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  • Address: Mueang Kanchanaburi District, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

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Burma Railway (Death Railway) Tours

During the height of World War II in 1943, the Japanese Imperial Army used forced labor — both Allied prisoners of war and Asian laborers — to construct a rail line between Thailand and Burma to aid in the transport of troops and supplies. The railway stretched for 258 miles (415 kilometers) between Bangkok and Rangoon. Conditions for the workers were abhorrent, with long hours and sweltering heat. By the time it was finished 12,621 Allied POWs had died, as well as tens of thousands of Asian civilian laborers. 

In 1947, after the war had ended, the Death Railway closed. A decade later the portion running between Nong Pla Duk and Nam Tok reopened, and today visitors can learn about this dark period in history by traveling the very same rail from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi. The portion of the original Death Railway that passes along the Wampo Viaduct offers spectacular views. The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre in Kanchanaburi recounts the history of the line from its construction through its completion.

Practical Info

To see all the historic sites associated with the Thai-Burma Railway, plan to stay at least one night in Kanchanaburi.

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Private Tour: Thai–Burma Death Railway Bridge on the River Kwai Tour from Bangkok, Bangkok, null
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Private Tour: Thai–Burma Death Railway Bridge on the River Kwai Tour from Bangkok

4.5 star rating: Recommended 106 Reviews

Visit the Bridge on the River Kwai on this thorough private tour from Bangkok. The beginning of the Death Railway (also known as the Burma Railway), the famous ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $92.53
Private Tour: Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Day Trip from Bangkok, Bangkok, Private ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

Private Tour: Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Day Trip from Bangkok

4 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

This privately guided, full-day excursion out of Bangkok is a wonderful way to maximize your time to experience the amazing floating markets of Thailand as ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.58
Private Tour : Kanchanaburi and the River Kwai, Bangkok, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

Private Tour : Kanchanaburi and the River Kwai

Take the road trip to the west from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi province. The city most is renowned for the historical events that happened during the World ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $82.26
River to Ruins visiting the River Kwai and Ayuthaya ancient city, Bangkok, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

River to Ruins visiting the River Kwai and Ayuthaya ancient city

Enjoy a 3-day, 2-night Private tour guide and vehicle from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi and Ayuthaya. Visit places of historical importance, discover the natural ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $647.69
Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour, Bangkok, Multi-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 485 Reviews

Kanchanaburi's famous Bridge on the River Kwai and the beginning of the Death Railway is a poignant reminder of the thousands of POW's and forced laborers who ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.40
Private Kanchanaburi Erawan Waterfall&Thai-Burma Death Railway Tour from Bangkok, Bangkok, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Private Kanchanaburi Erawan Waterfall&Thai-Burma Death Railway Tour from Bangkok

A full day private tour to Kanchanaburi, west to the city of Bangkok. You will appreciate the famous Erawan Waterfalls one of the most iconic attractions in ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $108.00

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