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Burma Railway (Death Railway)
Burma Railway (Death Railway)

Burma Railway (Death Railway)

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906 Reviews
Mueang Kanchanaburi District, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

The Basics

The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre in Kanchanaburi recounts the line's dark history from construction to completion. Meanwhile, a stop at the Burma Railway itself is likely to be a somber affair, so visit with a guide to get the most out of your visit.

You can now ride a portion of the Death Railway between Nong Pla Duk and Nam Tok, passing along Wampo Viaduct and take in countryside views. Meanwhile, day trips from Bangkok typically combine a ride on Burma Railway with a visit to Bridge on the River Kwai, now the site of JEATH War Museum, and Erawan Waterfall, famous for its seven tiers and turquoise pools.

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Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour
Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour
star-4.5
$72.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Moving experience with a bit of fun.
Excellent guide. Very knowledgeable and efficient. All components of the itinerary were handled well.
William_P, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Kanchanaburi

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Bridge tour
L N, Oct 2019
Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour
Our guide, Nico, spoke good English and was able to communicate the importance and history of the sites, along with other general information about things we were seeing. The guide was attentive to our comfort and safety and ensuring that we had opportunity for private exploration as well. Thank you!
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Bridge over the river kwai
Vic_c, Mar 2020
Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour
Well organised trip Knoledgeble guide Museum was a disappointment Value for money Filling some space
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Awesome day out
Jim_M, Mar 2020
Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour
What a great day out. We really enjoyed the drive up to the river Kwai and the walk over over this famous bridge. The guide was so attentive and gave us great information. We loved the boat ride and train journey. Lunch was awesome. For the money which we paid we expected less but so much was included. I Asia definetly the agent to choose!
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Wonderful day out
Jimq1, Mar 2020
Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour
Our guide Joseph took very good care of us. He was knowledgeable with the history of the Death Railway and the Bridge over the river Kwai. The experience was exvellevr. The boat ride was very entertaining. The train trip was nice through the countryside and we upgraded the tickets. We got to see Thailand from a difference perspective. The lunch at the end was delicious. Our group was small and we all enjoyed the trip, the company and the experience. I highly recommend this trip.
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Bridge on the River Kwai trip
James, Mar 2020
Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour
A long trip from Bangkok but worth it to see the bridge and to pay homage to our soldiers Our guide “Tiny” was really knowledgable about Thailand and the local customs I thought the museum was pretty basic regarding information but still enjoyed the trip
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Bridge over Kwai
David_W, Feb 2020
Private Tour: Thai–Burma Death Railway Bridge on the River Kwai from Bangkok
It was a great day, the guide and driver were early. There is very little traffic early in the morning. We visited the Memorial, museum and then went on a boat ride up to see the bridge. Walking the bridge was nice along with riding the train. For me, it was a great day and experience.
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Looking for William Holden
Barbara_S, Feb 2020
Private Tour: Thai–Burma Death Railway Bridge on the River Kwai from Bangkok
We were picked up at our hotel by the guide as well as the driver this is a really great tour we got there fairly quickly traffic is really bad in Bangkok and getting out of Bangkok prove to be easy with a very good driver when we got to the bridge we were given all the history it was left up to us to just wander and do our thing how we wanted to while we were there it was really a great experience it was well worth the money I would never try to drive in Thailand so enjoy
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A day at the Bridge over the River Kwai
Chris_N, Mar 2020
Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour
A long day but the trip was worth it, the forces cemetery, museum, boat ride along the river to the bridge and train ride across the bridge. Good guide, good driver. All very interesting.
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Bridge over River Kwai
Steve_T, Mar 2020
Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour
I simply could not fault this experience. Our tour guide (Peter) was interesting, entertaining & informative. From hotel pickup through journey, boat ride, train to Wanpo & lunch was absolutely fabulous. Everyone should know the history of the death railway & the impact it had post WWII. Many thanks for giving us such a wonderful day guys, much appreciated 👍🏻
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Great tour
Gavin_H, Mar 2020
Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour
Fantastic tour well worth the money, guide very knowledgable both him and driver were great. Long day but made up for it by driver and guide.
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Lovely day trip
Ian_S, Feb 2020
Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour
Had such a lovely day our guide was really polite and nice. Only thing I’d complain about is not enough time and a little rushed.
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Absolutely amazing!
hannahstoner1505, Nov 2019
Private Erawan Waterfall, River Kwai, Death Railway Tour from Bangkok
Siri was an amazing tour guide. She instantly made me feel relaxed and comfortable and her English was fantastic! This was a very special experience and It was like having my own private photographer so I have some very special memories. The waterfalls are just breathtaking! Well worth climbing to the 7th floor, although not for the faint hearted as it’s hard work especially in the heat. We were lucky that their had been some rain full and the waterfalls were flowing. Bamboo Rafting was also so much fun and very relaxing. Death Railway was very quite but interesting to see. Bridge over river Kwai was touristy and busy but amazing sight to see. All in all a fantastic day and well recommended!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • As a troubling yet significant part of Thailand’s history, the Burma Railway (Death Railway) is a must-visit for history buffs.

  • The movie The Railway Man explores the history of the Death Railway and is worth watching before you visit.

  • At Bridge on the River Kwai, there is an abundance of vendors selling snacks, meals, and cold drinks.

  • To see all the historic sites associated with the Thai-Burma Railway, plan to stay at least one night in Kanchanaburi.

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How to Get There

Burma Railway is about 81 miles (130 kilometers) from Bangkok, or a 2.5-hour drive via the Route 323 highway. You can also take the train from Bangkok Central Station to Kanchanaburi, which takes around 3-hours and can sometimes involve changes.

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When to Get There

The journey on the Burma Railway takes around 2 hours; three trains operate daily and typically depart Kanchanaburi in early morning, midmorning, and midafternoon—check the website for exact times. The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre is open daily from morning until early evening.

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Kanchanaburi Highlights

Though far less traveled than southern Thailand, Kanchanaburi boasts multiple cultural and historical highlights. Make time to visit Erawan National Park, home to the eponymous waterfall; Phartat Cave; the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, a memorial to prisoners who died in WWII; and Wat Tham Suea temple.

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