Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The town of Kanchanaburi is 129 kilometres North-West of Bangkok and is best reached by road, along the National Highway which runs north from the capital. There are bus and train services from Bangkok. Kanchanaburi War Cemetery is situated adjacent to Saeng Chuto Road which is the main road through the town. When approaching from Bangkok, the cemetery is on the left side of the road, towards the far (northern) end of the town. A Commission signpost faces the cemetery on the opposite side of the road.
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  • Edward G
    Sydney, Australia22 contributions
    Time to think
    We visited the cemetery and museum early in the morning and was moved by the scale and dignity of the cemetery. Reading some of the grave stones of the victims it brought those who perished to life especially those with photographs or words from their families. Staggering to think the many local workers who also died in the building of the railway and our unaccounted for. The museum is well worth a visit and includes many interesting facts and personal stories. It is well maintained and is an appropriate way to remember the events that occurred close by.
    Visited January 2020
    Written January 11, 2020
  • Denise Moore
    Townsville, Australia350 contributions
    Thought provoking visit to Kanchanaburi War Cemetery.
    We visited Kanchanaburi War Cemetery purposefully to visit the grave of a Great Uncle, whom I never knew. I felt bad that he and all the others had to stay there, and I got to go home to Australia. He was 40 years old when he died there and left behind a young family. In the museum beside the cemetery, Death Railway Museum, tells the story of the building of the bridge over the River Kwae and the railway construction. In here the staff printed out for me, a copy of my Great Uncles's record. The visit was very moving.
    Visited December 2019
    Written February 18, 2020
  • hartplatt
    Lowestoft, United Kingdom233 contributions
    Beautifully Kept War Cemetery
    This war cemetery is opposite the JEATH Museum. A visit to the museum and Hellfire Pass are recommended before visiting the cemetery so that you have an understanding of the suffering POWs went through before death. A very sobering experience. It's even harder for those of us who have relatives here. The grounds are beautifully kept.
    Visited February 2020
    Written March 1, 2020
  • Terry
    Whitstable, United Kingdom52 contributions
    Thailand Tour
    This was a very emotional tour at the museum and war grave cemetery. Although it was raining quite hard it only added to the emotions of this moment in history. I thought I knew about the death railway but after nearly 2 hours in the museum I learnt the truth about the death railway. The museum is well laid out and in a good logical way with a huge range of exhibits with English explanations. We then wandered out to the cemetery and spent an emotional time taking in the enormity of this horrific moment in history. Well worth a visit.
    Visited March 2020
    Written April 2, 2020
  • cobezeke
    Canberra, Australia184 contributions
    Family POW pilgrimage
    We arranged a 5 day pilgrimage through a company in Australia to see and follow the footsteps of my grandfather who was a POW on the death railway. The tour was run by the museums staff and was BRILLIANT! It was so well researched and the stuff we found out about my grandfather was beyond incredible! From the moment we got picked up in Bangkok in a private van we were well looked after. Coffee, lunch and snacks arranged and they bent over backwards to help us. The museum is awesome and really interesting and special mention goes to Andrew, Terry, Keow and Pum who are all dedicated and special human beings. Thank you so much for a trip that we will always remember.
    Visited January 2020
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 11, 2020
  • Stephen M
    New York City, New York367 contributions
    Very moving
    Despite some snarky reviews we found this cemetery very moving especially after just going through the nearby museum detailing the depravities inflicted on the POWs and non-combatants in building the nearby bridge and railroad in WW2. Reading the inscriptions on the tombstones made the realities of this period very real. The cemetery is very well maintained and a tribute to these poor unfortunates who died here.
    Visited October 2020
    Traveled with family
    Written October 22, 2020
  • Robert B
    Auckland, New Zealand159 contributions
    CWGC Kanchanaburi Visit
    We decided to do our second trip to the CWGC Kanchaburi to pay our respects to the lives represented there of all who suffered whilst POW's during WW2 building the Death Railway. It was 40 degree heat so gave us an insight to the sort of temperatures the mean would have been up against we barely lasted one hour. However, being ex Royal Signals I managed to take photos of all the graves of the fallen Royal Signals men i hadnt realised there to be so many some circal 260. Point to note its a cemertary proper respect whilst attending is a must. Its also worthwhile to go to the museum, if you like how about shouting morning tea for the workers tending the graves, We did, they were very thankfull.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 10, 2023
  • michael a
    7 contributions
    A reminder of the lives lost a long way from loved ones
    Beautifully maintained, tranquil resting place for a great number of Allied POW’s who lost their lives a long way from home. It was a thought provoking and emotional place, and an opportunity to pay our respects to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in horrific circumstances. We then went to hellfire pass where there is an Australian funded memorial museum.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 26, 2023
  • Christina G
    Ringwood, United Kingdom713 contributions
    Respectful
    We visit the cemetery while on tour to the River Kwai from Bangkok. It was really interesting to do this prior to visiting the railway to give you an insight to the incredible and tragic history behind the building of the railway. It’s pleasing that the cemetery is so well care for but sad to think that this is only 10% of the men that lost their lives as prisoners of war. Very sad and moving as such young brave men.
    Visited February 2020
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 12, 2020
  • Primepork
    Essex, United Kingdom487 contributions
    Thought provoking and spiritual
    Visited here on our recent trip to Thailand. We were the only people here apart from our guide and a gardener tending the grounds so it was very peaceful. There was an atmosphere of calm, very moving. The grounds are very well maintained. Would recommend a trip here. here on our recent tri
    Visited December 2019
    Written January 15, 2020
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Terry
Whitstable, UK52 contributions
Mar 2020
This was a very emotional tour at the museum and war grave cemetery. Although it was raining quite hard it only added to the emotions of this moment in history. I thought I knew about the death railway but after nearly 2 hours in the museum I learnt the truth about the death railway. The museum is well laid out and in a good logical way with a huge range of exhibits with English explanations. We then wandered out to the cemetery and spent an emotional time taking in the enormity of this horrific moment in history. Well worth a visit.
Written April 2, 2020
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cobezeke
Canberra, Australia184 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We arranged a 5 day pilgrimage through a company in Australia to see and follow the footsteps of my grandfather who was a POW on the death railway.
The tour was run by the museums staff and was BRILLIANT! It was so well researched and the stuff we found out about my grandfather was beyond incredible!
From the moment we got picked up in Bangkok in a private van we were well looked after. Coffee, lunch and snacks arranged and they bent over backwards to help us.
The museum is awesome and really interesting and special mention goes to Andrew, Terry, Keow and Pum who are all dedicated and special human beings. Thank you so much for a trip that we will always remember.
Written January 11, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Stephen M
New York City, NY367 contributions
Oct 2020 • Family
Despite some snarky reviews we found this cemetery very moving especially after just going through the nearby museum detailing the depravities inflicted on the POWs and non-combatants in building the nearby bridge and railroad in WW2.

