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From Bangkok: Erawan Park & Kanchanaburi Small-Group Tour

1. From Bangkok: Erawan Park & Kanchanaburi Small-Group Tour

Tour the region of Kanchanaburi in West Thailand and uncover local history on this guided day trip. During this memorable day trip from Bangkok, visit the Death Railway which was put on the map by the 1957 movie, 'Bridge Over the River Kwai.' Begin at one the JEATH Museum, dedicated to the Allied Prisoners of War who died building the Burmese railway. This museum is a sad yet important reminder of Thailand’s history. It’s thought that over 100,000 lives were lost during this period.  Visit the historic Bridge over the River Kwai for your next stop. Have the chance to walk over the bridge, admire the impressive scenery, and take a moment to remember the past, before returning to your accommodations/meeting point in the evening. Continue to one of the country’s best-loved national parks, Erawan National Park. Connect with pristine nature at the Erawan Waterfall which has seven tiers, turquoise pools, and a set of limestone caves at its base. Have the chance to admire the impressive scenery and take a moment to remember the past, before returning to your accommodations/meeting point in the evening.

From Bangkok: Historical Day Tour to River Kwai

2. From Bangkok: Historical Day Tour to River Kwai

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.

From Bangkok: Private Car Hire to Kanchanaburi Province

3. From Bangkok: Private Car Hire to Kanchanaburi Province

Leave the busy city of Bangkok for a day to explore Kanchanaburi, a city full of beautiful nature and historical sites from the period of the Second World War. Enjoy a private tour with the flexibility to design your visit based on 3 itineraries. After a long day of sightseeing, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Bangkok at night. Program 1: Car Hire to Kanchanaburi City Sights Only With this program, visit the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, the main cemetery for victims of Japanese imprisonment during the construction of the Thailand-Burma Railway, and the real Bridge on the River Kwai. Find out more about the infamous railway at the Death Railway Museum and JEATH War Museum. Program 2: Car Hire to Kanchanaburi City Sights & Erawan Waterfalls As well as the sights visited in program 1, this program also allows you to explore Erawan Waterfalls and spend some free time swimming in them. Program 3 - Car Hire to Kanchanaburi City Sights & Hellfire Pass As well as the sights visited in program 1, this program also takes you to the Hellfire Pass, a railway cutting on the former Burma Railway, also commonly called the Death Railway, in Thailand.

Kanchanaburi River Kwai & Hellfire Pass Private Tour

4. Kanchanaburi River Kwai & Hellfire Pass Private Tour

Meet and greet your guide at the lobby of your hotel in Bangkok at 7 AM. Start your full day private tour to the highlights of Kanchanaburi province and the most important WW2 memorial sites. The drive to Kanchanaburi province will take about 2 hours. First, visit the JEATH war museum, war cemetery and the Bridge over the River Kwai. Learn about how the notorious Burma-Siam railway, built by Commonwealth, Dutch and American prisoners of war, was a Japanese project driven by the need for improved communications to support the large Japanese army in Burma. Discover all of the bridge's history at the museum. Afterward, take a train ride on the Death Railway. After lunch and another 45min drive, see and learn more about the history at the Hell Fire Pass and Memorial. End the day with a visit to one of the most beautiful waterfalls of the country, Saiyoke Noi. Enjoy time to relax and take in the beautiful environment. Finally, head back to your accommodation in Bangkok.

Bangkok: Kanchanaburi, River Kwai & Death Railway Tour

5. Bangkok: Kanchanaburi, River Kwai & Death Railway Tour

Make the most of your day of adventure and start early with a smooth pickup from Bangkok. Catch up on sleep in the comfy air-conditioned van on the way to your first stop, the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. Walk along the perfectly kept grounds as you honor the fallen soldiers and prisoners of war and civilians who died while working on the infamous Death Railway (Siam-Burma Railway) under the Japanese Empire. Head to the JEATH Museum, built to commemorate those who lost their lives while working on the railway during World War II. The JEATH War Museum was named after the nationalities of those that worked on the railway: Japanese, English, Australian, American, Thai, and Hollander. Examine exhibits from the war such as weapons, tools, uniforms, medals, and replicas of the living conditions the prisoners of war lived in. Make a quick stop at the Bridge over the River Kwai, where you’ll experience the subject of your earlier history lessons. At Tham Krasae Station, a picturesque railway section that snakes around a cliff, admire the views, see the trains pass by, and fill up on some tasty lunch. Enjoy a quick coffee break before stopping at Wat Tham Suea, otherwise known as the Tiger Cave Temple. Don’t miss the tiger paw prints on its cave walls and the large, gleaming, 18-meter-tall Buddha statue at the top. Make the steep hike and be rewarded with a close-up view of the statue as well as the impressive scenery of the surrounding landscape. After exploring and taking photos at Wat Tham Suea (Tiger Cave Temple), begin your journey back to Bangkok, with some of Thailand’s unforgettable history engraved in your mind.

