Bridge on the River Kwai Tours

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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.

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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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Address: Kanchanaburi, Thailand
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Private Tour: Thai–Burma Death Railway Bridge on the River Kwai Tour from Bangkok

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 about 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. Listen as your guide explains how this impressive structure still serves as a memorial to the thousands of prisoners of war and forced laborers who died building the railway. Your private guide will take you on an all access tour of the bridge, through the JEATH War Museum and Allied War Grave, and transport you on a thrilling long-tailed boat ride along the river. Lunch is included on this memorable tour.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Bridge on River Kwai from Bangkok

Explore the famous bridge across the River Kwai on a joint or private full-day tour from Bangkok. Explore Thailand’s wartime history and heritage by visiting two moving cemeteries lined with the gravestones of allied prisoners of war. Learn the tragic stories of the Commonwealth and Dutch soldiers that were captured in Singapore and forced to build a ‘Death Railway’ through the thick jungles of eastern Thailand.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Full Day Tour of Floating Markets and the Bridge on the River Kwai

Explore Bangkok’s floating markets and the bridge over the River Kwai on a full-day tour through Thailand’s poignant history and traditional culture. Encounter vendors who mound their boats with handicrafts and fresh produce, and paddle the narrow canals of Damnoen Saduak’s 3 floating markets. Head west to encounter Kanchanaburi’s most important historic sites; stand on the symbolic River Kwai bridge, walk the grounds of the Allied war cemetery, and learn the soldiers’ tragic stories at the JEATH museum, whose moving images and displays are a window into Thailand’s wartime history.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Full-Day River Kwai Tour from Bangkok

Experience Kanchanaburi’s most vivid wartime sites on a full-day tour from Bangkok to the River Kwai. Stand on top of the symbolic bridge and learn the tragic story of the ‘Death Railway.’ Explore a poignant war cemetery filled with Allied soldiers’ graves, and immerse yourself in their stories at the nearby JEATH Museum. Board a train along the railway track those soldiers built and disembark for a trackside lunch before returning to Bangkok, 80 miles (130 kilometers) to the east.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour

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, you’ll 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 River Kwai where you’ll have a view of the famous bridge. Lunch and hotel transport by coach are included.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour

Kanchanaburi's famous Bridge on the River Kwai is a poignant reminder of the thousands of POW's and forced labourers who lost their lives in the Second World War. This full day guided tour from Bangkok includes touching visits to a small war museum and a POW cemetery. The day will also consist of an exhilarating long-tailed speedboat ride, a walk across the Bridge and a ride along the tracks of the Death Railway on a local train.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Bridge on The River Kwai Tour from Bangkok

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.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Private Tour: Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Day Trip from Bangkok

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.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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3-Day River Kwai Tour from Bangkok: Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi and Thai-Burma Death Railway

See the ancient temples of UNESCO-listed Ayutthaya, the royal summer palace at Bang Pa-In, and the terraced waterfalls of Erawan National Park — all on this 3-day small-group tour from Bangkok. Stay overnight in Kanchanaburi on the River Kwai, where your guide highlights the region’s World War II history. You’ll visit the War Museum, the Allied War Cemetery and the Thailand–Burma 'Death Railway’ Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum. With numbers limited to 12 people, you’ll receive undivided attention from the guide.
  • Duration: 3 days
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Recapture The Bridge Of The River Kwai 2018 Festival 4D3N

The River Kwai Bridge Festival takes place at the end of November or early December each year. It is a sound and light spectacular that reenacts the World War II bombing of The River Kwai Bridge in Kanchanaburi Thailand. The festival runs for a little over one week. It starts on the Friday evening, continuing to the following Sunday evening one week later.
  • Duration: 4 days
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  • Duration: 4 days
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