Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour


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From $75.29

54 reviews   (4.24)

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 9 hours

Departs: thailand, thailand

TicketType: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

Overview

Kanchanaburi's famous Bridge on the River Kwai 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 includes touching visits to a small war museum and a POW cemetery. The day will also consist of an exhilarating long-tailed speedboat ride, Thai Local Lunch, a walk across the Bridge and a ride along the tracks of the Death Railway on a local train for 90 minutes. This is great value for money with no hidden costs.

This tour can be taken joined with fellow customers OR private with your own vehicle and guide


What's Included

All Entrance Fees to Museums

Buffet lunch

Hotel pick up and drop-off (centrally located Bangkok hotels only)

Long-tailed speedboat ride

Professional Thai local guide

Train ride along the Death Railway

Transport by air-conditioned vehicle

What's Not Included

Beverages

Gratuities


Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 1
  • CHILD: Age: 2 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • Child rate is priced for children lower than 100cm tall. If Over 100cm, please pay the adult rates.
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • I Asia Thailand has an exclusive partnership with 'Safety in Asia’. Being specialists in Health & Safety management in the hospitality industry, they will guide us on the best hygiene practices available. 'Safety in Asia' is FTO (Federation of Tour Operat
  • 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-dress
  • River Kwai is approx 130km from Bangkok with a stop on the way time permitting.
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Tour includes hotel pick up / drop off and is available from most central Bangkok hotels. This Option can be amended and/or cancelled. You will be able to arrange pick up from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation. Hote
  • You must provide your hotel details at time of booking, failure to do so may result in cancellation
  • At least 4 people are required for the Shared Tour to take place. Single traveler may book this product, but is subject to availability and cancellation if minimum number of people is not met on the activity day. (Alternative date or refund will be offere
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • If you have mobility problems, you may have difficulties getting into or out of the long-tailed speedboat. Please advise your guide of this at the commencement of the tour. Your guide will arrange for the driver to take you to the Bridge by road instead.
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • This tour can be taken shared with other passengers OR private with own vehicle and guide
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers

What To Expect

Bridge Over the River Kwai
The bridge on the river Kwai, that many people know from the 1957 movie with the same name or from the book by Pierre Boulle is part of the infamous Death Railway, built during World War II from 1942 to 1943.

The railway connected Kanchanaburi in Western Thailand with Rangoon in Myanmar, called Burma back then, and was about 415 kilometers long. On both ends construction began in June 1942 working towards each other. In October 1943 the two sides met, finishing the railway.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

River Kwai
The Khwae Yai River, also known as the Si Sawat, is a river in western Thailand. It has its source in the Tenasserim Hills and flows for about 380 kilometres through Sangkhla Buri, Si Sawat, and Mueang Districts of Kanchanaburi Province, where it merges with the Khwae Noi to form the Mae Klong River at Pak Phraek.

5 hours • Admission Ticket Free

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
The Kanchanaburi War Cemetery is the main prisoner of war cemetery for victims of Japanese imprisonment while building the Burma Railway. It is on the main road, Saeng Chuto Road, through the town of Kanchanaburi, Thailand, adjacent to an older Chinese cemetery.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

JEATH War Museum
This small museum, opened in 1977, mostly focuses on the terrible ordeals of the POWs who built the Death Railway. Their harsh living conditions are shown in many original photos, letters and drawings from that time as well as personal effects and war relics, including an unexploded Allied bomb dropped to destroy the bridge. One of the three galleries is built from bamboo in the style of the shelters (called attap) the POWs lived in.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Burma-Thai Railway
The Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway, the Siam–Burma Railway, the Thai–Burma Railway and similar names, was a 415-kilometre railway between Ban Pong, Thailand, and Thanbyuzayat, Burma, built by the Empire of Japan in 1943 to support its forces in the Burma campaign of World War II.

45 minutes • Admission Ticket Included


Reviews

Worth the travel time
Nick_W, 10-07-2022
The tour was a great experience, definitely should be done as part of any itinerary, tour guide was friendly and fun, the ride from Bangkok is a couple of hours, we left at 630am and got back just after 4pm

Wish the jetboating on the river had been even longer, what a great way to see the river!

Best day ever!
James_C, 09-08-2022
Amazing experience. Our tour guide Oom was brilliant. He was very friendly, knowledgeable and made it a day to remember!
Great WW2 history, boat and train ride
Valerie_T, 30-07-2022
Great tour packed with history and more. It was very emotional at times. Our guide did a great job with both descriptions and timing. He was easy to understand. I just wish I knew the name of the tour company so I could let them know the driver was falling asleep on the long drive back to Bangkok. My husband watched him carefully to make sure we didn’t crash. My husband was in the center seat in the row immediately behind the driver and observed many signs which he would be happy to discuss if anyone at the tour company is interested. Everyone else was sleeping and had no idea. There was no English on the van and they didn’t wear company shirts like most of the other tours’ staff members. I hope no one gets injured or worse.
River Kwai
Claudia_G, 24-09-2022
Really enjoyed the tour. Only negative part is the van you go in. For a long drive up there and 3 plus hours coming back the van is not comfortable at all. Old and very uncomfortable. I think if you are on that long of a trip you should be riding in something more suitable for that.
Needed More Historical Background
Gloriajean_L, 10-07-2022
The trip to the bridge, cemetery satisfactory, but more narrative on part of the tour guide was lacking. Instead of being told, “Here, read this” (sign) would have added to the experience. And an explanation of the purpose of the train ride really was necessary....did we take the train ride just to go to a place to have lunch (which was very good?”




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