Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum and Walking Trail, Sai Yok

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See an important reminder of World War II at Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum and Walking Trail, commemorating part of the route of the Burma Railway. Known also as the "Death Railway," the line was constructed by POWs held by Japanese forces, along with Asian slave-laborers. This particular section was cut through solid rock by Allied prisoners and slaves working under treacherous conditions, with little rest or food. Now a museum, the site allows you to walk through the valley and learn about this tragic period in human history, with a range of exhibits and touching memorials to those that suffered here. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Sai Yok holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum and Walking Trail and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • August 11, 2017
    I thoroughly enjoyed the visit. There is a video in English describing this part of the Death Railway, so I won't spoil it for you. Suffice it to say, it is quite emotional and thought provoking. So m...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    We visited the Museum yesterday and nearly 65 years ago, patented the British and Australian prisoners, as well as walking in the way of so many Asian workers miserable. We are riding on a bus from kanchanaburi's main station, arrived at the Museum, by the bus leaves every hour from 7am. And approximately 1 1/2 time (each costs 70 baht), and a/c with extensive. The driver gave us right down next to the entrance. And we caught the bus back fairly easy (it's time for the past 15 runs on). Buses are clean and comfortable and in time to participate in a tour, or to use their own transportation to the unwanted ones. The Museum entrance is free and you can hear the history and stories of the survivors in the headset. The Museum is well prepared, and a section of the Museum inside the building as well as perfect for an adult video, artifacts and informative map. While the outer section has been given a very unique feeling of walking these are supposed to be performed by the inmates and workers to better understand the true gravity of the feat. The background of the trail is beautiful. Headset for fear of hearing in ironic contrast. We spend two hours in the Museum, we can write a lot more, and I think that I'd ever had (we arrived at 2 pm and it was closed with only a 4 pm). I was staying in the area around someone visiting the Museum will be urged to do, and places like the horrors of war and the harsh treatment of a human being would have to provide proof of physical persons. As such, it is very important that (the killing fields of Cambodia, Auschwitz Holocaust Museum, etc.). this education through knowledge we hope to repeat the history itself.
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  • August 6, 2017
    The death railway name does not make justice to the magnitude of the tragedy that happened here. You have to visit this museum and walk through the passes to feel the graveness of the horrors the POW'...  more »

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