Get close to the classic World War II sights, enjoy one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand and adventure your way through Kanchanaburi on the Death Railway train. After 3 days exploring Kanchanaburi, you are transferred to Go Beyond's Lake House. Here, close to the Burma border, in the middle of lush mountainous tropical forest is a lake. A lake with floating islands of water lilies, submersed Mon temples, hunting eagles and foraging hornbills, fishermen in fragile canoes, stunning cliffs with monkeys and flushing waterfalls, and villages on islands with a touch of yesterday. Lake House is our floating hideaway, where you can stay in comfort in the middle of remoteness. A Lake House adventure serves you a balanced mix of experiences and time to be laidback. Have a slow gin and tonic by sunset, kayak to a small island nearby or swim in the moonlight.
Included: Meals: 6 x Breakfast, 7 x lunch, 6 x dinner
Accommodation: 2 nights at a local resort in Kanchanaburi & 4 nights at a house boat in dormroom
Entrance fees: All entrance fees to national parks etc.
Transport: Minivan, soengtaew, long tail boat, and bamboo rafting
English speaking tour guide: Local English speaking tour leader / guide in Kanchanaburi and Go Beyond English speaking tour leader / guide on the house boat Not included: · Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks
· Transport to starting place at New Road Guest House
· All other expenses not stated
· Transport to/from starting point (New Road Guest House, 1216/1 Charoen Krung Rd., Bangrak)
· Embark on a fantastic journey into the Western part of Thailand combining history, nature and a peek into life well beyond the beaten track
· Be captivated by the sheer beauty of the peaceful, spellbinding and remote Khao Laem Lake
· Kick back in your hammock and watch the beautiful nature slowly passing by the houseboat
· Explore the bridge over the River Kwai and be reminded of the WWII history
Day 1: Bangkok – Kanchanaburi, and historical sights
Departure from New Road Guest House or your hotel in Bangkok around 08:45. As you leave Bangkok behind the landscape will start to change as you drive to Kanchanaburi – a trip that takes around three hours. Upon arrival you will check in to your accommodation and have lunch.
Around 14:00 go by boat downriver to Khao Poon Cave. Join a sight-seeing trip that includes the war museum, war cemetery and the famous bridge over the River Kwai.
Dinner will be served at the guesthouse and you will get a half-hour foot massage. The rest of the evening is set-aside for free time. You may want to take a swim or sign up for some optional tours. (Additional tours/activities are not included in the package price). (L, D)
Day 2: Erawan National Park
After breakfast, go to Erawan National Park, where you can soak in the beautiful seven-level waterfall and small pools. Remember to bring your swimsuit! After a local lunch, visit the Hellfire pass, followed by Kra-Sae cave train station, where you board the Death Railway for a 30-minute ride that will take you to the World War II-era Bridge. Return to Kanchanaburi for dinner, and the rest of the evening is at free disposal. (B, L, D)
Day 3: Kanchanaburi overland float to Khao Laem Lake. Embark the Lake House
You may opt for a bike tour of the city if you'd like, but it's not obligatory. Other options include swimming, sightseeing, shopping in the city, and massages (not included in package). After lunch (around noon), you will be picked up by minibus for the transfer to the lake house, which lies near the border with Burma (Myanmar).
Depending on traffic expect to arrive in Sangkhlaburi around 15:00 and embark the Lake House. Breathe in the fresh air, take in the serene surroundings and check out your floating home for the days ahead. While you sail to the anchorage for the night, meet your fellow travellers and Thai staff over a home-cooked Thai dinner. Enjoy a drink (or two) at the bar and kick back to enjoy the first of many sunsets as the darkness slowly takes over. (L, D)
Day 4: Jungle walk to a waterfall OR climb the Lijia Cave (Temple of Gloom), and visit a fisherman's village
Wake up for a hearty breakfast, served each morning between 08.
00 and 09.00. Depending on the season and water level you will either do a short jungle walk to beautifully flushing waterfall, or you will explore the Lijia cave and the nearby local village.
The waterfall is cascading and impressive when the water level is high (usually Sep-Mar), inviting you for a swim after the short trek through the jungle. As the water level detracts, you will instead do short trek to Lijia cave where you can explore the inside. If you are lucky, you might find a few treasures. It is believed that Japanese soldiers left these treasures, including gold, in the area when they built the Death Railway during the World War II.
If time allows, you will visit a local fisherman's village, where houses are built on floating rafts, fishes are farmed next door, and you get around by boat.
When back on the Lake House you will be served a nice Thai lunch. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy Lake House living. Swim in the lake, do a bit of fishing, kayak the calm water or doze the afternoon away. As day turns into night, enjoy a delicious Thai dinner and watch the stars spark high up in the sky. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Go to a remote village only accessible by boat, and kayak below steep cliffs
The Lake House will start moving early morning, and while you have breakfast, arrive at Bee Island.
Change to long tail boat and head to the southern part of the lake, where you will notice the landscape changing yet again. Your destination is a remote village only accessible by boat, which gives a unique and friendly island vibe ambience. Visit the local pagoda built on a steep cliff and surrounded by a big lotus pond. The sacred pagoda is accessible by a walking bridge, but only men are allowed to pass, and climb to the top. But dread not, the pagoda is beautiful from a distance, and the sacred vibe, spirit houses; local vibe and smiling kids are more than worth the trip in itself.
Once back at the Lake House, have lunch in the finest scenery. In the afternoon, go by kayak or long tail boat around the steep cliffs, and if time and season allows, you can explore a small cave. See if you can spot some of the monkeys searching for food in treetops, a passing eagle or flying hornbills. Late in the afternoon, the Lake House will slowly move northwards while you relax on the sundeck or in a hammock, have a sundowner and enjoy a fine dinner. (B, L, D)
Child age: 2 to 11. Infants below 2 years
Child rate: See “Rates”. Infants are free of charge
This tour is recommended for: All ages
Please be aware of: The trip is carried out on a lake, so please keep an eye out for small children and it is advised to bring along your own swim gear for the children’s safety.
2 nights at a local resort with private bathroom in Kanchanaburi.
4 nights at a house boat, which offers 1 shared dorm room with 6 beds and 7 nice standard rooms (suitable for 2-4 people). All have French balconies with lovely views, fans, mosquito nets and shared toilet/showers. Note that the period roughly from Mar to Jun are the hot months. Expect warm nights where open windows and ceiling fans can help ease the heat.
Minivan, Rafting, Songthaew, Long tail boat and Walking
Depature all year. Nov – Feb is the cool season, where the temperature is pleasant during day time and the mornings might be a bit chilly. This is also the most busy month.
May to Oct is the rainy seasons. This is, however, also the season where the surroundings are most lush and colorful.
Mar – May is considered the hot season, where temperatures are at their highest and there is a small chance of rain. This is also roughly the season where the water level in the lake starts to decrease and parts of the itinerary may have to be adapted. This could be by using songthaew instead of long tail boat, going to different villages and/or substituting experiences. We guarantee you; you will not be disappointed though!
Sangkhlaburi, Khao Laem Lake, Kanchanaburi, River Kwai, Erawan National Park
· A warm jumper
· Mosquito repellent
· Passport (moving close to border)