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Elephants and Temples with Krabi River Caves


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Private Tour Highlights

  • Visit a plethora of historic sites
  • Swim through Krabi’s crystal clear waters
  • Walk across the famous Bridge over the River Kwai
  • Experience the region’s rich history characterized by natural beauty and WWII
  • Bask in the soft, warm sand of Thailand’s finest beaches
  • Feed some newly made elephant friends at an elephant sanctuary
  • Peruse the fresh produce and wares of the vibrant floating market
  • Enjoy some of the continent’s finest cuisine with the provided meals
  • Board a traditional long tailed boat for sightseeing along the Krabi River
  • Visit Phi Phi Island, one of the most beautiful islands in the entire world!
  • Learn of Thailand’s history during WWII with a ride on the infamous Death Railway bridge
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Tour Overview

Although Thailand hosts a plethora of historical sites from ancient times, many significant events from the Second World War also occurred here. The region around Kanchanaburi saw most of the activity during that time and retains many wartime structures including the famous bridge over the River Kwai. Before visiting this area, spend a few days touring Bangkok and finish your tour enjoying the magnificent islands, beaches and crystal clear waters of Krabi.

With a deep history pertaining to WWII and an inherent natural beauty, Kanchanaburi will impress history buffs and nature lovers alike. Under the rule of the Imperial Japanese Army, prisoners of war from the United States, Australia, Thailand and Holland were pressed into forced labor squads that created the area’s historical landmarks from that era, including the famous bridge over the River Kwai, the Death Railway and Hellfire Pass.

Enjoy a few days of sun, beaches, spectacular scenery and watersports upon the beautiful waters of the Andaman Sea. From one of Krabi’s fine beach resorts, you will have a multitude of varying activities to explore in the area. Relish in the sheer beauty of the Andaman by taking a tour to the famous Phi Phi Islands for swimming and snorkeling or just lazing on the beach. You’ll have the opportunity to hang out on the beach for the remainder of your days here or try some kayaking, rock climbing, island hopping or a tour of the town itself.

Price Includes:
Round trip domestic airfare from Bangkok to Krabi, Accommodations with daily breakfast, All private transfers and activities by air-conditioned car, An English speaking guide to escort all transfers and tours, All entrance fees and activities as mentioned, Meals where specified (food only), Government tax and services charge

Krabi Excursions;
*Ao Thalen Sea Kayaking Tour
Early this morning, you will be picked up from your hotel for a sea kayaking adventure in the mangrove forest of Ao Thalen. The area features flora and fauna that aren't easily found, some traditional local villages, and narrow channels that cut through towering cliffs. Several species of kingfishers, herons, and crab-eating macaques are almost guaranteed to be seen as you journey the mangroves, and you may have a close encounter with monkeys or macaques. Upon completing your paddling route, return to the pier, change your clothes, and enjoy lunch at a restaurant with a nice view. After lunch, transfer back to your hotel.

*Rock Climbing at Railay Beach Tour
Take a boat out to Railay Beach, home of the famous rock-climbing activities. With a wide range of courses to meet all levels of climbing ability, it doesn’t matter how old, young, or unaccustomed to climbing you may be; the local instructors will find something that suits your ability and that you will enjoy climbing.

*Hot Spring and Emerald Lagoon Tour
Early this morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to a hot spring where you can relax. After your dip in the hot spring, explore the surrounding lowland rainforest area for a chance to see Gurney's Pitta Bird, which was once believed to be extinct. Proceed with a walk through the rainforest to reach Emerald Lagoon. Admire the different plant and animal species you encounter along the way, and upon arrival, enjoy a swim in the clear blue-green water. Continue to a local restaurant for lunch and visit Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Sua), one of the most beautiful temples in Krabi. Journey to the top of the mountain to admire the golden pagoda and beautiful views of Krabi Town and Khao Kanab Nam.

* For Day 3, it is recommended that for religious reasons, ladies have their shoulders covered and do not wear shorts or very short skirts. No sleeveless top and the sleeve have to be part of the top. Gentlemen should wear trousers and short sleeved shirts. Shoes must be removed before entering the Emerald Buddha Temple. Full length trousers and pants are required.

* Additional supplements may apply between 19 December – 11 January with a set minimum of consecutive nights required for bookings between 23 – 8 January. Special conditions apply between 28 December – 2 January.

* Additional supplements may apply during the weeks immediately preceding and following the Lunar (Chinese) New Year. The dates vary each year, but fall sometime between January 21st and February 20th:
2016 – Monday, February 8th
2017 – Saturday, January 28th
2018 – Friday, February 16th

* Guests staying at any accommodations on the 24th December are subject to a compulsory Christmas Eve dinner at added cost.
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Pricing Details
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Double £$3384 £$3774 £$4358 £$5503
Single £$5480 £$6275 £$7555 £$9845

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary


International FLight to Bangkok

Overnight International flight to Bangkok.

