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Bridge Over the River Kwai

Tha Makham, Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand
+66 34 514 522
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Allied prisoners of war during World War II were forced to build the 258-mile Death Railway by Japanese forces. About a hundred thousand conscripted Asian labourers and 16,000 prisoners of war died on the whole project.
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Tha Makham, Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We went to the War Cemetary and the Bridge over River Kwai along with our parents. Access is slightly difficult and recommend to see the film before you go there. This trip is worth it if you are living in Bangkok or here for a...More

Thank Gurukohli
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A most beautiful place with great history behind it,I suggest you see the film as well, the passing of the train is a great experience for the family. The view is also great.

Thank zackarad
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Not much point in trying to fight through crowds to get a photo shot that means anything when it’s not the original bridge, so there’s no history to dwell on. Rather spend time at the cemetery to gather your thoughts.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed our visit to the bridge. The museum attached to the bridge, however, is very tired and dated. A lot of the signage and reading material is very faded and difficult to read. Felt as though much more could be made of this attraction.

Thank Caroline W
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful area and very interesting story behind this bridge. If you can you should find a Thai guide to tell you all about the history of the bridge. This is a must see if you're staying in the Kanchanaburi area!

Thank Niamh D
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You could say that this is just a bridge, but when put in context it is pretty amazing. Nice to walk over it and get a feel for the structure. Typical markets on the Kanchanaburi side but nothing pushy. Very quiet at night time as...More

Thank Rizzo71
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Bridge on the River Kwai is well known from the old war movie. However it is constructed of iron and not of bamboo and the river is wider and the bridge lower than in the movie. This is just one of the many bridges...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting and a very important site. You can walk along the bridge and along the track for a short distance. The train station is located next to the bridge. Interesting and sad history but it is a definite must see and a top sight...More

Thank Kayleigh T
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A fitting memorial of the original bridge and railway line in which thousands of local slaves and allied forces died building. The original of course was bombed before the war ended by allied forces. The bridge was rebuilt in memory. Most of the railway was...More

Thank Mercedesblack
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great worthy experience. Enjoyed the natural view and train track trailing. However, as usual, the place is packed with local tourist as well as foreigners.You can see the train comes on the track right in your face. Cool!!

Thank Aaralyn T
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Victoria A
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Response from Joan H | Reviewed this property |
I booked everything in advance (hotels and tours) through Global Basecamps because I never like to leave things to the last minute—and I was very pleased with the results. Very few of the tourist sites in Thailand are... More
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judith112016
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Response from runner123 | Reviewed this property |
Dear Judith, By far the best experience against the lowest cost is to take the train ( 3rd class no air-con, from Thonburi Station ( other side of the Chao Phraya river). There are only 2 trains a day. One at 7;45 am the... More
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ikadri123
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Response from PatrickLongBeach | Reviewed this property |
you are not going to be comfortable with small children on that bridge. Me personally, no I would not let them walk on it however you can take the train. I still don't think that it is something that the children would... More
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