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Bridge over the River Kwai
Bridge over the River Kwai


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Category : River, Canal, World War II Sites, Historical Sites & Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials

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The Bridge of the River Kwai is located in TahMakham Sub District that is away from the north of city centre on highway 323. After around 4 kilometers away, take a left turn for about 400 meters, the billboard signs are very clear. The Bridge of the River Kwai is an important historical location built during the Second World War period. The Japanese troops supervision by allied prisoner-of-war from English troops, American troops, Australian troops, Netherlands’ troops, and New Zealand troops around 61,700 members and labors consisted of Chinese, Vietnamese, Java, Malaysian, Thai, Burmese, and Indian to construct a strategic railway to pass to Burma. In which one part of the path must pass through River KwaiYhai, therefore, the bridge is in need to be built. The construction of this bridge and railway is full of obstacles, the Second World War’s cruelness and sickness, along with shortage of food supply forced ten thousands of the prisoner-of-war to die.

The Death Railway’s start point is on NongPlaDook’s station on Baan Pong District in Ratchaburi. The route passes through Kanchanaburi, across River KwaiYhai on the west to the Three Pagodas Pass to reach the final destination at Thanbyuzayat city in Burma, including 300 kilometers distance within Thailand. The railway took only one year to complete, from October 1942 to October 1943, in order to be strategic route across to Burma.

After the Second World War, some of the railways’ pieces were missing and some sank into KhueanKhaoLaem Lake. This railway is regarded as remembrance of the Japanese’s supervision of allied prisoner-of-war’s effort during the war period. The scenery along the route is beautiful, especially the Kra-zae Cave. The route cuts along the crag and canal of KwaiNoi. In present day, the final destination of this route is on Baan Tah Sao or Namtok Station. The distance from Kanchanaburi Station to Namtok Station is around 77 kilometers. The State Railway of Thailand operates this railway route everyday and arranges special route from Bangkok to Namtok Stationevery weekend and public holidays.

For more information, you can contact The State Railway of Thailand through 1690 or 02-621-8701-9 or


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The railway currently ends at Ban Tha Sao or Namtok Station, a distance of some 77 km. from Kanchanaburi Station. A special train running from Bangkok to Namtok Station is available on weekends and national holidays. For further details, please contact the State Railway of Thailand,

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approximately 4 km to the north of the city on Highway 323, with a left turn for some 400 metres

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