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2-Day River Kwai Highlights & Jungle Rafts Floating Hotel

1. 2-Day River Kwai Highlights & Jungle Rafts Floating Hotel

Begin your adventure with a pickup from your hotel in Bangkok and head to the west of Thailand, Kanchanaburi Province.  Start with a visit to the Thailand–Burma Railway Centre, an interactive museum, information and research facility dedicated to presenting the history of the Thailand– Burma Railway. Next, visit the Allied War Cemetery which is commemorates the 6,000 allied prisoners of war who perished along the railway line and were moved after the war to this eternal resting place. Continue to the world famous Bridge over the River Kwai, a part of the Death Railway, constructed by Allied POWs. Afterward, take a long-tailed boat on the River Kwai to the floating hotel at River Kwai Jungle Rafts to have lunch. After lunch, journey downstream to Phu Takian Pier and visit the Hellfire Pass Memorial. Then return to the rafts to enjoy your dinner, followed by a 45–minute presentation of traditional Mon Dance. Begin your second day with a visit to a Mon tribal village to learn about local traditions and customs. Trek through the jungle and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Take a ride on a historic train on the Death Railway, passing over an original wooden viaduct constructed by Allied prisoners of war. Transfer back to your hotel in Bangkok in the evening to conclude your two-day journey.

Erawan Waterfall & Kanchanaburi Highlights Tour From Bangkok

2. Erawan Waterfall & Kanchanaburi Highlights Tour From Bangkok

Enjoy your full-day private tour from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi with your personal tour guide. Begin with a pick-up from your hotel in Bangkok at 7.00 AM. Transfer to visit the top destinations in Kanchanaburi by a private air-conditioned car. Begin your trip by visiting the Bridge over the River Kwai, the famous attraction of Kanchanaburi made famous by the movie of the same name. After visiting the bridge over the river kwai, transfer to Sri Nagarin Dam. Visit Erawan Waterfall National Park, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand with an altitude of 500 meters above sea level. Walk from national park office to the waterfall. Relax at the waterfall or take an optional trek up to the top of the waterfall on the 7th tier (about 1,500 meters). After the waterfall, enjoy an optional lunch at a local restaurant. Visit Krasae Buddha cave and board the train and ride along the former death railway about 30 minutes before return to your hotel in Bangkok by private air-conditioned vehicle.

Kanchanaburi River Kwai & Hellfire Pass Private Tour

3. Kanchanaburi River Kwai & Hellfire Pass Private Tour

Meet and greet your guide at the lobby of your hotel in Bangkok at 7 AM. Start your full day private tour to the highlights of Kanchanaburi province and the most important WW2 memorial sites. The drive to Kanchanaburi province will take about 2 hours. First, visit the JEATH war museum, war cemetery and the Bridge over the River Kwai. Learn about how the notorious Burma-Siam railway, built by Commonwealth, Dutch and American prisoners of war, was a Japanese project driven by the need for improved communications to support the large Japanese army in Burma. Discover all of the bridge's history at the museum. Afterward, take a train ride on the Death Railway. After lunch and another 45min drive, see and learn more about the history at the Hell Fire Pass and Memorial. End the day with a visit to one of the most beautiful waterfalls of the country, Saiyoke Noi. Enjoy time to relax and take in the beautiful environment. Finally, head back to your accommodation in Bangkok.

From Bangkok: Historical Day Tour to River Kwai

4. From Bangkok: Historical Day Tour to River Kwai

Learn about the construction of the Burma Railway, also known as the “Death Railway,” on this 10-hour historical tour to Kanchanaburi, approximately 80 miles (130 kilometers) west of Bangkok. Upon arrival, you will tour the well-kept War Cemetery, where the graves of an estimated 9,000 Allied soldiers are tended. They perished while constructing the notorious "Death Railway,” which the Japanese had hoped would stretch all the way to the Burmese border. Uncover the terrible history of the railway at the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, an interactive museum, research, and information center dedicated to presenting the story of the Thailand-Burma Railway built during World War II. See the past recreated and relived with pictures and artifacts. You will also ride a train along the original Death Railway track, with a sumptuous lunch awaiting at the disembarkation station. Return to Bangkok in the late afternoon for your hotel drop-off.

From Bangkok: Private Car Hire to Kanchanaburi Province

5. From Bangkok: Private Car Hire to Kanchanaburi Province

Leave the busy city of Bangkok for a day to explore Kanchanaburi, a city full of beautiful nature and historical sites from the period of the Second World War. Enjoy a private tour with the flexibility to design your visit based on 3 itineraries. After a long day of sightseeing, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Bangkok at night. Program 1: Car Hire to Kanchanaburi City Sights Only With this program, visit the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, the main cemetery for victims of Japanese imprisonment during the construction of the Thailand-Burma Railway, and the real Bridge on the River Kwai. Find out more about the infamous railway at the Death Railway Museum and JEATH War Museum. Program 2: Car Hire to Kanchanaburi City Sights & Erawan Waterfalls As well as the sights visited in program 1, this program also allows you to explore Erawan Waterfalls and spend some free time swimming in them. Program 3 - Car Hire to Kanchanaburi City Sights & Hellfire Pass As well as the sights visited in program 1, this program also takes you to the Hellfire Pass, a railway cutting on the former Burma Railway, also commonly called the Death Railway, in Thailand.

