Day trip

From Bangkok: Historical Day Tour to River Kwai

Day trip

From Bangkok: Historical Day Tour to River Kwai

From US$ 54.81 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
Customer reviews

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4.2 /5

based on 329 reviews

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Very organised trip, the van left on time from Bangkok's meeting point. It includes a variety of experiences (boat, train journey, etc.) Worth the visit if you're interested in rural and wild landscapes. The van left early from Kanchanaburi to arrive before 5pm to Bangkok so had plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the evening. I also took a trip to Ayutthaya with Bigcountry experience and was very good. Highly recommend this tour company.

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March 25, 2023

Amazing day tour to Kwai bridge comfy minibus, excellent driver and guide Sam who made sure everything went smoothly and gave lots of great info. Pick up at time arranged. The only thing that could have made it even better would of been a little more time at each stop. But would highly recommend.

March 25, 2023

We can’t say anything negative about this trip, there were just 3 of us plus the tour operators which worked really well. Our tour guide was extremely helpful and gave us so much more information than we expected. We never once felt rushed and it included a lovely lunch that was unexpected. Would 100% recommend.

March 25, 2023

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