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Hong Kong & the Bridge Over River Kwai

EXPLORING THE BATTLEFIELDS OF THE PACIFIC

- HANOI - HUE - ASHAU VALLEY - DANANG - LANG CO - SAIGON - 

The Battle of Hong Kong

The folly of War is full of errors and unwise decisions, and none more so than the request by the former commander of Hong Kong’s garrison, General Grasset, for the Colony to be reinforced by two Canadian Battalions just three weeks before the Japanese attacked. Even against Churchill’s initial opposition, these rural and hastily trained young men from the Prairies and towns of Canada were pitted against battle-hardened and overwhelming forces of Japan. During our visit, we explore the Hong Kong of today, as the city sees a resurgence of interest in its history in both the colonial period, and World War Two.

 

About the Bridge over the River Kwai 

Books and motion pictures conjure up images of the pain and suffering felt by the Allied PoW’s, when the black iron bridge was brought from Java by Allied prisoner-of-war labour supervised under harsh Japanese force to become part of the Death Railway linking Thailand with Burma. Still in use today, the bridge was the target of frequent Allied bombing raids during World War II and was only rebuilt after the war ended.

 

The curved spans of the bridge are all original sections.

 

In 1943, thousands of Allied Prisoners of War (PoW) and Asian labourers worked on the Death Railway under the imperial Japanese army in order to construct part of the 415 km long Burma-Thailand railway. Most of these men were Australians, Dutch and British, working steadily southwards from Thanbyuzayat (Burma) to link with other PoWs on the Thai side of the railway.

 

This railway was intended to move men and supplies to the Burmese front where the Japanese were fighting the British. Japanese army engineers selected the route which traversed deep valleys and hills.

 

The prisoners lived in squalor and in near starvation. Subjected to their captor's brutality, thousands perished. The men worked from dawn until after dark after many kilometres trudging through the jungle to return to base camp where Allied doctors tended the injured and diseased. While here, we will explore and uncover the famous story, laying testament to the intense struggles these prisoners endured.

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Tour Info

Destinations:  Hong Kong, Thailand
Tour Dates: December 5th - December 14th, 2022

Flight departure: [Dec 4, YYZ Toronto] Flight return: [Dec 14th, BKK Bangkok )] 
Flight departure [your major gateway] > [HKG Hong Kong] Flight Return [YYZ Toronto Airport

Join us for nine days in the far reaches of the east. We start in the city of Hong Kong: a breathtaking history. Take in panoramic views, and pay respects to the Canadians we've lost, laid to rest in cemeteries such as Sai Wan. Not many Canadians are aware of the history we have here - far fewer are able to make the visit. 

After five days exploring Hong Kong, we fly to Thailand. Catching a train from Tham Kasae to cacophony along the Death Railway. We hike along the trail to Hell Fire Pass - an incredible cut through the mountain, built by Australian POW’s of WWII. 

This tour is a beloved and extraordinary battlefield tour. We'll hike through waterfalls, tackle some serious terrain, and meet up with some incredible friends, all while exploring a full and rich culture and far less explored part of the battlefield story.

 

Tour Map & Outline

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
 

  • Explore Hong Kong before flying to Thailand
     

  • Explore the golden, emerald, and ruby walls of the Grand Palace in Bangkok
     

  • Pay respects to over 200 Canadians, laid to rest at the San Wan War Cemetery
     

  • Explore the JEATHWAR Museum
     

  • Hike under the Erawan Waterfall
     

  • Travel the Death Railway
     

  • See Hell Pass with your own eyes

^^^ Explore by scrolling through the cities we will be visiting, and zoom in to get familiar with where we will be visiting on this tour.

