The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre

The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre

The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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  • Andy S
    Clanfield, United Kingdom599 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb Small Museum/Archive
    What a truly amazing museum and archive for the Death Railway. So much to see and so well laid out as well as highly informative of the whole history of the project. Unfortunately we were only able to stay around an hour, but to do justive I would recommend 2-3 hours here.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 3 July 2023
  • IainNorthernIreland
    Derry, United Kingdom556 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best place to learn about a dark episode
    Although it is trying to diversify its appeal (it does have some superb scenery) Kanchanaburi area's history and its location on the River Kwae Yai (Kwai) mean it is still largely about the Second World War, and the infamous Death Railway in particular. While there are many opportunities to learn about that dark episode, this little museum is one of the best. Located beside the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, and a tuk-tuk ride from the famous Bridge, its displays and dioramas are informative, well done, and free of the kitsch of some other places in the area. Highly recommended.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Linda K
    Wales, United Kingdom757 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth visiting
    We really enjoyed visiting this museum, it’s really informative and presents the facts in an unbiased way. I learned a lot about what happened here and much of it was quite shocking. The displays are well laid out and very informative. It takes time to read through all the information but it’s worth doing. When we first arrived it was very quiet and we were able to take our time to absorb the information. However when tour groups arrived they were very noisy and it was impossible to hear the video or have quite solitude to reflect.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 August 2023
  • peter w
    Chicago, Illinois88 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Essential to visit
    What a terrific museum. Very well put together with clearly written narrative, photographs and exhibits which explain the terrible story of the railroad construction. Huge credit to the museum curator who has clearly dedicated many years to creating such an informative & interesting museum. I recommend you allow 2 hours for the visit. Also worth mentioning is the wartime cemetery opposite, immaculately maintained by the locals.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 October 2023
  • pljcmclean2018
    Geelong, Australia10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Time for reflection
    The museum gives greater understanding of the horrendous treatment of POW’S by the Japanese captors. While we all have an understanding of the events being actually on the spot and beside the huge beautifully maintained war cemetery you gain an appreciation of what all of Australia suffered during WW2 with their young men off to war with so many not returning and gives you an appreciation of living without horrors of this magnitude in our lifetimes. Also an appreciation of all that have served in conflicts since. Surreal fealing.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 November 2023
  • Daniel T
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Private Tour
    I have recently been on a private tour of the death railway which was organised through The Thailand/Burma Railway Centre. Andrew who was my guide was amazing and his knowledge of the railway was spot on. The tour included multiple stops along the various camps, hospitals and railway sections. We even stopped off for a cup of tea by the river in the morning, followed by lunch also on the river further into the day. Thank you to Andrew and his Thai team for arranging such a wonderful experience.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 December 2023
  • Johnnie C
    Scone, United Kingdom512 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a stop when visiting this part of Thailand.
    Death Railway museum Very informative, chaotic layout creates bottle necks as visitors try to read information display boards. The loop video is ok but the poor audio quality makes it difficult to follow, this is exacerbated if there is an energetic tour guide chatting away. The museum is just a short walk from the war graves cemetery so it's easy to visit both. The free coffee included with the tickets is basic but hot.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 February 2024
  • Balsher
    Marietta, Georgia111 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Eye opening museum
    This small museum packs a big punch. Having read the book and seen the movie 'The Bridge on the River Kwai', I was generally familiar with the story about the construction of the railway from Thailand to Burma during WWII. I did not know many details. This museum presents the story in a way that makes the visitor appreciate the horrible conditions that the Allied POW's worked under to build the railway, through the jungle, with very primitive tools, meager rations, all while suffering disease, malnutrition, and mistreatment at the hands of the Japanese guards. Directly across the street from the museum is a cemetery where lie the remains of many who died during the construction of the railway. This is a must-see museum, if you have even the slightest interest in this chapter of the history of WWII.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 February 2024
  • Simon D
    345 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must See After Visiting the War Grave
    This is a must see after experiencing the War Grave directly opposite. The exhibits are not complicated and gave a real life view of what happened so many years ago. Lots of memorabilia and artefacts from the POWs, including what the men used to record their experiences, like mess tins and bamboo, as paper was virtually none existent. There is a very good diorama of one if the camps showing g how harsh things were and why so many POWs and locals perished from their ordeals. So, lots of information to take in and plenty to see for all tastes. A little gift shop, so buy something please. The museum Is directly opposite the war graves, so no effort required.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 March 2024
  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, United Kingdom185,121 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautifully Curated Museum Of A Great Tragedy
    This is without doubt the best museum in Kanchanaburi. It’s a lovingly curated museum dedicated to the history of the Burma Thai Railway aka the Death Railway. The museum gives a lot of information about the events that led up to the building of the railway. Although much of it is told from the Allied point of view, all the information is fair and balanced. The information boards give harrowing accounts of the working conditions. All of which are well written and informative. The models and exhibits are kept in wonderful condition. The entrance fee is pretty expensive for Thailand, but there’s no doubting the quality of the museum. The best thing I can say about this museum is that I learned a lot.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 April 2024
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This is without doubt the best museum in Kanchanaburi. It’s a lovingly curated museum dedicated to the history of the Burma Thai Railway aka the Death Railway. The museum gives a lot of information about the events that led up to the building of the railway. Although much of it is told from the Allied point of view, all the information is fair and balanced. The information boards give harrowing accounts of the working conditions. All of which are well written and informative. The models and exhibits are kept in wonderful condition. The entrance fee is pretty expensive for Thailand, but there’s no doubting the quality of the museum. The best thing I can say about this museum is that I learned a lot.
Written 11 April 2024
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Simon D
345 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This is a must see after experiencing the War Grave directly opposite. The exhibits are not complicated and gave a real life view of what happened so many years ago. Lots of memorabilia and artefacts from the POWs, including what the men used to record their experiences, like mess tins and bamboo, as paper was virtually none existent. There is a very good diorama of one if the camps showing g how harsh things were and why so many POWs and locals perished from their ordeals. So, lots of information to take in and plenty to see for all tastes. A little gift shop, so buy something please. The museum Is directly opposite the war graves, so no effort required.
Written 22 March 2024
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Orwelian
Uk272 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Very well presented history of the building of the railway and the suffering of the soldiers and civilian forced labour to achieve the Japanese solution. We found the presentation very thought provoking and enlightened us to some unknown facts. Well worth a visit thb100 entry, free coffee with your ticket, small cafe upstairs. Views across the cemetery, one of the visits for this history trail, perhaps a good start point.
Written 17 March 2024
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Deb & Dave
Australia173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Great Museum, I found it quite interesting and informative, really well set out, very sad how those brave men were treated, it was a bit emotional thinking about those men in those horrid conditions, the cemetery next to the museum is a very sad place, we got quite emotional reading the grave stones, lest we forget
Written 15 March 2024
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Balsher
Marietta, GA111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This small museum packs a big punch. Having read the book and seen the movie 'The Bridge on the River Kwai', I was generally familiar with the story about the construction of the railway from Thailand to Burma during WWII. I did not know many details. This museum presents the story in a way that makes the visitor appreciate the horrible conditions that the Allied POW's worked under to build the railway, through the jungle, with very primitive tools, meager rations, all while suffering disease, malnutrition, and mistreatment at the hands of the Japanese guards. Directly across the street from the museum is a cemetery where lie the remains of many who died during the construction of the railway. This is a must-see museum, if you have even the slightest interest in this chapter of the history of WWII.
Written 24 February 2024
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Johnnie C
Scone, UK512 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Death Railway museum

