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Bangkok, Rice barge, River Kwai, Erawan, Ayutthaya

Join us and cruise along the magnificent Chao Phraya River on board the award winning traditional teakwood rice barge ‘Thanatharee’, converted to meet the specific needs of independent minded travellers. We leave Bangkok behind and cruise through Thailand’s rural heartland for an unforgettable trip that will be a highlight of any visit to Thailand. We also tour Bangkok, visit Kanchanaburi and Erawan National Park, and explore the magnificent ruins of Ayutthaya, a former capital of Thailand and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Read more


  • Day 1:
  • Arrive in Bangkok

We meet you at Bangkok airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to settle in and relax.

  • Day 2:
  • Bangkok

We start the day with a half day tour of Bangkok, visiting the stunning Grand Palace complex and the Royal Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The Afternoon is spent cruising along the many canals of Bangkok's rural suburbs. You'll stop along the way to visit places of interest including markets, gardens and the Royal Barge House.

  • Day 3:
  • Rice barge

Today you board our rice barge and start sailing up the Chao Phraya River. In the morning you'll stop to explore the Mon pottery village on the island of Ko Kred and visit Pathum Thani market where various vegetables, meats and other local produce are sold. In the afternoon you'll continue along the Chao Phraya River before branch off onto one of its tributaries.

  • Day 4:
  • Rice barge

Early this morning you'll have a chance to give alms to the local monks and learn more about their religion. After breakfast you'll take a cycling tours to explore the local villages and temple. After lunch we continue your cycle tour visiting a local orphanage and various local cottage industries.

  • Day 5:
  • Rice barge

Your morning visits today will include the lively market at Pamok and a tour of the local school. You'll also spend some time meeting a local family that make drums, before we head on to Ayutthaya. From here we board a modern boat for the fast transfer back to Bangkok.

  • Day 6:
  • Kanchanaburi

Today we transfer you to the historic town of Kanchanaburi. Here you'll visit the famous bridge over the River Kwai along with World War II cemeteries and the local War Museum. After lunch there will be time for train journey on the Death Railway over the bridges and viaduct built by POWS during the Second World War. To end the day we take you on a short long-tail boat ride along the Kwai Noi River.

  • Day 7:
  • Erawan National Park

There is a change of scenery today as we visit the nearby Erawan National Park. Your morning will be spent wandering through the dense forests learning about the diverse wildlife, including brightly coloured insects, tigers and the mighty Asiatic Elephant. You'll also visit spectacular multi-tiered waterfalls. Your afternoon if free to enjoy Kanchanaburi at your leisure.

  • Day 8:
  • Ayutthaya

Our destination today it the ancient capital of Thailand at Ayutthaya. This UNESCO world heritage site is an archeological treasure and it's wonderful collection of palaces and temples is one of the highlights of any visit to Thailand. You'll have the whole day to explore this amazing site before transferring back to Bangkok.

  • Day 9:
  • Bangkok

This morning we take a boat ride along Damnoen Saduak canal enjoying the sights and sounds of local Thai life. The morning ends with a visit to the famous floating market where local traders sell their produce from boats on the canal. Your afternoon is free to relax or include some other optional tours.

  • Day 10:
  • Bangkok

Your morning is free to do some last minute sightseeing or shopping before we transfer you back to airport for flight home.

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Private tour; minimum age 12yrs
Temples & Palaces of Bangkok; Rice Barge cruise & cycling tours; Bridge on the River Kwai; Erawan National Park; Temples at Ayutthaya; Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Rice barge cruise boat, private a/c minibus, cycling, boat trip
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Breakfast: 9 | Lunch: 7 | Dinner: 4


We use a range of carefully selected hotels for our private departures. If you have specific requests for hotels, please ask for a tailor-made tour.


Customer feedback

"The tour was excellent and my guide Pith Pith was extremely friendly and I enjoyed my time with him."

Nimisha Sachdev (Thailand Diving and Khao Sok National Park)

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