Travel out of Bangkok to lovely Kanchanaburi. This serene paradise of green forest and winding rivers witnessed some of the worst horrors of World War II, being a key point on the infamous Thailand-Burma Railway (Death Railway) and the location of the famous ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’.
Visit the excellent Thailand-Burma Railway Centre to learn more about construction of the Railway by the Japanese Imperial Army. You then have a chance to ride the Railway yourself, a journey that takes you over that famous Kwai Bridge. The scenic trip is a wonderful experience in its own right but even more meaningful when you have learnt the poignant history.
The tour package also includes a scenic river trip by bamboo raft and an exciting elephant trek through the jungle.
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Approx 11 hoursStart time
Start time: Tour departs at 0600h (06:00am). Please be ready and waiting in your hotel lobby 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time
Duration: Approx 11 hours
The lobby of your hotel in Bangkok. (The list of hotels from which pick-up is available is given under Additional Information)
(Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at your hotel
For your exciting River Kwai Bridge And Death Railway Tour you will be picked up from your Bangkok hotel early in the morning. You will travel in an air-conditioned mini-bus accompanied by a guide.
On the day of your tour, plan to be ready and waiting in the lobby of your hotel at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time. Please present your confirmation voucher to the guide before starting the tour.
Leaving Bangkok you will head out towards Kanchanaburi.The distance is around 128 km (77 miles) and the journey takes about 2 - 3 hours.
At Kanchanaburi you will visit the Thailand- Burma Railway Centre. This is an interactive museum, information and research facility dedicated to the history of the notorious World War II Thailand-Burma Railway. The Centre is fully air-conditioned and offers visitors an educational and moving experience.
The Thailand-Burma Railway, dubbed the ‘Death Railway’, ran 415 km (250 miles) from Ban Pong in Thailand to Thanbuyuzayat in Burma. It was built by the Japanese Imperial Army to supply their troops in Burma and support their planned invasion of India.
Using forced labour, including about 60,000 Allied Prisoners of War (POWs) and a much greater number of Malays and other Asians, the railway was completed in 1943. The POWs and other laborers endured appalling conditions and many thousands perished. It is said that ‘every sleeper laid on the railway cost a human life’.
At Kanchanaburi you will also see the Bridge on the River Kwai, a part of the Death Railway and immortalized in a novel and film in the 1950s. Still in use today, the Kwai Bridge was the target of frequent Allied bombing raids during World War II and was rebuilt after war ended. The curved spans of the bridge are the original sections.
You will have lunch at Kanchanaburi at a restaurant near the Bridge.
From the River Kawi Bridge you will be taken to an Elephant Camp just a short distance away. Climb on an elephant for a 30-minute trek through the jungle to a waterfall.
After your delightful elephant ride you will board a bamboo raft for a half-hour scenic trip on the river.
Leaving the boat, hop on to a train for a 45-minute journey along the Death Railway from Wang Pho to Ta Kilane. This takes you across the infamous River Kwai Bridge and through the thick rain forest of Thailand. At Ta Kilane your mini-bus will pick you up and drive you back to Bangkok.
At the end of the excursion, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Bangkok.
Please call the activity operator at least 48 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details. Please note you do not require the ‘011’ code when you are dialing within Thailand.
On the day of your tour, plan to meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time. Please present your confirmation voucher to the guide before starting the tour.
A minimum of two passengers is required for this tour to run. In the unlikely event that the minimum is not reached, the activity operator will contact you either to change the date or to swap you onto a different tour. If neither of these options is satisfactory for you then a refund will be arranged
...Colin Rodgers, Australia, 09/Mar/2017
Excellent service from the very start , booking online before we started our holiday, and service throughout the day was beyond our expectation. Excellent tour guides, and staff....Mr Nigel S Wyer, United Kingdom, 26/Nov/2016