Bridge Over the River Kwai, Kanchanaburi

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Walk across a landmark of 20th-century history at Bridge Over the River Kwai, an impressive structure best known as the setting for a world-famous book and film. Constructed under Japanese authority by Allied POWs and Asian slave-laborers, the bridge is part of the Burma Railway route, and can now be traversed by foot. Bombed extensively by Allied forces during World War II, the bridge has been restored and once again cuts an imposing figure against the surrounding scenery. For anyone with an interest in social and military history--or literature and film, for that matter--the bridge represents an important and fulfilling place to visit. Work out when and for how long to visit Bridge Over the River Kwai and other Kanchanaburi attractions using our handy Kanchanaburi travel itinerary planner.
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  • the museum next to the river has great artifacts from WW2, across the river there is a great memorial for the WW2, there are a lot of food stands that sells fresh fruits. its better to come here alone...  more »
  • It is only a railway bridge but the history behind it makes it a very special and emotional place. We were lucky enough to be on the bridge when a train crossed over the river. One warning! It is extr...  more »
  • How can you not be moved before this bridge and this path of railway for which so many young men suffered and for many are dead. The setting is wonderful, sublime landscape, to make absolutely.
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  • The bridge is a very historical monument. I think this place should be visited with respect and not with selfiesticks... anyway i like the place, but it was too crowded.
  • Take a walk across! It's Free. And a real mini thrill and adventure. Specially when the train comes. But it's safe. Train at walking speed anyhow. And plenty of passing platforms
  • Not much of an experience if you don't have the guide - ours didn't talk anything so it was just a bridge, so make sure to check that! It is very hot there, so dress accordingly. You can walk on the bridge and have a coffee nearby.
  • Historical tourist destination. Usually very crowded. Great place to get started understanding Thailand's role in WW II.
  • An experience not to be missed. A great piece of war history well worth the visit.