2-day tour - Erawan Falls, raft house stay at Sai Yok National Park & more
Kanchanaburi Province in west Thailand is home to several natural and historical sites popular among both local and foreign tourists. While Erawan National Park is famous for it's waterfalls, Sai Yok National Park to the west is more popular for its rafthouses over Khwae Noi River.
This strictly private 2-day tour includes a visit to popular Erawan Falls in Erawan National Park, Hellfire Pass & Memorial Museum, overnight stay at Krit Raft House in Sai Yok National Park for various activities, a cave, Prasat Mueang Sing Historical Park and The Bridge over River Kwai in central Kanchanaburi.
08:00 – Our guide will pick you up from your hotel with an a/c car 8 a.m. in the early morning to avoid the crowds at Erawan Falls.
09:00 – Arrive at at Erawan Waterfalls (National Park) - Here we will spend 3 hours to walk up to all 7 tiers of Erawan Falls, if you are faint hearted we will only walk to the easily accessible first few lower tiers, you will decide how far we should go. It is possible to swim in blue/green waters which are full with fishes. Good to bring with you hiking shoes, swimwear and towel.
12:00 – Lunch at a local restaurant
13:30 – Arrive at Hellfire Pass & Memorial Museum - Dedicated to memory of all men and women who worked and died during the World Word II. The complex consists of a memorial site located within Hellfire Pass (Konyu Cutting), a museum exhibiting artefacts and the Memorial Walking Trail where we are going to hike.
15:30 – Arrive at Krit Raft House (floating bungalows) Sai Yok National Park - The raft house floats on the river on opposite side of the Sai Yok Yai Waterfall with very good view, this is where you will stay overnight. You will be provided with a spacious and comfortable private floating wooden raft, the bungalows are simple but charming, very clean and with toilet, shower (cold water) and fan. The raft will be pulled upstream by a long tail boat so you can enjoy the view of other tiers. It will be possible to swim and do private raft & body rafting downstream with life vest. Drinks, snacks, dinner and breakfast will be served on the raft. The electricity will be available from 6 pm until 6 am by a generator.
What to bring: Swimwear.
07:30 – Breakfast at Krit Raft House
08:30 – Kayak trip downstream on River Kwai - An experienced guide wil accompany you.
10:00 – We pick you up by the river
11:00 – Arrive at Lawa Cave - It is one of most beautiful caves in this region. The cave has many spacious chambers with stalactites and stalagmites. The entrance to the cave is a bit narrow. What to bring: Good shoes (e.g. running/hiking shoes)
12:30 – Lunch at a local restaurant
13:30 - Visit Rim Nam Café - A beautiful "of the track" riverside coffee shop by the River Kwai Noi making possibly the best coffee in Thailand. The shop is not known to foreign or local tourists, only known by local Thai people. There will be other beverages to be served if you like.
14:30 – Arrive at Death Railway Wooden Bridge & Krasae Cave - Walk along part of the old railway along beautiful slopes of steep mountainside on wooden bridge. The bridge is still in working condition. We will also do a short visit to a nearby cave called Krasae cave. This smaller cave was used as hospital by Japanese during the WWII.
15:30 – Arrive at Prasat Mueang Singh Historical Park - The most important historical site in Kwai Noi basin. The park is home to number of e Bayon-style temples as seen in Angkor Wat in Cambodia. The temples date back to 13th and 14th centuries.
17:00 – Arrive at The Bridge Over River Kwai
17:30 – Tour end in Kanchanaburi city
Where & When?
This full day tour can be booked all year-round. Our guide will meet you 8 a.m. on day-1 at your hotel or any other location you prefer where the tour will start from.
This tour is a private tour, can't be joined in group. You'll be accompanied by an English speaking licensed guide and no other people will join you; the best way to explore attractions in this 2-day tour. The listed prices below include private luxury transport, entrance fees, raft house stay, refreshments, meals and more. Please see the full list below.
The price for this 2-day tour is from 6,600 to 16,600 THB per person depending on group size. We also help to arrange private transport from Bangkok, 2,500 Baht each way.
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Tour rates include:
- Private transport from/to your location/destination in Kanchanaburi
- Private tour (Not joined by others)
- Private air conditioned car/minivan
- Private tour guide (Great local knowledge and good English speaking)
- All entrance fees
- Visit Erawan Waterfalls (National Park)
- Visit Sai Yok National Park
- Visit Sai Yok Yai Waterfalls
- Visit Private floating raft
- Visit Hellfire Pass & Memorial Museum
- Visit Kayak trip (followed by an experienced guide)
- Visit Lawa Cave
- Visit Prasat Mueang Singh Historical Park
- Visit Krasae Cave
- Visit Death Railway wooden bridge
- Visit The Bridge Over River Kwai
- 4 meals
- Accommodation (floating bungalow, double room)
- Coffee break and snacks
- Drinking water
- Soft drinks
- 7% VAT
Reviews from our guests
We appreciate your feedback after the tour when booking with us.
By: Veronica Ruvalcaba Macias, Germany | posted Sun 18 Mar, 2018
Good Atention and excellent service level. The guide is really friendly and have good knowledge.