Bangkok: Kanchanaburi and Erawan Waterfall Private Tour

6. Bangkok: Kanchanaburi and Erawan Waterfall Private Tour

Explore western Thailand on a private tour from Bangkok. Starting with pickup at 7:00 AM, travel 2.5 hours to Kanchanaburi, learning about the history of this area and life under Japanese occupation in WWII from your English-speaking guide as you go.   The first stop will be at the Allied Cemetery and the JEATH (Japanese-English-American-Australian-Thai-Holland) War Museum. Learn about the poor circumstances of the Asian convicts and European POWs during the construction of the Myanmar railway. Next, you will visit the iconic bridge over the River Kwai, the main landmark of Kanchanaburi. Wait until the local train passes and enjoy the view of the picturesque river. After a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, you will proceed to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand, the Erawan Waterfalls. The waterfall consists of 7 plateaus and has many caves hidden behind the walls of water. If you wish, you can take a dip in the crystal-clear pools.  At the end of the tour, hotel drop-off will be provided. You will reach your hotel in Bangkok at around 6:00 PM.

Bangkok: Private & Customized Kanchanaburi Tour from Bangkok

7. Bangkok: Private & Customized Kanchanaburi Tour from Bangkok

Embark on a personalized journey to Kanchanaburi, Thailand, with this customizable private tour from Bangkok. Immerse yourself in the poignant history of the area and explore up to four of your chosen sites, ranging from historic landmarks to serene river landscapes. Experience the flexibility of tailoring your adventure to discover the best of Kanchanaburi at your own pace. a The best part of this tour is that you are in control of where you go and how long you stay! This fully customizable tour gives you the freedom to create your own Kanchanaburi itinerary according to your preferences and priorities. Not only that, you have a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle with a professional driver at your disposal. You’ll also have the option to be accompanied by a passionate tour guide who will be able to share tidbits of history and culture with you in your chosen destinations. Choose from our tour guides who can speak several languages such as English, Chinese, Spanish, and German! At checkout, simply indicate the three to four attractions you want to see, with a few additional sites so that our guide has several options to craft the best schedule for you based on geography and diversity. While crafting your itinerary, kindly take note of the distance between locations. If you don’t know where to start, we highly recommend the famous Erawan National Park and Erawan Waterfall, the historic Death Railway and Bridge over the River Kwai, the beautiful Wat Tham Suea (Tiger Cave Temple), and the JEATH War Museum. Still can’t make up your mind? Not to worry, you can simply ask for help from your expert guide who can help craft your itinerary for you.

Kanchanaburi: River Kwai and Death Railway Day Tour

8. Kanchanaburi: River Kwai and Death Railway Day Tour

Make the most of your day of adventure and start early with a smooth pickup from your accommodation in Kanchanaburi, or meet your guide at the Kanchanburi Bus Terminal. Catch up on sleep in the comfy air-conditioned van on the way to your first stop, the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. Walk along the perfectly kept grounds as you honor the fallen soldiers and prisoners of war and civilians who died while working on the infamous Death Railway (Siam-Burma Railway) under the Japanese Empire. Head to the JEATH Museum, built to commemorate those who lost their lives while working on the railway during World War II. The JEATH War Museum was named after the nationalities of those that worked on the railway: Japanese, English, Australian, American, Thai, and Hollander. Examine exhibits from the war such as weapons, tools, uniforms, medals, and replicas of the living conditions the prisoners of war lived in. Make a quick stop at the Bridge over the River Kwai, where you’ll experience the subject of your earlier history lessons. At Tham Krasae Station, a picturesque railway section that snakes around a cliff, admire the views, see the trains pass by, and fill up on some tasty lunch. Enjoy a quick coffee break before stopping at Wat Tham Suea, otherwise known as the Tiger Cave Temple. Don’t miss the tiger paw prints on its cave walls and the large, gleaming, 18-meter-tall Buddha statue at the top. Make the steep hike and be rewarded with a close-up view of the statue as well as the impressive scenery of the surrounding landscape. After exploring and taking photos at Wat Tham Suea (Tiger Cave Temple), begin your journey back to your accommodation with some of Thailand’s unforgettable history engraved in your mind.

