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  • Location:Bangkok, Thailand
  • Duration:10 hours (approx.)

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

Take a memorable ride on the Thailand–Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway for the thousands of POWs and forced laborers who lost their lives building it during World War II. On this day trip from Bangkok, you’ll visit the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and the Jeath War Museum, and hear moving war stories from your guide. Then ride a long-tailed speedboat down the River Kwai where you’ll have a view of the famous bridge. Lunch and hotel transport by coach are included.

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

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

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

Whether you’re a war buff or a railway enthusiast, there’s reason to see the bridge on the River Kwai and take a ride on the Thailand–Burma Railway, aka Death Railway. Both are poignant reminders of the WWII POWs and forced laborers who built the structures, many of whom lost their lives undertaking this Japanese wartime project.

Start your full-day tour with pickup from selected hotels in Bangkok, then travel by comfortable coach to the town of Kanchanaburi, located 80 miles (130 km) west. You’ll journey through the Thai countryside where sugarcane, rice paddies and pineapple plantations fill significant portions of the rural landscape. 

You’ll visit graves of the Allied Forces on a tour of the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery before a look at historical photographs and paintings at the JEATH War Museum — prepare for an emotionally moving experience at both sites. 

Learn about the building of the infamous bridge that was to link a direct railway line from Bangkok to Rangoon in an effort to support the Japanese occupation of Burma (now Myanmar) in 1943. An exhilarating long-tailed speedboat ride will take you down the River Kwai to the bridge, where you have ample time to explore on your own. Then hop aboard the ‘Death Railway’ for a memorable — and scenic — ride.

Your day’s itinerary includes a Thai restaurant lunch before you’re returned to your Bangkok hotel. 

Customer Reviews

chakram

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

A very good day tour, with a mix of history, nature, boat ride and train trip. The cemetery and JEATH museum were a stark reminder of what happened in the region during WW2. The 'James Bond' boat trip was fast and fun and the train trip a pleasant way to see the country side. The lunch was great and our guide was friendly, knowledgeable, and good company.

Rodney L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Enjoyed the trip. picked up on time. Very good guide.great day out.

Kimberly S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The train ride was really neat!

Kenneth O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

A long journey in lots of traffic to get to the railway, but a fantastic trip on the train - well worth paying a bit extra to travel First Class. The traditional Thai meal provided in this trip was excellent

Mark W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Well organised and very informative. It's a long day but very worthwhile.

Shadow United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

A long day but well worth taking the time to visit the War Cemetery at Kanchanabouri, followed by the recreated PoW Camp and a short boat ride to the modern bridge over the medium size river that was the cause of so much misery during WW2. A well organised trip including a short journey by train over the bridge followed by lunch.

Olga V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Very interesting

shajan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

What a wonderful trip. Noi was so caring and thoughtful. She was very jovial and it was such a memorable holiday trip. I saw Noi the next day, and she remembered me. Thank you Noi. Thanks for helping us see and learn about your country.

Patrick E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A long but great day well organised and supported by the local tour operator. The guide went into detailed descriptions of sites and gave us plenty of time to do our thing at each site. The provided lunch was good. The ride on the train over an original piece of bridge construction was both interesting and thought provoking. A good trip, well run and good value. The only thing that marred it for me was I got dropped off at the wrong hotel and had to find my own way back to my hotel but that was easy enough.

Aisha M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Awesome adventure. Great guide and detailed information.

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