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Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour
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Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour

By Tour East
About
Visit the “Bridge Over the River Kwai” and the Death Railway on a full-day tour from Bangkok that explores Thailand’s wartime history. See Kanchanaburi’s main World War II sites in a single day, including the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and JEATH War Museum, and ride the Death Railway that was laid by imprisoned laborers. Hear fascinating commentary from your guide along the way, and enjoy convenient pickup in Bangkok.

Ages 0-99, max of 99 per group
Duration: 9–10 hours
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Full-day Kanchanaburi and Kwai River tour from Bangkok
  • Ride a speedboat on the river to the landmark bridge
  • Learn the story of the Death Railway as you ride the historic line
  • See Allied graves in a WWII-era cemetery
  • Hassle-free pickup and drop-off at selected Bangkok hotels

  • Hotel pickup and drop off (selected hotels only)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Local guide
  • Long-tail boat ride
  • Train ride along Death Railway
  • Lunch
  • Admission Fees
  • Entry/Admission - Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
  • Entry/Admission - JEATH War Museum
  • Entry/Admission - River Kwai
  • Entry/Admission - Bridge Over the River Kwai
  • Entry/Admission - Burma-Thai Railway
What's not included
  • Beverages
  • Gratuities

Meet a driver at your hotel in Bangkok, and board a climate-controlled coach for Kanchanaburi, a lush province west of Bangkok. Pass sugar cane fields, rice paddies, and pineapple plantations, then make the first stop of the day at the Kwai River, boarding a long-tail speed boat to the site of the bridge, an icon of the classic novel about wartime Thailand. Next, pay your respects to fallen prisoners of war and laborers at the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, and continue to the JEATH War Museum to see WWII artifacts and images. Delve into the jungle where POWs lived and worked as you ride the “Death Railway,” covering tracks built to join the Thai and Burmese railway lines. After a full day of exploring Kanchanaburi, begin the scenic return trip to Bangkok, where this tour concludes at your original departure point.

Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • We Pick up from all hotels in the city center of Bangkok. Departure Time: 7:00 am Pick up Time: Pick up from Bangkok city hotels 10 - 45 minutes prior to the departure time Return point: Returns to original departure point at approximately 5:00pm. Remarks: Please be aware that the pick-up for this tour is included and covers all the hotel located in the following areas: (Silom Road, Thai Cultural Centre, Phaya Thai, Huai Khang, Bang Rak, Sathorn, Surawong Road, Rajdamri Road, Ram Buttri Chana Songkhram, Luangsuan Road, Khaosan Road) For hotel pick-ups outside of this area, an additional charge may be applied or a closer meeting point pick-up may be suggested to you by our Team upon reception of your booking.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Wheelchair accessible
        • Near public transportation
        • Infants must sit on laps
        • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3685BKK36C

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Boat ride is not wheelchair accessible
        • Restroom facilities available
        • You must provide your hotel details at time of booking, failure to do so may result in cancellation
        • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the unlikely event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
        • 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-dressed') plus tea/coffee, drinking water, cold towel and certificate.
        • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
        • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
        • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
        • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
        • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
        • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 99 travelers

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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        If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3685BKK36C

