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Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour provided by Tour East

Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour

Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour
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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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9-10 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
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
What to expect
  • 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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9-10 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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
What to expect
  • 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.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 3685BKK36C
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • 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
Exclusions
  • Beverages
  • Gratuities
Duration
9–10 hours
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • 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 is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • 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.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • 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
Inclusions
  • 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
Exclusions
  • Beverages
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • 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 is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
9–10 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • 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.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • 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
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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4.5
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Ruth M
83 contributions
Bridge on the River Kwai & The Thailand-Burma Railway Tour
Jan 2020 • Solo
Long day but well worth it & would highly recommend it to anyone. Nobody else turned up for pickup on the morning of the tour so I had my excellent minibus driver and guide Mr Suki undivided attention all day and was treated like Royalty I couldn’t have asked for anyone better to guide me through the day he was the BEST very informative with all the historical events relating to the war cemetery, the bridge, the river and the railway and so much more. The speedboat trip up the river was great and then to see the bridge come into view was amazing. Worth paying the extra 200 baht to upgrade on the Death Railway and I was fortunate enough to have a seat on the left side of the carriage which apparently is the best side of the train (arranged by the wonderful Mr Suki) to take in the wonderful/beautiful views of the jungle/countryside for those photo opportunities. The trip ended with lunch at a restaurant near the railway stop to enjoy some local cuisine which was perfect. A very very enjoyable day out and would highly recommend
Written June 18, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

SydneyGlobalShopper
Sydney, Australia362 contributions
Good but could be better
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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Túlio L
70 contributions
Very good guide, but boring tour
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
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Kylie Wolfig
Perth, Australia24 contributions
Great day out for Aussie war history buffs
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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.

TerryH
Hertfordshire, UK951 contributions
Got to visit - once
Enjoyable visit to Bridge over River Kwai. Also visited museum and the War Cemetery- all worth doing especially as we found reference to a friends relative in the cemetery.
Written March 14, 2020
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Being imbued to hear that you found the reference to a friend's relative in the cemetery. River Kwai Bridge has full of history, so it's really worth visiting.
Written March 18, 2020
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Gary H
14 contributions
The tragedy of Humanity relived.
Mar 2020
Generally speaking, I would recommend this tour. That being said, I probably would not do it again as everything you need to see can be seen on the day tour. The tour was very well-organized, was informative, and left really little to the imagination as to what our brave soldiers endured during the heat, humidity, cruelty, malnutrition of those 16 months the railroad was built. It is extremely moving and mind-numbing to see what took place there. It is well worth the time and money.
Written March 14, 2020
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River Kwai Bridge is a very well-known historical place where worth visiting, apart from the ruins in Ayutthaya. History lovers must-see. Appreciate you taking time to write us a valuable review.
Written March 18, 2020
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Carol R
Preston, UK85 contributions
Great day on the bridge over the River Kwai
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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jonnyrocks
Poulton Le Fylde, UK417 contributions
History lesson
A very intense tour packed with loads of information. It was amazing to see the bridge knowing the sad and turbulent history. The cemetery tour was very moving having family buried there from the war. Anyone wanting an intense tour this is well worth doing.
Written March 2, 2020
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Neil
Hartlepool, UK2 contributions
Long day but well worth it.
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
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Donald J
1 contribution
Interesting tour of building the Thailand-Burma railroad during WWII
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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
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