The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre

The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre

The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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  • hello!
    Singapore, Singapore10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Educational experience
    Visiting the museum with my friends, we were able to learn alot of information on the POWs when building the Death Railway, along with their hardships and sufferings during the japanese occupation. Being SEAsian, we learnt things we did not learn in history textbooks back in our country and being able to read in-depth information on the POWs experience and the conditions they had to deal with back then was an educational experience. The whole museum with numerous artefacts and articles from the POWs were really informative. Overall, I enjoyed the museum and would recommend it to those who like learning more about history.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 12, 2023
  • JenineB
    Sydney, Australia27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What an amazing experience!!
    We did a personally tailored tour, over 6 Days / 5 Nights, with these guys and what an amazing experience it was!! The team at the TBRC were fantastic and couldn't have looked after us any better especially since I was traveling with 2 elderly relatives. We were tracing the footsteps of my great uncle, Lt Col John Munslow Williams (2/2 Pioneer Btn, Williams Force) and we certainly gained a true insight into his time as a POW on the Thai Burma railway. From picking us up in Bangkok, taking us all the way up to the Three Pagodas on the Myanmar (Burma) border, and returning us back to Bangkok. Every stop along the way was just so informative. This trip was a memory I'll never forget - thank you so much everyone at TBRC for looking after us so well and for keeping the memories of these POW's alive.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 26, 2023
  • Neil P
    Banbury, United Kingdom125 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very humbling ! A must to go to
    What a truly humbling amazing , eye opening place ! Been on my bucket list for many years ! Incredible what you see in this museum and how those poor men were treated ! Highly recommended to all but not for young children !
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 6, 2023
  • Andy S
    Clanfield, United Kingdom613 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb Small Museum/Archive
    What a truly amazing museum and archive for the Death Railway. So much to see and so well laid out as well as highly informative of the whole history of the project. Unfortunately we were only able to stay around an hour, but to do justive I would recommend 2-3 hours here.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 3, 2023
  • IainNorthernIreland
    Derry, United Kingdom535 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best place to learn about a dark episode
    Although it is trying to diversify its appeal (it does have some superb scenery) Kanchanaburi area's history and its location on the River Kwae Yai (Kwai) mean it is still largely about the Second World War, and the infamous Death Railway in particular. While there are many opportunities to learn about that dark episode, this little museum is one of the best. Located beside the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, and a tuk-tuk ride from the famous Bridge, its displays and dioramas are informative, well done, and free of the kitsch of some other places in the area. Highly recommended.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 4, 2023
  • Linda K
    Wales, United Kingdom626 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth visiting
    We really enjoyed visiting this museum, it’s really informative and presents the facts in an unbiased way. I learned a lot about what happened here and much of it was quite shocking. The displays are well laid out and very informative. It takes time to read through all the information but it’s worth doing. When we first arrived it was very quiet and we were able to take our time to absorb the information. However when tour groups arrived they were very noisy and it was impossible to hear the video or have quite solitude to reflect.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 11, 2023
  • peter w
    Chicago, Illinois86 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Essential to visit
    What a terrific museum. Very well put together with clearly written narrative, photographs and exhibits which explain the terrible story of the railroad construction. Huge credit to the museum curator who has clearly dedicated many years to creating such an informative & interesting museum. I recommend you allow 2 hours for the visit. Also worth mentioning is the wartime cemetery opposite, immaculately maintained by the locals.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 21, 2023
  • pljcmclean2018
    Geelong, Australia9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Time for reflection
    The museum gives greater understanding of the horrendous treatment of POW’S by the Japanese captors. While we all have an understanding of the events being actually on the spot and beside the huge beautifully maintained war cemetery you gain an appreciation of what all of Australia suffered during WW2 with their young men off to war with so many not returning and gives you an appreciation of living without horrors of this magnitude in our lifetimes. Also an appreciation of all that have served in conflicts since. Surreal fealing.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 1, 2023
  • Daniel T
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Private Tour
    I have recently been on a private tour of the death railway which was organised through The Thailand/Burma Railway Centre. Andrew who was my guide was amazing and his knowledge of the railway was spot on. The tour included multiple stops along the various camps, hospitals and railway sections. We even stopped off for a cup of tea by the river in the morning, followed by lunch also on the river further into the day. Thank you to Andrew and his Thai team for arranging such a wonderful experience.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 19, 2023
  • Johnnie C
    Scone, United Kingdom337 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a stop when visiting this part of Thailand.
    Death Railway museum Very informative, chaotic layout creates bottle necks as visitors try to read information display boards. The loop video is ok but the poor audio quality makes it difficult to follow, this is exacerbated if there is an energetic tour guide chatting away. The museum is just a short walk from the war graves cemetery so it's easy to visit both. The free coffee included with the tickets is basic but hot.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 23, 2024
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hartplatt
Lowestoft, UK233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We found this museum to be very informative. There are full descriptions and accounts from surviving POWs. There are videos, maps, models and mock-ups of surgical theatres etc. to give you an idea of how hard it was to be a POW on the Thai-Burma railway and Hellfire Pass.

