Bridge Over the River Kwai, Kanchanaburi

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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  • October 2, 2017
    Stopped to see this bridge and taste a bit of history (with due respects to all the people who lost their lives building it). It was worth the visit.  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed near Kitulgala in Ceylon so was historically inaccurate. Never mind, the real one is here and is impressive. A meal overlooking it having walked across is a good wa...  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    This was an amazing tour that we took and I would highly recommend it. I had seen the movie about the Bridge on the River Kwai but did not know the extent and history of it. The Japanese enslaved the ...  more »
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  • August 17, 2017
    Fun small tourist place to go and see a working train bridge. You can actually stand on the bridge while trains pass by. The restroom has a fee of 5 Baht, so take that into consideration.
  • August 17, 2017
    I highly recommend you to get on the train from Bangkok (if you stay in Bangkok) and ride though there for one day trip. check out the ticket wasn't expensive but they have 2 schedules to visit there. As the name is death railway build since world war II by Japanese that induct the prisoner of war from friendships and some labor from Thai Chinese Myanmar etc. help building this bridge to across the Khwae river. to Myanmar. The labor and prisoner facing many difficult things such disease and starving, a lot of people die for this bridge and they finished in 1 month. Such a nice place to see and lear history. also exciting when the train ride across.
  • August 8, 2017
    Historical place built by allied POWs during WW2. Track facilitates occasional train that passes by. The market places and make shift stalls in close proximity sell souvenirs. There is a military museum in walking distance too.
  • July 14, 2017
    Museum nearby. Can walk over bridge as only a few trains per day. Open air tourist market sprawling across site. Hour or more from Bangkok by minibus.
  • September 5, 2017
    Historic place. Easy to access. Can be quite crowded though.

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Where to stay in Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi town center offers plenty of comfortable hotels, with pricier ones located right on the banks of the River Kwai. Move away from the river to take advantage of a drastic drop in prices for rooms offering much the same level of comfort and facilities provided by the city's riverside alternatives. Explore the rural areas for budget hotels, quirky rental apartments, and guesthouses making use of their scenic surroundings.
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