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  • Location: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Duration:  9 hours (approx.)
Visit the Bridge on the River Kwai on this thorough private tour from Bangkok. The beginning of the Death Railway (also known as the Burma Railway), the famous bridge that spans Thailand’s River Kwai is a poignant reminder of the thousands of prisoners of war and forced laborers who lost their lives during the construction of the railway in World War Two. With a private guide, visit the bridge, the JEATH War Museum and Allied War Grave, and take a long-tailed boat ride on the river. Lunch is included.


  • Private day trip from Bangkok to the Bridge on the River Kwai
  • Visit this often-emotional site — the start of the Death Railway — with a private guide
  • See the Allied War Grave and visit the JEATH War Museum
  • Learn about the POWs who worked on the construction of the bridge and railway during WWII
  • Take a long-tailed boat ride on the River Kwai to the bridge
  • Thai lunch included

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Private Tour: Thai Burma Death Railway Bridge on the River Kwai Tour from Bangkok

Private Thai Burma Death Railway Bridge on the River Kwai Tour

Moving and memorable sums up your private Bridge on the River Kwai tour from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi, 80 miles (130 km) west of the city. The Thai province is an agricultural area, with sugar-cane fields, rice paddies and pineapple plantations all forming significant portions of the rural landscape.

The famous bridge, which marks the beginning of the Death Railway, is a poignant reminder of the thousands of POWs and forced laborers who lost their lives while building the railway during World War Two. The construction of the bridge in 1943 was one part of a huge Japanese wartime project to link existing Thai and Burmese railway lines to create a direct route from Bangkok to Rangoon, Burma (aka Myanmar), in an effort to support the Japanese occupation of Burma. Thousands of POWs and laborers died in the process.

During your tour with a private guide, visit one of the Allied War Grave cemeteries before visiting the JEATH war museum, which houses pictures and paintings from this period. A long-tailed speedboat ride will then take you up the river to the bridge itself, where you have ample time to explore at your leisure. A ride on a local train is also included before returning to Bangkok.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

great guide, great food and great service

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was a real surprise for us all, we consisted of 2 Adults and 2 Children but although this was somewhat of pilgrimage for us Australians we really enjoyed the day out. I was surprised to find the tour included a Long Tail boat ride to the bridge and a 90mins train ride on the railway to our lunch spot. Lunch was a buffet as we had a number of groups on that day but all the food was local Thai food and great. There wasn't anything the kids didn't like. Wat was our guide and he was very knowledgeable on all parts of the tour making sure we didn't miss anything and warning us as we approached for the camera shots. The tour was quite long and does go for a whole day. We were picked up at the hotel at 6:30am and did not return until after 4pm. The drive out was at least 90mins and the return trip after lunch was at least 120mins but our kids are good travellers. There was also an option of a Elephant ride price not included in tour for those wanting more after lunch which would make the return time 6pm or later.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

My friends and I loved this day out. Our guide and driver took care of us well and everything went like clock work. The highlights were the boat trip up the river to the bridge and the train ride along the river and over the wooden viaduct....just spectacular. Lunch was very good too. Highly recommend it, great value for money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

An unbelievable experience. Don't miss the opportunity to do this trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Lovely Guide very, very moving experience. Would have liked more time at Cemertary and Museum, but to be fair it all depemded on the arrival of the train. Tour went well and was so comfortable, Very pleasent driver and Guide. Would recommend highly.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

This tour with our Fabulous guide, Jaimmy, was a very sad walk through History. The way in which the Japanese treated the P.O.W.s was appalling. We took a speed boat up the river to arrive at the Bridge which was thrilling….. The train ride on the Death Rail was beautiful as you passed some amazing scenery and saddening when you could envisage just what those poor souls had to deal with to build this Railway.
Lunch was included in our tour and was delicious.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This was a very good tour and my tour guide was excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

we had a car with driver and guide for the two of us,both spoke very good english and had loads of facts about
places we went too,the war graves well it made me think about somethings and life thats i will say on that,boat and train ride very good,food was very good,all in all a very nice trip only - long drive back

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

It was a great day, tour, food ,guide all perfect would love to do it again

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Well organized and our guide was very pleasant and informative. The grave site is very moving and beautifully maintained.

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