Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour

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Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour
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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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In Brief

Location:
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Thailand
Country:
Thailand
Duration:
9 to 10 hours
Operates:
  • Daily
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
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Itinerary
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Stop At: Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, 279 Saeng Chuto Road, Kanchanaburi 71000 Thailand

The Kanchanaburi War Cemetery is the main prisoner of war cemetery for victims of Japanese imprisonment while building the Burma Railway during the 2nd World War.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: JEATH War Museum, Wat Chai Chumphon Ban Tai Subdistrict, Kanchanaburi 71000 Thailand

Visit the Jeath War Museum. Dive into the history of the construction of the Death Railway and how it was built by the prisoners of war during World War 2.


Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: River Kwai, Kanchanaburi Thailand

Take a long Tail Boat and cruise under the River Kwai Bridge

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Bridge Over the River Kwai, Tha Makham, Kanchanaburi 71000 Thailand

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.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Burma-Thai Railway, Kanchanaburi Thailand

Hop on a train which will make you discover the jungle of this region while Riding the Death Railway.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Inclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop off (selected hotels only)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Local guide
  • Long-tail boat ride
  • Train ride along Death Railway
  • Lunch
  • Admission Fees
  • Entry/Admission - Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
  • Entry/Admission - JEATH War Museum
  • Entry/Admission - River Kwai
  • Entry/Admission - Bridge Over the River Kwai
  • Entry/Admission - Burma-Thai Railway

Exclusions

  • Beverages
  • Gratuities

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Departure Point

Narai Hotel, 222 Si Lom, Khwaeng Suriya Wong, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand

Traveler pickup is offered
We Pick up from all hotels in the city center of Bangkok.
Departure Time: 7:00 am
Pick up Time: Pick up from Bangkok city hotels 10 - 45 minutes prior to the departure time
Return point: Returns to original departure point at approximately 5:00pm.

