Welcome to Kanchanaburi


During WWII, Japanese forces used Allied prisoners of war (POWs) and conscripted Asian labourers to build a rail route between Thailand and Burma (Myanmar). The harrowing story became famous after the publication of Pierre Boulle’s book The Bridge Over the River Kwai, based loosely on real events, and the 1957 movie that followed. War cemeteries, museums and the chance to ride a section of the so-called 'Death Railway' draw numerous visitors to Kanchanaburi. Interest in the railway has been reignited by Richard Flanagan's Man Booker Prize–winning novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North (2013), inspired by the experiences of Flanagan's father as a POW.

Kanchanaburi is also an ideal gateway to national parks in Thailand's wild west, and home to an array of lush riverside resorts.


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$74.03 Cultural & Theme Tours

Bridge on the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway Tour

Fascinating, nostalgic and memorable sums up this full day tour to Kanchanaburi, 80 miles (130 kilometers) west of Bangkok. The province itself is an agricultural area with sugar cane, rice paddies and pineapple plantations all forming significant portions of the stunning Thai rural landscape. Whether a war buff or rail enthusiast, everyone has a different reason to see this symbolic bridge. The famous bridge and the beginning of the 'Death Railway', which lies 1 mile outside the town of Kanchanaburi, is a poignant reminder of the thousands of POW's and forced laborers who lost their lives in the Second World War. The building of the bridge in 1943 was one part of a huge Japanese wartime project to link existing Thai and Burmese railway lines to create a direct route from Bangkok, Thailand to Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar) in an effort to support the Japanese occupation of Burma. Thousands of POW's and laborers died in the process. During your tour a visit will be made to one of the Allied War Grave cemeteries (often an emotional experience) before visiting the JEATH war museum, which houses pictures and paintings from this period. An exhilarating long tailed speed boat ride will then take you down river to the famous bridge itself where you have ample time to explore at your own leisure. A ride on a local train is also included before returning to Bangkok city.

$78.97 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Tour from Bangkok

Your journey commences with a leisurely drive from Bangkok, passing through salt fields and rice paddies before embarking aboard your long tail speed-boat on your journey to the Damnern Saduak floating markets. The floating markets are a fascinating experience, a complete contrast to how we shop for food in the west, and are made up of Thai style canoes laden with colorful and succulent fruits, vegetables, sweets and meats - gently plying their way through the canal, selling as they go. It is one of most popular Thai sightseeing experiences and not to be missed. If you want to take a closer look your local Thai guide will help you organize a local boat ride through the markets (optional extra). You will then board your coach for the journey west to Kanchanaburi, home to the River Kwai and it's infamous bridge. The building of the bridge in 1943 was part of a wartime project to link existing Thai and Burmese railway lines to create a direct route from Bangkok, Thailand to Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar) in an effort to support the Japanese occupation of Burma. Over 100,000 conscripted laborers and 12,000 prisoners of war died during the whole project. Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant before visiting the bridge after visiting the JEATH war museum, which houses pictures and paintings from this period. Combining the two attractions unfortunately means there is not enough time to take a train ride, before your journey back to Bangkok and your hotel.

$98.71 Cultural & Theme Tours

Burma Death Railway Bridge and Kwai River from Bangkok

Moving and memorable sums up your private Bridge on the River Kwai tour from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi, 80 miles (130 km) west of the city. The Thai province is an agricultural area, with sugar-cane fields, rice paddies and pineapple plantations all forming significant portions of the rural landscape. The famous bridge, which marks the beginning of the Death Railway, is a poignant reminder of the thousands of POWs and forced laborers who lost their lives while building the railway during World War Two. The construction of the bridge in 1943 was one part of a huge Japanese wartime project to link existing Thai and Burmese railway lines to create a direct route from Bangkok to Rangoon, Burma (aka Myanmar), in an effort to support the Japanese occupation of Burma. Thousands of POWs and laborers died in the process. During your tour with a private guide, visit one of the Allied War Grave cemeteries before visiting the JEATH war museum, which houses pictures and paintings from this period. A long-tailed speedboat ride will then take you up the river to the bridge itself, where you have ample time to explore at your leisure. A ride on a local train is also included before returning to Bangkok.

