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. See Bridge Over the River Kwai and all Kanchanaburi has to offer by arranging your trip with our Kanchanaburi trip itinerary planning tool.
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  • The 300 m black steel arch bridge across Khwae Yai river (also known as River Kwai) is a part of the 415 km historical railway constructed during the second world war by thousands of prisoners of war....  more
    The 300 m black steel arch bridge across Khwae Yai river (also known as River Kwai) is a part of the 415 km historical railway constructed during the second world war by thousands of prisoners of war....  more »
  • **VIATOR** rip off! I booked this tour with VIATOR. * Picked u p at 7am and had to travel around Bangkok city to multiple hotels to pick up other people. This put a strain on enjoying the tour as we....  more
    **VIATOR** rip off! I booked this tour with VIATOR. * Picked u p at 7am and had to travel around Bangkok city to multiple hotels to pick up other people. This put a strain on enjoying the tour as we....  more »
  • A very memorable and nostalgic visit to a place steeped in history. The Bridge on the River Kwai tells about the sufferings and hardship endured by brave men who were forced to build this railway... 
    A very memorable and nostalgic visit to a place steeped in history. The Bridge on the River Kwai tells about the sufferings and hardship endured by brave men who were forced to build this railway...  more »
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  • A compulsory stop in this area, along with Hellfire Pass and Erawan Falls. For clear photos on the bridge (tourist-free), there is a lull between those out at first light and the second wave a while later. Cool to be on the bridge when a train passes: there are obvious places to step aside. I recommend staying at the River Kwai View Hotel: located right next to the bridge and they serve a very full breakfast. Really nice, helpful staff. Also have an Amazon cafe and a 7/11 right outside.
  • It is an old bridge. We have similar structures in India. It is a popular tourist destination and attracts Thai tourists also. This place has a lot of eateries. There is a nearby private war museum. The war museum is a must visit because it has too many items on display. Usually most foreigners ride the train from this stop so the train gets really crowded. It might be a good idea to board the train on the previous stop. Train tickets cost around 100 THB for foreigners.
  • A bridge that is so popular in making war films, did not expect this bridge to be so narrow... intriguing experience. For those who are taking trains, do note that the ticket counter is closed, you can get the tickets on the train.
  • Another historic and scenic spot in Kanchanaburi.. worth visiting but other than walking along the bridge and taking a boat around the river (recommended).. nothing else to do.. so expect to spend around 1 hours here at maximum
  • Took the bridge from the train so didn't really see the bridge. It is a unique bridge with rich history. But it's not really worth the time to travel just to visit the bridge. It is best to combine it with other attractions nearby like the nature reserves,etc. Stop at River Kwai Bridge station (one stop after Kanchanaburi Station) if you want to take photos of the bridge. It stops just before crossing the bridge. I made the mistake of taking the train across the bridge and the next station is very far away from the bridge.

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