Houseboat Lake and Jungle Safari

4 Days / 3 Nights

  Bangkok - Kanchanaburi - Khao Laem National Park

4 Days / 3 Nights

Houseboat Lake and Jungle Safari

  Bangkok - Kanchanaburi - Khao Laem National Park

Take a unique four-day break from Bangkok to visit Khao Laem National Park and stay in a houseboat on the lake! Nestled near the border of Burma, this picturesque region is far off the tourist trail. A perfect blend of learning about the important historical and cultural sites of the area and time spent drifting lazily around the calm waters of the lake, this tour promises to be a highlight of your trip to Thailand.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visiting the bridge over the River Kwai and the Hell Fire Pass, famous for their roles in WWII and learning about this
    dark time in Thailand’s history
  • Exploring the scenic Khao Leam Lake, its islands and villages with 3 nights on a beautiful houseboat
  • Trekking through the jungles of Khao Laem National Park and discovering the wildlife who call it home
  • 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

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Bangkok – Kanchanaburi

DAY 1 - Bangkok – Kanchanaburi

Day one of your adventure takes you from the busy streets of Bangkok to Khao Laem National Park in the northwest of central Thailand. On the way make a stop in Thailand’s largest central province, Kanchanaburi, where your guide introduces you to the dark history of the world-famous River Kwai Bridge and infamous ‘Death Railway’. Complete with a delicious Thai lunch, the excursion promises to give you a memorable first taste of authentic Thailand.

Arrive at the Lake Safari Thailand raft house “Wijittra” in the afternoon and enjoy dinner overlooking the tranquil lake.

DAY 2

DAY 2 - Khao Laem Lake and Jungle Trekking

As the day breaks, the Lake Safari Thailand houseboat is pulled past a local Mon fishing village made up entirely of floating raft houses. The locals here live a simple life and you may well awake to the sounds of passing long-tail boats as fishermen travel to their nets to assess the nightly catch.

After breakfast, you leave for the jungle. An experienced ranger will introduce you to the many wondrous species that live and thrive in their protected habitat of Khao Laem National Park.

After lunch, spend the remainder of the day relaxing on the houseboat and soaking in the beautiful scenery.

DAY 3

DAY 3 - Khao Laem Lake and Sangkhlaburi

Coming down for breakfast, you spot the pointed roof of a golden chedi piercing the horizon as the Lake Safari Thailand houseboat takes final anchorage outside Sangkhlaburi, a small town on the northern shores of Khao Laem Reservoir.

The day’s excursion takes you into the city where you visit Wat Wang Wiwekaram and Chedi Buddhakhaya, two religious landmarks in the local community. Bound by a common faith, the population of Sangkhlaburi is otherwise a colourful blend of ethnic identities including Thai, Burmese, Mon, Karen and even some Lao.

Move on to a more physical link between the local cultures: Saphan Mon - Thailand’s longest wooden bridge at 850 metres. Built in 1987 by ethnic Mon people in honour of a local abbot who gave sanctuary to Burmese refugees, the bridge links the Thai district of Sangkhlaburi with the Mon community of Ban Wangka.

Spend another peaceful night on your houseboat and hopefully do some stargazing if the night is clear.

DAY 4

DAY 4 - Khao Laem Lake to Bangkok via Hell Fire Pass

After an early breakfast, leave the Lake Safari Thailand houseboat to visit the Hell Fire Pass and it’s connecting museum. Voted as the best museum in the country, you’ll learn even more about Japan’s ‘Death Railway’ and the role it played in WWII.

From here, start the ride back to Bangkok.

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