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Burma Railway (Death Railway)
During the height of World War II in 1943, the Japanese Imperial Army used forced labor — both Allied prisoners of war and Asian laborers — to construct a rail line between Thailand and Burma to aid in the transport of troops and supplies. The railway stretched for 258 miles (415 kilometers) between Bangkok and Rangoon. Conditions for the workers were abhorrent, with long hours and sweltering heat. By the time it was finished 12,621 Allied POWs had died, as well as tens of thousands of Asian civilian laborers. 

In 1947, after the war had ended, the Death Railway closed. A decade later the portion running between Nong Pla Duk and Nam Tok reopened, and today visitors can learn about this dark period in history by traveling the very same rail from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi. The portion of the original Death Railway that passes along the Wampo Viaduct offers spectacular views. The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre in Kanchanaburi recounts the history of the line from its construction through its completion.

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To see all the historic sites associated with the Thai-Burma Railway, plan to stay at least one night in Kanchanaburi.
Address: Mueang Kanchanaburi District, Kanchanaburi, Thailand
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Private Sightseeing Tours

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.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Private Erawan Waterfall & Kanchanaburi Highlights from Bangkok

See the highlights of Kanchanaburi with a private guide on this full day tour. Visit the Bridge Over the River Kwai, Erawan Waterfall, and Krasae Buddha Cave. You will also take a train ride and learn about the region’s tragic history of the The Burma Railway (also known as the Death Railway).
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  • 12 to 13 hours
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  • 12 to 13 hours

Attraction Tickets

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1 DAY RISKY MARKET,RIVER KWAI,DEATH RAILWAY,WAR MUSEUM WITH GUIDE AND TRANSFERS

OUR PACKAGE INCLUDES A FULL DAY TOUR WITH AN ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDE, LUNCH, BOTTLED WATER, TRANSFERS, COOL TOWEL, AND A RIDE ON THE DEATH RAILWAY TRAIN. TOUR STARTS AT 07:30 AM. FREE TRANSFERS WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THE HOTELS LOCATED IN PRATUNAM .HOTELS LOCATED IN OTHER AREAS WILL BE CHARGED EXTRA 350 THAI BAHT PER PERSON.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Cultural Tours

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.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Full Day Kanchanaburi followed by Elephant Care

Set out on the exciting day excursion combining various activities in Kanchanaburi. From visiting the temple atop the mountain with magnificent buddha statue and a train ride from the Bridge of River Kwai getting the feel of the Death Railway, to admiring the mighty Elephant. This well-balanced tour will fill your day with discovery of culture and history, and not leaving out fun and entertaining activity.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
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Multi-day Tours

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3D2N RIVER KWAI Tour from Bangkok including Stay at Home Phutoey & FloatHouse

130 kilometres west of Bangkok, not far from the Burmese (Myanmar) border, you will find the bridge over the River Kwai, made (in)famous by the 1957 Academy Award-winning film of the same name. Grim history aside, this area of Thailand is rich in culture and natural beauty. The border area with Burma/Myanmar is known for its mountainous charm and is unmatched elsewhere in the country. • Take a long–tailed boat on River Kwai to Home Phutoey • Luxurious night in a beautiful The FloatHouse River Kwai • Local Mon tribal village—with chance to trek through jungle • Historic train ride along original track of the “Death Railway” • Important & moving history of the Thailand-Burma railway
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  • 3 days
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation

Private Day Trips

Private Tour: Kanchanaburi Erawan Waterfall, Bamboo Rafting with Thai-Burma Death Railway Tour from Bangkok

Explore the Kanchanaburi region with a full-day private tour from Bangkok. Visit the beautiful Erawan National Park and enjoy a day in the jungle while you relax and swim near the waterfalls. Sit down to a delicious Thai lunch before heading out on a bamboo rafting adventure on the Kwai River, and end the tour with a death-defying trip through the jungle on the Death Railway.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$113.00
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Cultural Tours

Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour

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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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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From Kanchanaburi: Hellfire Pass and Bamboo Rafting

A spiritual journey for keen walkers into the hidden parts of the world’s railway.Visit the Hellfire Pass Memorial, then start an unforgettable walk (a fairly easy walk of 4 kms, or 2.30hours approx.) on an uneven railway track running along the edge of the limestone mountain and splendid bamboo dominant forests. Several dramatic places, still hidden from most routine tourists, will be discovered.Enjoy bamboo rafting and train ride along the most impressive stretch of the original Death Railway.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Market Tours

From Bangkok : Kanchanaburi Tour, Railway & Floating markets

Enjoy personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this private tour to Kanchanaburi, the MaeKlong Railway Market, and the Damnoensaduak floating market from Bangkok. With private vehicle pickup and drop-off at your Bangkok hotel, there's no need to fuss with public transportation or hail a taxi. Listen to your dedicated guide's narration about the two important Bangkok sites as you travel; you'll learn much more than you would simply exploring on your own.
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  • 12 to 13 hours
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  • 12 to 13 hours

Private Sightseeing Tours

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

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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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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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.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Cultural Tours

One day River Kwai and Kanchanaburi Province.