By: Marta Glogowska, Poland | posted Sat 17 Mar, 2018
Visiting Kui Buri National Park with our 2 kids (1 year and 3 years) was an amazing experience and definitely highlight of our holiday in Thailand. Our guide was very knowledgeable and patient with spotting animals. In fact, we believe that he was the reason why we were able to see 10 elephants and several other animals during our trip. Additionally we highly assess their flexibility. They knew that we’re family with little kids so they sugessted we can make our trip shorter as March tends to be hot and animals would probably show up only later in the afternoon. This way we saved our kids an hour waiting in the sun while still saw many animals. Our kids were crazy about this trip!
Tour operator's response
Thanks Marta for your kind words.
Good to hear you and your kids enjoyed the trip in Kui Buri.
By: Roxana V, Romania | posted Sat 17 Mar, 2018
We loved the day trip to Doi Inthanon - we had nice weather, enjoyed the beautiful view of the 2 pagodas, the amazing waterfalls and also got a chance to see rice paddies and a coffee plantation.
Our guide was really nice, friendly and patient. Everything went super smooth and
We recommend the tour full heartedly.
By: Aviya Oz, Israel | posted Sat 17 Mar, 2018
We had 1.5 day trip and it was amazing. In the first day we saw millions of bats, really crazy. The second full day was inside the park with very nice and super professional guide that took us into the wild jungle of the National Park and knew exactly where to find all the wild life. I’ve had perfect English and we were only 4 people in the tour so it was just perfect. Thank you Jay (we called him “National Jay-ographic” 😝) and thanks for Thai National Park tours. It was really nice organized!
By: Audrius Balaisis, Lithuania | posted Fri 16 Mar, 2018
The trip was awesome! First, we had the best guide Ghaan. Her english was perfect, she was always on time, full of energy, well informed, helpful. She made sure that we had the best possible experience! Transport service and the driver were very good, as well as the food that we had. I was also positively impressed by the park itself. I have beet to a number of national parks in the US, India and China and Khao Yai is one of the best. I will certainly recommend the part and your firm to others. If you want more information about our experience, do not hesitate to ask :) Best regards! Audrius
By: Daniel HARDY, France | posted Thu 15 Mar, 2018
We enjoyed a lot our excursion.
The schedule were respected.
The guide was very kind and clear in his explanation and the driver was also very good.
By: Alex, Germany | posted Sun 11 Mar, 2018
We had the 2,5 days trip. It was very great! We haven seen a lot of wild animals and our guides told us many about the animals and the trees. It was fantastic!
By: Sue Dion, United States | posted Thu 8 Mar, 2018
We loved our hike! Our guide was informative and helpful. The Park was lovely too.
By: James Clarke, United Kingdom | posted Thu 8 Mar, 2018
Really excellent two days with Tata. He was a brilliant guide and found thinks we would never have found on our own. One of the best guides I have had and very knowledgeable and friendly. Saw lots of wildlife in two days including both types of gibbon, elephants, 4 pit vipers, hornbills (pied and great). Serpent eagle. Indo Chinese water dragon, water monitor, samba deer and lots more.
Such a great few days. Will do it again next time.
By: Dana Nedamaldeen, Germany | posted Wed 7 Mar, 2018
All in all it was very nice! It is a very special experience, especially when the tours are private! The booking was fairly easy and the responsibility of the staff were excellent.
But for a nationalpark that supposed to be left naturally and untouched it was pretty crowded. But this is an issue for the Nationalpark itself, less your’s.
Dana & Regina
Tour operator's response
Thank you for your feedback.
Glad to hear the trip was nice.
Indeed the park gets a lot of visitors, and that is a complicated problem. After all, you also wished to see it, just like many other people ;-) . So we are all part of this 'problem'.
Managing the amount of visitors is complicated. All visitors have their own ideas of how such a visit and area should look like, and what facilities should be provided or not for the visitors. And the park management has to try to make decisions.
At the same time, wildlife populations in Khao Yai seem to do fairly well. Not all, tigers have pretty much been extirpated, though that is partly maybe still from the time before the tourism grew. However species like elephants, deer and gibbons all seem to do fairly well in Khao Yai, often better than in other parks. It does look like a crowded park, but when looking on the map it becomes clear that it is still a relatively limited area with human disturbance. Surprising, the wildlife populations near the visitor areas seem to do maybe even better than those away from the visitor areas. The visitors also form some sort of protection. It won't be easy to go out hunting when there are many people around that could hear or see this. Often poaching is a bigger problem in parks that see far less visitors.
But obviously there are two sides of the story. As mentioned not everybody has the same idea about how to visit a park. Some just literally race to the waterfalls and back. Traffic victims especially deer and macaques but also elephants, cats, snakes and other wildlife are common. They get hit by cars that are not careful enough/ drive way too fast.
The park authorities are not equipped to fight this problem.
But all in all it is a complicated problem. We all would like to be alone in a remote place, but we can not block other people from access. Also part of the reason Khao Yai is the easiest park to see wildlife, is exactly because of the visitor number. The animals get more habituated to people and are less likely to flee.
From our extensive experience in the various larger parks in the country, none provides as consistent results when it comes to wildlife watching as Khao Yai. Surely it is not a zoo, but it is definitely one of the best options in the country.
Thank you for booking with us and enjoy your further travels. And who knows we will see you another time in one of the other parks ;-)
Tour details in short:
- Duration: 2 days
- Type: Private tour
- Price: 6,600 to 16,600 THB per person
- Group size: 1 or more people
- Grade: Easy to moderate
- Transport: Car
- Start: 8 p.m. day-1
- End: 6 p.m. day-2
What to bring:
- Hiking or sport shoes
- Swimming clothing
- Insect repellent