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Time10 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English

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, 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.
  • Enjoy a memorable tour to the Death Railway and infamous bridge over the river Kwai
  • See the Allied war Grave and the Jeath War Museum
  • Take an exhilarating long tailed boat ride along the River Kwai to the famous bridge
  • Enjoy a local Thai lunch
  • Friendly and informative guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
Whether you’re a war buff or a railway enthusiast, there’s reason to see the bridge on the River Kwai 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, located 80 miles (130 km) west. You’ll journey through the Thai countryside where sugarcane, rice paddies and pineapple plantations fill significant portions of the rural landscape. 
You’ll 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 will take you down the River Kwai 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.
Your day’s itinerary includes a Thai restaurant lunch before you’re returned to your Bangkok hotel.

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L
, May 2018

train ride was fun

K
, May 2018

Cool tour - had some of the best food during lunch.

s
, Apr 2018

Having left our hotel at 6.30 in the morning I really expected to spend a bit more time at the bridge we were there 10 to 15 minutes before we boarded the train, having paid the extra to guarantee a seat. The train then took us to the middle of nowhere, where we disembarked to eat at a pre arranged restaurant. Not sure how long the food had been sitting there waiting for us to arrive. We then had a very long coach journey back. Overall I am glad I went to see this and the war cemeteries, just think the day could be organised better especially considering the traffic in Bangkok. Maybe the sky train could be utilised to get people in and out of the centre as opposed to mini vans.

m
, Apr 2018

It's a good day out and the train ride is a must and good value as was the trip in the longboat - don't bother 'upgrading' for guaranteed seats on the train there were plenty available although it is only a few pounds each. Only drawback is the 3 hour plus bus trip each way from Bangkok.

j
, Apr 2018

Well worth doing.

D
, Apr 2018

There was a considerable time travelling to and from the River Kwai but I would say it was certainly worth the effort!
This is an amazing trip which will appeal to all for it's variety and great experiences.
You will be amazed and moved! We loved every minute!!!

p
, Apr 2018

Today was a special day, a day to pay respect. What a wonderful way to do it.Thankyou.

M
, Mar 2018

Definitely worth the money we spent and I highly recommend it. The guide was really good with a great personality. While I enjoy traveling around on my own, it was definitely nice not to have to worry about the transportation to and from and be able to relax. The Bridge on the River Kwai was better than I expected and the JEATH Museum was interesting.

B
, Mar 2018

A long drive from Bangkok, but well worth it. Arriving at the bridge via speed boat was spectacular. The train is old as you would expect and a little uncomfortable, but a great experience. We stopped off at the World War II Commonwealth grave yard, which for me, as an ex-serviceman was very emotional. Lunch was provided at a locally run restaurant, and the food was plentiful and very good. A wonderful tour and well worth it!

M
, Mar 2018

Complete waste of a vacation day. I was so excited about this tour based on the great reviews and was blown away at how AWFUL it was. Our tour guide had no information and told us not a single fact about any of the history, it was unbelievable we were not being spoken to. Even during the drive there 2 hours she introduced herself and was a quiet drive all the way up. I had to buy a book from a street vendor to learn about what happened during this time to get details. It was not a tour, but a terrible transportation service with no air conditioning.

Tour Summary:
2 hour drive from Bangkok guide will not speak to the van full of people, it will be a quiet drive
10 min stop at a Seven Eleven gas station to go to the bathroom
20 min stop at the memorial cemetary to take pictures and walk around on your own the guide does not come with you or tell you anything in advance, just says to meet back by the van in 20 mins
20 min stop at the JEATH museum The museum is an outdoor hut that is lined with maybe 50 large pictures/paintings in a row. You walk through to look at them on your own and the guide did not come with us and explain what we were looking at. We could read the captions but they didnt give much detail. I dont know what company it was but there was a guide inside with his group explaining history but our guide waited outside and didnt say a word
5 min boat ride to the train even though they advertise the boat ride to be 20 minutes
1 hour train ride Half of the seats are facing forward in the direction of the train is moving, while the other half people will be going backwards. I was sitting backwards and they seats are so cramped and uncomfortable I was getting clausterphobic and motion sickness so had to request I be moved after paying for upgraded seats which they ask you to do once you are on the tour. Even though I eventually got moved because I refused to go back to my seat, it took far too long to get done and there was another cart completely empty so its not like seating shouldve been an issue to begin with. Another older couple also asked to be moved almost half way done because they couldnt see anything going backwards.
4 hour drive back to Bangkok due to bad traffic which is not the tours fault, but the air conditioning not working was. The air worked in the front so the driver and the guide were cool but everyone in the back were dying of heat stroke. They wouldnt even point their air to the back or less us open the windows to get air.

PLEASE DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME DOING THIS TOUR. I did a day tour at the Wildlife Friends of Thailand the next day and had a significantly better experience. Staying in town and site seeing on your own would be a better use of time also. Anything but this.

What makes it worse - I left a TripAdvisor review and the manager responded very nasty comments about how I must not respect history and did not own up to any wrong doing - including NO AIR CONDITIONING IN THE VAN! It is the TOUR COMPANY I do not respect, clearly I signed up for the tour thinking I would learn something because I do respect history and wanted to learn. I can't believe this company is continuing to waste people's time and money. DO NOT DO THIS TOUR. I wish there was a way I could get my money back, but more importantly the time wasted is the worst part.


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