Houseboat Lake and Jungle Safari

Take a unique four-day break in Khao Laem National Park staying in a houseboat. Nestled near the border of Burma, this picturesque region is far removed from the tourist trails. Drift lazily around the calm waters and admire the tropical scenery as you head towards Sangklaburi. Explore tribal villages, waterfalls, go fishing and kayaking, and take an elephant ride through the jungle

Destinations included:
Bangkok – Kanchanaburi - Houseboat - Karen Village - Sangklaburi

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With this tour you can:

  • Choose your own departure date
  • Select the comfort level of accommodation
  • Adjust activities to cater to special interests
  • Modify any aspect of the tour as needed
JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Visiting the bridge over the River Kwai, famous for its role in WWII and learning about its history
  • Exploring the scenic Khao Leam Lake, its islands and villages by houseboat
  • Visiting an enchanting "long neck" Karen village by boat.
  • Trekking through a wild jungle on the back of an Asian elephant and bamboo river-rafting
  • Meeting diverse ethnic minorities near the border with Myanmar and seeing the longest wooden bridge in Thailand
TOUR INCLUSIONS
  • Carefully selected accommodation with breakfast
  • Other meals listed in the itinerary
  • Expert English-speaking local guide
  • Tours as mentioned and air-conditioned transfers
  • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
  • Boat cruises and rides while on tour
  • Service charges and government VAT tax
TOUR MAP
ITINERARY BY DAY

Day 1: Bangkok – Kanchanaburi  
Travel to Kanchanaburi and the River Kwai Bridge. During World War II the Japanese constructed the bridge using prisoners of war, hundreds of whom lost their lives due to the hazardous terrain and poor health.  Walk across the bridge but keep an eye out for trains.  Later in the afternoon arrive at Khao Laem and your houseboat. The houseboat is a modern version of a traditional Thai houseboat with simple large rooms upstairs and downstairs a large open plan dining area, and deck.

Day 2: Houseboat - Coconut Island 
Today the houseboat heads off along the lake, gently gliding past a traditional Mon fishing village built entirely on stilts. Soak up the scenery and the tranquillity of the lake. In the afternoon take a guided tour of Coconut Island, one of the few inhabited islands on the lake. It takes its name because of the 1,200 coconut trees that yield up to 500 nuts each week.

Day 3: Houseboat – Karen Village
Get set for a more adventurous day as you kayak to small caves inhabited by hundreds of bats. Board a long-tail boat to reach a Karen hill tribe village and take a walk through the village and say hi the locals. Then meet your elephant for a walk through the jungle followed by bamboo river rafting.  Return to the houseboat in the afternoon just in time for snooze in a hammock.

Day 4: Sangklaburi – Bangkok
Cruise toward Sangklaburi on the northern shore of Khao Laem Lake, located close to Thailand’s border with Burma. The area is home to a diverse mix of ethnic minorities who have all left their mark on the history of the town. Wander the town, visit pagodas and see the Mon Bridge, the longest wooden bridge in Thailand. Return to Bangkok early evening.

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