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.
After seeing the movie numerous times, I wanted to take the opportunity to see the bridge for real. Also, I just needed to get out of the city for a day. The trip was great! A small tour van with 8 of us in it plus the driver and the tour guide. The guide gave us just enough local info and lore for the 2 hour drive out to keep us entertained, but sensed when we just wanted to nap. The tour itself will dispel many myths and more importantly open you eyes to many new facts. The train ride was fun, especially the persistent beer girl, and lunch was pretty good too. The only draw back was the almost 3 hour ride back as we went about an hour west on the train, but by then we all needed a good nap for the nights activities.
It's a long way from Bangkok but the ride was interesting of itself. The cemetery museum, boat ride to the bridge were all well done and rewarding. After touring the bridge we were on the train and on another 100 miles north thru the countryside, stopping for lunch in a small village. All most interesting. All went off without a hitch including the hotel pickup and dropoff. Tour Guide was good couldn't have asked for more.
Really interesting trip that covered a lot of ground in one day. Very enthusiastic guide, and the lunch provided was excellent. This trip is also an excellent value for money!
Our first tour. Gobsmacked and amazed at how well run and operated it was. Don't hesitate, just do it.
It was very good!
Excellent day trip and very knowledgeable guide, well worth doing if you have a spare day in Bangkok.
This is a must, loved it but also very sad to learn about the way they were treated building the bridge. We had a lovely lunch, and the trip up the river was amazing.
The whole day was brilliant. The tour guide was so knowledgeable and made sure we had all the information we needed, not just on the railway but at everything we could see from the coach. The trip itself was brilliant too, so much packed into the day. Definitely worthwhile doing.
Excellent trip. A very varied day, emotional, exciting and very varied. Excellent lunch.
This was an excellent day and very well run by our guide. Lunch was very nice.
I thoroughly enjoyed this trip. It was a long day, but there were many stops to alleviate the boredom. The guide's English wasn't so good, and it was difficult to hear her on the coach, so I was not sure of the instructions given most of the time.
Very impressive, you're able to walk on the bridge and catch the train for a short trip. Quite informative and a must see destination.
I really enjoyed this tour and found the tour rep very professional and knowledgeable. The lunch was okay.
The trip was informative and well organised. Would have liked time to be able to walk across the bridge. A lot of time wasted at the station waiting for the train as part of the tour to arrive. The lunch provided was very good
I highly recommend this tour if only for the activities included. I loved the boat ride, the visit to the bridge, the relaxing and fun train ride, even the sumptuous lunch.
However, I am quite unsatisfied with our tour guide. During the visit to the cemetery, she gave us 10 minutes to go around. That was it. No brief introduction or information about the place. Same for the other places we visited. Whenever we would approach her and ask questions, she would gladly answer us. However, she had no standard spill about the places we went to. Such a shame.
After lunch, we also visited an elephant camp which is not included in the itinerary. Some from our group said they could not afford the elephant ride since it wasn't included in the itinerary, while my husband and I opted out since we don't support this type of tourist attraction. So those who didn't join the trek were left waiting inside the van. I didn't mind waiting. But we could have simply spent more time in places which we actually paid for like the cemetery.
Overall, a very good experience. Could have been great if not for the inadequate tour guide.
all good except to be told extra 300 baht for train - should be included in price of tour
This was a good tour. The train ride is really the highlight and seeing the bridge. It's a long trip from Bangkok but I think it's worth it and a nice way to get out of the city and see some different scenery.
I think one of the nice things is that you go visit the JEATH museum and take a motor boat from there to the bridge. It's cool because you get some good views of the bridge from the water and the day I went was a really nice day for a little boat ride. I definitely recommend upgrading to the first class car on the train. I don't know what the second class car is like, but the first class car was relaxed and they served some water/coffee/soda and snacks and in my experience it's always better to upgrade if it's only a few more. Definitely a good activity for history buffs and non-history buffs alike.
I highly recommend this tour. The guide was very kind and comments were interesting. Even though riding the train for more than 2 hours seemed tiring it was worth. The timber bridge is really one work of engineering by slaved POWs and Asian coolies. Maybe the Railway Death Museum should be included.
A long day out 13 hours door to door but worth it. Knowledgable tour guide. Travel by bus, boat and train to see the countryside. Very good lunch included.