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Bridge on the River Kwai Tours

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Bridge on the River Kwai
The iconic Bridge on the River Kwai is part of the world’s collective historical memory. The site of many POW’s deaths during World War II, it is now the site of the JEATH War Museum and is close to the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery.

The Basics

The bridge that spans the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi forms part of the notorious Burma Railway, a rail link between Bangkok and Myanmar that was built during the Japanese occupation of Thailand in the Second World War. The railway was built by Allied prisoners of war, and over 10,000 died of starvation, overwork, and terrible living conditions in the process. Over 90,000 local forced labourers also died during the construction.
The bridge is still a functioning rail link, and trains cross regularly on their journey to and from Bangkok. Take a train across the bridge, and visit the adjacent war museum, which examines the atrocities; to get a deeper look at the bridge’s history, join a guided tour of the area.

Things to know before you go
  • Exploring the area around the bridge and the train ride may both prove challenging to people with limited mobility.
  • If you’re visiting the cemetery, remember that you are in a place of quiet contemplation.
  • You can combine a train trip with a visit to the museum for a single price by joining a pre-booked tour.

How to get there
The Bridge on the River Kwai is located in Kanchanaburi Province. The site is accessible by train from Bangkok or as part of a guided tour that includes transportation. Alternatively, you can drive a hire car from Bangkok, which is about 80 miles (128 km) away.

When to get there
The railway station and museum are open all year round. The best time of year to visit Thailand is from November to March, when the weather is generally dry and relatively cool.

Swim in the Waterfalls at Erawan
Many trips to see the Kwai bridge include a visit to the beautiful Erawan Waterfalls in Erawan National Park. This 7-tiered waterfall is considered one of the most beautiful in Thailand; cool off by climbing the natural rock steps and swimming in the pristine pools at the base of the falls.
Address: Maenamkwai Rd, Tha Ma Kham, Mueang Kanchanaburi District, Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand
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Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway TourDay Trips

Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour

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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, 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 Kwai River where you have a view of the famous bridge.
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Private Tour: Thai–Burma Death Railway Bridge on the River Kwai from BangkokDay Trips

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

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Travel back in time on this private Thai Burma Death Railway Bridge on the River Kwai Tour from Bangkok. You’ll gain insight and deeper understanding of some of the nation’s top attractions as you follow your expert local guide on this memorable excursion. Pay a visit to the nation’s most famous bridge that spans the River Kwai and listen to stories about the notorious history of this Thai landmark. Lunch is included on this memorable tour.
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Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway TourDay Trips

Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour

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Immerse yourself in the history of World War II during this tour to the Bridge on the River Kwai from Bangkok. Listen to in-depth guided commentary that tells the history of the bridge itself, and learn more about the events surrounding the POWs by visiting a war museum and a POW cemetery. Additionally, you’ll ride along the tracks of the Death Railway, walk across the bridge itself, and take a long-tailed speedboat ride on the river.
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Private Tour to Bridge over River Kwai and Hellfire Pass incl trainrideDay Trips

Private Tour to Bridge over River Kwai and Hellfire Pass incl trainride

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Escape bustling Bangkok for the day on a private tour to the Bridge on the River Kwai and the Death Railway (Burma Railway), a perfect choice for lovers of history. With just your private guide and party, you’ll travel between dispersed attractions with ease, spending less time navigating and more time focusing on the scenery. Plus, lunch, water, and pickup and drop-off are included for a seamless experience.
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Erawan Waterfalls-Death Railway & River Kwai TourDay Trips

Erawan Waterfalls-Death Railway & River Kwai Tour

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Take a break from Bangkok’s hustle on this small-group door-to-door adventure, which simply can’t be done in a day on public transport. Spend the morning swimming and taking pictures at the 7-tiered Erawan Waterfall, then enjoy a picnic in the national park. Finish with a ride on the Burma Railway (Death Railway), built by Allied prisoners during World War II, and a look at the Bridge on the River Kwai.
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3-Day River Kwai ExperienceMulti-day Tours

3-Day River Kwai Experience

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Spend 3 days exploring the River Kwai, including 2 nights' stay at the River Kwai Resotel. All entrance fees, meals per itinerary, and round-trip transport from Bangkok hotels included.
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1 day River Kwai - Highlights of KanchanaburiDay Trips

1 day River Kwai - Highlights of Kanchanaburi

A good alternative to the private tours to visit the highlight of Kanchanaburi in 1 day, starting from Bangkok. This tour covers roundtrip transport by air conditioned minivan and English speaking guide to the Bridge over River Kwai, Thailand-Birma Railway Centre and a scenic trainride on the Death Railway.
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Floating Market & Bridge on the River Kwai ComboDay Trips

