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Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour

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  • 9 to 10 hours (Approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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.
  • Enjoy a memorable tour to the Death Railway and infamous Bridge Over the River Kwai
  • See the Allied Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and the JEATH War Museum
  • Take an exhilarating long tailed boat ride along the Kwai River to the famous bridge
  • Pickup and drop off at selected Bangkok hotels

What's Included

  • Hotel pickup and drop off (selected hotels only)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Local guide
  • Long-tail boat ride
  • Train ride along Death Railway
  • Lunch
  • Admission Fees
  • Beverages
  • Gratuities

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Traveler pickup is offered
    We Pick up from all hotels in the city center of Bangkok.
    Departure Time: 7:00 am
    Pick up Time: Pick up from Bangkok city hotels 10 - 45 minutes prior to the departure time
    Return point: Returns to original departure point at approximately 5:00pm.

    Remarks: Please be aware that the pick-up for this tour is included and covers all the hotel located in the following areas: (Silom Road, Thai Cultural Centre, Phaya Thai, Huai Khang, Bang Rak, Sathorn, Surawong Road, Rajdamri Road, Ram Buttri Chana Songkhram, Luangsuan Road, Khaosan Road)
    For hotel pick-ups outside of this area, an additional charge may be applied or a closer meeting point pick-up may be suggested to you by our Team upon reception of your booking.

Departure Time

  • 7:00 AM

What To Expect

Whether you’re a war buff or a railway enthusiast, there’s reason to see the bridge on the Kwai River and take a ride on the Thailand–Burma Railway, aka Death Railway. Both are poignant reminders of the WWII POWs and forced laborers who built the structures, many of whom lost their lives undertaking this Japanese wartime project.

Start your full-day tour with pickup from selected hotels in Bangkok, then travel by comfortable coach to the town of Kanchanaburi. Journey through the Thai countryside where sugarcane, rice paddies, and pineapple plantations fill significant portions of the rural landscape. 

Visit graves of the Allied Forces on a tour of the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery before a look at historical photographs and paintings at the JEATH War Museum—prepare for an emotionally moving experience at both sites. 

Learn about the building of the infamous bridge that was to link a direct railway line from Bangkok to Rangoon in an effort to support the Japanese occupation of Burma (now Myanmar) in 1943. An exhilarating long-tailed speedboat ride takes you down the Kwai River to the bridge, where you have ample time to explore on your own. Then hop aboard the ‘Death Railway’ for a memorable—and scenic—ride.
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Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

The Kanchanaburi War Cemetery is the main prisoner of war cemetery for victims of Japanese imprisonment while building the Burma Railway during the 2nd World War.

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

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JEATH War Museum

Visit the Jeath War Museum. Dive into the history of the construction of the Death Railway and how it was built by the prisoners of war during World War 2.

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Boat ride is not wheelchair accessible
  • Restroom facilities available
  • You must provide your hotel details at time of booking, failure to do so may result in cancellation
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the unlikely event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Optional extras on train - approx. 200baht for upgrade on train which will guarantee seat (otherwise 'first-in-best-dressed') plus cold towel, drinking water OR approx. 300baht for upgrade on train which will guarantee seat (otherwise 'first-in-best-dressed') plus tea/coffee, drinking water, cold towel and certificate.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 99 travellers
Operated by Tour East Thailand

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
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Q:What is the policy on sanitisation during Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour?

A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
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Q:What is the social distancing policy during Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour?

A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Traveller Tips


Only thing you need is a small snack for the morning trip and drinking water you may want.
It’s a long drive out and a long drive back but well worth the journey.
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Bridge over the river kwai
Vic_c, Mar 2020
Well organised trip Knoledgeble guide Museum was a disappointment Value for money Filling some space
Moving experience with a bit of fun.
William_P, Mar 2020
Excellent guide. Very knowledgeable and efficient. All components of the itinerary were handled well.
The Bridge at Kwai
Ben_M, Mar 2020
Positives- locations seen were good, beautiful countryside. We were early to all locations so had a good chance to walk over the bridge before the train ride. Boat ride to the bridge is better than an approach via the road. Negatives- poor confirmation of pick up point time and location. Very little historic information given on WW2, the buildup to occupation by the Japanese, why the railway was built and the reasons behind it. Little information given on the treatment of the POW’s and the locations of camp and the original bridge. No background to the CWGC commission and why the cemetery was concentrated at its location, just left to go in and walk around. A CWGC information board was pointed out, that was all. The war museum is all but about 30 framed photographs with one line under each, no further information. These photographs can probably be sourced online with more information. The tour was the cheapest I found to get to the locations, if you choose this make sure you do all you’re own research prior to coming as I did otherwise you will be very disappointed with the information that is provided.
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Bridge on the River Kwai trip
Rodney_J, Mar 2020
A long trip from Bangkok but worth it to see the bridge and to pay homage to our soldiers Our guide “Tiny” was really knowledgable about Thailand and the local customs I thought the museum was pretty basic regarding information but still enjoyed the trip
Bridge over River Kwai
Steve_T, Mar 2020
I simply could not fault this experience. Our tour guide (Peter) was interesting, entertaining & informative. From hotel pickup through journey, boat ride, train to Wanpo & lunch was absolutely fabulous. Everyone should know the history of the death railway & the impact it had post WWII. Many thanks for giving us such a wonderful day guys, much appreciated 👍🏻
A day at the Bridge over the River Kwai
CHRISTOPHER_N, Mar 2020
A long day but the trip was worth it, the forces cemetery, museum, boat ride along the river to the bridge and train ride across the bridge. Good guide, good driver. All very interesting.
History Very Much Alive
Sharon_S, Mar 2020
It began with a visit to the cemetery, a very sobering, beautiful,and tragic experience. Then a James Bond type boat ride on the River Kwai, followed by the train approaching and our 90 minute ride that for an extra 200k we sat in first class, got free water, soda,and sweets,and a certificate. While a exciting ride especially if you live trains,you also got to see how difficult the work must have been to curve through rock at times in bbn order to lay the tracks. At the end of the journey, a delicious lunch.
Great tour
Gavin_H, Mar 2020
Fantastic tour well worth the money, guide very knowledgable both him and driver were great. Long day but made up for it by driver and guide.
Bridge on river Kwai
anne_y, Feb 2020
It’s a long drive out and a long drive back but well worth the journey. Tour guide was very experienced and knowledgeable. Very moving day.
Incredible experience
Salty, Feb 2020
The whole day was great with Jenny. She made sure we saw all the highlights, explained everything clearly, made sure we were comfortable & was a delight. Her English was excellent.
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