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

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Steven G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

This was a full event packed day. We visited cemeteries and museums, took a long boat ride on the river Kwai, we traveled by train across this historic bridge, and then ended our day with a spectacular lunch.

Rachael M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

This tour was amazing!

Chris W Hong Kong

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

The trip was easy to do. Transport to and from the venue was efficient and fast. The train trip was easy as the tour guide managed to secure seating in the front carriage on the first train which meant no waiting around and missing all the hordes of tourists. This also meant that we were the first and only tourists at the the restaurant for lunch which again means no noisy hordes to contend with. The trip back to Bangkok was relaxing! Highly recommend the tour! Went 223 December 2017. I'm sorry i didn't get the tour guides name....

Bob D United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

My trip to the Bridge On The River Kwai was awesome. What especially made my trip so good, was my tour guide Tiamtrakul Tum..She was bright, funny, and loaded with personality. I learned much about the horror that soldiers from many countries suffered at the hands of the Japanese invaders. It was surreal being in the same place that these atrocities took place.

Since I selected the private tour, I must also compliment this tour company on providing a clean, modern Toyota for our trip. Although the driver could not speak English, he was experienced and drove safely and carefully. Both Tum and him were a perfect combination for making this tour one of my favorite trips.

etaylor

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Amazing tour, the guide had very good English and was extremely knowledgeable. Probably the best of any tour guide in our entire Thailand trip.

We were collected promptly and got on the road. The car was very comfortable and air conditioned. Private tours are really worth it as they are able to work around your schedule rather than having to accommodate the many.

The war cemetery was a very sad place but it was interesting to read the gravestones and walk among the tombstones. It was so sad to think about all the death and the senseless waste of life.

The Jeath museum was interesting and we really enjoyed the longtail boat ride to the bridge, we walked across the bridge and had a look at the Chinese temple across the water.

There is a little market at the bridge where we purchased some Thai trousers and nik naks. The train ride through the country was lovely and you get to see a lot of the thai country side. The train has fans but no air con, its very old but a great authentic experience.

Lunch was nice but the drinks in the restaurant in the middle of nowhere are definitely priced for tourists :

Its a long ride there and a long ride home in the car but its a fascinating day and definitely worth it.

Starr K United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Based on on-line reviews, my wife and I chose to purchase the VIATOR full day Private Tour: Thai Burma Death Railway Bridge on the River Kwai Tour from Bangkok rather than the less expensive group tour. We were glad we did. I am sure the group tour was fine--but the private tour was worth the extra expense for our situation.

The Private Tour.... included a car, driver, and personal English speaking guide. Our terrific tour guide, Vanda and driver, Pradit were wonderful!. Vanda speaks very good English, was very helpful in explaining much not only of the sad history of the POW's laboring to build the Thai-Burma Railway, but also answered many questions we had about Thailand on our first visit to this country. Pradit was a skilled driver giving his full attention to the incredibly hard job of maneuvering through Bangkok traffic.

A couple days before our private tour date, I called Tour East Thailand the phone number on the email voucher from Viator listed Tour East Thailand as their agent to confirm our pick up date and time. My call was handled well. I mentioned to the Tour East Thailand Agent that the many 5 star reviews about this tour raved about their knowledgeable, good English speaking, enthusiastic tour guides, but that a couple online 1-star reviews cited uninterested and/or unintelligible tour guides!!! Yikes! I specifically requested that our guide be one of the knowledgeable, enthusiastic, good English speaking guides!!! Fortunately, it turned out that Vanda, our assigned tour guide met those criteria. This tour was a highlight of our trip to Thailand. In contrast, the next day we took a half day group tour of the floating market NOT Viator purchased at our hotel desk. The guide on that tour was not even close to Vanda's example and the pick-up/drop off required for the group tour took much extra time.

Benefits of the private tour: The private tour included an early pick up at our Bangkok Christian Guest House location which was not a pick up point for the group tour. In our case, choosing the less expensive group tour would have added the need to get transportation and expense to travel to a pick up location at another hotel at a very early hour. We learned that the group tour takes an hour or two longer than the private tour due to multiple pick up/drop off locations and that the buses are not allowed lane restrictions, etc. to travel as fast as the private tour car. Another experience: We requested our hotel call for a taxi to attend another function--and none arrived. We were sent to the street with a Thai speaking hotel porter to attempt to hail a passing taxi--unsuccessfully! We could have purchased the group tour and then been unable to secure a taxi to travel to a pick up point. By choosing the private tour, we very possibly avoided that fiasco! Starr and Esther Kilian, Fieldbrook, CA, USA

GLENN W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

This tour included a visit to the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery where Prisoners of War are buried who died building this bridge. The ages of those buried there would suggest that these men were enlisted men who were stationed in the area prior to the conflict.
The 1 hour train ride through the countryside was interesting as I am interested in agriculture and was able to see the variety of crops that they grow there. Very enjoyable from my perspective.

Manley C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

An amazing tour! Lots of history and great food! You get to see Thailand from all angles...from driving along to a speed boat down the river to a great train ride through the country side. Awesome guide! A worthwhile day of activities.

Joern J Denmark

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Amazing trip and a excellent guide young woman she told us a lot on all the area we visit during our trip, for sure not last time

willd125

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

This tour was incredible! A highlight of our trip to Thailand. Our guide was so knowledgeable and such a pleasure to be with! I would highly recommend this trip!

