Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Thai Burma Death Railway Bridge on the River Kwai Tour from Bangkok. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
5 things we love about this tour. 1 The war memorial was a tear jerker. 2 The speed boat ride was just what we needed on a hot day! Loved the boat ride. 3 The railway station was beautiful - really amazed by the works of the POWs. 4 Walk to the end of the line and you will see a staircase that will lead you to a temple - the temple is new and architecturally beautiful. Managed to get some quick photos there. 5 We loved the train ride! Do add on extra THB300 when you are at the station to upgrade to the tourist's first-class cabin this means guaranteed seats for the long journey ride. You will then be served with snacks and refreshments on board. If you spot a local selling donuts, do get one - it's still hot and delicious!!! You will even get a cert from the Tourism Authority of Thailand for being onboard this nostalgic train ride. How cool is that?! Loved the serene views from the train. A DEFINITE MUST DO.
Really enjoyed it until transfer back to Bangkok hotel 3 hours travel back from river kwai then another 2 hours to cross bangkok city!
One of the highlights of our trip to Thailand. It's a must. So much history behind it.
Value for money, good guide. Wish the bost element was longer, that was fun and the train shorter for the sake of my bum! Go for this one, you will not be disappointed.
If you have any interest in history or want to escape the hustle and bustle of Bangkok to see some of the real Thai countryside then this is the trip for you. Yes, it's a long day, and yes it's a lot of travel but that's to be expected given the traffic in the region. We thoroughly enjoyed the full day and found it a poignant and moving trip, well explained and well guided. Would recommend the train upgrade that you pay for on the day as it guarantees you a seat and plenty of refreshments. The long-boat was great fun!
This tour, as well as my travel to Thailand was one of the most exquisite experiences i have ever had! The tour guide for this tour was fantastic! A small lady, around 50, very funny and very informative. Conveyed a lot of information to me and fellow tourers. The "content" of the tour was more than adequate for the value for money category. I loved the boat ride from the Jeath museum to the Kwai River Bridge. The train ride was a little too long but the view at the end of the trip and the food at the lovely restaurant amidst the forest made up for it.The lunch was more than plentiful both quantity and variety wise. Only water was included in the price but i found that was ok of course.
i travelled alone to Thailand but i would gladly take this tour again next time with a friend as well.
Wonderful experience, the travel was easy and the guide knowledge excellent
Better value than I was expecting a really excellent day away from the city
Nui our tour guide was fantastic, she made a wonderful day even better. Knowledgable and so happy to help. Thank you Nui.
The bus was comfy and the trip well organised. Easy to book through viatour too.
We would recommend this to all.
The tour to the River Kwai was great and we took our three teenage kids and they really enjoyed it. The tour guide was lovely and had a great personality. The buffet lunch was the best Thai we had in Thailand.
Candice - Sydney (Australia)
Thoroughly enjoyed this tour and was very impressed with the level of organisation involved - all I would say is prepare for a long day! But this can't be helped due to the nature of the location of the railway.
The day began when I promptly collected at 6.10am in the morning - having received a note from my hotel to let me know they had received a telephone call with my collection time the night before, nice touch!
It is around a 2 1/2 to 3 hour drive to the first location - the war cemetary, which is kept immaculately and very well looked after. Afterwards the tour included a visit to the Jeath Museum and a ride on a long tail boat to the infamous 'Bridge on the River Kwai'. We were offered the chance to ride in 'first class' on the railway at a price of 200 baht - I would definitely recommend this. The seats are comfortable, you get tea or coffee, water and a glass of cola if you wish. The trip on the railway is around two hours long and you get an incuded lunch, which was really nice and the service, as of course in Thailand, impeccable. A trip on an elephant ride is optional, our group chose not to (costs 600 baht extra). The journey home included a couple of stops, one at a monkey-spotting location where we got to feed them bananas and there was an opportunity to take photos at the entrance to the Tiger Temple.
Our tour guide - Panya - was an absolute pleasure. Very lovely, kind and informative, not only explaining sights around the tour but pointing out and giving us insight into locations in Bangkok spotted on the bus journey. If I were to take any other tours in the area I would definitely request him as the tour leader.
Very interesting tour, very moving experience - especially the cemetery. The guide and driver very attentive and informative, stopping for breaks for coffee etc on a long drive from Bangkok. Long day, BUT well worth it. Lunch at a local restaurant was very relaxing in garden, very friendly and helpful staff.
A great day out from start to finish the guide and driver were excellent the places we called at were very good the train journey makes you realise what the prisoners had to endure. A long day, a tiering day but an excellent trip highly recommended.
This tour was brilliant it was extremely moving for me as my Uncle was there. Long day but worth every second. Lunch was brilliant and our tour guide excellent. Definately recommend it.
It was a very moving day at the museum and the British cemetary. We had a lovely lady called "Tiny" as our guide. She was excellent, very friendly and knowlagable. We were impressed with how organised she was. She told us when to take the best photos from the train . She collected the tickets, our stickers, the picture from our refreshment box along with our train certificate, rolled them all together to give us a lovely memento of the day. Thank you Tiny for making trip special
An amazing day for so little money. I was part of only 2 tourists with 1 guide and 1 driver for a day of full of history and culture. I also saw the Thailand countryside by van, boat and train. I highly recommend this tour for anyone that enjoys seeing the real part of Thailand while visiting famous places of history. The summary of our day was: 2 hour van ride to War cemetery, short ride to Death Museum, 10 minute high speed ride boat to Bridge, 1 hour of walking around bridge area, 1 1/2 hour train ride on Death Railway, lunch, 3 hour van ride back to Bangkok. Great Day! Great tour guide!
Wonderful tour. I have done both of the River Kwai tours through Viator, and prefer this one.
Very well done, informative, and the guide and accommodations were among the best. Especially for such a historic and moving war memorial.
This tour was a great day for us. The tour is well put together with much to do and see. The visit to the cemetery was a reminder of the cost of the building the railway during World War II and the JEATH museum has a mock of the terrible conditions the prisoners of war had to face even after a hard days labour on the railway and bridges. The long boat ride from the JEATH museum to the bridge was exhilarating as we sped along the smooth clean river to the steel bridge funded by the Japanese three years after the war ended. The houseboats and mansions on the river bank are a beautiful site. The train ride from the steel bridge at Kanchanaburi to Sai Yok near the Thai-Burma border was fantastic, and a little scary over the timber bridges built during WWII and very fascinating, and it all ended at a beautiful restaurant near Sai Yok, and a very tasty Thai meal. Our guide was energetic and friendly with a lot of information on the history of it all.