Gay Travel Thailand: Kanchanaburi, the River Kwai and Thailand's famous Tiger Temple day trip from Bangkok
An exciting ride on an historic railway
Immortalized in film, the River Kwai is only a few hours from Bangkok by road. See the Death Railway in a day or stay longer to see the many other historical and natural wonders near the border with Myanmar.
Where We Shine: Purple Dragon specializes in programs which are off the beaten path of commercial tourism and immerse our guests in the rich and lively traditions of Thai daily life. Your tour is private and you have the undivided attention of your guide. Our guests often tell us that the highlight of their holiday was the charming company of our trained guides.
"I liked the variety of the trip: the mountain-top temple, the limestone caves (complete with bats and --according to my guide-- ghosts, lunch on the River Kwai, the Bridge, the memorial cemetery, and the United Nations Museum. It was a long day but really rewarding." -- Barry W
When Thai people need a break from the bustle and hustle of Bangkok, they say "bai teo Gan" (visit Kan), and head off for the green countryside bordering Burma. Kanchanaburi is full of historic sites, fascinating scenes, and serene natural wonders. If you have more than a day, why not spend the night on a floating raft house and hike to glorious waterfall-fed pools. If you're lucky, you may happen onto a country fair or a light-and-sound spectacle in a ruined Khmer fortress. Every year at the end of November the province celebrates the River Kwai Bridge festival. Historic Kanchanaburi is a perfect romantic get-away with that special someone! You do not have to be gay to enjoy this trip to the River Kwai. Our mainstream guests choose us because they know they will get something better from a gay company.
One Day Tour
Morning departure with your private car, driver and guide. On the way to Kanchanaburi, wonder at Phra Pathom Chedi, the tallest Buddhist stupa in the world, which towers over the provincial city of Nakhon Pathom. Arrive at the Bridge over the River Kwai for lunch and then tour the chilling Allied Prisoner of War Museum. As you head out of town, you may be interested to stop at the hillside temple of the floating nun who, for a small donation for the blessing, will demonstrate her unique form of meditation in a pool of jasmine-scented holy water. Finish your afternoon roaming the haunting, 800-year-old ruins of Prasat Muang Sing, the westernmost outpost of the ancient Khmer empire. Day trippers will return to Bangkok. You can extend this day trip to Kanchanaburi and the River Kwai to include, Thailand's famous "Tiger Temple" if you arrange in advance. There is a nominal additional cost because it is farther.
Those who opt for the three-day stay will overnight on a floating river raft hotel, at the edge of the jungle. This evening, we'll treat you to dinner along with an exotic show by Mon dancers, an ancient people who inhabit lower Burma and central Thailand.
On the second day your morning is free to swim, take a raft ride on the river, or walk to a nearby Mon village for an elephant ride. After lunch, take a two kilometer hike through the jungle at Erawan National Park (wear good walking shoes and bring your swimsuit and a towel). The trail weaves past seven levels of waterfalls with several natural swimming pools along the way. Cavers may also find a couple of limestone caves nearby to explore. This evening you will stay in a charming garden bungalow near the river.
On the third day your morning is free. You might like to visit nearby Lawa cave with your guide, just a short hike away from the hotel. After lunch, board an old-fashioned wooden train for a scenic trip down the gorge that winds along the River Kwai. This is the remaining stretch of the infamous Death Railway to the Burmese border, constructed by the Japanese Imperial Army using forced labor. Our driver will meet you back in Kanchanaburi for the drive back to Bangkok.
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Standard: Jungle Rafts
One-day tour includes private guide, car and driver. Three-day tour includes private guide, car and driver, one night standard accommodation and one night superior accommodation; tax, service, and daily breakfast beginning on day 2, dinner and cultural show on day 2. Not included: admissions and other meals.