QUIET LION TOUR 2020 CANCELLATION.
Unfortunately, due to the covid-19 outbreak, the Quiet Lion Tour for 2020 was cancelled.
The Association was extremely disappointed but had no choice and has been working on the possible refund of moneys paid for the 2020 tour.
A number of travelers have expressed interest in travelling in 2021 and not requiring refunds at this stage.
Discussions are in hand with the Association’s Thai agent regarding the refund of the deposits BTRMA sent to confirm the accommodation and travel arrangements. The Thai agent has indicated that the hotels and bus company will require a cancellation fee for this year’s tour. We are working with the agent to get the best deal possible. There will be some cancellation fee for passengers but BTRMA we will keep it to a minimum.
We have also been in contact with Thai Airways for the refund of air tickets paid. It will take some time to process this aspect and we are unsure of the possible outcome..
This is an unfortunate position as most would like to travel next year. At this stage we think the cancellation fee will be under $500 per passenger.
Plans are now being made for the 2021 tour and the BTRMA intends to maintain, and even improve, the standards of the tours which have been held continuously since 1985.
The Tour is for 11 days (10 nights) and the focus is on the story of the Australia POWs, their hospitals and camps and the Australian doctors. The ANZAC Day Dawn Service in Hellfire Pass and the later Memorial Service in the War Cemetery at Kanchanaburi are highlights. The Bridge on the River Kwai, museums and other areas of interest are visited as part of the tour. Descendants of exPOWs and experts on the Thai Burma Railway travel on the tour and provide commentaries in addition to English speaking Thai Guides.
Deluxe class air-conditioned buses with video equipment are used.
The Quiet Lion Tours commenced in 1985 and travel to Thailand to honour Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop, all the other Doctors and medical attendants who tended the sick but most of all the Prisoners of War who suffered on the Burma Thailand Railway. The tours are operated by the Burma Thailand Railway Memorial Association, a non-profit group dedicated to preserving the memory of those who toiled on the Death Railway as Prisoners of War of the Japanese.
There are opportunities in Bangkok for tourism and shopping. Accommodation comprises of 3 nights at top hotels in Bangkok, 1 night at a riverside resort in Kanchanaburi and 6 nights at the Home Phu Toey Resort (on the River Kwai near Hellfire Pass) which includes the Weary Dunlop Peace Park.
A visit to the Erewan Falls at Kanchanaburi has also been added to the itinerary.
Arrangements can be made for travel from any State in Australia.
Significant discounts are available for early fully paid bookings.
The full itinerary and other details are available on this page <click>