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RV River Kwai Cruise, River Kwai, Kanchanaburi

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RV River Kwai Cruise

The RV River Kwai carries a maximum of 20 passengers in 10 teakwood cabins (single deck) and operates on a 4 days/3 nights year round schedule every Monday-Thursday and Thursday-Sunday on alternating Upstream and Downstream programs.

The RV River Kwai opens up an entirely new area for river tourism in Kanchanaburi province west of Bangkok. Every morning and afternoon land excursions are offered to visit attractions along the river including temples, historic sites, Khmer ruins, waterfalls, war cemeteries, hot springs, the bridge on the River Kwai, and local attractions.

Cruise Asia Ltd. was incorporated in Thailand in early 2003 to develop and operate an up-market river cruise operation on the inland waterways of Thailand. The cruises would open up an unexploited market for larger river cruise ships operating in Thailand. Initially we are targeting the scenic Kwai Noi River but in the mid-term we are looking to develop additional cruises on the Mekong River using Chiang Saen in Thailand’s Chiang Rai province as a base for cruises to Laos and to China.


The RV River Kwai, the first inland cruise ship in Thailand, is a newly built colonial style river cruiser based on designs used by the original Irrawaddy Flotilla which was founded in Burma in 1865 and by the 1920s was the largest privately owned fleet of ships in the world.
Length : 120 ft / 36 m
Beam : 25 ft / 7.6m
Draft: : 3ft / 90cm
Air Draft : 11.5ft / 3.5m
Tonnage : 155.69 tons
Engines : 2 x 200 hp Hino engines with inboard propulsion; propellers have 4 blades, 3ft diameter
Speed : 8 knots cruising
Power : 1 x 75kva Caterpillar (recon) genset, 1 x 20 kva port/emergency genset, shore lines to bases on river.
Cabins : 10 deluxe staterooms of 3m x 4m with own shower, water closet, air-conditioned, mini safes, etc.
Public Space : Upper deck is open plan with dining, bar and seating areas covered by a collapsible frame awning to enable vessel to pass under low bridges
Water Supply : Water tanks
Sewage : Holding tanks to pump out to on shore septic facility
Communication : Thai GSM cellular, FM Radios, PA system, tannoy
Safety : Smoke detectors in all cabins, emergency lighting and generator, fire extinguishers, pumps and hoses, life jackets for all pax, life rafts, ship’s motorized tugboat
Navigation : Ship’s horn, searchlights, Garmin GPS (Global Positioning System)
Amenities : Fully equipped kitchen, refrigeration units
Crew : Thai crews plus foreign cruise director.