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$8200pp twin/double | solo traveller please add $1900
The Thai – Burma Railway built by the Japanese army in 1942 provided the background for this journey that explores the south east of Myanmar before crossing into Thailand.
Our journey begins in Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar well known for its colonial architecture and the most celebrated religious monument in Southeast Asia, the Shwedagon pagoda. We travel in a south easterly direction through Mon State which ruled Myanmar for a short time in the 17th century before reaching our destination of Kyaiktiyo or Golden Rock. Perched high on a mountain the rock is famous for its religious significance as much as its precarious position balancing on the edge of a cliff. When the British first arrived in Myanmar they made their landing at Mawlamyaing on the delta of the Thandwe River (or Salween).The town has an interesting colonial architecture and was also the entry point for western missionaries.
The Thai - Burma railway started on the Burmese side at Thanbyuzayat where we will visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery and visit the railway museum. In the far south the delightful town of Dawei with its swaying coconut palms and pristine beaches is a perfect spot to prepare for our dirt road crossing (240 kilometres) into Thailand and our destination of Kanchanaburi. We spend the next three days aboard the RV River Kwai, the only inland river boat in Thailand, which is chartered for our journey. From here we will visit vestiges of the old railway, the most westerly outpost of the Khmer empire at Prasat Muang Singh and spend some time relaxing on the river.
Our journey concludes in Bangkok.
*Quality accommodation for 13 nights
*All meals whilst aboard the RV River Kwai
*Private charter of the RV River Kwai
*Private vehicle (always a ratio of two seats to one)
*Entrance and sightseeing fees
*Private airport/hotel/airport transfers
*Tour director - Ross Goddard
Our favourite things on this journey - the circular rail in Yangon. Golden Rock and the Salween River delta. Kipling's old pagoda in Mawlamyaing looking lazy at the sea. The seaside town of Dawei and the start of the so called death railway. Crossing the border through Karen territory on the Tiki Road. Three delightful days aboard the privately chartered RV River Kwai. The somber remnants of Hellfire pass.