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

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
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the unlikely event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Optional extras on train - approx. 200baht for upgrade on train which will guarantee seat (otherwise 'first-in-best-dressed') plus cold towel, drinking water OR approx. 300baht for upgrade on train which will guarantee seat (otherwise 'first-in-best-dressed') plus tea/coffee, drinking water, cold towel and certificate.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Great tour. Long day, but relaxing. Guide was good. Great for history and a good trip out of the city
• Submitted 10 Dec 2019
This tour was well worth the trip. There are some other reviews which complained about the time it takes, but the description states everything you need to know. Highly recommend. We were picked up from our hotel around 6:30 am to meet with others on the trip at a central hotel, this makes it easier with how bad Bangkok traffic is. We then had a 2.5 hour drive out to Kanchanaburi to see the memorial cemetery for the prisoners who died during the construction of the railway. We then went to a small museum to learn about and see the conditions the workers had to live in. After a quick speed boat ride down the river, we arrived at a train station with a market area. The sights there were great and the got to see the bridge over the river that was built by the prisoners. We then got on the train to see the country side and other notable points on the route. At the end, there was a buffet lunch of delicious Thai food. Once we were done, we had a 3 hour drive back (some in traffic which made it seem longer). Then we had a private transfer back to our hotel. We got back around 5 pm. Only thing you need is a small snack for the morning trip and drinking water you may want.
• Submitted 09 Dec 2019
Incredible trip reminding us of what we should never forget. Very Moving cemetery visit, the museums haunting images depicting the sacrafice of this monumental feat. Guide - Peter and our driver were fantastc.
• Submitted 28 Oct 2019
It was a great tour. The programme was well managed. The arranged lunch was adequate and tasty! And the guide, Tom Tom, was an excellent host, and knowledgeable.
• Submitted 30 Sep 2019
Really loved this trip. Picked up on time and by a lovely driver, the minibus was clean and comfortable and the guide share a few information along the way as well as the places visited. All was good, the highlights was the train ride, we actually upgraded to a first class (+200thb), it was not necessary but enjoyable, more space to enjoy both sides of the ride. Lunch was in a lovely quiet homestay and the food was fresh and great. I would recommend this tour.
• Submitted 10 Sep 2019
excellent time had a long day meet others from around the world bus was clean friendly tour operators lunch=10/10 boat ride was a bit scary but needed the experience of the river kwai the tour opened our eyes what others have done for us today
• Submitted 04 Mar 2019
This was a well organised trip and carefully timed so that we got the most out of it. We were taken to a Second World War cemetery and a museum to explain the background to the Bridge. We experienced the Bridge in three ways - sailing under it by motor launch, walking across and travelling over it appropriately by train. The trip was rounded off by a wonderful buffet lunch.
• Submitted 24 Dec 2018
As a solo traveler, this tour was just perfect
• Submitted 13 Nov 2018
Today was a special day, a day to pay respect. What a wonderful way to do it.Thankyou.
• Submitted 04 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!!!
• Submitted 04 Apr 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.
• Submitted 31 Mar 2018
Excellent tour with a good guide and the train and boat rides on the river were a wonderful experience.
• Submitted 27 Mar 2018
This trip was exactly what I expected and more. The tour guide was funny, personable and very knowledgeable on the history of Thailand, the River Kwai, surrounding provinces, vegetation and so much more. He made us feel very comfortable and really tried to ensure that each of us were enjoying our experience. The size of our group was perfect at 7 and we were able to spend enough time at each location without feeling rushed. The food was great at the restaurant and the staff very accommodating. Our driver was very kind and navigated us safely from Bangkok to each of our destinations and back. This is the way to go if you want a hassle free, well organized, fun and informative experience. I will tell my friends and family this trip is a must! The tour guide also does an awesome rendition of Country Roads. :-
• Submitted 25 Mar 2018
Excellent tour, well worth the money Tiny was brilliant and funny, even though she was loosing her voice. Excellent day highly recommended.
• Submitted 23 Mar 2018
No surprises as prior reviews had listed the pros and cons correctly. So long as you recognize there is a lot of time on the bus 2.5 -3 hours each way, the tour should fulfill all your expectations. We only had 10 on our tour so lots of room to stretch on the bus and it was very personalized. Our guide Pooi did a great job. We saw larger tour groups who didnt get to take the river boat ride and sat in the regular train seats perhaps no option? so felt our group was a bit more special. All of us upgraded additional 200 baht each for the reserved seats and it was worth it. Luckily the train ran on time sometimes it is late so we all made it back to the hotels before 6:00 which as especially nice. We also visited the Death Museum where you catch the boat so the larger tours didnt do this either. Overall the museum was just ok nothing special but it gave you a good sense of the reality of situation through the real photos you saw of the prisoners conditions. Their conditions were unimaginable. Book this one if you only have a day.
• Submitted 23 Mar 2018
This was a great tour and not a minute of our time was waisted. The bus was comfortable and our guide Peter, simply a great friendly knowledgeable man.You could ask him anything and he had an answer Lunch was great and the trip on the train memorable. The short boat trip was also enjoyable and the visit to the museum will be remembered.
• Submitted 17 Mar 2018
Although it was a long day with travelling which we knew beforehand it was a very enjoyable outing. Good guide and very informative and treated us as his family. The cemetery was sad and reminded us of the sacrifices made pby so many young people. The bridge, train and boat ride were enjoyable and the food was varied and delicious. Just an outstanding tour and highly recommended. Anyone not enjoying the tour would be hard to please
• Submitted 07 Mar 2018
Really enjoyed this tour. The train ride was fun. Paying the extra for a guaranteed seat was very much worth it! Lovely meal in restaurant at the final destinstion. Amazing to see and read inscription at the war cemetery , bought home the fact that we should be grateful to all those soldiers who faught for our freedom in the war. Highly recommend . Very nice guide who was friendly and informative.
• Submitted 03 Mar 2018
Very interesting day it was all very well organised
• Submitted 24 Feb 2018
A long old day, but very much worth it
• Submitted 19 Feb 2018
Great day out only issue we would have liked extra time to wounder around the market at the railway bridge
• Submitted 13 Feb 2018
Although there were only 10 of us in that big bus, but it was great. the jeath museum was so moving. long tail boat ride was fun. the train ride was awesome. restaurant was good with good food and good service..
• Submitted 13 Feb 2018
Well planned tour, very informative. Guide and driver were excellent. All arrangements were made well and the food served at the end was tasty. Boat ride on the river was very enjoyable as was the train journey.
• Submitted 11 Feb 2018
I enjoyed this day trip very much. I wish I would have had a few days there. I love knowing the real story about the bridge.
• Submitted 05 Feb 2018

In Brief

Location:
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Thailand
Country:
Thailand
Duration:
9 to 10 hours
Operates:
  • Daily
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