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

Burma Railway (Death Railway)

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
$70.27 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
John_H, 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!
star-5
Lovely Day out
Fabienne_C, Sep 2019
Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour
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.
star-5
river kwai tour
joseph_t, Mar 2019
Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour
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
star-5
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!
star-5
Wonderful day out
Jim_M, 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.
star-5
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.
star-5
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
star-4
River Kwai
Peter J, Mar 2019
Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour
Tour pickup was punctual and the subsequent departure of the group was on time. The guide was informative and the bus was clean, not the most plush but ok. The timing of activities was good for the most part. A bit rushed to make the boat and train ride but still ok. Would have preferred a different rest stop on the way back. Not great for buying refreshments and the drive back is long. Overall I was happy with the tour.
star-4
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
star-5
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 👍🏻
star-4
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.
star-5
One of the most beautiful waterfalls of the world!
Phuong_T, Apr 2019
Private Erawan Waterfall, River Kwai, Death Railway Tour from Bangkok
Thanks khun Aey for giving us a wonderful trip to Kanchanaburi. She is a best tour guide I have ever met.

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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