Bypass the tourist scrum by the entrance, and the famous 300m railway bridge still retains its power and symbolism. The centre was destroyed by Allied bombs in 1945 so only the outer curved spans are original. Every 30 minutes a train rolls over the sleepers – stand in one of the safety points along the bridge when one appears.
On the other side, pop in to the Chinese temple on the right and view the bridge from its tranquil garden.
The first version of the bridge, completed in 1943, was wooden and was later replaced by a steel bridge. During the last week of November and first week of December a nightly sound-and-light show marks the Allied attack on the Death Railway in 1945. Rooms are hard to come by at this time, so book ahead.
The bridge spans Mae Nam Khwae Yai, which is 2.5km from the centre of Kanchanaburi. This means it is walkable from Th Mae Nam Khwae or you can jump on a northbound sŏrng·tăa·ou (10B) along Th Saengchuto. A mini rainbow-coloured train runs regular trips (20B; 8am to 10am and noon to 2pm) over the bridge from the nearby train station.