Overnight International flight to Bangkok.


Arrival in Bangkok

Upon arrival in Bangkok, airport reception and transfer to the hotel. Depending on one’s arrival time, spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Upon arrival in Bangkok, airport reception and transfer to the hotel. Depending on one’s arrival time, spend the remainder of the day at leisure.


Bangkok – Wat Pho

After breakfast, drive to Wat Pho in time to experience the monks' morning chanting ritual. One of the oldest and most extensive temples in Bangkok, Wat Pho is home to the famous 45m Reclining Buddha. It is also the original school of traditional Thai massage. Next, visit the Grand Palace, the most important and spectacular royal palace in Thailand. The palace is an architectural wonder of golden stupas, walls and pillars encrusted in shining and colorful mosaics. Previously the residence of the Kings of Thailand, there are multiple palaces within the complex which were used for different occasions; including the beautiful Wat Phra Kaew, which houses the most revered Buddha image in Thailand: The Emerald Buddha. Continue with a walk to the public ferry pier for a short boat ride to Wat Arun, once the grand royal temple to King Rama II. After exploring, eat lunch (not included).

Then proceed with a visit to Vimanmek Mansion, the largest teakwood mansion in the world. Also referred to as Teakwood Palace, it was built in 1900 by King Rama V as part of the Dusit Palace Complex. In 1982, Queen Sirikit was granted permission from King Rama IX to renovate the building for use as a museum. Today, the museum holds an impressive collection of photographs, personal art, and handicrafts that were all personally collected by King Rama V.

Continue with a visit to the Thai-style house of Jim Thompson, the legendary American businessman who came to Thailand at the end of World War II and rediscovered the Thai silk industry. His house is now a museum filled with fascinating Asian antiques and historical memorabilia. The house consists of six separate Thai teakwood houses from the Ayutthaya period put together as one. Jim Thompson's mysterious disappearance in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia remains a mystery to this day. After the tour, return to the hotel for the evening.

Note: Wat Arun Temple will be under renovation until further notice. Travelers will still able to visit the temple and walk around it, but the construction is ongoing and visitors will not be able to climb up the stupa. Ladies should wear a short-sleeved top with full-length pants or a knee-length skirt and gentlemen should wear pants and a short-sleeved shirt for religious reasons. Sandals and flip flops are not allowed. If this tour falls on a Monday, the Vimanmek Mansion part of the tour will be replaced with a tour of Suan Pakkad Palace Museum.
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Journey to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Depart early morning for the two-hour drive to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. This vibrant market features numerous small boats laden with colorful fruits and vegetables, paddled by Thai women wearing bamboo hats. Almost always crowded with hundreds of vendors, purchasers and tourists, the best way to experience the atmosphere of the market is to board a rowing boat yourself and make way through the small canals to buy fresh produce from the vendors. This is the only place to see the traditional way of selling and buying goods in Thailand.

Afterwards, visit the Nakorn Pathom; the site of the highest Chedi in Thailand called "Phra Pathom Chedi", which is the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia. Enjoy an excellent buffet lunch at the picturesque Rose Garden. After lunch, there will be Thai cultural performances, including the colorful Buddhist ordination procession, an elegant fingernail dance, a Thai boxing demonstration, Hill Tribe dance performances, sword fighting, elephants, charming folk dances, a traditional Thai wedding ceremony and more.

This evening, be picked up from the hotel and transferred to Manohra Pier (or Saphan Taksin Pier), where voyagers will board a boat for an evening cruise. Learn more about Bangkok and the Chao Phrya River, a truly magnificent waterway and one of the great rivers in Asia. The river has been a principal factor in the development of Thai heritage, culture, and economy, and is considered the nation's life and soul.

Cruise down the Chao Phrya River and enjoy a delicious Thai dinner and watch the panorama change to reveal fantastic treasures from the country's rich past, as well as fascinating modern architectural creations. The Manohra Luxury Cruise will take to the King Rama VIII Bridge, where the boat will turn around and head back to the pier. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.
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Bangkok – Kanchanburi Province

Early this morning, transfer to Kanchanaburi Province. Upon arrival, visit the cemetery of allied prisoners of World War II. Then visit the JEATH (Japanese, English, Australian, American, Thai and Holland) War Museum that commemorates the prisoners of war that were held captive here by the Japanese. Continue to the famous bridge on the River Kwai before experiencing a ride on the infamous Death Railway across the bridge, through local farmland and limestone mountains, and finally to Tam Krasae Station where there will be lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, head north to the uniquely scenic borderland of Sangkhlaburi, the westernmost district adjacent to Myanmar. Enjoy a coffee break at the Groeng Grawia Waterfall before continuing to Three Pagodas Pass - the mainland route into Thailand since ancient times that holds both Buddhist and historical significance from the Burmese-Siamese War of 1548. The pass is named for three small, crumbling pagodas which were built as symbols of peace. Transfer to the guesthouse in Sangkhlaburi for the evening and enjoy a traditional Thai dinner.
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Ancient Temples

