HELLFIRE PASS TOURS - THAILAND

DESTINATION: Thailand

PERIOD: 8 Days

PRICE: $3,310 per person twin share, $750 single sup

TOUR DATE: Friday, 20 April 2017

A special tour, Hellfire Pass Tour commemorate ANZAC Day at Hellfire pass at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. Known as the Railway of Death, visit the ‘Bridge over the River Kwai’ where the greatest number of lives were lost while constructing the Thai-Burma Railway during WWII. Visit the JEATH war museum, the Weary Dunlop Museum and Bangkok.  Time for shopping in Bangkok, a cruise in a traditional long tailed boat and a visit to a floating market.

Brief Itinerary  
Day 1      Bangkok
Day 2     Bangkok City Tour
Day 3     Kanchanaburi
Day 4     River cruise – River Kwai
Day 5     Hellfire Pass
Day 6     ANZAC Day
Day 7     Damnoen Floating Market
Day 8     Bangkok

Full Itinerary

Day 1
Wednesday – April 20th
BANGKOK
On arrival at Suvarnabhumi airport Bangkok you will be met by one of our local representatives and transferred to your hotel.  After booking into your central hotel your time is at leisure to explore your surroundings. Bangkok is a shopping Mecca, with its markets, street stalls, tailor shops and world class shopping centres. For the more adventurous the city comes alive in the evenings.
Overnight Bangkok

Day 2
Thursday – April 21st
BANGKOK – CITY TOUR (B L D)
This morning’s tour will commence at 9.00 am. Please make your way to the lobby at 8.45 am to meet with your guide and other tour members. After the meet and greet you will commence your tour of the city and visit the Royal Grand Palace and Wat Prah Kaew. Your guide will advise you of clothing restrictions prior to visiting the Royal Palace. This huge compound occupies an area of about a square mile and houses the Emerald Buddha, the most sacred Buddha image in Thailand. After lunch in a local restaurant you take a cruise on a long tailed boat along the legendary Chao Phraya River and canals, this is one of the most pleasant ways to explore the city once dubbed the “Venice of the East”. Your day is complete with a visit to the Gems Gallery, to see how gems are cut and set into jewellery.

To avoid Bangkok’s notorious traffic congestion this evening’s group welcome dinner will be at your hotel.
Overnight Bangkok

Important
Dress Code; Participants on this tour should note that the chapel is a national shrine and you will be required to wear proper attire (no bare shoulder, knees or strapless-heel shoes). Shoes must be removed before entering the temple building as a matter of respect

Day 3
Friday – April 22nd
BANGKOK – KANCHANABURI (B L D)
After breakfast we depart for the picturesque Kanchanaburi region, which is cloaked in WWII history. En route we stop at Nakhon Pathom Temple; this Temple was visible to the POWs when they arrived from Singapore. Adjacent to the temple was a massive hospital area where some 10,000 POWs were treated after the completion of the railway. We then continue west to Nong Pladuk station and junction which marks the point from which the Thai – Burma railway commenced and the site of a huge railway workshop some of which is still in operation today. On arrival in Kanchanaburi we visit the JEATH War Museum (Japan, England, Australia, Thailand, and Holland) and after lunch in a local restaurant we visit the Thailand – Burma Railway Centre. The centre is an interactive museum, research and information centre which is dedicated to presenting the story of the Thailand-Burma Railway. The museum has many galleries and displays and tea and coffee are included in your visit. The centre is adjacent to the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and your guide will accompany anyone wishing to visit a particular gravesite prior to our visit on Anzac Day. After booking into your hotel your time is at leisure. Dinner is at your hotel.
Overnight Kanchanaburi

Day 4
Saturday  – April 23rd
RIVER CRUISE – RIVER KWAI (B L D)
This morning we board a traditional long tailed boat for a fun filled scenic cruise. We will view mountainous jungle, the infamous bridge and life on the river. Visit the Prisoner of War Museum (War Museum at the Bridge) that collects the World War II stories, such as war instruments, photographs and uniforms, located on the bank of Kwai River nearby the Bridge on the River Kwai.  Later, you board a passenger train for a 40 minute journey along what was part of the “Death Railway” but is today a popular and scenic journey. The train runs along the River Kwai (Kwae) river, passing at slow speed over the impressive Wampo Viaduct (Wang Po), which was built by the POWs. The viaduct is built of wooden trestles which cling to the cliff face. After disembarking from the train at Wang Po station, we can walk across the infamous bridge built by the POWs and immortalised by the fictional film, “Bridge over the River Kwai”.  After lunch in a local restaurant we are then returned to our hotel for free time to relax.
Dinner is at your hotel.
Overnight Kanchanaburi

