River Khwae Bridge
River Khwae Bridge
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Allied prisoners of war during World War II were forced to build the 258-mile Death Railway by Japanese forces. About a hundred thousand conscripted Asian labourers and 16,000 prisoners of war died on the whole project.
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  • jeff
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates39 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of my classic favorite movies but don’t spent hours
    Iconic picture of a worldwar2 history. Nice to see and we marched over the bridge whistling the famous theme of bridge over river Kwai film. But don’t allow yourself to do this in a half day tour… 30 min will do the experience.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Linda K
    Wales, United Kingdom757 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth visiting
    There is not much of the original bridge left but it is still worth visiting nonetheless. It is quite touching to walk over the bridge knowing that so many people lost their lives building this railway. You can do this in a day from Bangkok, the train leaves Thonburi train station at 07:45 and arrives in Kanchanaburi around 11. The train returns at 14:45 arriving back at Thonburi around 17:40. This is enough time to visit the bridge, the museum and the cemetery. The cost of the train is 100bht one way. However, Kanchanaburi is a great place to stay and there is a lot more to see and do here so I recommend staying a night or two.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Dr. Ziauddin Ahmed
    Dhaka City, Bangladesh1,544 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Movie "The Bridge on the River Kwai" was shot here
    I was eager to visit this bridge as I watched the movie "The Bridge on River Kwai". I went there by train from Bangkok; there is weekend tourist train that goes to River kwai Station. This old bridge and the surroundings are beautiful place to visit! Fascinating views of river kwai and the bridge. There are hotels, parking areas and small restaurants, food shops situated in this place.
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 September 2023
  • Darani B
    Sydney, Australia34 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Moving experience. Railway Museum very worthwhile not the Jeath museum.
    Very interesting and moving trip. Traveled by train to River Kwai Yai and return to Thonburi station. Walking across the bridge was scenic. Jeath museum was very average. Quick look only. Cemetery and Railway museum excellent.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 September 2023
  • FellowTraveler324989
    46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Poignant
    If you are interested in history and you want to remember the men who died at the brutal hands of the Japanese during WWII, this is a must see place. History must not forget them. I walked the bridge and further into the jungle beyond and just remembered the fallen brave souls. This is still a live railway and I watched as a huge slow moving passenger train rumbled over the bridge. There are lots of cheap street food stalls on the end of the bridge and some great restaurants too, all very reasonably priced. Kanchanburi is overall a lovely place and the Thai people are very graceful and helpful. 60,000 of their people also died during the building o this bridge.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 December 2023
  • Russell W
    Hervey Bay, Australia20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Train travel to the Bridge Over the River Kwai and beyond.
    Travel to the Bridge over the River Kwai by train. Take a MRT train to Bang Khun Non MRT (BL04) and then exit station. Walk a short distance towards the railway crossing. If you are fortunate to time things right, jump aboard a SRT train heading towards Thonburi, the next station. Or turn left at the railway crossing and walk about 750 metres to Thonburi railway station. At Thonburi purchase a return ticket to Nam Tok for THB200, train departs at 7:50 am. Train travel is third class, no airconditioning, open windows, find the seats that are cushioned. This is a relaxing journey towards Kanchanaburi with travel through the countryside, generally with a cooling breeze flowing through the carriage. At this stage, the carriages are not crowded. Plenty of room to choose a seat. On the outward journey, select a seat on the left side of carriage to get the best views of the River Kwai and the steel bridge, and the Wampo Viaduct (trestle bridge). When you arrive at Kanchanaburi, be prepared for the onslaught of tourists off tourist coaches, together with their guides, as they board the train and travel on it for about an hour. This is why you choose your "left side seat" before reaching Kanchanaburi. When the "tourists" depart the train, peace reigns again, all the way to Nam Tok, arriving at 12:30pm (generally runs to time). There are a number of small restaurants at Nam Tok railway station to purchase a quick take away meal before reboarding the train and departing for the return journey at 1:00pm. Remember to sit on the right hand side this trip. The "tourist" onslaught is repeated again as you approach the Wampo Viaduct and River Kwai Bridge. They will depart on arrival at Kanchanaburi, and again peace is returned. Train then heads towards Thonburi (Bangkok) arriving at 17:40 pm. To save youself a walk back to the nearest MRT, get off the train (with most of the other travellers aboard) at Jaran Sanitwong Station (one stop before the terminus at Thonburi) and walk the short distance to Bang Khun Non MRT station. There is no restaurant car on this train, but vendors board at various stations to sell drinks and food, all at very affordable prices.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 March 2024
  • juphil48
    Chislehurst, United Kingdom21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Moving and thought provoking
    Trip didn’t go quite to plan due to heavy traffic leaving Bangkok which meant that we missed first leg of the train trip. This wasn’t a problem as we did the return trip so didn’t feel we had missed anything. Museum only small, but worth seeing and cemetery very moving. Lunch was ok, but a little cold. Overall we enjoyed the trip.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 March 2024
  • mckjl3
    Washington DC, District of Columbia117 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun experience!
