Bridge on River Kwai from Bangkok
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Bridge on River Kwai from Bangkok

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You will be picked up from your hotel in Bangkok before driving 130 kilometers west to the town of Kanchanaburi. Apart from the fascinating natural geography, this region has many major monuments affiliated with World War II and this tour will show you the sites of where thousands of prisoners of war were forced to work for the construction of a railroad track that would connect Myanmar with Thailand.

Your first stop is the famous bridge over the River Kwai. Still in use today, the bridge was the target of frequent Allied bombing raids during 1945, and was rebuilt after the war ended. The curved spans of the bridge are the original sections.

The Death Railway itself stretched originally to 415 kilometers from Thanbyuzayat in Burma (now called Myanmar) to Nong Pladuk in Bang Pong district of Ratchaburi province in Thailand. 304km from the railway station in Thailand, and the remaining 111 km in Burma. More than 16,000 prisoners died during the construction of the railway undertaking or thirty-eight of prisoners for every km of railway built. The prisoners died from disease, malnutrition and exhaustion. There was little or no medical care available, and many prisoners suffer terribly before they died.

Continue with visiting two well-kept cemeteries, containing the graves of an estimate 9000 allied soldiers who lost their lives while building the bridge and constructing the notorious “Death Railway” which the Japanese had hoped to stretch all the way to the Burmese border. These well-kept cemeteries are among the most impressive sites today, providing the harsh reality of the casualties of war.

Lunch is included at a local restaurant during this tour.

In the afternoon, return back Bangkok in the late afternoon at your booked hotel.
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  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • All taxes and service fees
  • Available as Private or Joint tour
  • Entry/Admission - Bridge Over the River Kwai
  • Entry/Admission - Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
Not included
  • Gratuities
  • Other fees and expenses, such as meals (breakfast, and/or dinner) drinks, tips, and shopping, unless otherwise stated
  • Transfers from and to airport, sea/river ports, train stations that are located inside or outside of the city center and others are NOT included in the service and supplements will applied.
  • Transfers from and to hotels and resorts that are located outside of the city center are NOT included in the service and supplements will applied.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • According to regulations set by the Port Authority of Thailand, we are unable to pick-up and drop off customers from main cruise ports such as the Klong Toey Cruise Terminal in Bangkok. Special permits are required to enter the cruise terminal premises
5 | 2019-04-29

Trip was well organised and was full packed. Please be prepared for it being a very long day. Food was wonderful. Overall a very pleasing trip.

julia m
3 | 2019-02-26

We did the day trip on feb 22, whilst it was quite good to see the museum,the cemetery and the bridge the downside was spending seven and a half hours sat on a bus. Had we known the length of time taken to get there and back we would not have gone.

5 | 2018-03-25

This an excellent day trip and recommend it for both history buffs and those who want to see a different part of Thailand - the guide was excellent, the combination of boat, bus and train is a great way to spend the day - and the history of the building of the bridge in WWII typlifies the goodness of people with the horrors of war. Now if only the area was closer to Bangkok - beware 3 hours back to the city - the better way, to avoid the long day is to overnight near the River Kwai which all the smart people did I did not!

Cheryl P
5 | 2017-10-17

Really great tour made so by our guide, Sam, who was hilarious but also informative and helpful. It's a long day travelling from Bangkok - approx. 14 hours round trip from our Hilton Sukhumvit Hotel but a thoroughly enjoyable one. It encompassed a lot..Australian War Museum, Cemetery, Long boat ride from jetty to right under bridge, lunch at a local resort and then 45 min train ride over the bridge including old wooden section. We were picked up at 6am and returned at 8pm because of heavy traffic congestion coming into Bangkok. Well worth it though.

Kevin P
5 | 2017-05-11

excellent trip so glad i booked through viator,they we there waiting at our hotel for us ,and left information about pick up times for us when we got to hotel will deffo use them again,and the trip was well worth the money full day out just brilliant

5 | 2017-01-03

Sam, the tour guide.......a legend in his own lifetime. Excellent guide who made the day what it was. Humbling experience at the graves and museum but very well organised trip. Would recommend it to anyone.

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