World war two memorial tour Singapore and River Kwai

A memorable trip including both  Singapore and River Kwai.

Our group comprised of veterans and their families. The tour took place late october 2011.

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World war two memorial tour Singapore and River Kwai

Bearing in mind the average age of our esteemed guest was age 90, we were mindful the chances of these fine esteemed gentlemen returning again- were quite slim. Therefore we were determined to do everything in our power to ensure we didnt let them down. See schedule towards bottom of  page.

Note. Its unlikely we will ever again undertake such a hightly ambitious tour. Indeed The British Legion cover this same itinerary very well.

Our pre tour efforts involved spending weeks on extensive and exhaustive letter writing/ PR as well as pleas for cooperation from sympathetic ex pats etc.

World war two memorial tour Singapore and River Kwai

We managed to put together a special and genuinely unique tour which we can say with total modesty would be hard to emulate by any other tour planner anywhere. Not to mention keeping within a massively tight budget. Our tour price came to £1800.00 which was only made possible with a lot of voluntary support.

World war two memorial tour Singapore and River Kwai

The result of our really hard work bore fruit by way of  us finding in Singapore -the “Wanderers” Rugby Club to whom we are eternally grateful.

Made up of tough ex-pats working out in Singapore they provided us ‘gratis’ a 42 seater luxury coach (solely at our disposal) and as a surprise aarranged a trip to “Raffles” with all expenses covered including the best champagne.

Not to mention private party at the ‘British Club’ and a cocktail party at the British Ambassadors private residence.

At the River Kwai our host for the duration of our stay were the brilliant duo of Mr James and Mrs Noi Fanning. James an ex pat and his charming wife Nou looked after the vets throughout.

James and Noi gave up their time voluntarily to cater and organise all the localish trips the hotel, absolutely everything was laid on by this wonderful couple.

I personally am really grateful to them as well as Mathew in Singapore, for taking some of the strain off me. Especially bearing in mind being myself a pensioner and novice guide, this did prove to be a pretty exhausting although worthwhile trip. But I did Ok, I thought, putting all this together at the ripe old age of 66.

World war two memorial tour Singapore River Kwai

Including Changi and Burma railroad.

 World war two memorial tour Singapore River Kwai

Tour schedule/ Itinerary

Day 1

Sat, 5 Nov
Overnight flight from Heathrow to Dubai. Terminal 3 Departure 20:00
Arrives next day 06:45
Aircraft: Airbus A380
Meals:Economy
Flight duration 6 hours 45 mins
Break interval of 2 hours 50 mins in DUBAI

Sun, 6 Nov
Terminal 3 , 09:35
Onwards to SINGAPORE Terminal 1
2011 Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER
Meals: Economy
Flight duration: 7 hours 5 mins
Arrive SINGAPORE at 20:40

From UK time, Thailand is + 6 hours (Singapore + 7)


Day 2

Sun, 6 Nov
Transfer to V Hotel.


Day 3

Mon, 7 Nov
We will take a relaxing day. Get up late and just find our feet. If everyone is agreeable late afternoon to Raffles for tea and cakes.


Day4

Tue, 8 Nov
09.00 Memorial servicekranji cemetery). Appointment- 1100 am Special permission granted to observe ChangiMurals located in ‘Hut 151’. Changi Museum and Changi Chapel.

19.30 hrs Buffet Supper at (UK’s Defence advisors)’s residence.


Day 5

Wed, 9 Nov
Depart:12.45 Singapore Changi Tiger Air. To Bangkok. Arrive 14.10
We need to depart hotel 9.45 It’s around 14 miles to airport.

As we will be fairly fresh after only a short flight we proceed on by mini bus direct from airport to the River Kwai. Remainder of the day relax, and general leisurely wander around.


Day 6

Thu, 10 Nov
Visit to Kanchanaburi and Chungkai Commonwealth War Cemeteries. Travel along the Burma-Siam ‘Death Railway’ from Kanchanaburi to Namtok.


Day 7

Fri, 11 Nov
Visit Hellfire Pass and Museum.world war two memorial tour Singapore and River Kwai


Day 8

Sat, 12 Nov
Attend two Services of Remembrance on Saturday at Kanchanaburi and Chungkai War Cemeteries..


Day 9

Sun, 13 Nov
British Embassy held Service of Remembrance at Kanchanaburi and Chungkai Cemeteries. Also meet up with other groups of FEPOW veterans as well as British Embassy staff.


Day 10

Mon, 14 Nov
Travel by long-tail boats along River Kwai and spend rest of day exploring and doing your own thing. Hopefully chatting to other veterans from various parts of the world.


Day 11

Tue, 15 Nov
Bus to Bangkok. Afternoon short tour of Bangkok, canal cruise and visit to the Temple of Dawn.


Day 12

Wed, 16 Nov
Trip to the Grand Palace and Rose Gardens.


Day 13

Thu, 17 Nov
Morning and afternoon at leisure before overnight flight from Bangkok to Heathrow.Via Dubai.
Return Flight
BANGKOK, THAILAND
Thu 17 Nov 2011 at 20:40
Arrive: DUBAI Terminal 3
Fri 18 Nov at 00:30
Meals:Economy
6 hours 50 mins
Aircraft Boeing 777-300
Meal economy.

Break interval of 2 hours 40 mins
Meals:Economy
7 hours 55 mins
Boeing 777-300
Fri 18 Nov  at 03:10 onwards to
LONDON Heathrow
Terminal 3
Fri 18 Nov at 07:05 Arrive home.

What’s Included in your world war two memorial tour Singapore River Kwai 

  • International flights from London –Singapore, Internal flight Singapore-Bangkok, and Bangkok – London via our ATOL partners
  • English speaking guide
  • Entries and attractions as specified
  • Daily Mineral water
  • Flags and wreaths at each memorial
  • Lycra leggings to help prevent DVT

Extras:

  • Laundry and overseas calls
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Insurance