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.
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- 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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Thai Burma Death Railway Bridge on the River Kwai Tour from Bangkok
- 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
- Gratuities (optional)
- 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
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: katherine c, December 2016
Great tour. Pay the extra for the tourist special train at kanchanaburi, the free packed lunch and certificate were a nice touch. Tour East Thailand couldn't do enough for us. Well worth the money !!!
Reviewed by: Martina T, November 2016
If you'd like a comprehensive tour to the River Kwai at a reasonable price - this is the one for you. We had a knowledgeable guide on this tour and and ample time at the various stops. I never felt rushed or bored. Personally, I learnt quite something about the River Kwai and the situation of the POW's even if the location looks different nowadays. The subject was treated with respect throughout the tour - which I unfortunately cannot say about all the tourists coming to this site taking selfies in a place that caused so many deaths.
The trip includes a ride on the train which was about 90 minutes long. If you pay an additional 200 Baht you get seats assigned to you plus snacks and drinks. At the train stop we had a nice and relaxed lunch before heading back to Bangkok where we arrived in good time unfortunately this is something one cannot count on because of the traffic situation in and around Bangkok. Also, the group size was good 5 people on this trip plus guide and driver.