Kanchanaburi is perhaps Thailand’s most famous WWII site, well known for its Bridge Over The River Kwai and the infamous Thai-Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway. Prisoners of war were forced into hard labour to construct the railway under extremely harsh conditions and to commemorate the fallen, a national day of remembrance is set yearly on April 25 at Hellfire Pass as part of ANZAC day.
Day 1 – Bangkok – Sai Yok We pick you up from central Bangkok and head west for about three hours to Kanachanaburi. Our first stop is a glimpse into the far reaching realm of the Khmer Kingdom. The ruins at Prasat Mueang Sing date back to the 13th and 14th centuries and we cycle between them and visit the small museum. After our visit we cycle on great trails, passing by some teak plantations, as we make our way to the famous Death Railway. We take a break and walk on a scenic section of the railway that is built along a cliff above the River Kwai Noi to visit Krasae Cave. Visiting the cave, once a camp site for the prisoners of war building the railway. Today, the cave is a place of worship with a sitting Buddha statue inside. After our first glimpse of the Death Railway we transfer to our riverside luxury safari tented camp. Accommodation: Hintok River Camp. Ride 43 km. Meals: Lunch and Dinner Day 2 – Sai Yok Loop Today we explore the stunning landscape of Kanchanaburi. We start the day with a float downstream on a bamboo raft. This traditional method of transport allows you to see water buffaloes coming to the water's edge and the odd fisherman. Our bikes will be ready for us as we emerge from the cave and off we go through the surrounding countryside. The first part of the ride will be on country lanes and then we'll hit some dirt tracks and great trails through farmland where eggplants and many kinds of Thai herbs are widely grown. We cycle back to our luxury safari tented camp and have the afternoon free to relax. Accommodation: Hintok River Camp. Ride 17 – 30 km. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Day 3 – Hellfire Pass – Kanchanaburi Early in the morning around 3 am, we transfer to Hellfire Pass for a dawn trek to the Hellfire Pass Memorial. We will attend the Dawn Service at 5 am and give remembrance to those that served and sacrificed. Following the service we return to the museum for a Gunfire Breakfast of tea and ANZAC biscuits. We then transfer to the Kanchanburi War Cemetery around 10 am for the Memorial Wreath Laying Service. The cemetery is the the final resting place of 6,982 Allied POWs who perished during the construction of the Death Railway. You are free in the afternoon to rest or explore Kanchanburi city before we meet up for a group dinner. Accommodation: Royal River Kwai Resort and Spa. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Day 4 – Kanchanaburi – BangkokAfter breakfast, it's a short transfer to visit the famous bridge over the River Kwai. We'll start our riding as we make our way to the west side of the Kwai River. Riding on rural roads will lead us to the heart of rice fields the source of food surplus for the POWs labour camp. We continue following the river downstream to our restaurant where we have our lunch and later transfer back to Bangkok city. Ride 45 km. Meals: Breakfast and Lunch