Prisoner of War Museum, Kanchanaburi

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At Prisoner of War Museum, learn about the Death Railway, part of the Thai-Burma railways built from 1942 to 1943. Thousands of Allied prisoners of war were forced under Japanese demands to construct the railway, and over 12,000 died from the brutal treatment and conditions. In the museum's first section, explore a site built to imitate POWs' quarters at the time. Inside the building, learn in more detail about the construction of the railroad. The second section displays artifacts and items such as paintings, drawings, photos, weapons, tools, and maps. Add Prisoner of War Museum to your Kanchanaburi travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Kanchanaburi holiday planner.
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  • Museum is immediately near the bridge. Has some interesting collections and reconstructions. The helicopter outside on the platform has nothing to do with WORLD WAR 2
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  • So we went to Hellfire pass and on the way back stopped here and it's next to the Bridge...you know the one! Anyway, this museum was so irregular in appearance and its collection. I don't even know wh...  more »
  • This is a confronting exhibit with artifacts and situations presented in true form. This gives an insight into the difficulties faced just to survive. Very solemn and quite sad.  more »

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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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