Bangkok: Kanchanaburi River Kwai, Floating & Railway market

9. Bangkok: Kanchanaburi River Kwai, Floating & Railway market

We will leave the city of Bangkok and travel by road to the small village of Mae Klong to visit the train market. This peculiar and traditional market, unique in the world, is a real spectacle. Contemplating how the stalls of local products are assembled and disassembled at every step of the train, accompanied by the bustle of visitors, the aromas, and the great colorfulness of the place, will make the visit an unforgettable experience. Next, we continue our journey to the Thai province of Ratchaburi to visit the Damnoen Saduak floating market. Here we will take a typical long tail boat to go to the market along the canals (klongs in Thai). We will witness how the locals buy and sell from boat to boat anything you can imagine, spices, fruits and vegetables, handicrafts, souvenirs.... You will have free time to walk through the narrow streets, taste the typical products, browse around and enjoy this fantastic place at your leisure. Then, we will continue our tour through the province of Kanchanaburi enjoying the wonderful scenery offered by the environment. Upon arrival, the picturesque Kancanaburi will surprise us with its history, nature and culture. We will take a beautiful walk across the Bridge over the River Kwai. For our well-deserved lunch, we will head to a cozy riverside restaurant with a magnificent view over the River Kwai to taste authentic and delicious Thai cuisine. After lunch we will make our way back to vibrant Bangkok. Return point: Iconsiam shopping center

Private Floating Market & River Kwai Bridge Tour

10. Private Floating Market & River Kwai Bridge Tour

Want to go for a trip outside Bangkok? This is one of our best tours. Visit Damnoen Saduak floating market in Ratchaburi and River Kwai Bridge in Kanchanaburi We start our trip with a drive through Bangkok, heading to the world famous floating market, Damnoen Saduak Here you will explore local life on a long tail boat through the canal system. Lots of shops and vendors selling their products. Really fascinating to see and experience. Next up we head to the River Kwai. When we arrive you will enjoy walking across the famous River Kwai Bridge. The bridge built by the Allied Forces in WW2 is a world famous monument. Here you will be able to understand the history of this bridge. We will buy snacks and drinks here / stop for lunch Also included is entry to the JEATH War Museum to learn about the history of River Kwai Bridge All this with our friendly and fun local guide !

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 28 reviews

I would definitely recommend this excursion if you tee looking for a great day out. Visiting the historical war cemetery and the bridge/death railway was an honour. Our tour guide (Na) was excellent as she had a wealth of knowledge and took so many picture for us. We were driven to each site in a comfortable AC car and had plenty of time to walk around. As it was only two of us we felt like we had a private tour and we never felt rushed when looking around. We also went to a local restaurant for lunch but I think a lot of tour guides frequent the same place. Nonetheless the food was great and very good value! It was a great day out and we thoroughly enjoyed it!

Our tour guide Tony was awesome! Only advice if you are going on this trip is to bring swim attire if you want to swim in waterfalls! I didn’t bring anything since the tour didn’t mention anything about possible swimming. Also, be sure to wear comfortable shoes! The hike up to the 7th tier at the waterfall is no joke and a challenging hike. Other then that, great tour and do appreciate the assistance!

It was a fantastic experience to see the death railway and the museum dedicated to prisoners of war I was impressed and then the Erawan park the top with a bath in the waterfalls congratulations to everyone I recommend it to everyone

Великолепные водопады, очень красиво, но хотелось бы больше времени на национальный парк - буквально на час бы больше, т.к. успели только подняться на самый верх, поесть и спуститься, не искупались

Definitely a must watch tour. I went with a group. Made some awesome friend. Eranam waterfall is must watch. The guide tried her best to make us understand what we will do and what we will watch