Category: Thailand

River Kwai

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Kanchanaburi Province is perhaps best known as the setting for dramatic and tragic events centred around the World War 2 occupation of Thailand by the Japanese. However, this lush province offers much more than this.

TUI will take you by long-tailed boat into the wild upper reaches of the Kwai Noi River, where we spend a night on the river itself, surrounded by forested hills. We walk the trails of the beautiful Erawan Falls National Park, where you can stop for a swim in the turquoise waters surrounded by curious tropical fish.

No Kanchanaburi visit is complete without a visit to the moving Hellfire Pass, where the infamous ‘Death Railway’ carved its most treacherous course. We tour the moving museum and memorial to the tens of thousands of POWs and forced labourers who died in the Railway’s construction, and take the rustic local train along a stretch of the original route. Our ride ends at the historic ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’.


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Thailand’s steamy, chaotic, exotic capital, Bangkok offers something to suit any traveller’s taste: a rich and accessible culture and history, some of Asia’s finest shopping, vibrant nightlife, and arguably her finest dining.

TUI will introduce you to the wonders of Bangkok’s ornate Grand Palace, where the revered Emerald Buddha is housed amidst a wealth of Bangkok’s finest royal and religious architecture. Nearby, we explore Wat Pho, with its gigantic reclining Buddha nearly 50 metres in length, spectacularly covered in gold leaf. Take a boat ride on the Chao Phraya River as it cuts its muddy path past some of Bangkok’s most imposing monuments, modern and ancient.

Most of our travellers choose to extend their Bangkok stays to take advantage of the wealth of options this thriving metropolis offers. With the new Skytrain in full operation, the sprawling Weekend Markets, modern department stores like Zen and Emporium, and the night markets of Sukhumvit and Silom are all short rides from our centrally-located hotels.

Be sure to get out and experience this dynamic city at your own pace: take a stroll through the trading streets of Chinatown or Pahurat (the Indian district), tour the elegant gardens and rich interiors of the Vimanmek Teak Mansion, visit Jim Thompson’s House with its superb display of Thai art and architectural styles, and the National Museum’s extensive collection of artefacts from around the country. And don’t be afraid to let your tastebuds run wild – from street stalls to royal Thai restaurants, Bangkok is a culinary sensation.

Chiang Rai

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Although having existed somewhat in the shadow of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai is rapidly moving ahead. This northern outpost is sprawled along the south bank of the Kok River and it’s a great gateway to hilltribe trekking and perfect for a spot of handicraft shopping.

Chiang Rai was founded in 1263 by King Mengrai of Ngon Yang. Tradition has it that the city prevailed as capital of the north for 30 years, although historians now believe Mengrai moved his court directly from Ngon Yang to Chiang Mai in the 1290s.

Thailand’s two holiest images, the Emerald Buddha and the Phra Singh Buddha once resided here, although now replicas can be seen here.