Day 5
Sunday April 24th
HOME PU TOEI – HELL FIRE PASS (B L D)
This morning we depart to visit the Weary Dunlop Museum, then travel onto Hellfire Pass and visit the museum before walking along the former railway track to Konyu Cutting. In only 12 weeks, working in horrendous conditions for 16 to 18 hours a day, the allied POW’s, cut through solid limestone and quartz rock to form a cutting 17 metres deep and 110 metres long. They lacked the necessary construction tools and at night worked by bamboo torch light. Their emaciated bodies were said to resemble a scene from hell, hence the name Hell Fire Pass. For the intrepid walker there is now a memorial walking trail that follows the alignment of the original Burma-Thailand railway for approximately four kilometres from Hellfire Pass to beyond Compressor Cutting. Small shelters and interpretative panels have been provided at various locations and toilets are available at the Hintok Road stop. The trail is uneven and good walking shoes and a bottle of water are essential for the walk. After dinner in a local restaurant we return to your hotel to prepare for tomorrow mornings early rise.
Overnight Kanchanaburi

Day 6
Monday – April 25th
ANZAC DAY (B D)

Early morning, we depart the hotel for the moving Dawn Service at Hellfire Pass, which begins at 5.30am. After the Service you gather at the Hellfire Pass museum for the “Gun Fire” breakfast, ANZAC biscuits, tea or coffee with Bundaberg rum. We then breakfast at one of the nearby hotels before making our way back to Kanchanaburi to attend the Wreath Laying Service at 11.00am at the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, where over 6,500 former POW’s are buried. A sausage sizzle follows the service. On our return to the hotel your day is at leisure to recover from your early start. Dinner is at your hotel. Overnight Kanchanaburi

Day 7
Tuesday – April 26th
DAMNOEN FLOATING MARKET – SAMPRAN RIVERSIDE – BANGKOK (B L D)
This morning you depart Kanchanaburi for Bangkok, stopping en route at what was Bang Pon Station. The station was the site of a POW camp and the disembarkation point for POWs arriving from Singapore.  After surviving the horrendous journey they were force marched or trucked to various work camps. Continuing your journey you board a long tailed boat and travel along the narrow canals passing traditional Thai houses, orchards, market gardens and workshops before arriving at Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, which is routinely crowded with vendors selling their products from small rowing boats. Time will be allowed to visit the market for any last minute mementos.  After lunch at Sampran Riverside (former Rose Garden),you can experience sustainable way of life in the Thai Village through various activities, each one in their own stations such as traditional weaving, rice farming, garland making, traditional pottery, traditional Thai kitchen, umbrella painting, Thai herbal compress making.  There are trained staff at each station to demonstrate the activity and provide information so you are able to obtain a full hands on experience.  Then, enjoy the Village celebration which starts with drums ensemble, followed by a folk dance, sword fighting, bamboo dancing and a ramwong dance finale.  Rose Garden Riverside, you attend the internationally acclaimed Thai Village Cultural and Elephant Show. Depending on traffic congestion you should arrive at our hotel in Bangkok before 5.00pm.

This evening there is a group farewell dinner at your hotel.
Overnight Bangkok.

Day 8
Wednesday – April 27th
BANGKOK (B)
Our Thailand tour comes to an end and you will be transferred to Bangkok International Airport.  Clients that wish to do more sightseeing in Thailand or extend their stay in Asia we can provide options for this.

NB:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  (B, L, D)

A moderate level of fitness is required along with comfortable walking shoes.

This tour is subject to change.

 

 Tour Includes:

  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • Transport with private A/C vehicles
  • Entrance fees
  • Sightseeing with local experienced English speaking guide
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Battle Tours information kit.

 

 Not Included:

  • International flights (we can provide)
  • Travel Insurance (we can provide)
  • Meals not shown on the itinerary
  • Drinks
  • Laundry
  • Phone calls
  • Optional visits and personal expenses
  • Gratuities to local guides
 

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