Keith M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

A fantastic day's tour that delivered everything promised. We were picked up from our hotel in Bangkok at 6:50am by chauffeur driven, air conditioned car. Our young lady guide sorry, forgotten her name was extremely knowledgeable and pointed out various landmarks on the three hour journey to Kanchanaburi. First stop was the Commonwealth War Graves cemetery where we spent about 20 mins wondering through the rows of immaculately kept graves of those who paid the ultimate price: a solemn way to start to start the day. We then moved on to the JEATH War Museum, a replica of the bamboo huts in which the POWs lived where photographs and paintings portrayed the horrific conditions which they endued. From the museum we were ferried by fast boat along the river, under the famous bridge to an adjacent pontoon. We then had time to walk across the bridge before boarding the once-a-day train at 10:46 and it was on time, something a local policeman told us happens 'once in a blue moon'. The one hour train ride took us across the bridge and on up the river. Just after leaving Kanchanaburi there was a short cutting reminiscent of the landscape displayed in the David Lean film, but then the majority of the journey is across flatish farmland. If you can sit on the left of the train facing forward: a because you pass a school on that side and the children stand at the fence and wave to the train, and b because when you do reach the more mountainous terrain you'll get fantastic views of the train crossing the wooden trestle viaduct. During the journey we were served with a box of refreshments and certificate commemorating our trip. After alighting at Wang Pho station we walked a short distance to a restaurant for a lovely lunch before the being driven back to our hotel for 5:00pm. Having a private tour eliminates the need to tour several hotels collecting / returning other tourists so is worth the extra cost, although I was surprised how much greater than the website's 'prices from' figure our tour actually cost. A brilliant day

Stephen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Early start from the Conrad Bangkok 06:30, Very Knowledgeable guide Krit who kept me entertained on the journey out which was a good 3 hours with a short comfort break, The war graves were sobering as was the museum, the long tail boat rdie was great ending with a wander across the bridge itself. It finished with a 1 1/2 hour train journey and a buffet lunch which was excellent. Our driver picked us both up then it was the thick end of 4 hours back to Bangkok, a lot of traveling but well worth it as a one off. young children may get fed up of the two long journeys but for older kids its a great day out

B L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

Excellent tour. Lots of activities for our 8-year-old son to keep him engaged all day long, esp love the boat and train ride. Very well organised. Highly recommend!!!

Ricey

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

Our tour guide and driver were prompt in our pick up and Mr Tawee was very knowledgeable on the tour, we were disappointed in the display at the river as it was old and not well kept. The long boat trip gave us a taste of boat travel and the train ride was worth it. Its a long day from Bangkok and the driver was a bit erratic in his driving style, on and off the accelerator causing surging all the way there and back, bad for motion sickness.

Steve C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

This was a great trip. Prompt 6:30 pick up from the hotel and then a two and a half hour drive to the war cemetery but the time passed quickly. The car was comfortable and our guide and driver pleasant and informative without being intrusive. The cemetery and museum were moving and the high speed boat trip a spectacular way to arrive at the bridge. The bridge is impressive although nothing like the film and the rail journey that followed was magnificent. A beautiful lunch in a local restaurant off the beaten track topped off a great morning. Three hour drive back to Bangkok provided the opportunity to catch up on much needed sleep. Highly recommended.

Elaine B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

Very comfortable transport and a very helpful guide who went out of her way to make sure we enjoyed our day. At a comfort stop on the way I was concerned about the toilets but she showed me where the clean, dry european toilet was. After a thought provoking visit to the war graves we had a fun trip up river, and under the bridge. There was time to stroll carefully across the bridge, visit a street market and buy a few souvenirs, remember to barter, before boarding the train, where drinks and a snack were provided. We left the train to walk a short distance to a cool, comfortable outdoor restaurant were a delicious buffet meal was provided. On the journey back we saw wild monkeys. Due to the traffic in Bangkok we were a little late back to our hotel, but the whole day had been very enjoyable.

Michael H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

Great guide, looked after us well. what else is there to say.

JERRY C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

This tour is a MUST! The drive was long, about 190min to and back to Bangkok was about 2hrs, but we got to see the countryside and different provinces of Thailand. First stop was a cemetery, then the Jeath War Museum. From there a short 15 min long tail boat ride to the River Kwai center. if you're prone to getting seasick, don't worry. it's really not bad at all. My girlfriend gets seasick and she was ok. Our guide told the boat operator to go slow and he was cool about it. Lots of tourists there taking selfies at the bridge site and I've never seen SO many selfies sticks! From there we had a 45-1hr train ride to the Bridge Section called the Death section. The side of a cliff was cut by war prisoners, many of whom die during construction. Very sobering. Then from our train stop, was lunch, which was fantastic! Would do this trip again!

John N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

The trip delivered what it said: a great combination of car trip to the Bridge, boat ride and railway experience. One comment is that, for an older less mobile person, getting down to the seat on the river boat is extremely difficult because the seat is almost at floor level. The Guide and Driver were friendly and professional providing sufficient information but not too much. The included lunch was more than adequate.

Anthony T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

Excellent! Great day with excellent knowledgeable guide Kassem.

Ronald B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2016

Everything was well organized and my guide Ram was fantastic.

Cameron P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

The Kwai bridge,Burma railway and POW war graves have always been in the top 10 of my bucket list.
My guide was not only knowledgeable,but respectful of the history of this area. He made sure I was able to spend the right amount of time at all the locations, hassled and well informed. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in the history of this area.

Richard W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

Superb tour! Our guide and driver were consummate professionals.

Jodie G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

We really enjoyed our tour of the River Kwai. It's worth the extra money to get the private tour.

Jan F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

One of the best tours done from Bangkok
Thoroughly recommend the private tour
No lining up,everything done for us
All tours will now be a private tour

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