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        Itinerary
        • You'll get picked up
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        • 1
          Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
          Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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        • 2
          JEATH War Museum
          Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
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        • 3
          River Kwai
          Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
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        • 4
          Bridge Over the River Kwai
          Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
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        • 5
          Burma-Thai Railway
          Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
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        • You'll return to the starting point
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        • Tour East
          1,924
          Bangkok, Thailand
          Joined in August 2011
        • Explorer45744662745
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          2.0 of 5 bubbles
          Avoid Tour East Thailand
          Day 1, Our guide was called TOM, on return from tour which TOM slept a large part of to buffet evening meal @ The imperial Phitsanulok food cold no heat under containers, room below standard cracked sink bath area very badly stained , breakfast also cold no heat under food containers. Day 2, tour around National park our guide TOM spent the entire time speaking to a Thai couple so we were unaware of the history of what we were seeing and were never told on completion. TOM slept in between stops. Arrived at Teak Gardens hotel for evening meal to find that the hotel only offers breakfast so we were taken to a local restaurant at 19.50pm to be told we only had a few minutes to order as they were closing @20.00pm. Day 3 guide TOM complained toothache visited pharmacy had tour day . TOM slept for long periods of the journey Day 4 had a pleasant tour day through Chang Rai & Chang Mai, again TOM slept for most of this journey, arrived back to hotel being taken out to traditional kantoke food and tribal dance evening, we left to be followed out by 3 members of staff accusing us of not paying the bill our guide TOM was nowhere to be seen eventually he appeared and explained it was prepaid, we were embarrassed and humiliated in front of other guests in attendance. Day 5 we were dropped off at elephant nature reserve told to go in with a security guard on arrival we were again told to queue and pay and again TOM was no where to be seen so again we had to go outside to try and find him to explain that it was all paid for. We are appalled at the way we have been treated . We have complained to the TOUR EAST COMPANY they have accused us of deliberately trying to leave without paying for drinks, that we were being fussy about the food and that they provided us with free drinks as goodwill this never happened, and that they are not responsible for the tour guide sleeping on the last tour day due to toothache. TOM slept for most of our 1000km trip so we missed out on many sights along the way. On our last tour day 5 he did not even complete the tour he ended it after lunch so we missed the afternoon section of the elephant’s nature reserve As a form of compensation they insulted us by sending a bottle of wine complimentary to our hotel in Phuket. I STRONGLY advise against using this company if you are considering a tour in Thailand, they are both disrespectful and unprofessional .
          Written February 26, 2024
        • 256deepab
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Absolutely worth doing!
          Very interesting place to visit, we had a good guide who was very helpful and made the whole trip informative and enjoyable ! So much history here! The cruise and lunch was very good!
          Written February 16, 2024
        • iantobedfordUK
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Very informative half day tour
          A very informative tour. Included 3 temples and a good deal of background information on the temples and buddism. We learnt a great deal in half a day, and was well with doing.
          Written February 10, 2024
        • Pastis1990
          0 contributions
          1.0 of 5 bubbles
          Never again.
          The music was too loud and made my ears hurt. I would have liked to just look at the scenery and eat in peace. Couldn't even hear my own thoughts.
          Written February 1, 2024
        • Adventurer826071
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Must do this Tour
          The tour was lots of fun and lots of things to know about and see. The temples were a true reflection of history and culture. Our tour had a river cruise on the way back, with great food and scenery. Great day
          Written January 30, 2024
        • reemasd2024
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Thailand experience
          Have you ever been to a place so green and full of nature, well I sure have. Thailand is the most brightest country I have ever been to, there they care about the greens in body, the plants how green and colorful flowers are. Animals there are friendly and show love by hugs, like the monkeys there. The zoo staff are very kind and generous love to help in any kind of way, there are a bunch of animal shows like the one where I went to, the whale jumps up and back down into deep water. As he was going down deep in water splashed up and soaked up the audience which was very cool. I also recommend the Siamotif Boutique Hotel its one of my favorite hotels that I have visited in Thailand, best food and the pool was just as best, with the free floats that you can borrow to a little boat with your family and row until your hands get tired. The service there is also very thoughtful and helpful, they clean your room as soon as they get the chance to when you’re out of the room enjoying the view. I would rate my experience a solid 10 as it was one of my favorite trips and would love to come on here and tell you guys how astounding this trip was and hopefully for you too, well that’s all from my side. See all of you rowing.
          Written January 29, 2024
        • Mini K
          0 contributions
          1.0 of 5 bubbles
          Disappointing and underwhelming
          For 200 $ a couple, it was an old ; need to update setup tired looking hall with poor quality food and the dancers were ok but the announcer was bad could not understand a word of the synopsis of the dances. Very very disappointed , I would request a refund as it was marketed very highly class; pictures must be at least 20 years old. Please do not waste your time and money
          Written January 23, 2024
        • Lexibelle
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Gorgeous!
          This tour was included for us on our pre-tour of a Mighty Mekong River cruise. It's gorgeous and really something to see. We highly recommend going. It does get crowded but really worth seeing.
          Written January 20, 2024
        • PanoramaLodgeNamche
          0 contributions
          2.0 of 5 bubbles
          Expensive Boat aRide
          Took a taxi from Bangkok. Took two hours. To get to the destination. It was an expensive two hours boat ride in the market. It was almost 100 USD per person. Market was not floating at all.
          Written January 15, 2024
        • OtisandMarc
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Most fun in Phuket!!
          Absolutely incredible! It was so fun and entertaining and very affordable. We had a blast! Honestly it was the funnest part of our whole trip. The costumes are beautiful, the choreography is impressive and the songs are so fun. I will go back every time I visit Phuket. I read some bad reviews about the performers being aggressive after photos not being paid for. If you choose to get a photo after the show, be advised that it costs 100 B (equivalent to 3 USD). I spent 800 B happily to support these entertainers!!
          Written January 7, 2024
        • David H
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Beautiful little airport
          I have been to many airports, nothing compares to Koh Samui Airport. Check in is a bit of the usual faff but once through security it is simply the most beautiful airport I’ve ever been to
          Written January 5, 2024
        • 401nathan
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Nathan
          Had dinner at the Chomatlay restaurant the singer that entertained us was the superb during our delightful meal which was we spaced out. The wine selection was varied and was available as bottle or glass. The service was average,go for the food and view.
          Written January 4, 2024
        • SharonandDaveConsett
          0 contributions
          1.0 of 5 bubbles
          Avoid, shambolic unhelpful company
          Told us our tickets were cancelled after we had travelled to Bangkok and arrived at check in. Rude and unhelpful staff. Received the cancellation email a day after the event. The cruise wasn’t actually cancelled though as we watched it sail away from the dock. On its return we spoke to some of the customers who said it was shambolic and the food and drinks service was very poor so not a big miss in the end. AVOID at all costs
          Written December 31, 2023
        • Voyager48552876994
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Good experience
          Great tour history of thailand, hmm expand a knowledge while traveling is really enjoyable. Our kids is happy to learn new things
          Written December 24, 2023
        • janpaulv2023
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Swimming and Sightseeing: A River Kwai Experience
          An enjoyable experience overall. The riverside location on the River Kwai is fantastic, offering the unique opportunity to swim in the river, with life vests available for safety. Rooms were very spacious and luxurious. Breakfast has a nice assortment of fresh fruits and eggs along with some hot dishes, but the options are quite basic and you’re not spoiled for choice. The dinner buffet is decent but lacks variety, could especially use healthier options. There was the option of 'a la carte' which we didn't opt for as the buffet was included during our stay. Some intriguing sites worth visiting during your stay are the Erawan National Park, the floating market at Damnoen Saduak, and the remarkable experience of watching trains pass through the bustling Mae Klong train market. Don't forget to bring your swim suit.
          Written December 24, 2023
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        4.5
        4.5 of 5 bubbles190 reviews
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        61
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        SydneyGlobalShopper
        Sydney, Australia362 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jan 2020
        Guide was lovely but felt she was going through the motions. It was interesting to get out of the City but Oh, the Bangkok traffic in and out - what a nightmare. It is a long day but was worth it from our perspective.

