Pre or Post Famil 2: WWII History and Thai Way of Life
August 14, 2018 - August 21, 2018 -
KANCHANABURI – SAMUT SONGKHRAM
This trip will take you from Kanchanaburi in Thailand’s Wild West, back towards Bangkok visiting the markets of Samut Songkhram on the way, along a trail of historical and cultural experiences.
The town of Kanchanaburi and surrounding countryside were once the scenes of much darker times, the subject of one of the most famous WWII stories: Bridge over the River Kwai. There are several historic sites and museums here that commemorate the tragic events that took place, including Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum and a few war cemeteries. The town makes a great base from which to explore the region’s natural attractions, the river and the surrounding rainforest.
Samut Songkhram, an hour’s drive west of Bangkok, is most famous for its colourful floating markets, and more recently a number of eco-tourism offerings that allow you to learn about the local culture and environment.
PRE – TUESDAY 14 AUGUST | POST – SUNDAY 19 AUGUST
Bangkok – Kanchanaburi
AM: Depart from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi (2.5 – 3hr drive)
Death Railway: take a death railway train from River Kwai Bridge for 2 hr ride to Tham Krasae Cave. (Tham Krasae station marks the start of the long viaduct by the cliff built by the Prisoners of War during World War 2 as part of the Death Railway)
PM: The Elephants World: Watch elephants playing in the mud, feeding old elephants, bathing elephants (Elephants World is a non-profit organization, founded in 2008 and is a sanctuary for sick, old, disabled, abused and rescued elephants, who will receive the rest and joy that they deserve. Here, the elephants can enjoy themselves in their own natural environment here until their last breath.)
Dinner at Malika R.E.124 “The Siamese Living Heritage City”: Mallika R.E. 124 is opening to the heritage of Thai wisdom. With wide rage of architectural Thai traditional house combined with fine arts and craftsmanship and natural environment that integrate harmoniously, the ancient city creates kind of atmosphere that induces visitors to perceive and appreciate the community of history , cultures, religions, arts and customs of Thai people in the reign R.E. 124 from dawn until now. www.mallika124.com
Overnight in Kanchanaburi
PRE – WEDNESDAY 15 AUGUST | POST – MONDAY 20 AUGUST
Kanchanaburi – Samut Songkhram
AM: Hellfire Pass & Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum: Hellfire Pass is the deepest cutting on the unfinished Death Railway line, built by Australian, British, Dutch and other allied POWs during the WWII. These men were forced by the Japanese to work in a cruel condition in order to complete the 110m, 17m deep cutting – scores were beaten to death by ruthless Japanese guards. Many more, including local labourers, died from disease and starvation.
PM: Depart from Kanchanaburi to Samut Songkhram
Firefly Night Cruising Tour: The tour will bring you along the river from where you can first watch the sunset, then the amazing fireflies flying around after dark.
Overnight in Samut Songkhram
PRE – THURSDAY 16 AUGUST | POST – TUESDAY 21 AUGUST
Samut Songkhram – Bangkok
AM: Local Experience at Baan Bangplub Community: learn the sufficiency lifestyle philosophy, watch the demonstration of coconut sugar making, ride a bicycle around fruit orchards, followed by lunch.
PM: Depart from Samut Songkhram for Bangkok