 

The Itinerary

--  | December 5th, 2022

Depart for our flight to Hong Kong. You will be arriving in the early hours of the morning, to an early check-in to our hotel to relax and rest.
[Breakfast and Dinner will be served on board] 

 

Day 1 | December 6th
We will meet in the lobby and enjoy a ’brunch’ before a panoramic tour of the city. This is a low key visit to orientate yourself with all the major sites and history of the Colonial period as well as post
Colonial Hong Kong. Again, we will take it slow today as we all get orientated with the opposite side of the world! Tonight our welcome dinner will be at our hotel.
[Overnight – Hong Kong (B, D)]
 

Day 2 | December 7th
Today, we begin our tour at 
CSM John Osborn Memorial where Osborn won the Victoria Cross, before we make our way to Jardine’s Lookout where Osborn sacrificed his life near Mount Butler. We will also explore the Wong Nai Chung AA position which housed two mobile 3.7″guns manned by 7th Heavy AA Regiment. We'll also be able to view the ‘Volunteer Pillboxes’ and discover how the Japanese found a weak point in the wire defences. In the afternoon we will visit Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence, formerly known as the Lei Yue Mun Fort, which was the most formidable fortifications in the territory built more than 100 years ago. It was also an important battlefield during the Battle for Hong Kong in 1941. Today it has been revitalized to preserve and present the 600-year history of coastal defence. We will also visit Sai Wan War cemetery, resting place of 283 Canadians. This evening, dinner in the city centre. [Overnight – Hong Kong (B, D)]

 

Day 3 | December 8th

Today, those who are able can join us on a hike through the Shin Mun Redoubt to explore more fortifications along the Kowloon peninsula. Those who wish to rest can enjoy exploring Hong Kong in their own time. [Overnight – Hong Kong (B)]
 

Day 4 | December 9th
On Christmas morning, approximately 200 drunken Japanese approached 
St. Stephen’s College, now a sanctuary for ninety-six wounded soldiers. We will tour the St.Stephens School which was the site of the emergency hospital during the Second World War, before touring on to Repulse Bay and the Stanley Military Cemetery before dinner in the centre once again. [Overnight – Hong Kong (B, D)]
 

Day 5 | December 10th
This morning we board a plane to
Bangkok, Thailand. Here, we will explore The Grand Palace: if you only see one thing whilst in the city, this is the place to see. Thai people respectfully refer to it as Phra Borommaharatchawang. Your tour will then continue by boat, first, along the Chao Phraya River. Being one of Bangkok’s best known landmarks and one of the most photographed images in the world, The Temple of Dawn or - Wat Arun - is best viewed from the river. The temple was built in the days of Thailand’s ancient capital of Ayutthayaand originally known as Wat Makok or The Olive Temple. Tonight we have dinner at a locally famous restaurant. [Overnight - Bangkok (B, D)]
 

Day 6 | December 11th
An early pick up awaits us from our hotel in 
Bangkok to arrive in Kanchanaburi for a visit to the JEATH War Museum. We then visit the Don Ruk War Cemetery which contains remains of more than 6,000 prisoners of war who built The Death Railway. We then visit The Bridge Over the River Kwai with a special lunch that we have prepared nearby. In the evening, dinner and overnight stay. [Overnight – Kanchanaburi (B, L, & D)]

Day 7 | December 12th
This morning, we visit the 
Erawan Waterfall or Erawan National Park. Enjoy the trek from the 1st to the 7th cascade along an incredible nature trail, and finish with a relaxing swim at the fall in the quiet emerald water. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant nearby. Next, it is time to catch the train from Tham Kasae station to Thakilen along the Death Railway on the wooden bridge. Dinner will be back at our accommodation.
[Overnight | Kanchanaburi (B, L, & D)]
 

Day 8 | December 13th
This morning, we leave our accommodation to visit the 
Memorial Museum of Hellfire Pass, then enjoy a walk along the trail to see the actual pass cut through the mountain, built by the Australian POW’s of WWII. Lunch will be at a local restaurant nearby before we arrive at the Elephant Camp where we can connect and engage with these incredible animals. In the late afternoon, we arrive in Kanchanaburi. Once there, take some time for rest, relaxation, and an opportunity to explore a variety of your own dinner options in your own time. [Overnight – Kanchanaburi (B, L)] 

 

Day 9 | December 14th
Today we will be returning to 
Bangkok for a free day to explore and relax in this remarkable city, before joining your travel companions for our farewell dinner which is sure to be a perfect conclusion to what promises to be an exciting and eye-opening tour of South East Asia. 

