Day trip

From Bangkok: Historical Day Tour to River Kwai

Day trip

From Bangkok: Historical Day Tour to River Kwai

From US$ 53.83 per person

Travel back in time to see the world-famous bridge on the River Kwai near the town of Kanchanaburi. Learn about the construction of the infamous “Death Railway” at the poignant Thailand-Burma Railway Centre.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Thai
Pickup optional
Sukhumvit 1-39 , 2-26 at 6 AM Khaosan pickup is 6 AM Silom area pick up time is 6:15 AM


  • Travel with a small intimate group to Kanchanaburi Province where the WWII memorials and museums are a reminder of darker times
  • Ride along a stretch of the notorious Death Railway
  • See the infamous bridge on the River Kwai
  • Learn about the history of the railway's construction by Alllied prisoners of war
  • Visit the famous Thailand-Burma Railway Centre in Kanchanaburi
Full description

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.

  • English-speaking guide
  • Porterage
  • Entrance fees
  • Transportation to Kanchanaburi by air-conditioned van
  • Basic train fee on the Death Railway track (THB 100)
  • Speedboat fee (optional for THB 300/person)
  • Assigned train seat (optional for THB 200/person)
  • Tips and personal expenses

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Meeting point

BMP Bigcountry meeting point located at River City Bangkok: 23 Charoen Krung Soi 24 Talad Noi, Sampantawong Bangkok 10100 Thailand

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Please note that there could be a delay in pick-up/drop-off schedule due to heavy traffic conditions in Bangkok
  • It takes approximately 3 hours to commute to Kanchanaburi one-way
  • The basic train ride fee included in the package does not guarantee a seat. If you would like to have an assigned seat, it is encouraged to pay 200 Baht upfront on the train

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based on 357 reviews

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The historical tour along the river Kwai was amazing, our guide Joe and our driver Wang Chai took good care of us explaining all activities and details about the tour. The train ride allows the passengers to better understand the landscape : rice fields, coconut and banana trees, sugar cane, the life alng the river and how the death railway was built in the jungle. I strongly recommend this day tour from Bangkok.

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May 26, 2023

This was one of the best and most interesting tours I did in Thailand. I was picked up from my hotel and taken to the central pick up location. There was only 3 of us on the tour which was a bonus. Certainly the cost of the tour was at the top end but it was worth it. Our tour guide was very good and spoke good English. Lunch was included which was very good Pad Thai. It was a very hot day and we were provided with a good supply of cold water. I would definitely recommend it.

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May 16, 2023

The trip was very good and very informative. Our tour guide Joe was very funny and friendly and he was very helpful. If you are interested in WW2 history it was very good. The only downside was lots of people posing inappropriately at a place where thousands of people had died, but that is a reflection on people and not on the tour guide or company.

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May 5, 2023

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