Leave behind the fast-moving streets of the Thai capital and take time out to experience Ayutthaya, a World Heritage-listed wonder near the border of Burma (Myanmar). Explore this ancient Siam capital with a knowledgeable local guide, and bear witness to timeworn temples, bell-shaped chedis and intricately carved relics of Thailand’s golden era. Travel onwards to the shady town of Kanchanaburi and pay tribute to the brave POWs who perished while building the infamous Hellfire Pass and Bridge on the River Kwai. Delve further into World War II history on a visit to the War Museum and Allied Cemetery before this historical sojourn completes the loop back in Bangkok. End the journey amid the buzz of night markets, sidewalk restaurants and colourful, chaotic streets.

Highlights

Explore the ancient and modern history of Thailand with a 3-day trip from Bangkok, taking in Kanchanaburi and Ayutthaya

Uncover a golden age of Siam with the royal residences and atmospheric temples of ancient Ayutthaya

Swim in idyllic rock pools fed by waterfalls in the seven-tiered Erawan National Park

Take a ride on the Death Railway and learn all about this tragic part of history at the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum

Travel by samlaw to the infamous Bridge on the River Kwai