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  • Address: Kanchanaburi, Thailand
  • Hours: Open daily

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Bridge on the River Kwai

Thailand’s Kanchanaburi province is home to the famous Bridge on the River Kwai and the beginning of the Thai-Burma Death Railway, both poignant reminders of the thousands of POWs and forced laborers who lost their lives during World War II.

Made famous by the 1957 David Lean movie of the same name, the building of the bridge in 1943 was one part of a huge Japanese wartime project to link Thai and Burmese railway lines and create a direct route from Bangkok.

Due to illness, starvation and neglect, thousands of people lost their lives building the bridge and railway – you can visit the graves of nearly 7,000 POWs at the nearby Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. Parts of the original bridge are now displayed in the War Museum here. You can walk along the restored railway bridge on foot or take a train specifically for tourists.

Practical Info

The Bridge on the River Kwai is in Kanchanaburi about 80 miles (130 km) west of Bangkok. Tours often depart directly from Kanchanaburi or from Bangkok Noi Railway Station.

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 372 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $93.36
Bridge on River Kwai from Bangkok, Bangkok, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Bridge on River Kwai from Bangkok

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

This tour takes you to the world famous bridge on the River Kwai, built during World War II by the prisoners of war. The bridge is located near the town of ...  Read more

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

From USD $55.90
Full Day Tour of Floating Markets and the Bridge on the River Kwai, Bangkok, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Full Day Tour of Floating Markets and the Bridge on the River Kwai

On this private or non-private tour, discover Bangkok's world-famous floating markets, then head to the infamous Bridge on the River Kwai. Visit Kanchanaburi ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $106.35
Full-Day River Kwai Tour from Bangkok, Bangkok, Day Trips
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Full-Day River Kwai Tour from Bangkok

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Travel back in time to see the world-famous bridge on the River Kwai, built during World War II by prisoners of war near the town of Kanchanaburi. Learn about ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $123.74
Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Tour from Bangkok, Bangkok, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Tour from Bangkok

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1050 Reviews

Combine a cruise through the Floating Markets with a visit to Bridge on the River Kwai on this full-day guided tour from Bangkok. With the knowledge of your ...  Read more

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

From USD $71.13
River Kwai Kayaking Trip from Kanchanaburi, Kanchanaburi, Day Trips
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River Kwai Kayaking Trip from Kanchanaburi

Enjoy this 2-hour kayaking trip along the River Kwai, finishing at the famous Bridge Over the River Kwai. This is the perfect trip to get a feel for the river ...  Read more

Location: Nong Bua, Thailand
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $19.27
Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour, Bangkok, Kayaking & Canoeing
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3125 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

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

From USD $65.02
Private Tour: Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Day Trip from Bangkok, Bangkok, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Private Tour: Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Day Trip from Bangkok

4 star rating: Recommended 108 Reviews

This privately guided, full-day excursion out of Bangkok is a wonderful way to maximize your time to experience the amazing floating markets of Thailand as ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.70
Private Tour: 4x4 Rainforest Adventure from Bangkok Including Elephant Ride, Bangkok, Private ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Private Tour: 4x4 Rainforest Adventure from Bangkok Including Elephant Ride

3 star rating: Worth doing 42 Reviews

Leave bustling Bangkok behind for this full-day private tour that takes you to Kanchanaburi, situated in the scenic Mae Nam Make Klong valley. You’ll ride ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $161.34

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