to Kanchanaburi or he would have known that the railway does not cross the River Kwai. It actually crosses the Mae Klong River, so the Thai authorities simply renamed the river to aid tourism!

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Kanchanaburi Province

Kanchanaburi Province which borders Myanmar (Burma) to the north-west is the third largest Thailand's of seventy six provinces.

It is located 130 km west of Bangkok and has a population of about 735,000 of which 54,000 live in Kanchanaburi town itself. This is a most picturesque part of Thailand.

Kanchanaburi town was originally established by King Rama I as a first line of defence against the Burmese, who might use the old invasion route through the Three Pagodas Pass on the Thai-Burma border.

The magnificent landscape & charming beauty of Kanchanaburi have resulted in major tourist attractions including the well-known Erawan Waterfalls, caves which were once inhabited by Neolithic man, pristine national parks, tranquil rivers, virgin forests, and reservoir.

Together, they offer an intriguing experience whether you are visiting for the first-time or returning for another visit.

Whatever your personal interest: fishing, rafting, canoeing, mountain biking, bird-watching, star-gazing, golfing, elephants, tigers, jungle trekking or even living on bamboo rafts, Kanchanaburi takes pride in offering them all.

Local residents of Kanchanaburi are engaged in agricultural activities as this is one of the most fertile provinces. Most of the locals are of Thai ancestry with notable Mon and Karen minorities.

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Tiger Cubs @ Wildlife Sanctuary Safari

The tiger (Panthera tigris) is the largest cat species. The species is classified in the genus Panthera with the lion, leopard, jaguar and snow leopard. (we will feed the Tiger, age less than one year)

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Death Railway Wang Pho Viaduct

The Death Railway is a section of the Thai-Burma line which was built to support the Japanese occupation of Burma during World War 2. The Wang Po Viaduct is a wooden lattice structure that supports the railway line around a cliff wall with the River Kwai below and is quite spectacular.

The twice-daily train service runs from Thonburi to Nam Tok station, which is the end of the line now. It is a slow trip as the third class train stops at every little station on the way and the scenery is not so interesting.

However, once the train arrives in Kanchanaburi, everything changes. First off, the train crosses the Bridge over the River Kwai and then follows the river providing some spectacular scenery.

The highlight of course, is the train crawling around the Wang Pho viaduct and it will allow you time to reflect on the 100,000 conscripted Asian labourers and 16,000 Allied POWs who died during its construction. The two main viaducts followed the bottom of the cliff for some distance. A ledge had to be carved out of the cliff face to form a base for the bridge and embankment construction.

Near the station is the Krasae Cave, which houses a fine Buddha figure and offers a spectacular view over the River Kwai. This cave was used by the POWs as a hospital during the construction of the railway.

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Sai Yok Waterfall

There are two waterfalls bearing the 'Sai Yok' name. One is bigger than the other and the biggest one - Sai Yok Yai - is inside the Sai Yok National Park.

The smaller one - Sai Yok Noi - is 40 kilometres away and is very close to the terminal station for the railway line at Nam Tok Sai yok Noi.

Sai Yok waterfall is on the way to the Tiger Temple and Hellfire Pass. The original track of the Death Railway ran through here and there is still an engine from one of the trains in the jungle, which makes for great pics.

The best time to visit Sai Yok is during the rainy season from July to October because there's lots of water and the falls are at their most impressive.

This is a very popular picnic spot for Thai families, so if you go on the weekend don't be surprised by the number of people who are there enjoying a day out.

During the week however, you'll likely have the place to yourselves.

It's a great place for swimming so don't forget to take your swimming gear. Thai people, of course, just swim in their clothes!

Sai Yok Noi waterfall is also known as Khao Phang Waterfall.

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Ride & Bathe Elephants

In Thailand, elephants are the most revered of all animals and still play an active part within Thai society and culture.

In the past they have been used at the forefront of battles and in more recent times to assist in the logging trade. Now, visitors have the opportunity to ride and bathe them.

Despite their vast size, elephants are remarkably agile and are particularly adept at negotiating the narrow tracks in the forest. It's a little nerve wracking, especially when they are going downhill and so make sure you hold on tight.

They often pause along the way, bending far out to pluck some tasty morsel, oblivious to you perched high on their back.