Kanchanaburi and Death Railway Private Tour from Bangkok

6. Kanchanaburi and Death Railway Private Tour from Bangkok

Benefit from very early morning pickup at your hotel in Bangkok, and then travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle to Kanchanaburi, established in the late 18th century by King Rama I as a defensive outpost against attack from Burma. Visit the interactive Burmese Railway Museum, dedicated to presenting the history of the Thailand-Burma Railway built by the Empire of Japan in 1943. See period photos and models to get a better understanding about the background of what happened during World War II. Pay your respects at the War Cemetery and visit the memorial to some 6,000 Allied prisoners of war. Then, take a scenic train ride on the notorious Death Railway, constructed by prisoners of war on the orders of the Japanese. Break for a local lunch at a restaurant before exploring the local community of Pak Preak. Visit the house of a former member of the underground V Organization from the days of Japanese occupation before traveling back to Bangkok.

From Bangkok: Kanchanaburi Tour with Floating Market Visit

7. From Bangkok: Kanchanaburi Tour with Floating Market Visit

Enjoy a private day trip to visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and the highlights of Kanchanaburi Province in western Thailand in just one day. Start your tour with pick-up from your hotel in Bangkok at 8:00 AM. Travel to Wat Bang Kung, a temple covered by trees, and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market by an air-conditioned vehicle. Visit the most famous and original floating market in Thailand, where the villagers sell their fruit and food products on their paddle boats. Take a private boat tour to enter the floating market. Along the way, you will be able to see the farms and traditional Thai-style houses along the canal. Afterward, transfer to Kanchanaburi province where you will have an optional Thai Lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the bridge over the River Kwai, built by prisoners of war. Learn the history of WWII, and how the bridge and the railway were constructed.  Visit Krasae Cave and board the train from Krasae cave station to Tha-Kilen station (about 30 minutes). After your tour has ended, you will return to your hotel in Bangkok at around 7:00 PM.

Kanchanaburi: River Kwai and Death Railway Day Tour

8. Kanchanaburi: River Kwai and Death Railway Day Tour

Make the most of your day of adventure and start early with a smooth pickup from your accommodation in Kanchanaburi, or meet your guide at the Kanchanburi Bus Terminal. Catch up on sleep in the comfy air-conditioned van on the way to your first stop, the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. Walk along the perfectly kept grounds as you honor the fallen soldiers and prisoners of war and civilians who died while working on the infamous Death Railway (Siam-Burma Railway) under the Japanese Empire. Head to the JEATH Museum, built to commemorate those who lost their lives while working on the railway during World War II. The JEATH War Museum was named after the nationalities of those that worked on the railway: Japanese, English, Australian, American, Thai, and Hollander. Examine exhibits from the war such as weapons, tools, uniforms, medals, and replicas of the living conditions the prisoners of war lived in. Make a quick stop at the Bridge over the River Kwai, where you’ll experience the subject of your earlier history lessons. At Tham Krasae Station, a picturesque railway section that snakes around a cliff, admire the views, see the trains pass by, and fill up on some tasty lunch. Enjoy a quick coffee break before stopping at Wat Tham Suea, otherwise known as the Tiger Cave Temple. Don’t miss the tiger paw prints on its cave walls and the large, gleaming, 18-meter-tall Buddha statue at the top. Make the steep hike and be rewarded with a close-up view of the statue as well as the impressive scenery of the surrounding landscape. After exploring and taking photos at Wat Tham Suea (Tiger Cave Temple), begin your journey back to your accommodation with some of Thailand’s unforgettable history engraved in your mind.

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What people are saying about Burma Railway

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 363 reviews

Very friendly and informative guide as well as good and safe driver. It was a great experience and absolutely ideal for a day trip from Bangkok. These sights (Mae Klong train market, floating market in Damnoen Saduak incl. private canoe trip, bridge over the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi incl. train ride and lunch as well as a walk on the tracks along the river etc.) can be comfortably managed with this tour in one day. Because you are at the Mae Klong Railway Market early in the morning, you can visit the market almost without tourists and take excellent photos of the train. I really recommend every Bangkok tourist to do this tour with hotel pickup. It was just great and also very funny!

It was a perfect trip my guide Mr phayungsin 'Sam' was just wonderful friendly and helpful and very knowable about the bridge and it history he answered all my questions and even thought me things I never even knew the driver MrDenchai was professional and certious and made me feel safe and comfortable sitting in the back of the car , throughly recommended this trip if you have a liking for history especially ww2 and the bridge very y good value for money and lunch was delicious with stunning views of the river and rail way very happy with my day trip

Due to concerns over coronavirus my wife and I were the only two people on the trip. We were however still given the full tour and received excellent treatment.

It was a beautiful experience and an amazing tour in the real Thailand. Harry, our guide, was funny and very passionate about his work. I recommend it!

Harry was a wonderful guide! We had a great tour - he was very helpful, informative, and fun :)