Kanchanaburi's famous Bridge on the River Kwai and the beginning of the Death Railway is a poignant reminder of the thousands of POW's and forced laborers who lost their lives in the Second World War. This full day guided tour from Bangkok also includes a visit to the war museum and the opportunity to ride a local train.
- Enjoy a memorable tour to the Death Railway and infamous bridge over the river Kwai
- See the Allied war Grave and the Jeath War Museum
- Take an exhilarating long tailed boat ride along the River Kwai to the famous bridge
- Enjoy a local Thai lunch
- Friendly and informative guide
- Hotel pickup and drop off
Recent Photos of This Tour
- Bridge on the River KwaiPhoto by: Prana77
- Boat RidePhoto by: Juliana P
- War CemeteryPhoto by: Juliana P
- River Kwai from the train.Photo by: Hubert E
- Kwai NoiPhoto by: Lehel B
- Left side of the trainPhoto by: Lehel B
- View from the trainPhoto by: Lehel B
- War CemetaryPhoto by: Paul A
- Death Railway Train - ...Photo by: Mike M
- @ Wang PhoPhoto by: Col Tushar R
- Train RidePhoto by: Col Tushar R
- With Manju @ River Kwai ...Photo by: Col Tushar R
- Bridge on River Kwai on our ...Photo by: Col Tushar R
- at the war cemeteryPhoto by: ronald w
- burma railwayPhoto by: ronald w
- Thailand 077Photo by: ANDY O
- Our long tail boat pulls away.Photo by: Anonymous
- CemeteryPhoto by: Anonymous
- A view from the train.Photo by: Anonymous
What You Can Expect
Fascinating, nostalgic and memorable sums up this full day tour to Kanchanaburi, 80 miles (130 kilometers) west of Bangkok. The province itself is an agricultural area with sugar cane, rice paddies and pineapple plantations all forming significant portions of the stunning Thai rural landscape. Whether a war buff or rail enthusiast, everyone has a different reason to see this symbolic bridge.
The famous bridge and the beginning of the 'Death Railway', which lies 1 mile outside the town of Kanchanaburi, is a poignant reminder of the thousands of POW's and forced laborers who lost their lives in the Second World War. The building 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, Thailand to Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar) in an effort to support the Japanese occupation of Burma. Thousands of POW's and laborers died in the process. During your tour a visit will be made to one of the Allied War Grave cemeteries (often an emotional experience) before visiting the JEATH war museum, which houses pictures and paintings from this period.
An exhilarating long tailed speed boat ride will then take you down river to the famous bridge itself where you have ample time to explore at your own leisure. A ride on a local train is also included before returning to Bangkok city.
Awesome adventure. Great guide and detailed information.
Very highly recommended! If you love history, nature, and trains, this is a must-do.
The first 2 stops were the Kanchanaburi POW cemetery and the related JEATH museum, which is very small, but definitely interesting to see. After this, a boat ride up to the river Kwae bridge, where you have ample time to explore the bridge and walk around the premises. Then off on the train on the death railway, where you view the absolutely stunning landscape of Kanchanaburi, which seems to me like one of the most idyllic areas in Thailand. The tour concludes with a lively meal at a local restaurant, surrounded in greenery. Our guide Mrs. Pearl was very efficient, knowledgeable, and good company.
Good value well organized will do again
Thoroughly enjoyed this memorable trip.
Well worth visiting this important historical military site of world war 11
The trip great guide was informative both the boat trip and train was enjoyable lunch was fabulous
This tour is worth every penny. The lunch was outstanding.
This tour was a full day and somewhat tiring but well worth spending the day. It was a good opportunity to get into the 'jungle' area outside of Bangkok, absorb the history of cruel treatment of those forced to build the railroad in terrible conditions. HIstory came alive for the day.
I got picked up from my hotel in Bangkok around 6.30 am, and was taken to the war cemetry, museum, boat ride, train trip, big lunch and return trip to hotel around 5.30 pm. My tour guide Pui from East Thailand Tours was very nice, extremely knowledgable and everything about the tour was good. I highly recommend this tour, definitely value for money.
You get to see and do a lot in a short amount of time. Recommended if you are remotely interested in this era in history.
Excelent trip. A little to long. Takes basially entire day. Its starts at the POV cementery and it was kind strange to find your own last names 2 times in a book listing people who died here. The bridge portion was interesting because to get close to the bridge we were on local long tail boat. The only disapointment that instead of old type steam engine - train was modern diesel.