Bridge Over the River Kwai, Kanchanaburi
(3.6/5 based on 2,600+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Historical and picturesque bridge. We went through setting both on foot and also passed by below on a Kayak. It must be saw. We had the chance, during the festival of Kanchanaburi, to see a train pulled by an old steam locomotive.
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  • too many tourists and also a lot of Thai people and lots of stalls with the same food and troepjes
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  • My friends and I did not plan to visit this bridge, and the guide who brought us told us nothing about the history. My friends asked "so....its just a bridge?" I told them it was a WW2 thing but knowi...  more »
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  • Fine for what we paid setting was lovely by the river Air Con in our bungalow was working well the people were nice and dinner and breakfast by the water was brilliant. The rooms and the pool could do with updating as its all looking a bit like 1975 ! still for a short stop and a clean bed for the night its a fine place to stay
  • Clean reasonable price good location Nice food with excellent view of Kwai river and bridge Old facilities Too much chlorine in pool Better be careful if sensitive skin No ventilation in bathroom
  • We were lucky to get a proper room, not a cottage. Everything was clean. On the weekends, a party boat runs up and down the river, keeping you awake. The pool was so over chlorinated that our daughter got burns (not rashes, burns) from the water. The place is located in walking distance to the bridge.
  • The hotel is located within walking distance to many things of relevance in this town including the Bridge over the river Kwai. Their restaurant is located on the riverfront and has a nice view of the river with above average food quality. The bedrooms are large and spacious, though it isn't very well lit and there is no safe for private use. The bathrooms are also also spacious and allows a couple to not fight over countertop space for toiletries. Hot water showers are not what you may expect though. After a few minutes of your desired hot water the pipes begin to groan and cold water will soon replace the hot water for a few seconds before the hot water will kick back in. This happens in "waves" and can be predicted but is one of the few drawbacks to the otherwise amazing spot.
  • The cleaners do a great job, the place has a nice alfresco setting and you get free breakfast every morning. The breakfast buffet is good but there's not much choice. In the more modern rooms they could do with a bit of renovation as they are a bit run down, other than that it's just fine.