Sept. 4 Update: This Meetup has been cancelled because an insufficient number of people signed up.
Original announcement: This tour will be conducted by the State Railways of Thailand (SRT). It will not be modified by this Meetup group except that we will arrange for the addition of English narration because the SRT conducts this tour in Thai only as the target audience is Thais.
6:30 am Leave Bangkok from Hua Lamphong Station (main station) on Excursion Train 909
Please note that the train will leave the Hua Lamphong Station at 6:30 am sharp. The BTS Skytrain and the MRT Underground can not be used to reach Hua Lamphong Station that early in the morning because of their opening times. So take a taxi. Also, be sure the taxi will take you to Hua Lamphong Station because we are leaving from there, not from the usual station for Kanchanaburi trains.
7:40 am Arrive Nakhon Pathom Station. Visit the Great Pagoda of Nakhon Pathom.
The first glimpse of the towering Phra Pathom Chedi is overpowering. lt is one of the largest pagodas in the world and in Thailand, by far the most holy of all Buddhist structures. The original pagoda was constructed more than 2,000 years ago in the stupa design of an upside down bowl shape.
8:20 am Leave Nakhon Pathom Station
9:35 am Arrive at River Kwai Bridge
In 1942 Kanchanaburi was under Japanese control. It was here that Asian forced labourers and Allied POWs, building the infamous Burma Railway, constructed a bridge; an event immortalised in the film Bridge on the River Kwai. Almost half of the prisoners working on the project died from disease, maltreatment and accidents.
10:30 am Visit ancient remains in old Kanchanaburi
11:30 am Visit Nine Armies War Historical Park
Established by the Royal Thai Army, the park was built to commemorate the great battle under the command of King Rama I to defend the kingdom against the invasion by King Bodawpaya of Burma in 1795. Thais know this event under the name of the Nine-Army Battle. The park is a center for historical research and also provides information on the great battle. A sand table displaying battlefields and diagrams depicting the battle strategy are on display.
!2:30 pm Lunch (included in price of tour)
1:30 pm Visit Prommitr Studio, where "The Legend of King Naresuan" was filmed.
The main film shooting location for "The Legend of King Naresuan" saga (filmed[masked]) is located at Surasee Military Camp in Kanchanaburi province. The location features the real settings from the films, splendid replicas of historical places and scenic surroundings. Within the 700-acre compound of wild land, the magnificent buildings have been created based upon the meticulous research of the film makers.
Visitors can enjoy many places of interest and activities within the site such as Yodia Village, Pra Mahatein's Residence, Armed Weapon Storage, Pra Mahatien Temple, Hongsawadee Wall, Lion Throne, Dungeon, Thai Traditional Massage, Protuguese Gun Fire Shooting, Sanphet Prasat Palace, Elephant, Horse and Cart Riding, Ayutthaya Wall, and Props Storage Room.
4:30 pm Arrive at River Kwai Bridge
4:53 pm Leave Kanchanaburi Station by Excursion Train 910
7:25 pm Arrive in Bangkok. (People living in Northern Bangkok can leave the train at the Bang Sue Station, a 3-minute walk to the MRT Underground.)
Non - Air Conditioned (Third Class) Adult: 1,000 Baht / Children: 900 Baht (Includes Lunch)