Our Vessel: RV River Kwai

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. See full stats/details on Our Vessel below.

Cruise in Comfort Aboard RV River Kwai

It’s the perfect way to see parts of Thailand that are otherwise inaccessible. Plenty of comfort and a “cruisy” schedule too.
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 program every Monday-Thursday and Thursday-Sunday on alternating Upstream and Downstream programs.

RV River Kwai

An inland water class vessel.


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 75 kva 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.