This morning visit Mon Temple or Wat Wangwiwekaram, which was built by the people of the Mon Hill Tribe and is highly revered by Mon, Burmese, and Thai ethnicities from both sides of the border. Then enjoy a nice walk along the Wooden Bridge on Khao Laem Lake that provides a terrific view of Sangkhlaburi and the surrounding landscape. The bridge is over 850 meters (2,788 feet) long and considered to be Thailand's longest wooden bridge. Afterwards, enjoy a boat trip on the magnificent Khao Laem Lake to a floating village. On the way, make a brief stop at a sunken temple.

Return to Kanchanaburi for lunch at a local restaurant and then continue to Hellfire Pass Memorial, the renowned site at which prisoners of the Second World War were forced to create a pass for the Death Railway. Visit the informative museum and walk along the trail to the site of the pass. In the early evening, depart for a night jungle safari. Upon arrival at the camp, one can play with the resident elephants and bathe them in the river. Afterwards, embark on a night safari by elephant back through the camp and into the woodlands along the River Kwai. Conclude the night with a barbeque dinner on the riverbank before transferring to the hotel for the night.
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Elephant's World

After breakfast, head to Elephant's World, an organization that was created to improve elephant welfare and increase the experience of those taking care of domesticated elephants. Elephant's World is also a sanctuary for sick, old, disabled, abused, illegal and street elephants who receive the rest and care that they deserve. Situated just 32 kilometers (20 miles) outside of town, the camp is near the river and surrounded by mountains, creating an oasis of tranquility and peace. Upon arrival, meet the staff and prepare food for the elephants. Make sticky rice and cut bana grass, sugarcane and banana plants for them.

Later in the afternoon, continue to Nong Kao Village for a tour by bicycle or local truck. Visit the village shrine, a palm orchard, and the rice paddies. Then take some time to try delicious local fruits before receiving a demonstration of a ritual to the Rice Goddess. This performance is meant to strengthen and comfort the spirit of the Goddess and will enhance ones understanding of the role of rice plantations in the Thai farming culture.
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Kanchanaburi – Bangkok

Depart Kanchanaburi for the return to Bangkok and flight to Krabi. Upon arrival, airport reception and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Depart Kanchanaburi for the return to Bangkok and flight to Krabi. Upon arrival, airport reception and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.


Speed Boat ride to Phi Phi Island

Early this morning, be picked up from the hotel and transferred to Nopparatthara Pier. Board a speedboat for a 45-minute ride to Phi Phi Island, which is said to be one of the most beautiful islands in the world. The tour will take travelers to Maya Bay, the most famous beach on Phi Phi Island, Pileh Cove, Monkey Beach, and Viking Cave. Viking Cave was renamed "Tam Phaya Nak" by H.M. King Bhumibhol when he visited the cave in 1972. Tam Phaya Nak means "the cave of Naga", the great serpent of Buddhist legend. It is a place much revered by the local people who come here to collect swifts' nests to make Bird Nest Soup, a Chinese delicacy.

Phi Phi Lay Island is composed of limestone and steep cliffs rising up from the sea. It is an excellent location for scuba diving, sightseeing, snorkeling and swimming, and there are many nice white sand beaches to visit. Enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant on Phi Phi Don Island and then continue to Bamboo Island for more opportunities to swim and snorkel. Late this afternoon, depart from Phi Phi Island for Krabi and transfer back to the hotel to relax.
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Sightseeing along the Krabi River

Travelers

Travelers will be picked up from the hotel early this morning and brought to a local morning market. Continue to Khao Kanab Nam and board a traditional long tailed boat for sightseeing along the Krabi River. Visit caves where one can see stalagmites, stalactites, and bats; and mangroves forests where one may see monkeys, water monitors, and many other kinds of animals. Return to the pier and visit Krabi Town to do some shopping. From there, head to Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Sua), one of the most beautiful temples in Krabi.

Its quiet atmosphere and beautiful plant and flower surroundings are very conducive to relaxation and meditation. There are also several big trees in the area and caves with limestone stalagmites and stalactites to explore. One may also want to climb the 1000+ steps to the top of the mountain to admire the golden pagoda and beautiful views of Krabi Town and Khao Kanab Nam. Then, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and proceed to Tha Pom (Klong Song Nam). Tha Pom is a mangrove forest with a stream so clear that the bottom can be seen. Admire the beauty of the area while traveling along the wooden walkway through the forest, and then return to the hotel.

