Bridge on the River Kwai, Bangkok
I enjoyed immensly the tour I took to Kanchanaburi to the Kwai river. It is about 70 miles from Bangkok. The history of the Burma / Siam (Thailand) railway, is quite fascinating. And I do mean the real story of the events depicted in the Alec Guinness / William Holden film The Bridge on the River Kwai, which was largely fictional. However the Kanchanaburi area is quite nice and from their website, I note that there have been a lot of changes and improvements since I was there. It also appears that the river trips themselves have been modernized and updated. When I was there over 20 years ago, it was fairly primitive and not many people were interested in the bridge story. It was an adventure to get to the old bridge. That has all changed now. The bridge built for the film was actually erected in Kitulgala, Sri Lanka. Rent the movie, - see the fictional account, - and then experience the real story up close and personal. Cheers.
I arranged this all day tour at the travel agency at my hotel. Van picked me up at 6:30am then off to city of Kanachaburi near Burmese border. We saw the bridge on river Kwai where thousands of allied prisoners of war died as slave laborers buiding it during World War II. There is also a movie made about it, but I never saw it. We ate lunch at a restraunt in a small town and took a short train trip on the railway the prisoners built. There are other optional stops for more money if you want to take elephant ride or see tiger temple.
Recommend bring some snacks and additional bottled water. Tour guide name was "Ping Pong" , great guy.
I wanted to see this bridge after watching the famous movie ‘Bridge On The River Kwai’.
Busses and train from Bangkok will stop here. The bridge which is built by allied POws during WW2. You can walk across the bridge to the other end. This is still an active railway route. The Allied troops bombed the bridge during the war and it was rebuilt after the war ended.
We booked a tour here from Kho San Road which include the floating market, many Wat….and Kanchanaburi. It was worth it.
Jeath museum is dedicated to the victims of the construction of The River Kwai Bridge. JEATH stands for 6 countries involved in the Second World War: Japan, England, America, Australia, Thailand and Holland. The museum is open daily 8.30 am to 6.00 pm.
Off the Beaten Path: Almost everyone is familiar with 'The Bridge on the River Kwai,' made famous by the movie. The bridge that tourists visit today is not the actual bridge: the original bridge was further north, and it no longer exists, as it was destroyed during Allied bombing raids. Nevertheless, it is still interesting to visit this bridge, as it was one of those constructed by the prisoners during the war.
The River Kwai,the bridge itself, a particular un graceful iron span restored after the war, is still in use a couple of times aday. you can walk across the bridge, as the local folk do:in the unlikely event that a train appears, duck into one of the recessed escape platforms. Railway buffs can hardly resist the chance to ride these rails.
The Bridge On The River Kwai is approximately 120 kilometers outside of Bangkok. It is worth the trip and evokes memories of WW ll, remnicent of Pearl Harbor.