        We watched TV documentary and the guide shared a little information but it could have been a lot more interactive.

        The boat trip was highly organised - quickly on and then very speedy disembarkment. No time to enjoy a trip down the river as the train was a coming!!

        Lunch was fine at a local restaurant - nothing special.

        Was just a long travel day in a bus in and out of Bangkok. Frequent toilet stops and opportunities to buy a refreshing drink/water.

        Worth the effort nonetheless.
        Written April 13, 2020
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        Carol R
        Preston, UK130 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A full day with an early 6am start. Our guide Tuc Tuc was very lively and bubbly, just wish she would realise that visiting the war graves can be a somber moment and not always a time for photo.

        First stop, the war graves. Very thought provoking and emotional at times. The grounds were very well looked after, which is more than I can say about the museum, the next stop. The Thai tourist board really need to get their act together here and tidy up the photos and narratives. We were running ahead of schedule so got to see a temple near by which resembled a boat. As it was Sunday there were lots of local people out and about. Next we had a fast boat ride down the River Kwai to the bridge. We had time to spend on the bridge and visiting the market stalls before we took the train. The journey was at least 45 mins long and went through the countryside. We paid an extra 200bht each to upgrade to a reserved seat. We had plenty of room in the carriage to move about to get the best shots. The extra cost also included refreshments. The train journey took us very close to the Burmese border. At our destination we had lunch of chicken, veg and rice. The journey home took around 3 hours.

