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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
$66.84 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

star-5
Best day ever!
James_C, Aug 2022
Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour
Amazing experience. Our tour guide Oom was brilliant. He was very friendly, knowledgeable and made it a day to remember!
star-5
Worth the travel time
Nick_W, Jul 2022
Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour
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!
star-4
Needed More Historical Background
Gloriajean_L, Jul 2022
Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour
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?”
star-5
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
Memorable
Nigel_N, Jun 2022
Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour
The tour guide knew exactly what to do and at what time to get the best shots. Knowledgeable about history.
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-5
Great experience
Chris_H, Apr 2022
Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour
Had a great experience with our tour guide Chu, collected us well on time and spent a very interesting day visiting the war graves, museums and Kwai bridge. Our guide was so polite and his English was excellent. Superb day seeing Thailand by car, train and boat. Would highly recommend this trio.
star-5
First rate day out
Paul_T, Mar 2022
Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour
An amazing day . We have been talking about doing it for years but so pleased we went. Our driver and guide were first rate and definitely on3 of the most memorable trips we have ever taken . The cemetery was so moving and poignant and the whole day was so well organized for us. Naturally quite a long van ride from Bangkok but the courtesy of the team to ensure comfort breaks and water breaks was much appreciated
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
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!
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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