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

187 Reviews

  • Location: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3685BKK36C

Kanchanaburi's famous Bridge on the River Kwai and the beginning of the Death Railway is a poignant reminder of the thousands of POW's and forced laborers who lost their lives in the Second World War. This full day guided tour from Bangkok also includes a visit to the war museum and the opportunity to ride a local train.


Highlights

  • Instant Confirmation
  • Rail Tour
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Lunch included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Fascinating, nostalgic and memorable sums up this full day tour to Kanchanaburi, 80 miles (130 kilometers) west of Bangkok. The province itself is an agricultural area with sugar cane, rice paddies and pineapple plantations all forming significant portions of the stunning Thai rural landscape. Whether a war buff or rail enthusiast, everyone has a different reason to see this symbolic bridge.

The famous bridge and the beginning of the 'Death Railway', which lies 1 mile outside the town of Kanchanaburi, is a poignant reminder of the thousands of POW's and forced laborers who lost their lives in the Second World War. The building of the bridge in 1943 was one part of a huge Japanese wartime project to link existing Thai and Burmese railway lines to create a direct route from Bangkok, Thailand to Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar) in an effort to support the Japanese occupation of Burma. Thousands of POW's and laborers died in the process. During your tour a visit will be made to one of the Allied War Grave cemeteries (often an emotional experience) before visiting the JEATH war museum, which houses pictures and paintings from this period.

An exhilarating long tailed speed boat ride will then take you down river to the famous bridge itself where you have ample time to explore at your own leisure. A ride on a local train is also included before returning to Bangkok city.


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Departure Dates:
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Tour departs from Bangkok city hotels 30 - 60 minutes prior to the following departure time
Departure Time:
  • 7:10am
Hotel pickup and drop off is NOT available from the following hotels:
  • Novotel Suvarnabhumi - Bang Na (near Suvarnabhumi Airport)
  • Niran Grand - Bang Na
  • Nototel Bang Na - Bang Na
  • Royal Princess Srinakarin¬† - Bang Na
  • Amari Don Muang - Viphavadee (near Don Muang Airport)
  • Airport Suite Bangkok - Viphavadee (near Don Muang Airport)
  • Asia Airport - Viphavadee (near Don Muang Airport)
  • Ebina House - Viphavadee (near Don Muang Airport)
  • Rama Gardens - Viphavadee (near Don Muang Airport)
  • Quality Suite Airport - Viphavadee (near Don Muang Airport)
  • Miracle Grand Convention - Laksi
  • Inn Come Sweet - Chatuchak
  • Chaleena Princess - Ramkamheng
  • Grand Hitech Tower Inn - Ekkamai
  • Forum Park - Yannawa (far end of Nang Linchi)
  • Rio Residence - Yannawa (far end of Nang Linchi)
  • Royal Pacific Plaza - Rama 9
  • Oasis - Huang Kwang
  • P R Union - Thonburi
  • Gold Orchid Bangkok - Suttisan
  • And selected areas

Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.

Return Details:

Returns to original departure point at approximately 5:00pm

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

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

Inclusions:
  • Hotel pickup and drop off (selected hotels only)
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Local guide
  • All entrance fees
  • Speed boat ride
  • Ride on a local train
  • Lunch
Exclusions:
  • Beverages
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:

  • 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
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: llhawkrd1, February 2015

Great tour. Loved the railroad and our tour guide.

Reviewed by: Briony B, January 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour and was very impressed with the level of organisation involved - all I would say is prepare for a long day! But this can't be helped due to the nature of the location of the railway.

The day began when I promptly collected at 6.10am in the morning - having received a note from my hotel to let me know they had received a telephone call with my collection time the night before, nice touch!

It is around a 2 1/2 to 3 hour drive to the first location - the war cemetary, which is kept immaculately and very well looked after. Afterwards the tour included a visit to the Jeath Museum and a ride on a long tail boat to the infamous 'Bridge on the River Kwai'. We were offered the chance to ride in 'first class' on the railway at a price of 200 baht - I would definitely recommend this. The seats are comfortable, you get tea or coffee, water and a glass of cola if you wish. The trip on the railway is around two hours long and you get an incuded lunch, which was really nice and the service, as of course in Thailand, impeccable. A trip on an elephant ride is optional, our group chose not to (costs 600 baht extra). The journey home included a couple of stops, one at a monkey-spotting location where we got to feed them bananas and there was an opportunity to take photos at the entrance to the Tiger Temple.

Our tour guide - Panya - was an absolute pleasure. Very lovely, kind and informative, not only explaining sights around the tour but pointing out and giving us insight into locations in Bangkok spotted on the bus journey. If I were to take any other tours in the area I would definitely request him as the tour leader.

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Tour code: 3685BKK36C