Floating Market & Bridge on the River Kwai Combo

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This day trip allows you to tick off two of Thailand’s most-popular tourist attractions without having to worry about hiring a car or navigating unfamiliar roads. As well as receiving personalized attention in a small group limited to 15 people, you’ll travel to both the Bridge over the River Kwai and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in air-conditioned comfort.
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Private Historic River Kwai Death Railway, War Cemetery and Hellfire Pass TourDay Trips

Private Historic River Kwai Death Railway, War Cemetery and Hellfire Pass Tour

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Immerse yourself with the history of Kanchanaburi and the landmarks connected to World War II. Widen your perspective and attempt to imagine the hardship and suffering the POWs endured during the period. You will visit the War Cemetery, Hellfire Pass, the Burma-Thai Death Railway and the famous Bridge over the River Kwai with your professional guide, comfortable air-conditioned transport and lunch included.
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Private Erawan Waterfall, River Kwai, Death Railway Tour from BangkokDay Trips

Private Erawan Waterfall, River Kwai, Death Railway Tour from Bangkok

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Explore the history and legends of Thailand’s Kanchanaburi province on a private day trip from Bangkok. Hike and swim among tropical waterfalls in Erawan National Park, float down the storied River Kwai on a bamboo raft, and take a ride on the ‘Death Railroad’ built by POWs during World War II. All the details are arranged, from entrance fees and a regional Thai lunch to private transport directly from you Bangkok hotel.
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BANGKOK: JOIN TOUR River Kwai Kanchanaburi (Death Railway) LUNCHDay Trips

BANGKOK: JOIN TOUR River Kwai Kanchanaburi (Death Railway) LUNCH

06.00 Pick Up From Hotel Depart For KanchanaBuri 09.10 The War Cemetery Of The Allied Prisoners Of World war II 10.00 Visit Jeath War Museume 10.40 Walk along the Bridge Over the River Kwai 11.10 Take The Train trip along the death railway sight-seeing the Countryside 13.45 Lunch will be provided at Restaurant 15.00 Depart From The Restaurant to Bangkok
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Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Tour from BangkokDay Trips

Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Tour from Bangkok

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Get two for one on this Damnoen Saduak floating market and Bridge Over the River Kwai Tour from Bangkok. Spend a full day following your expert guide on this tour that showcases the best of Thailand’s Kanchanaburi region and offers up the perfect escape from the energy of urban streets.
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2-Day River Kwai Jungle RaftsNature & Wildlife

2-Day River Kwai Jungle Rafts

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Explore Kanchanaburi’s harrowing past on 2-day, joint or private guided tour to Hellfire Pass and the Death Railway. Visit the region’s most important World War II sites: walk among the War Cemetery’s allied graves, then learn their stories at the Thailand-Burma Railway Center and the famous bridge across the River Kwai. Board a riverboat for Hellfire Pass, where POWs died in miserable conditions, then return to Thailand’s vivid, thriving present with an evening traditional dance presentation and a visit to a rural Mon tribal village.
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Private Tour to Bridge over River Kwai and Erawan WaterfallsDay Trips

Private Tour to Bridge over River Kwai and Erawan Waterfalls

Receive undivided attention during a private tour to the Bridge on the River Kwai and Erawan National Park from Bangkok—the ideal way to escape the bustle of the Thai capital. Traveling with a private guide means you’ll receive undivided attention throughout the day and travel between attractions in air-conditioned comfort, meaning you’ve got more time to focus on the scenery rather than the map.
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River Kwai One Day Tour from BangkokDay Trips

River Kwai One Day Tour from Bangkok

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The trip includes a visit to the infamous bridge on the River Kwai, built by Allied prisoners of war (POW) during World War II. It includes a visit to a war cemetery containing the graves of an estimated 9,000 Allied soldiers who died while building the bridge and constructing the notorious -Death Railway-. At the JEATH Museum, guests will see a replica of a Japanese POW camp, followed by a train journey along a stunning stretch of the -Death Railway-. A buffet lunch is served upon arrival at Wang Po station, close to the Burmese border. - JEATH Museum - Visit Japanese POW camp - Exciting train journey at Death Railway - Buffet lunch at Wang Po station - Round Trip Transfer
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2 Days River Kwai Delight PackageOvernight Tours

