Day trip

From Bangkok: Death Railway & River Kwai Bridge Private Tour

Day trip

From Bangkok: Death Railway & River Kwai Bridge Private Tour

From US$ 166.26 per person

Experience a piece of World War II history on a private full-day tour from Bangkok. Learn the 20th-century history of Kanchanaburi Province and ride the infamous Death Railway over the River Kwai.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup from the lobby of your hotel in Bangkok city center.
Small group
Limited to 9 participants


  • Learn the World War II history of Kanchanaburi Province
  • Take a scenic ride on the infamous Death Railway
  • See the original bridge over the River Kwai
Full description

Benefit from very early morning pickup at your hotel in Bangkok, and then travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle to Kanchanaburi, established in the late 18th century by King Rama I as a defensive outpost against attack from Burma. Visit the interactive Burmese Railway Museum, dedicated to presenting the history of the Thailand-Burma Railway built by the Empire of Japan in 1943. See period photos and models to get a better understanding of the background of what happened during World War II. Pay your respects at the War Cemetery and visit the memorial to some 6,000 Allied prisoners of war. Then, take a scenic train ride on the notorious Death Railway, constructed by prisoners of war on the orders of the Japanese. Break for a local lunch at a restaurant, before travelling back to Bangkok.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with driver
  • English-speaking guide
  • All entrance fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Train ticket
  • Lunch
  • Expressway fee
  • Extra meals or drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional or additional expenses
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Camera

Know before you go

  • The visit to the war cemetery and museum may operate in the afternoon
  • It is roughly a 2 to 2.5 hour journey to reach Kanchanaburi province
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 27 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Service
  • Organization

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Had a great day on the River Kwai .our guide was lovely.She even bought us some local fruit to share on the train journey along the death railway. The pick up was punctual.It was really nice that there was only my wife and I on the tour! I would also like to thank our driver, who made us feel very safe and comfortable on the 3 hour drive to the River Kwai. If you are interested in history .Particurlarly World War 2, this is fabulous excursion. Very interesting and moving..Would definite.y recommend to anyone Whilst they are in Bangkok.

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March 26, 2023

We had a wonderful day with our private guide, “Gi”. Her extensive knowledge of, not only the death railway, but of every facet of the whole journey, was to say the least, simply astonishing. We were also taken deep into kanchanaburi to experience culinary delights never imagined in our wildest dreams. Overall, 110%++ We will definitely contact again, when we return to Bangkok. Shaun & Jackie Davis

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March 26, 2023

Unser Guide Tom hat den Tag zu einem tollen Erlebnis gemacht. Er hat sich rührend um uns gekümmert und uns viel über sein Land erzählt. Auch inhaltlich war es ein guter Ausflug. Zwar war es eine lange Fahrt hin und zurück, durch Tom haben wir die Zeit aber nutzen können um viel über Thailand zu erfahren. Der River Kwai ist sehenswert, die Brücke und die Historie um den Brückenbau machen nachdenklich.

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March 26, 2023

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