Note: If one would prefer to do the Hot Spring and Emerald Lagoon Tour, Ao Thalen Sea Kayaking Tour, or Rock Climbing at Railay Beach Tour instead of the Krabi City Tour, please contact a Yampu Travel Consultant.
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International flight home via Bangkok

Depending on the departure time, spend the day at leisure before transferring to the airport for a connection to Bangkok and flight home or continue with the Yampu Tours add-on of choice.

Depending on the departure time, spend the day at leisure before transferring to the airport for a connection to Bangkok and flight home or continue with the Yampu Tours add-on of choice.

Bangkok Thailand

Kanchanaburi Thailand

Krabi Thailand

Places You'll See

  • Bangkok_Temple


    Dubbed the “World’s Best City” by Travel + Leisure, Bangkok is home to a plethora of attractions, and activities. Enjoy a variety of shopping and dining experiences, or the city’s bustling night life. Or immerse yourself in the city’s rich culture by visiting the Grand Palace, any of the several Buddhist temples, or the Bangkok National Museum.

  • kanchanaburi--thailand


    With a deep history of WWII and an inherent natural beauty, Kanchanaburi will impress history buffs and nature lovers alike. Under Japanese rule, prisoners of were subject to forced labor that created some of today’s historical landmarks in the area. Take in the lush jungles, rolling hills, and riverbank vistas and enjoy Elephant’s World, an organization that cares for elephants in need.

  • boats-Krabi-Thailand


    While in Krabi, Relish in the sheer beauty of the Andaman Sea by taking a tour to the famous Phi Phi Islands for swimming and snorkeling or just lazing on the beach. Take the opportunity to hang out on the beach or try some kayaking, rock climbing, island hopping or a tour of the town itself.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Bangkok : Adelphi Suites

Bangkok : Chatrium Residence Sathon Bangkok

Bangkok : Shanghai Mansion Bangkok

Bangkok : U Sathorn Bangkok

Kanchanaburi : Boutique Raft Resort

Kanchanaburi : River Kwai Jungle Rafts (Raft House)

Kanchanaburi : River Kwai Resotel

Krabi : Aonang Phu Petra Resort

Krabi : Centara Anda Dhevi Resort

Krabi : Deevana Plaza Krabi Aonang

Krabi : Railay Bay Resort & Spa

4 Star Properties

Bangkok : Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa

Bangkok : Ariyasomvilla

Bangkok : Hotel Muse Bangkok Langsuan

Bangkok : Pullman Bangkok Hotel G

Kanchanaburi : Hintok River Camp

Kanchanaburi : U Inchantree Kanchanaburi Hotel

Krabi : Bhu Nga Thani Resort & Spa

Krabi : Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort

Krabi : Railay Village Resort & Spa

5 Star Properties

Bangkok : The Okura Prestige

Bangkok : Shangri-La Hotel

Bangkok : Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok

Bangkok : Sofitel So Bangkok

Kanchanaburi : Dheva Mantra Resort & Spa

Kanchanaburi : The Floathouse (Floating Villa)

Krabi : Amari Vogue Krabi

Krabi : The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort

Krabi : Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort

Luxury Properties

Bangkok : Mandarin Oriental

Bangkok : The Peninsula Bangkok Hotel

Bangkok : The Siam Hotel

Krabi : Centara Grand Beach Resort

Krabi : Rayavadee Krabi


Emily K.

Traveled January, 2015

I had such a great time with Yampu

I had such a great time with Yampu, and I would love to travel with them again. My boyfriend and I booked a customized private tour to Thailand (Bangkok and Chiang Mai), Laos (Luang Prabang), Cambodia (Siem Reap and Phnom Penh), and Vietnam (Saigon, Hanoi, and Halong Bay.) We both enjoyed every minute of the trip. The guides were all friendly and knowledgeable, the drivers were always punctual, the accommodations were lovely, and the food was delicious. I would highly recommend Yampu to anyone who wants to have a good time on their vacation.

Jonathan C.

Traveled November, 2014

Paula and I had a wonderful trip

Just landed back home. Everything on the trip went very well all had a good time, thanks. Could have spent one more day in Siem Reap everyone loved that. Paula and I had a wonderful trip, thank you for your efforts. Thanks,

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Traveled October, 2014

So overall great trip and MERCI BEAUCOUP

My congratulations on the organization, very balanced and diverse.Very nice choice of hotels. Guides all very different but very nice, particularly Sinat in Siem Reap. Great boat and team in Ha Long. So overall great trip and MERCI BEAUCOUP!!!!

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