2 Days River Kwai Delight Package

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A special two days tour to River Kwai to visit the memorable places such as the Bridge over the River Kwai, Hellfire Pass, Thai-Burma Death Railway Museum, War Cemetery, and Mon Tribal Village & Temple. Enjoy riding the Death Railway Train passing through the wooden viaduct and boat trip along the scenic Maeklong River.
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Private Tour: Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Day Trip from BangkokDay Trips

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

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Get the most of your travels by getting out of Bangkok on this full-day private tour of floating markets and bridge on the River Kwai tour. Spend some time exploring the floating markets with your expert local guide, and make your way to Kanchanaburi, where you’ll pay a visit to the infamous bridge that made its Hollywood debut in a movie staring Alec Guiness—The Bridge on the River Kwai.
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River Kwai One Day Tour from BangkokDay Trips

River Kwai One Day Tour from Bangkok

The trip includes a visit to the infamous bridge on the River Kwai, built by Allied prisoners of war (POW) during World War II. It includes a visit to a war cemetery containing the graves of an estimated 9,000 Allied soldiers who died while building the bridge and constructing the notorious -Death Railway-. At the JEATH Museum, guests will see a replica of a Japanese POW camp, followed by a train journey along a stunning stretch of the -Death Railway-. A buffet lunch is served upon arrival at Wang Po station, close to the Burmese border. - JEATH Museum - Visit Japanese POW camp - Exciting train journey at Death Railway - Buffet lunch at Wang Po station - Round Trip Transfer
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  • 13 hours
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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & Bridge on The River Kwai Tour from BangkokDay Trips

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & Bridge on The River Kwai Tour from Bangkok

The World War II sites at Kanchanaburi and the floating markets of Damnoen Saduak are popular stops on Thailand’s tourist trail, but organizing transportation to visit them independently from Bangkok cuts into sightseeing time. On this tour, explore both attractions in one day—with round-trip transport from selected Bangkok hotels included. Visit Allied war cemeteries near the Bridge over the River Kwai, and float past colorful displays of fresh produce.
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Kanchanaburi River Kwai & Death Railway Small Group tourDay Trips

Kanchanaburi River Kwai & Death Railway Small Group tour

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● Visit the JEATH War Museum, and travel on “the Death Railway’’, named after the prisoners of war who died building it ● Explore Kanchanaburi, a mountainous city along the River Kwai 130km from Bangkok ● Tuck into a delicious buffet lunch of Thai favorites ● Soak in the beautiful scenery and stop for plenty of photo opportunities
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River Kwai Day Trip with train ride, (join the group) Day Trips

River Kwai Day Trip with train ride, (join the group)

Explore the highlights of the River Kwai area in Kanchanaburi on a single day tour. Sites visited include the Bridge over the River Kwai, the World War II Museum, the Allied War cemetery, the death railway, and others. You'll enjoy a traditional buffet lunch and commentary on the dark history of the area.
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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Bridge on The River Kwai Tour from BangkokDay Trips

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Bridge on The River Kwai Tour from Bangkok

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The Damnoen Saduak floating market and the WWII sites of Kanchanaburi are two of the most popular day trip destinations from Bangkok—this tour visits both in one day. Cruise around the floating market on a longtail boat, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, then visit the JEATH war museum and the Death Railway bridge in Kanchanaburi and learn how the notorious railway was built by Allied POWs in WWII.
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3-Day River Kwai Jungle Rafts Experience from BangkokMulti-day Tours

3-Day River Kwai Jungle Rafts Experience from Bangkok

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Journey along Thailand's most famous waterway on this 3-day tour to the storied River Kwai. Travel from Bangkok to the Kanchanaburi province, where you'll learn about the tragic history of the Thailand–Burma Railway, built by Allied POWs during WWII. Take a ride on the so-called 'Death Railway,' visit the notorious Bridge over the River Kwai, and observe local customs at a Mon tribal village. Ride a long-tailed boat to the River Kwai Jungle Rafts resort, where you'll stay each night with the river flowing right beneath your room. Enjoy included meals surrounded by the lush scenery.
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Private Tour to the Floating Market and Bridge over River KwaiDay Trips

Private Tour to the Floating Market and Bridge over River Kwai

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Experience one of Thailand’s most famous floating markets on a full-day private tour. Hop aboard an authentic long tail boat at the Damnern Saduak market and get a close look at how many Thai people buy and sell goods. After a delicious lunch, spend some time at the JEATH War Museum and visit the Bridge over River Kwai and learn about Thai history from your informative guide.
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