As a war history buff, I'd recommend adding Kanchanaburi to your itinerary. Located only three hours outside of Bangkok, Kanchanaburi is the historical site of the Burma Railway (aka Death Railway) that was built by World War II Japanese prisoners of war, as well as the infamous Bridge on the River Kwai and Hellfire Pass. We arrived to the bridge aboard a long boat and took a local 90-minute train ride to Hellfire Pass. Along the route we visited World War II museums and trekked a short portion of the route through Hellfire Pass.
Matt started his career in travel more than 17 years ago as a commercial pilot. Not wanting to miss the action on the ground, he soon changed gears and began organizing group travel to destinations throughout North America.
In 2013, Matt joined Audley as a founding member of their Boston office, originally specializing in travel throughout Southeast Asia. Through annual trips over the past years, Matt has significant travel throughout both Southeast Asia and North America, in particular Alaska.. Some of his most memorable trips include island-hopping in Thailand, sunrise ballooning in Myanmar, trying the street cuisine in Vietnam, craft beer tasting in Montreal, and sleeping under the stars in the remote jungles of Borneo.
Matt currently resides just south of Boston with his wife and two daughters where he enjoys short weekend trips throughout the New England and also working on his historical house, owned by the last direct descendant of the legendary Paul Revere.
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We have traveled quite a bit and have worked with a number of different travel companies over the years, and as a result I feel confident in sharing our highest praise of Matt and the Audley team.
From our first interaction with Matt inquiring about doing this trip, to the wheels of the plane touching down at O’Hare after almost three weeks abroad, our experience has been incredible. We have traveled quite a bit and have worked with a number of different travel companies over the years, and as a result I feel confident in sharing our highest praise of Matt and the Audley team. Our trip was made even more extraordinary because of the professional care and attention to detail that allows a trip with so many moving parts to come off seamlessly. Thank you!
A five-minute complimentary tuk tuk ride away from central Siem Reap, the Jaya House is a true retreat to return to after a day of visiting the temples of Angkor. The rooms are elegantly, yet smartly appointed, the beds are some of the best in Southeast Asia, and the service takes this resort to another level. Be sure to take advantage of the included tuk tuk service to town, daily spa treatments, and daily minibar. On top of this, the value proposition makes the Jaya House River Park standout among crowded competition in Siem Reap.
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My most memorable experience in Thailand was jumping in the water with the elephants in Kanchanaburi. My guide arranged a one-on-one experience after the other tourists left the camp. Not only did I get to enter the river where the elephants were bathing, I also got to ride one of them out of the water with the careful guidance of its mahout. This experience would have never happened without the personal knowledge of my private guide.