[Overnight – Bangkok (B, D)]


Day 10 | December 15th
Today we transfer to the airport for your flights back home.  

[(B), Lunch and Snack served on board]

 

TOUR END.

 

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^^^ Exploring Bletchley Park 

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^^^ Exploring Bletchley Park 

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^^^ Exploring Bletchley Park 

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^^^ Exploring Bletchley Park 

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^^^ Exploring Bletchley Park 

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^^^ Exploring Bletchley Park 

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^^^ Exploring Bletchley Park 

SMALL GROUP TOUR
Coach & Hotel Space made available for a maximum of 20 people per 30-seater coach

Minimum Tour Capacity: 

8 Travellers per 20-seater coach

 

Tour | Inclusions

Tour pricing comes with the following inclusions & exclusions:

Inclusions

Exclusions

All meals not listed on your itinerary

 

 

Gratuities to driver / tour manager
(may we suggest 5CAD per day for your driver and 7CAD per day for your guide)

 


Travel Insurance (please contact DH Tour if you need assistance booking medical or trip cancellation insurance)
 

Custom Travel Extensions (either pre-tour or post-tour) (please contact DH Tour if you need assistance with organising and booking)

 

Single Room Supplement

Round Trip Air Transportation from Toronto​

 


All inter Asia flights listed on your itinerary
 

 

Superior First class hotels & Porterage
 

 

Meals as per your itinerary B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
 

 

All Entrances as per your itinerary
 

 

Experienced and knowledgeable Tour Manager
 

 

Executive Coach
 

 

Online Custom Map Kit & Resource

TRIP EXTENSION OPPORTUNITY

The Battlefield Tours is offering an 11 night, 12 day pre-tour extension in Vietnam! 

 

Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam and explore not only the beautiful landscapes and culture of this country, but the still recent battlefields of the Vietnam War.   

Battlefield Tour | Itinerary

Pricing

Hong Kong & Bridge Over River Kwai Only

$3950 CAD
$2470 CAD
$525 CAD

Per Person, based on twin occupancy including Air R/T from Toronto

Per Person, land only

Single Supplement

Hong Kong & Bridge Over River Kwai W/ Vietnam Extension

$6720 CAD
$5220 CAD
$1225 CAD

Per Person, based on twin occupancy including Air R/T from Toronto

Per Person, land only

Single Supplement

$4250 CAD
$2750 CAD
$750 CAD

Per Person, based on twin occupancy including Air R/T from Toronto

Per Person, land only

Single Supplement

**Air is also available from all major Canadian cities - please contact our DH Tour Travel Agent for more information**
 

 

TOUR PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Initial Deposit: $500.00 (of which $300 is non-refundable) to guarantee your space is due immediately
Your Remaining Balance: Due by Saturday, August 28th, 2018 (70 days prior to departure)

METHOD OF PAYMENT

All funds will be collected by our host agency, DH Tour. If you would like to use your credit card, our agency will collect your payment details over the phone after you have registered. DH Tour accepts Visa, Mastercard, and American Express, as well as cash and cheque payments. 
 

Personal cheques can be made to:

“DH Tour”

Attn to: Karen Burwood [Travel Manager]

Mail to: 2319 Fairview St., Suite 609, Burlington ON L7R 2E3

Please review our Groups Terms & Conditions before booking with us.

 

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REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS

Early registration is required for this specialized commemorative battlefield program - This program will not be made available to more than 40 travellers, we suggest you register as soon as possible to hold your space

 

No payment is required to register - An initial deposit of $500 CAD ($300 is non-refundable) is due to reserve/secure your spot.

 

Final payment is due 70 days prior to departure [September 28th 2018]

 

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