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 labourers 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 – Ride on local train
- Transport by air-conditioned coach
- Travel by boat and see the sights from the water – Power boat ride
- Lunch included
- All entrance fees
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included (Selected Bangkok hotels only)
- Conducted in English
Fascinating, nostalgic and memorable sums up this full day tour to Kanchanaburi, 80 miles (130 kilometres) 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 labourers 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 labourers 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.
Departure Point: Tour departs from selected Bangkok hotels
Departure Time: 7:10am – Hotel pickups commence approximately 60-minutes prior to departure time.
Hotel pickup and drop off is NOT available from the following hotels:
o Novotel Suvarnabhumi – Bang Na (near Suvarnabhumi Airport)
o Niran Grand – Bang Na
o Nototel Bang Na – Bang Na
o Royal Princess Srinakarin – Bang Na
o Amari Don Muang – Viphavadee (near Don Muang Airport)
o Airport Suite Bangkok – Viphavadee (near Don Muang Airport)
o Asia Airport – Viphavadee (near Don Muang Airport)
o Ebina House – Viphavadee (near Don Muang Airport)
o Rama Gardens – Viphavadee (near Don Muang Airport)
o Quality Suite Airport – Viphavadee (near Don Muang Airport)
o Miracle Grand Convention – Laksi
o Inn Come Sweet – Chatuchak
o Chaleena Princess – Ramkamheng
o Grand Hitech Tower Inn – Ekkamai
o Forum Park – Yannawa (far end of Nang Linchi)
o Rio Residence – Yannawa (far end of Nang Linchi)
o Royal Pacific Plaza – Rama 9
o Oasis – Huang Kwang
o P R Union – Thonburi
o Gold Orchid Bangkok – Suttisan
Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
Return Details: Tour returns to your hotel at approximately 4.00pm
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The whole day was brilliant. The tour guide was so knowledgeable and made sure we had all the information we needed, not just on the railway but at everything we could see from the coach. The trip itself was brilliant too, so much packed into the day. Definitely worthwhile doing.
Reviewed by: Johanne S, United Kingdom