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  • Address: Kanchanaburi
  • 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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Thai Burma Death Railway Bridge on the River Kwai Tour from Bangkok, Bangkok, null
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Thai Burma Death Railway Bridge on the River Kwai Tour from Bangkok

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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 $64.63
Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Tour from Bangkok, Bangkok, Day Trips
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Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Tour from Bangkok

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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 $68.94
Private Tour: Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Day Trip from Bangkok, Bangkok, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Day Trip from Bangkok

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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 $106.06
Private Tour: Thai Burma Death Railway Bridge on the River Kwai Tour from Bangkok, Bangkok, Private ... 
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Private Tour: Thai Burma Death Railway Bridge on the River Kwai Tour from Bangkok

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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 $92.81
3-Day River Kwai Tour from Bangkok: Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi and Thai-Burma Death Railway, Bangkok, ... 
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3-Day River Kwai Tour from Bangkok: Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi and Thai-Burma Death Railway

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Leave Bangkok behind on this three-day tour of Thailand’s historical and cultural attractions – including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed temples of ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights

From USD $555.00
Bridge on River Kwai from Bangkok, Bangkok, Multi-day Tours
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Bridge on River Kwai from Bangkok

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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 $59.40
4-Day Lake Safari Thailand - Khao Laem National Park and River Kwai, Bangkok, Day Trips
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4-Day Lake Safari Thailand - Khao Laem National Park and River Kwai

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Lake Safari Thailand is a 4-day houseboat cruise tour through the beautiful expanse of Khao Laem National Park. Relax on board our authentic raft house and ...  Read more

Location: Kaeng Sian, Thailand
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $508.96
2-Day Kanchanaburi and River Kwai Tour from Bangkok, Bangkok, Multi-day Tours
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2-Day Kanchanaburi and River Kwai Tour from Bangkok

"Muang" Kanchanaburi is the capital of Kanchanaburi Province, located where the River Kwai Noi and River Kwai Yai merge to form the Maeklong (Mekong). ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $195.42
4-Day RV River Kwai Cruise, Bangkok, Overnight Tours
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4-Day RV River Kwai Cruise

The RV River Kwai, the first inland cruise ship in Thailand, is a newly built colonial style river cruiser based on designs used by the original Irrawaddy ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $1,053.20

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