River Kwai Cruise

4 day Explorer - from £1059

Cruise Thailand’s waterways aboard the RV River Kwai, the first cruise vessel of its type in the country. Designed to replicate the colonial style of earlier vessels, the RV River Kwai offers an intimate experience. With only ten cabins, you’ll be sure to relax and enjoy river life pass you by.


  • Fantastic scenery
  • Relaxing river cruise
  • Thai history & culture
  • Kaeng Lava Cave
  • JEATH War Museum
  • Bridge over the River Kwai
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Bangkok - Kanchanaburi - Ban Kao

Transfer from your Bangkok hotel to Kanchanaburi stopping off at Phra Pathom Chedi along the way. Afterwards, visit the Khao Noi Cave Temple and Tiger Cave temple before making a stop at the thought provoking JEATH War Museum. Board the RV River Kwai at around noon with lunch on board. In the afternoon, visit Wat Tham Khaopoon and then return to the ship and cruise upriver to Wang Pla Moo Bridge.

Meals: Lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Onboard the RV River Kwai

Day 2 - Ban Kao - Sai Yok

After breakfast cruise upriver to visit Prasat Muang Singh, a historic park with Khmer architecture from days gone by. Continue by road to Tha Kilen Train Station where you will board the train for the famous journey over the long wooden viaduct over the River Kwai. Continue by coach to Sai yok Elephant Village, before returning to the boat for lunch and the rest of the day at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Onboard the RV River Kwai

Day 3 - Sai Yok - Ban Hin Dad

After breakfast walk to Kaeng Lava Cave. On your return to the ship cruise upriver to Ban Haad Ngiu and continue by coach to Hell Fire Pass, a part of the Death Railway cut right through the rock of the mountain. Enjoy lunch onboard Return to the boat for lunch cruise past Sai Yok Yai Waterfall and an afternoon at leisure, or visit a local school for refugees. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travellers.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Onboard the RV River Kwai

Day 4 - Ban Hin Dad - Kanchanburi - Bangkok

Make an early visit to a temple where you can make offerings to the monks. After breakfast disembark and return to Kanchanaburi by coach visiting the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre Museum, Donrak War Cemetery and the world-famous bridge over the River Kwai. You arrive back into Bangkok in the early evening.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch


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All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin or double room. Seasonal variations may apply, please call Freedom Destinations for more information and availability. Cruise does not run from 29 April to 30 June.

River Kwai Cruise Map


Explore Thailands River Kwai area, with beautiful scenery, rich history and excellent local culture. Enjoy private cabins, superb dining and plenty of on and offshore experiences.

Your cruise includes:

  • En suite air-conditioned cabin
  • All meals
  • Maximum of 20 guests aboard
  • Soft drinks, tea and coffee
  • Return coach transfers to the pier
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Entertainment
  • On-shore excursions


  • Dining room
  • Lounge
  • Sun deck
  • Observation deck

Departure dates:

Departs upstream on select Mondays and downstream on select Thursdays.

For advice or to start planning your holiday

talk to an Asia Expert on 0333 234 3112