Very informative, chaotic layout creates bottle necks as visitors try to read information display boards. The loop video is ok but the poor audio quality makes it difficult to follow, this is exacerbated if there is an energetic tour guide chatting away. The museum is just a short walk from the war graves cemetery so it's easy to visit both.
The free coffee included with the tickets is basic but hot.
Written 24 February 2024
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Ourarka
East Sussex, UK131 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
A ‘must visit’ if holidaying in this area as it will add some much needed context to the terrible history behind some of the places that you visit. This is a great tribute to the young men that suffered such horrors …… and many of whom are interred in the beautiful cemetery opposite.
Written 3 February 2024
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Mick641
Wrexham County, UK59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
No frills, no bull, just facts.
Fantastic exhibition with loads of origional memerabilia and first hand accounts.
Most moving for me as an ex serviceman and with an interest in military history was to discover that the well documented maltreatment of POW's was nothing compared to that suffered by the conscripted overrun civilians.
Mde more poignent being sited next to one of the war cemetaries
Written 17 January 2024
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Daniel T
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
I have recently been on a private tour of the death railway which was organised through The Thailand/Burma Railway Centre. Andrew who was my guide was amazing and his knowledge of the railway was spot on. The tour included multiple stops along the various camps, hospitals and railway sections.
We even stopped off for a cup of tea by the river in the morning, followed by lunch also on the river further into the day.
Thank you to Andrew and his Thai team for arranging such a wonderful experience.
Written 20 December 2023
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pljcmclean2018
Geelong, Australia10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The museum gives greater understanding of the horrendous treatment of POW’S by the Japanese captors. While we all have an understanding of the events being actually on the spot and beside the huge beautifully maintained war cemetery you gain an appreciation of what all of Australia suffered during WW2 with their young men off to war with so many not returning and gives you an appreciation of living without horrors of this magnitude in our lifetimes. Also an appreciation of all that have served in conflicts since. Surreal fealing.
Written 1 November 2023
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.

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