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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  • We visited the famous bridge and told us the story, which appears in the film. The wooden bridge was blown up and after the end of the war, the Japanese made the current, and iron. The views from the middle of the bridge are great and it seems that history and the film put in you.
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  • Bridge's famous movie, so I wanted to come here. Given the past history, and not simply as a tourist destination for the Japanese complex feelings though where I thought. Western people, more and more Chinese people and Japanese people were. You can cross on foot. There on parts of the bridge when the train passes evacuation from the building at the time was... Crowded with people taking pictures so narrow. Might as well try out over time. Toilet at the foot of the bridge is subject to charges. System when you pay money to get toilet paper. I've got extra nice, is peace of mind was carrying tissue papers can always.
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  • Walk across the bridge between the selfie sticks and wannabe models. Especially nice in combination with local food. After half an hour be seen again.
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  • 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.
  • There is a history attached to this bridge. Apart from that it is working railway bridge. Cool part is the trains crossing 6 times per day, 3 times each direction.
  • Kanchanaburi is a regular Thai City, with a river flowing through it. But it's history is what makes all the difference. This infamous Death Railways has played a role in all the human torments and prisoners-of-war stories of the Grave World War II. its long time now, and all the sadness history and a lesson to be learned from the remains of that war spread across the city. Today, this is well monitised and brings in quite scenic train route all along the way to be experienced. After Closure of the famous Tiger Temple due to some poor inhumane monks for money. This is all that remains in the Kanchanaburi town, good enough to attract a tourist's/traveler's attention
  • I think is a little bit overadvertised. There are some moments with great views but only few during 2h trip.
  • Interesting historical place worth a visit. Very good restaurants around in this city

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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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