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Elephant Sanctuary & Kanchanaburi Highlights Tour

1. Elephant Sanctuary & Kanchanaburi Highlights Tour

This full-day tour begins when you meet with the group and drive to ElephantsWorld. Learn about this sanctuary for old and rescued elephants, who will spend their remaining years well cared for in a natural environment. Help care for the animals by feeding them, gathering food and bathing them. Around noon, enjoy a buffet lunch before heading out to see the major attractions of Kanchanaburi. Visit the Bridge on the River Kwai, which is part of the infamous Death Railway, built by prisoners during World War II. Continue your tour with a stop at the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, the final resting place of 6,982 allied prisoners who died during the construction of the railway.

From Bangkok: Erawan National Park & Kanchanaburi Group Tour

2. From Bangkok: Erawan National Park & Kanchanaburi 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 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.  Continue to 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.  Finally, visit the historic Bridge over the River Kwai. 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. 

From Bangkok: Historical Day Tour to River Kwai

3. 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.

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What people are saying about River Kwai

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.

Great day out. Met nice people. We made up to 7th level of the waterfall which totally worth it. Our guide Bond was very helpful and friendly, privided us all the necessary informatin and answered all my questions.

Tom tom was a great guide. Very informative and extremely helpful with picture taking etc. A long hot day, but she kept things going well. Linch was great.

The two guides we had were great. Punctuality and kindness were there. The ride was very pleasant and the park beautiful. I recommend.

Despite the fact that we had online tickets, we stood in line for 1.5 hours.