Bridge on the River Kwai & Elephant Farm Tour

Bridge on the River Kwai & Death Railway

Kanchanaburi is located 120 kilometers west of Bangkok, at the point where two tributaries, the Kwai Noi and Kwai

Yai meet and form the Mae Khlong River. This is the location of the notorious Death Railway and the Bridge on the River Kwai, one of the world’s most famous World War II sites.

The Thai-Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway, was 415 km (258 mile) long, running between Bangkok , Thailand and Rangoon, Burma, it was built by the Japanese in 1943 during World War II, to support its forces in the Burma campaign .

Forced labour was used in its construction. About 60,000 Allied prisoners of war (POWs) worked on the railway, of these16,000 died.

The first temporary wooden Bridge over the Kwai Yai was finished in February 1943, followed by a concrete and steel bridge in June 1943.

The Allies made several attempts to destroy the bridges, but succeeded only in damaging them in their first attempts. Between April and June1945 Allied bombers destroyed the wooden bridge completely and the central section of the steel and concrete bridge.

After the war, two rectangular central sections were made in Japan to repair the bridge, and were donated to Thailand. The arched sections are original.

After the war the heavily damaged railway was reconstructed and by 1958 the line had been rebuilt up to Nam Tok. The present railway now measures about 130 km. (80 miles) long, beyond Nam Tok the line has been abandoned.

Private Tour Details

Tour Itinerary

7.30am start

You will be picked up from your Bangkok hotel by your own private vehicle and taken to the Bridge on the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi to arrive about 10am, where you can take in the sights, the bridge, war museums, cemetery and have lunch in one of the floating restaurants on the river Kwai, you can also ride on a train on the Death Railway for 20 baht.

After lunch, the driver will take you to the Elephant Farm where you can trek through the jungle on an elephant and later help to wash them in the river, at 4:00pm we make our way back to Bangkok.

07:30 – 10:00

You will be picked up from your Bangkok hotel by car/minibus, and taken to the Bridge on the River Kwai at Kanchanaburi

10:00 – 12:30

At your arrival, you can take in the sights including the bridge, war museums, cemetery and have lunch in one of the floating restaurants on the river Kwai, you can also ride on a train on the Death Railway for 20 baht

12:30 – 13:00

When you are ready, the driver will take you to the Elephant Farm

13:00 – 16:00

When you get there you can ride on the back of the elephants and later help to wash them in the river.

16:00 – 18:00

At around 16:00 we will take you back to Bangkok by about 6:30pm (18:30)

Tour Information

  • You have your own driver and vehicle.
  • You are not sharing a coach with strangers.
  • We do not take you to the overpriced tourist trap stores on the way, as you are forced to do when joining any shared tour.

Price

The price includes, driver, car, fuel and tolls, but does not include any entrance or ride fees or lunch.

2 people in a private car 2495 per person
3 people in a private car 1660 per person
4 / 8 people in a private minibus 6995 per minibus

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