    We rode the train from Kanchanaburi over the bridge and beyond plus circled back to be able to walk on the bridge later in the day. The ride over the river is very picturesque and seeing the train cross while standing on the bridge is really fun! We got ice cream and stood for a few minutes while it went by.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 March 2024
  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, United Kingdom185,732 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quirky, But Great Experience & History
    A bridge made famous by a book, a movie and the brutal treatment of Allied POWs and civilians pressed into its construction by WW2 Japan. Much of the present structure dates back to the original construction and there is a side platform on the track for tourists. If you're getting a train ticket to Kanchanaburi, I recommend getting the ticket to the Saphan Kwae Yai stop as the train will cross the bridge.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 April 2024
  • michaelmP9679DF
    Zurich, Switzerland2,575 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Two Day Trip from Hua Hin
    We made a two day trip from Hua Hin. Nearby very good Hotels and great local Thai Restaurants. This place is unique. Take your time to arrive early to avoid crowds
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 April 2024
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Pauline C
Pathum Thani, Thailand7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Everyone should visit this site. What amazing courage and sacrifice made by so many men for the world. Our tour to this area was excellent.
Written 15 May 2024
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Sarah
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
When we went there was a lovely Canadian tourist police officer called Dan who showed us around and told us all about the history of the bridge and the railway. He even gave us recommendations for around Kanchanaburi and the rest of Thailand. He made our trip so much better, very glad to have met him. If you go, definitely look out for him!
Written 30 April 2024
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michaelmP9679DF
Zurich, Switzerland2,575 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
We made a two day trip from Hua Hin. Nearby very good Hotels and great local Thai Restaurants. This place is unique. Take your time to arrive early to avoid crowds
Written 14 April 2024
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,732 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
A bridge made famous by a book, a movie and the brutal treatment of Allied POWs and civilians pressed into its construction by WW2 Japan. Much of the present structure dates back to the original construction and there is a side platform on the track for tourists. If you're getting a train ticket to Kanchanaburi, I recommend getting the ticket to the Saphan Kwae Yai stop as the train will cross the bridge.
Written 11 April 2024
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Koen C
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Not the same like the movie but is das good to see. I like it when te train passes and everybody has to get out of the way. It has also a nice view over the river
Written 6 April 2024
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Orwelian
Uk272 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
It is the remnants of the bridge of thousands of lives. A chance to reflect. Read the history, and remember. Not too touristy, be there at the right time, stand back and let the train pass.
Written 17 March 2024
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mckjl3
Washington DC, DC117 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
We rode the train from Kanchanaburi over the bridge and beyond plus circled back to be able to walk on the bridge later in the day. The ride over the river is very picturesque and seeing the train cross while standing on the bridge is really fun! We got ice cream and stood for a few minutes while it went by.
Written 16 March 2024
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juphil48
Chislehurst, UK21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Trip didn’t go quite to plan due to heavy traffic leaving Bangkok which meant that we missed first leg of the train trip. This wasn’t a problem as we did the return trip so didn’t feel we had missed anything. Museum only small, but worth seeing and cemetery very moving. Lunch was ok, but a little cold. Overall we enjoyed the trip.
Written 15 March 2024
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Russell W
Hervey Bay, Australia20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Travel to the Bridge over the River Kwai by train. Take a MRT train to Bang Khun Non MRT (BL04) and then exit station. Walk a short distance towards the railway crossing. If you are fortunate to time things right, jump aboard a SRT train heading towards Thonburi, the next station. Or turn left at the railway crossing and walk about 750 metres to Thonburi railway station. At Thonburi purchase a return ticket to Nam Tok for THB200, train departs at 7:50 am. Train travel is third class, no airconditioning, open windows, find the seats that are cushioned. This is a relaxing journey towards Kanchanaburi with travel through the countryside, generally with a cooling breeze flowing through the carriage. At this stage, the carriages are not crowded. Plenty of room to choose a seat. On the outward journey, select a seat on the left side of carriage to get the best views of the River Kwai and the steel bridge, and the Wampo Viaduct (trestle bridge). When you arrive at Kanchanaburi, be prepared for the onslaught of tourists off tourist coaches, together with their guides, as they board the train and travel on it for about an hour. This is why you choose your "left side seat" before reaching Kanchanaburi. When the "tourists" depart the train, peace reigns again, all the way to Nam Tok, arriving at 12:30pm (generally runs to time). There are a number of small restaurants at Nam Tok railway station to purchase a quick take away meal before reboarding the train and departing for the return journey at 1:00pm. Remember to sit on the right hand side this trip. The "tourist" onslaught is repeated again as you approach the Wampo Viaduct and River Kwai Bridge. They will depart on arrival at Kanchanaburi, and again peace is returned. Train then heads towards Thonburi (Bangkok) arriving at 17:40 pm. To save youself a walk back to the nearest MRT, get off the train (with most of the other travellers aboard) at Jaran Sanitwong Station (one stop before the terminus at Thonburi) and walk the short distance to Bang Khun Non MRT station. There is no restaurant car on this train, but vendors board at various stations to sell drinks and food, all at very affordable prices.
Written 10 March 2024
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Ourarka
East Sussex, UK131 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Well worth a visit, as it is a stunning bridge in a beautiful location - of course it has been rebuilt since the horrors of WW2, and gawping at it feels a bit dishonourable given what those young men went through to build the original, but as a landmark alone, it is worth a quick stop.
Written 3 February 2024
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