See the highlights of Kanchanaburi Province in a single day with this comprehensive tour from Bangkok. No need to rent a car, as all transportation is included. Listen to your guide's insightful commentary while visiting highlights such as the Sai Yok Noi waterfall, the bridge on the River Kwai, a visit to the World War II museum, and a scenic train ride.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Private Day Trips

Private Tour: Kanchanaburi Historical Day Trip from Bangkok

Step into Thailand’s Second World War history on a full-day, private trip from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi, where Allied POWs carved the infamous ‘Death Railway’ from the tropical jungle. Explore wartime history at the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, tour a POW cemetery and museum, cruise the Mae Klong River to the Bridge over the River Kwai, then ride the WWII-era railroad. With the flexibility of a private tour, this excursion includes all entrance fees, lunch, and round-trip transport in a climate-controlled vehicle.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 11 hours
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Overnight Tours

2-Day Hin Tok River Camp at Hellfire Pass and Death Railway tour from Bangkok

Experience Thailand’s moving history on a 2-day tour from Bangkok to Hin Tok River Camp at Hellfire Pass. Visit POW gravestones in an allied cemetery, then learn their tragic stories at the JEATH War Museum.  Stand on the famous bridge across the River Kwai, and mount the notorious Hellfire Pass, where you’ll sleep in a luxurious jungle camp and explore dirt tracks on a short trek or morning bike ride.  Board a longtail riverboat to a Mon tribal village and take an afternoon ride on the historic ‘Death Railway.’
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days

Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour : Kanchanaburi and the River Kwai

The historic town of Kanchanaburi is known for its notorious Death Railway, much of which was built by Allied POWs during WWII and many of whom lost their lives. On this tour, learn more about the railway as you visit the War Cemetery, the War Museum, and the Bridge over the River Kwai, then take a ride on part of the Death Railway and enjoy a boat cruise along the Kwai Noi River.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 9 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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Kanchanaburi's WWII Historical Sites & Erawan Waterfall

Spend a day in and around Kanchanaburi, a town west of Bangkok that lives with a dark past amongst beautiful natural scenery. This Private Tour will take you to the Allied POWs War Grave Cemetery and the JEATH Museum. Also during the day you will spend time at the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai, including taking a ride across it and part of the 'Death Railway. Lunch in a Jungle restaurant is included and a stop will be made to the beautiful Erawan Waterfall, which will show you that this area is not only home to a tragic past that we must ensure never happens again. This tour is a must, particularly for history buffs and those wishing to keep the memories of so many great soldiers alive.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 11 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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From Kanchanaburi: Taste of Kanchanaburi

With its natural beauty, Erawan waterfalls ranks in the top visited sites of Kanchanaburi and attracts thousands of visitors each year. Next to Erawan waterfalls, the Sri Nakharin Lake has also been attractive to passers-by because of the stunning views. This full-day trip is excellent for those who want to have a relaxed short break in the peaceful and natural surroundings closed to the town.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Cultural Tours

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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Kanchanaburi

Travel to places rich in World War II History in Kanchanaburi Province. An immersive and diverse tour, covering a mix of modern markets, historical sites and wildlife experience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$32.39
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Historical & Heritage Tours

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3D2N RIVER KWAI Tour from Bangkok including Stay at Home Phutoey & FloatHouse

130 kilometres west of Bangkok, not far from the Burmese (Myanmar) border, you will find the bridge over the River Kwai, made (in)famous by the 1957 Academy Award-winning film of the same name. Grim history aside, this area of Thailand is rich in culture and natural beauty. The border area with Burma/Myanmar is known for its mountainous charm and is unmatched elsewhere in the country. • Take a long–tailed boat on River Kwai to Home Phutoey • Luxurious night in a beautiful The FloatHouse River Kwai • Local Mon tribal village—with chance to trek through jungle • Historic train ride along original track of the “Death Railway” • Important & moving history of the Thailand-Burma railway
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$572.36
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation

Cultural Tours

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3D2N RIVER KWAI Tour from Bangkok including Stay at Home Phutoey & FloatHouse

130 kilometres west of Bangkok, not far from the Burmese (Myanmar) border, you will find the bridge over the River Kwai, made (in)famous by the 1957 Academy Award-winning film of the same name. Grim history aside, this area of Thailand is rich in culture and natural beauty. The border area with Burma/Myanmar is known for its mountainous charm and is unmatched elsewhere in the country. • Take a long–tailed boat on River Kwai to Home Phutoey • Luxurious night in a beautiful The FloatHouse River Kwai • Local Mon tribal village—with chance to trek through jungle • Historic train ride along original track of the “Death Railway” • Important & moving history of the Thailand-Burma railway
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$538.68
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation

Historical & Heritage Tours

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Private Tour: Death Railway, Hellfire Pass and Erawan Waterfall

A complete Kanchanaburi experience includes Erawan waterfall, Hell Fire Pass, Krasae Cave, Death Railway, and the Bridge over the River Kwai. This private day tour from Bangkok with a professional and friendly guide is the most efficient way to explore Kanchanaburi. Everything is included in the price: All entrance fees, and Thai lunch. Brings your passion and set out on this fantastic day tour!
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 12 hours
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Day Trips

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River Kwai Bridge, Grand Palace, Wat Pho - Day Trip

Visit the Allied war cemetery, the WWII museum and the Bridge over the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi. Enjoy a Thai lunch and explore the Grand palace, temple of the emerald Buddha  and Wat Pho.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 10 hours
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Nature & Wildlife

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Private Tour: Kanchanaburi Erawan Waterfall, Hellfire Pass and Elephant Care

Travel to Kanchanaburi on a packed full day tour that will impress you from dawn till dusk. Visit the exquisite Erawan Waterfall and swim inside the emerald green ponds. Get a chance to walk on the notorious Death Railway and explore the cave of Buddha. A day at Kanchanaburi is not complete without visiting the rescued Elephants, observe and learn about the elephants. Prepare for a great day with your private professional guide, air-conditioned vehicle, and lunch included.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 12 hours
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