Reading the inscriptions on the tombstones made the realities of this period very real.
The cemetery is very well maintained and a tribute to these poor unfortunates who died here.
Written October 22, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Robert B
Auckland, New Zealand159 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
We decided to do our second trip to the CWGC Kanchaburi to pay our respects to the lives represented there of all who suffered whilst POW's during WW2 building the Death Railway. It was 40 degree heat so gave us an insight to the sort of temperatures the mean would have been up against we barely lasted one hour. However, being ex Royal Signals I managed to take photos of all the graves of the fallen Royal Signals men i hadnt realised there to be so many some circal 260. Point to note its a cemertary proper respect whilst attending is a must. Its also worthwhile to go to the museum, if you like how about shouting morning tea for the workers tending the graves, We did, they were very thankfull.
Written May 11, 2023
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michael a
7 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Beautifully maintained, tranquil resting place for a great number of Allied POW’s who lost their lives a long way from home. It was a thought provoking and emotional place, and an opportunity to pay our respects to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in horrific circumstances. We then went to hellfire pass where there is an Australian funded memorial museum.
Written April 26, 2023
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Christina G
Ringwood, UK713 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
We visit the cemetery while on tour to the River Kwai from Bangkok. It was really interesting to do this prior to visiting the railway to give you an insight to the incredible and tragic history behind the building of the railway. It’s pleasing that the cemetery is so well care for but sad to think that this is only 10% of the men that lost their lives as prisoners of war. Very sad and moving as such young brave men.
Written February 13, 2020
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Primepork
Essex, UK487 contributions
Dec 2019
Visited here on our recent trip to Thailand. We were the only people here apart from our guide and a gardener tending the grounds so it was very peaceful. There was an atmosphere of calm, very moving. The grounds are very well maintained. Would recommend a trip here.

here on our recent tri
Written January 15, 2020
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LoBommer
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK1,525 contributions
Oct 2019
We visited the cemetry the day following our visit to Hellfire Pass and it brings it home to you the scale of the suffering and deaths of the young soldiers. Every gravestone tells a story. The cemetry is beautifully manicured and has a military air to it.
Good to see families here.
A must visit to remember them.
Written January 6, 2020
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J0ymermaid
Bangkok, Thailand126 contributions
Aug 2019
This Cemetery is an interesting historical sight after visiting the River Kwai bridge and the neighbouring Thailand-Burma Railway Centre Museum. It is very well maintained. The sheer number of graves makes you feel sad.

Next to the War Cemetery there is a Chinese Cemetery which gives a very interesting contrast.
Written March 9, 2020
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Alex H
Port St. Mary, UK1,313 contributions
Feb 2020
Well worth a visit if you have been in Kanchanaburi seeing the bridge and the museum. It is right next to the train station so it is handy for visiting if you have time and are waiting for the train. It is free to enter.
The grounds are wonderfully maintained and being a Brit, I was actually taken away by the list of names here. It really makes you realise how lucky we are today.
Written February 26, 2020
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