• Location: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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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 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.


  • Private day trip from Bangkok to the Bridge on the River Kwai
  • Visit this often-emotional site — the start of the Death Railway — with a private guide
  • See the Allied War Grave and visit the JEATH War Museum
  • Learn about the POWs who worked on the construction of the bridge and railway during WWII
  • Take a long-tailed boat ride on the River Kwai to the bridge
  • Thai lunch included

What You Can Expect

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

Private Thai Burma Death Railway Bridge on the River Kwai Tour

Your Bangkok Private tour of Thai Burma Death Railway Bridge on the River Kwai is sure to be as moving as it is memorable. That’s because this popular tour travels from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi—a distance of about 80 miles (130 kilometers)—and also back in time. You will venture through rural countryside, past rice paddies and sugar cane fields as you make your way towards one of the nation’s most famous landmarks.

The famous bridge, which marks what is known as the Death Railway, was built in 1943 to connect Thai and Burmese railways and support the Japanese occupation of Burma in World War II. Today, the impressive structure serves as a memorial and reminder of the thousands of POWs and laborers who died during its construction.

Your private guide will share stories and insight as you visit this historically significant destination before taking you on a tour of the Allied War Grave cemeteries and the JEATH War Museum. You’ll find paintings and pictures lining the walls of this small but informative stop, before hopping aboard a long-tailed speedboat for a thrilling ride on the River Kwai. You’ll have time to ride on the local train here before returning to Bangkok after a truly memorable day.

Customer Reviews

Camille W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

This tour was very interesting. Growing up in America we never realized that Thailan played a role in World War II and that there was a bridge that was built during this time frame. While it was very sad, it was nice to see and learn about this history that affected and killed so many people. The train ride was beautiful.

Paul K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Very knowledgeable. Great tour! Would definitely recommend.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Excellent private trip, managed to see and do all the things we wanted to do on this trip.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Had a great day from the start to finish. 'Tum', our host, and driver were fantastic from explaining the day, arranging our activities to stopping and buying ice cream on the way back to Bangkok! The day was exactly as detailed on the schedule and exactly what we needed on our short stay in Thailand. Will definitely use this service again.

Steven F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This was a brilliant trip. Collected from our hotel by private minibus our party of 4 enjoyed the undivided attention of our tour guide Peter. It was very moving to see the cemetery where so many of those who died working on the death railway are laid to rest. Then on to the museum, the long tail boat ride to the bridge and then the journey on the train....what an experience. We really endorse the views expressed by others that it is well worthwhile paying the little extra to guarantee seats on the train. All in all this was a great trip and one which well all remember. Highly recommended

Ben Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

money well spent

Alan O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Very well organised and we did everything as booked. Guide was very good and gave us lots of information about Bangkok and where we were visiting.

Steven S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Worth every penny spent. Nui, our guide was excellent and took care of us throughout. It's so much better doing a private trip, especially with Bangkok's awful traffic. The cemetary was beautifully maintained, and quite though provoking. A long-tail boat ride all to ourselves took us to the famous Bridge over the River Kwai, where we walked across and took photos before a 90 minute train trip down the famous railway. Fed and watered on the train, we got off to a lovely lunch by the station before our journey back to chaotic Bangkok. A brilliant day out.

Jennifer H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Great trip, we learnt a lot about the building of the railway and the suffering of the prisoners of war and local labourers.
We were picked up at 6.30 am from our small hotel by a very knowledgeable guide and a very competent driver.
The whole day was well timed, no waiting about but plenty of time to see everything.
The fast boat ride was great fun.
The train ride was 90 minutes and included refreshments.
The buffet lunch was good, plenty of choice.
We were back at our hotel door by 4.30 pm., we would certainly recommend the private tour.

Heather J USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

I had a very nice time on my trip. My guide Prandea was full of interesting information while giving me free reign to explore on my own. The car was clean and comfortable making the long-ish drive quite pleasant. The lunch was tasty and filling and presented in a lovely outdoor pavilion. The train ride was a highlight and I particularly appreciated that this tour came with a first class ticket on the train ride. The car was comfortable and much less crowded and chaotic than second class.

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