There are lots of personal artefacts that have been donated to the museum by relatives of POWs. The personal stories bring it all to life and make you realise that when we think we've got it tough, we actually have no idea what tough is! A very sobering and thought- provoking museum. I recommend a visit here.
Written March 1, 2020
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J0ymermaid
Bangkok, Thailand126 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We visited this museum after a visit to the River Kwai Bridge. It gives you a very good understanding of the historical context. The museum is very informative, showing pictures, models, personal belongings and other legacy from the POW and forced labourers. All explanations are both in Thai and English. Definitely worth a visit. You will get free tea or coffee in the café.
Written March 9, 2020
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AJC32
Brussels, Belgium117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This museum should be visited by anyone with even just a passing interest in the history of the Second World War. It is highly iInformative and requires a couple of hours to do it justice. The attention paid to the tens of thousands of Asians who died alongside the POWs will be a revelation to most visitors.
Written February 3, 2020
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Liz
Peterborough, UK16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Whilst most of us know something of the railway, this museum gives such an insight into the background of how and why it was built. Following on from this it outlines conditions with facts and figures before moving on to visual displays and moving stories recounted by those who were there.An excellent and informative museum, well worth a visit.
Written March 28, 2020
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Daveybick
Exeter, UK51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
A really clear, informative and pleasent museum with very good displays coveing the whole dreadful episode with sincerity, sensitivity and historical fact. The displays are clear and effective with a lot to read. Immediately opposite is the cemetary so better to visit museum first to have a better understanding.
Written March 9, 2020
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Farweganoo
Ellon, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
Quite simply a brilliant facility and museum. These guys and girls do a brilliant job in ensuring that the suffering and sacrifice of the Far East POW’s is never forgotten. A vast collection of archives and research on nearly every single FEPOW. Lest we forget.
Written January 25, 2020
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Gerry_W_Reisenberger
Singapore, Singapore367 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
Small, but excellent museum. You can really tell a lot of time, effort and resources are invested in this museum which in my opinion is a must visit when in Kanchanaburi. The research is ongoing and the structural archiving of the victims is outstanding. Given its humble appearance on the outside (you might mistake it for an office or government institution) it would be easy to dismiss it - please don’t!!

The sad and bizarre story of the railroad are explained perfectly here, and gives you a solid insight. Pair it with a visit to the cemetery and the bridge.
Written January 1, 2022
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hello!
Singapore, Singapore10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Visiting the museum with my friends, we were able to learn alot of information on the POWs when building the Death Railway, along with their hardships and sufferings during the japanese occupation. Being SEAsian, we learnt things we did not learn in history textbooks back in our country and being able to read in-depth information on the POWs experience and the conditions they had to deal with back then was an educational experience. The whole museum with numerous artefacts and articles from the POWs were really informative. Overall, I enjoyed the museum and would recommend it to those who like learning more about history.
Written March 12, 2023
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Stephen M
New York City, NY371 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
This museum is directly across from the cemetery where many of those who died building the railway are buried.
The museum is very professional and gives a very wide yet detailed presentation of the war in Asia and this area in particular. There are ample photos and other memorabilia that will give a very clear presentation of the depredations inflicted by the Japanese military in building the nearby bridge and railway stretching from Thailand through Burma.
Put this on the top of your list.
Written October 22, 2020
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CHD6265
Odiham, UK399 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Pleasant greeting on arrival, good value (160 bht), very informative with great exhibits and models. It’s an horrific story and one that I am sure any Japanese will still today be deeply ashamed of. But it needs to be told. And this museum tells that story well through why it was build, the scale and scope of construction challenges, the forced labour, false promises, total lack of care and compassion for workers, the sorry list goes on.
Written February 25, 2023
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