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Hellfire Pass Museum

Kanchanaburi | Wat Chaichumphon, Kanchanaburi, Thailand
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Type: Military Museums, Monuments/ Statues, Natural History Museums
Traveler Description:   The Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum is a MUST for anyone visiting the Kanchanaburi area to pursue their interest in the history of the Burma-Siam... more »
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Otley West Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

Visited the museum having previously been to the railway museum in Kanchanburi and this was even more dramatic. We hired out an audio guide (200baht and proof of ID, money is refunded) after spending time in the museum we followed the path which was very straight forward and listened to the recording when prompted. The hellfire pass is amazing, especially... More

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Wodonga, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

High up on the "bucket list" . A wonderfully thought out experience incorporating indoor display and presentation spaces leading out to the Pass itself. We were pretty familiar with the broad details of the history of Hellfire Pass and the trials and tribulations of the servicemen who slaved here, the War Cemetery in Kanchanburi was an appropriate precursor, but these... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Easily one of the best historical sites I've visited in SE Asia. Full credit to the museum staff for the work they've done. The audiotape guide is fantastic as well. Would have been 5/5 if the full walk (4km) had been available instead of just the first 2.5km.

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Nice, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

as all the wars muséum it is a place to visit to remember the Hell and suffering of so many soldiers ( British, Australians, Indians) who were prisonners of the Japonese...Dreadful conditions the prisonners camps built in the Jungle, they were forced to build the River Kwai bridges- so many died - we must remember!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

The main reason for my stay at Kanchanaburi. I was proud to be an Australian for the Australian Government and associates have captured the essence of the human spirit in a dignified and reflective way. I would recommend getting there early before lots of buses and to walk the 2.5 kms, it is not a difficult walk just remember a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

A very moving time for reflection. We visited early (8.30-9.00 am) and so we were the only people in the pass and at the memorial. Quiet solitude, a time to reflect on the inhumanity/degredation sacrifice and loss that enabled the construction of this pass, which now is a place of solitude and peace.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

One can say that a visit to this place is an eye opener. To see what the POWs did in the time frame and the conditions and the way they were treated really makes you sit up and think. I would recommend a visit to here for anyone

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I have visited this place several times and it still sends a shiver down my spine listening to the survivors tell their stories on the headsets, particularly if you manage to find yourself alone at the base of the cutting. Improvements have been made to the site over the years and it is a much easier climb now in both... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Museum does not have any artifacts, it is reading combined with original photos and drawings. It gives a really good insight into how the men were treated and what they had to do to survive and how they were able to discreetly sabotage the railway. There is a video that runs for I think seven minutes and replays every five... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We didn't know about hellfire pass and the building of the railway between Burma and Thailand before our arrival to Kanchanaburi. But after visiting the war cemetery and the railway museum we felt that we had to see Hell fire pass. We tried to get a tour but since it was low season there were no tours. In hindsight it... More

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