        Written March 10, 2020
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        Neil
        Hartlepool, UK2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Feb 2020
        This tour was efficiently organised and we were picked up on time in a comfortable minibus. Our driver was excellent, and our guide (Jenny) went to a great deal of trouble to ensure that we enjoyed every aspect of our day out. She exceeded expectations in every respect. Yes, this is tour involves a lot of travel, but comfort stops are made, refreshments are provided, and the experiences across the day are varied and interesting. Great value for money - highly recommended.
        Written February 24, 2020
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        We do appreciate your positive feedback and please be assured that your message will be relayed to the respective guide Jenny who assisted you. Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a valuable review.
        Written March 12, 2020
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Kylie Wolfig
        Perth, Australia25 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Mar 2020 • Couples
        It was a long drive to get there from Bangkok but well worth it... we then stopped at the cemetery and museum followed by long boat ride to the Bridge.
        We then paid the upgrade of 300 baht to be in first class on the train which gave us drinks and snacks.
        Lunch was incredible... then long drive back to Bangkok which have us time to sleep! Great day out!
        Written March 16, 2020
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        We are delighted to hear that you had a great day out. Thank you very much for choosing our service and spending time writing us a review. Please enjoy the rest of your holiday in Thailand.
        Written March 18, 2020
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        LacyRuth
        Manchester, UK113 contributions
        3.0 of 5 bubbles
        The “coach” was a bone shaker mini bus that was far from comfortable.
        JEATH museum is just a series of photos in poor condition.
        Highlight was the train journey which lasted over an hour.
        Big up sell push from the tour guide to pay extra for “guaranteed” seats. Fortunately we’d read previous reviews on this so declined - and there were seats available.
        Tour guide gave no input on the history and unable to answer simple questions about the railway, really she was a logistics co-ordinator.
        Written January 8, 2020
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        Donald J
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Feb 2020 • Couples
        Informative and entertaining tour. I had seen the movie “The Death Railway” a few years ago and seeing the location and getting the history first hand brought it to life. Would recommend it particularly to history buffs.
        Written February 16, 2020
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        This place can be good impressed to historical lovers and not too far from Bangkok. Happy to know you had a good time.
        Written February 19, 2020
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Túlio L
        78 contributions
        3.0 of 5 bubbles
        Mar 2020 • Friends
        The guide was very nice and excited, with lots of trivia and jokes. The tour, however, is very long and the van was not the most comfortable, with very stiff seats.

        It is a long drive to and from the destination, roughly 3h each. Almost none of the attractions are memorable, the train tour is repetitive with a just couple highlights (one of the last turns on a steep hill), we slept most of the way. The boat ride is cool, but you can do this elsewhere in Thailand. Lunch was good.
        Written March 17, 2020
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        Sorry to hear that the tour didn't meet your expectations but at least you could enjoy some parts of it. Thank you very much for your valuable review.
        Written March 18, 2020
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        KKLJSPN
        London, UK69 contributions
        2.0 of 5 bubbles
        I guess this is one off the bucket list but this is not worth a 12 hour day. 9 hours of that is in a bus (by the time you are back at your hotel).

        The cemetery is immaculate but only takes a few minutes, the museum is just a succession of poor quality pictures with no detailed information and the boat trip is 5 minutes.

        The bridge, boat ride and lunch are what you would expect.

        The only plus was seeing some of the countryside which if you are not traveling on from Bangkok you wouldn’t otherwise.
        Written January 6, 2020
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        Tour177381
        Sydney, Australia1 contribution
        2.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jan 2020 • Solo
        We only had 20 minutes at the actual bridge not enough time to look at everything. There seemed to be a museum there but not sure as we had so little time at the site to explore. We only had 10 minutes at the cemetery again not really enough time to look at it. The train stopped at a site that would have been good to look at but you don’t get to get off and look at it. 90% of your time is spent travelling. The people in my group were really nice and made the trip enjoyable.
        Written January 19, 2020
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        Shirley
        2 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jan 2020
        Much of the day was spent travelling but the transport provided was comfortable and the driver good. The train trip is hot and uncomfortable but interesting. But great meal provided by local restaurant at end of trip! Guide was helpful and looked after us well.
        Overall interesting but be prepared for a long day!
        Written January 28, 2020
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