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River Kwai Bridge, Floating Markets Private Tour from Bangkok

Your journey commences with a leisurely drive from Bangkok, passing through salt fields and rice paddies before embarking aboard your long tail speed-boat on your journey to the Damnern Saduak floating markets. The floating markets are a fascinating experience, a complete contrast to how we shop for food in the west, and are made up of Thai style canoes laden with colorful and succulent fruits, vegetables, sweets and meats - gently plying their way through the canal, selling as they go. It is one of most popular Thai sightseeing experiences and not to be missed. If you want to take a closer look your local Thai guide will help you organize a local boat ride through the markets (optional extra). You will then board your coach for the journey west to Kanchanaburi, home to the River Kwai and it's infamous bridge. The building of the bridge in 1943 was part of a wartime project to link existing Thai and Burmese railway lines to create a direct route from Bangkok, Thailand to Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar) in an effort to support the Japanese occupation of Burma. Over 100,000 conscripted laborers and 12,000 prisoners of war died during the whole project. Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant before visiting the bridge after which a visit is made to the new Thailand - Burma War Museum which is adjacent to the War Grave Cemetery. Combining the two attractions unfortunately means there is not enough time to take a train ride, before your journey back to Bangkok and your hotel.

$182.40 Cultural & Theme Tours

2-Day River Kwai Jungle Rafts

Itinerary Day 1 Bangkok - Kanchanaburi - River Kwai Jungle Rafts [-/L/D]We will arrive in Kanchanaburi around 9am and our first stop takes us to the Thailand–Burma Railway Center an interactive museum, information and research facility dedicated to presenting the history of the Thailand–Burma Railway. The fully air-conditioned center offers the visitor an educational and moving experience. Visit the Allied War Cemetery a resting-place for more than 6,000 Allied prisoners of war (POWs). Visit the world-famous Bridge over the River Kwai, a part of Death Railway constructed by Allied POWs.Around midday you will arrive at the River Kwai Jungle Rafts our accommodation for the evening. Once checked in we will have lunch and relax. In the afternoon we take a boat downstream and then continue by road to visit Hellfire Pass. Hellfire Pass is a Memorial Museum dedicated to Australians and other Allied Prisoners of War and Asian laborers who suffered and died at Hellfire Pass and elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region during WW2. We then trek from Hell Fire Pass following the natural trails to Hin Tok Station and are then picked up by van and taken back to the camp.In the evening we have dinner at the camp which is followed by a 45–minute presentation of traditional Mon Dance before heading back to our accommodation. .Day 2 River Kwai Jungle Rafts - Bangkok [B/L/-]The following morning we have breakfast before heading to a local ethnic Mon Tribal Village and trekking in the nearby area. This will give you time to understand the local village and to also understand the harsh natural jungle conditions the soldiers would have faced on our trek. We then have lunch at a local restaurant and enjoy the local specialties. In the afternoon we experience a ride on the historic ride on the Death Railway Train passing over an original wooden viaduct constructed by Allied POWs. Here it you can really understand the harsh conditions the POW's would have gone through.After the train journey we start our journey back to Bangkok and arrive around 6pm and transfer you back to your hotel.

$223.74 Cultural & Theme Tours

3-Day River Kwai Adventure from Bangkok

Day 1: Today you will be picked up from New Road Guest House around 8.45am in the morning and head towards Kanchanaburi (a 3-4 hour drive). Upon arrival you check into a local guesthouse. In the afternoon you will cycle around the beautiful town of Kanchanaburi. You will also visit the Kao Poon Cave and Chung Kai War Cemetery. Return to Kanchanaburi for the main attraction; the Bridge over the River Kwai. You will return for dinner at your guesthouse. The remainder of the evening is at your leisure. (L, D)Day 2: After breakfast you will continue to Sai Yok National Park. You will visit a waterfall and the Hellfire Pass on the WWII-era railroad. After a local lunch the trip continues to Hin Dad Hot Springs, where you can enjoy waters that can reach up to 40 degrees. Don't forget your swimsuit!Visit a local Karen village called Nong Bang where you'll go deep into the jungle by 4WD-car. From here begin a 4-5 hour trek through the bamboo forests. The trekking ends at a bamboo hut in the middle of the jungle where you will stay overnight. Be aware that staying in the jungle means basic conditions (e.g. no electricity). (B, L, D)Day 3:After breakfast you begin your trek and bamboo rafting back to Nong Bang. Here you will dine with the locals before returning to Kanchanaburi. In the afternoon, a train will take you over the tree-covered viaduct on the historical route known as "The death rail way" (about 30 min). When you reach the station, your transport waits for you to take you back to Bangkok. Expect to be back at New Road Guest House in Bangkok around 8:30pm