Thailand - Kanchanaburi and Khanom Beach

10 days
FROM £ 1595

Thailand - Kanchanaburi and Khanom Beach

This is a fabulous trip starting with a night in Bangkok followed by 3 nights at Kanchanaburi. At Kanchanaburi you have plenty of time to explore the historic sites and visit the elephants at Elephant World, a non-profit elephant rescue centre. Kanchanaburi is famous as playing a vital part in the second world war so you will also visit the Bridge over the River Kwai, the Thailand - Burma Railways Museum, the war cemetery and the Hellfire Pass Memorial on a guided tour. You also get a chance to hike along the old Thai-Burma railway route.

You stay in a gorgeous tented safari camp which is located up high above the river Kwai with the most stunning views. The safari tents are large and luxurious and this camp has a wonderful natural spring fed swimming pool overlooking the river.

For wildlife lovers you will get a full day visit to the famous Elephant Centre. The elephants here have been rescued from work or are retired. The centre looks after them without exploiting them and is run for the elephants benefit rather than the tourists. You can partake in their care such as bathing and feeding.

You then head to the coast and the long white sandy beaches of Khanom. This part of the Thai coast is quiet and relatively undiscovered but is not to be missed. The sandy beaches are soft white sand with shallow and calm waters perfect for swimming. You can also see the rare pink Irawaddy dolphins on an optional excursion here as well as exploring the waterfalls, caves and unspoilt scenery in the area.

This holiday is a good option for families and for the summer holidays as Khanom is one of the few areas with decent weather for a beach break and the accommodation is very family friendly. The beach is shallow and sheltered so also good for young children.

From January to March it is the ‘cool’ season which means the temperatures are comfortably warm both day and night. March to May is the hot season but the sea breezes tend to reduce the impact of the hot air. The month of June is usually the start of the rainy season in these parts but, along with its close neighbour Ko Samui, Khanom does not generally experience too much rain until November and December. In summary this means that although January and February are the optimum (and busiest) months we recommend a visit to Khanom anytime from January to October.

You visit the Elephant World rescue centre close to Kanchanaburi. This is a not-for-profit organisation that rescues old and ill elephants and also those destined for work in unsuitable environments. It provides a peaceful and natural home for the retired elephants. Guests have the chance to feed and bathe elephants in a non-exploitative environment which is elephant-led. You will also get the chance to see what is possibly the world's smallest mammal, the rare Kitti's Hog Nosed Bat which lives in the limestone caves below Hintok River Camp.

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Safari Itinerary


On arrival in Bangkok International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the night. Rest of day at leisure to explore this vibrant city or just relax in this great hotel.

DAY 2 - 4

This morning you will be collected from the airport and transferred to Kanchanaburi where you will check in to the wonderful Hin Tok Tented Camp in its superb location high above the river Kwai. You then spend the next few days exploring the area including a visit to the famous elephant camp at Elephant World, Sai Yok Waterfall and Lawa Cave. Of course this area is famous for the part it played in the Second World War so you will also go to visit the Bridge of the River Kwai and the Museum and hike along the former Thai - Burma railway.

DAY 5 - 9

You then head back to the airport for your flight down to Surat Thani. You will be met there before being transferred to the Aava Beach Resort in Khanom. This is a quiet but very beautiful area to stay with huge stretches of soft white sand and calm shallow waters which are perfect for swimming. This is also a great place to see the rare pink Irawaddy dolphins and to explore the pretty scenery including waterfalls and caves. The hotel is Finnish owned and very stylish with a light breezy modern style and excellent facilities.
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  • Accommodation with breakfast except Hin Tok Camp which is full board
  • All sightseeing tour and transfer services with air conditioned vehicle as detailed in our itinerary
  • English Speaking guide
  • All entrance fees
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
Not Included: International and domestic flights, travel insurance, visas, meals and drinks not included, optional excursions in Khanom, tips and gratuities.

Price Guide

  • The price starts from £1,595.00 per person sharing (based on travel in low season 01 April - 31 Oct 2018). This holiday is available all year round.

This is based on accommodation and tour as listed. Should these not be available, the price will increase. For an exact quotation and itinerary for the dates you require, please do get in touch.

Flight costs from the UK range between £700 - £1,200 per person  depending on the time of year you travel. We can easily arrange international flights for you if required - our airline partners offer special rates throughout the year so please contact us so we can provide an accurate tailor-made costing based on your travel dates and preferences.

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