Full Day River Kwai
Full Day River Kwai
Seen as a journey in time when Kanchanaburi was the focal point of the construction of the Death Railway,
this full day River Kwai journey captures the essentials of bringing forward the most memorable
and notable sites surrounding this historical period.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Close to three hours west from Bangkok, Kanchanaburi envelopes essences of Thailand within its province borders that simply cannot be ignored. From nature, culture and historical artefacts, it remains one of the most sought-after destinations in the Kingdom where the memoires of a black page in the history books remain visible.
The tangible matters, from the original rail road tracks to the collection of tools, documents and the renowned span crossing the River Kwai, have become a part of history that unfolds during this full day excursion. This fully privatized tour that follows in the footsteps of the allied prisoners-of-war in building the famous Death railway takes up all the essentials to get a grasp of what truly took place.
07:00 - 17:00
Customers are warmly welcomed by our guide and driver at your hotel lobby early in the morning. The road westwards to downtown Kanchanaburi will take approximately 3 hours where the city skyline slowly disappears and makes way for the more suburban and rural side of Thailand.
Upon arrival in downtown Kanchanaburi, we first pay respect to the Prisoners-of-War at the Allied Cemetery who perished during the construction. The well-maintained cemetery is the final resting place of close to 7000 prisoners-of-war who perished during the construction of the “Death Railway. Right next to the cemetery lies the Thailand – Burma Railway Centre, an interactive museum with information and research facility dedicated to presenting the history of the Thailand-Burma Railway through eight themed galleries.
A short boat trip follows right after leaving the museum and brings guests right up to the foot of the famous Bridge over the River Kwai. Still in use today, the bridge was the target of frequent Allied bombing raids during 1945, and was rebuilt after the war ended. Here, we board a local train over original parts of the famous Death Railway. Train rides over the Death Railway offer both scenic and surreal experiences of what once was a region of war camps, controlled by the Japanese.
Upon disembarkation, a local Thai set lunch is served at a local restaurant before we make our way back to Bangkok. The journey follows the fastest route possible to make a scheduled arrival at approximately 5pm, depending on traffic conditions. Guests are of course brought back to their booked accommodation in downtown Bangkok after ending this interesting day on and around the River Kwai.
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