The mahout will jump off during your trek and invite you to slide down onto the elephant's neck and take control. Be warned that their hair is prickly so shorts are not the best attire for this experience.

And also you will be able to bathe the elephants in the waters of the local river. You'll get wet, so don't forget your swimmers. We'll provide the life jackets for you if you want.

Important Information

Not every tour includes bathing the elephants. Please check the Tour Programme.

Elephant Bathing-SaiYok – Tiger Exclusive program Two Day Tour  (Code:2115)

Pick a day and people

THB  23,500.00

THB  28,900.00

THB  37,900.00

THB  46,800.00

THB  56,000.00

THB  65,000.00

THB  74,100.00

THB  83,200.00

THB  91,500.00

THB  101,400.00

THB  119,200.00

THB  129,100.00

This tour is not designed for cruise ship passengers. Exclusive cruise ship tours are available from Klong Toey Port and Laem Chabang Port.

A quick stop at the Floating Market in Damnoen Saduak on the way will whet your appetite for today's and Tiger experience. And the main event on the next day: Elephants! You can ride and bathe the elephants in their natural habitat also you can soak in the beautiful SaiYok waterfall.

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A tailor-made tour is the best kind of independent travel itinerary, designed and arranged just for you and your needs.
All events and activities are part of your very personal, privately guided tour.
Just ask us and we will be happy to make your tour an unforgettable experience. We have been doing this for 25 years and the quality of tailor made tours has never changed.

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Why is a private tour a better choice?

With a private tour, you have the freedom to choose what you want to do and when you want to do it. There is much more room for flexibility and changes to your itinerary at every step of the way because you don't have to consider the needs of other travelers. The flexibility and freedom to make the most of your time is the reason why so many people choose to take a private tour rather than a group tour.

Tour Programme

07:00 - Day 1 Departs.

07:00 - Pick up from Hotel

Please wait for us in the lobby of your hotel.

08:30 - Floating Market Damnoen Saduak

The Floating Market is just a short detour on the way to Kanchanaburi and allows you the opportunity of taking a boat through the canal system.Read More >

11:00 - Bridge over the River Kwai

First stop in Kanchanaburi will be at the Bridge over the River Kwai. You can take a walk across the bridge but take care as there are no safety barriers. The local English-speaking guide will join you here. Read More >

12:00 - Lunch in a Thai Restaurant

We'll stop for lunch in a local Thai restaurant.Read More >

13:00 - Tiger experience

Tiger Cubs - You'll be able to feed the tigers. Getting them to respond to simple commands is a very rewarding experience.Read More >

15:00 - Walk along Death Railway

This was rated one of the best rail journeys in the world and you'll especially like the Wang Pho Viaduct which clings to the cliff face with the river far below.Read More >

17:30 - Check-in to Local Resort

Late afternoon you will arrive at the resort where you'll stay overnight.

19:00 - Dinner at the Resort

Relax and enjoy the variety of Thai cuisine in the Restaurant at the Resort.

08:00 - Day 2 Departs

08:00 - Depart for Sai Yok Waterfall

Sai Yok waterfall is on the way up to the Elephants Camp and is seen at its best during September & October when there is lots of water in the falls. Take your swimming gear and prepared to get wet.Read More >

11:30 - Lunch in a Thai Restaurant

Now that you have worked up an appetite, we'll stop for lunch on the way to the Elephant Camp.

13:00 - Ride & Bathe Elephants

When you ride the elephant be sure to fasten your seat belt because it's a long way down. You'll get the change to be the mahout when he gets off and invites you to slide down on the elephant's neck. Now you can bathe the elephant in the River Kwai. Read More >

14:00 - Bamboo Rafting on the River Kwai

Now that you are well wet, you can take the bamboo raft for a gentle float down the river. We'll pick you up at the other end.

15:00 - Depart for Bangkok

Once you have seen enough just tell the guide and she'll bring you back to the driver. Now you can relax during the journey back to Bangkok.

18:00 - Arrive back at your Hotel

You can expect to be back at your hotel around 6:00pm, depending on the traffic. If you need to be back earlier please tell the guide before you go in to the Tiger Temple.

Important Information

Tiger Cubs will be one of a three difference species ‘Leopard, Lion or Tiger cubs’ seasonal. Depend on the time when we’ll visit! Bamboo Rafting on the River Kwai are available more than 5 people!