Bridge over the River Kwai + Hellfire Pass Memorial
One day Kanchanaburi Trip from Bangkok
One day adventure trip to visit Hellfire Pass, the deepest cutting on the unfinished rail line and also visit the Hellfire Pass Memorial funded by the Australian Government and constructed in cooperation with the Government of Thailand, commemorates all those who died as prisoners of war here and elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region during the World War II.
Easy Moderate Strenuous
- The tour available only those who are fit and well prepared should attempt this walk. - Annual Closure : Dec 5th, 24th-27th, 31st
Hellfire Pass Memorial
Depart for Kanchanaburi, located 128 kilometres (80 miles) west of Bangkok. It is Thailand’s third largest province with an area of 19,486 square kilometres. The provincial area is mountainous and has the west border next to Myanmar. (2 hours drive)
Visit JEATH War Museum, a realistic depiction of prisoner of war living quarters, with photographic, pictorial and physical memorabilia dating from World War II.
Continue to Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. It contains the remains of 6,982 war prisoners (mostly the British, Dutch, Australian and American) who lost their lives during the construction of the Bridge over the River Kwai and the railway to Burma (the Death Railway).
Then depart Kanchanaburi Town for Hellfire Pass in Sai Yoke Districk. (1 hour drive)
Arrive Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum, The museum explains to visitors the story of why and how the railway was built and attempts to convey the hardships and suffering endured by so many who were forced to work in extremely harsh conditions. The Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum symbolizes the importance of this site to the Australian people.
After visiting the memorial museum and contemplation deck, we are encouraged to proceed to the walking trail. The walking trail follows the alignment of the original Burma-Thailand railway for approximately four kilometres from Hellfire Pass to beyond Compressor Cutting. Small shelters and interpretative panels have been provided at various locations and toilets are available at the Hintok Road stop.
Hellfire Pass is the name of a railway cutting on the Death Railway in
Thailand, known by the Japanese as Konyu cutting. There is a museum co-sponsored
by the Thai and Australian governments at the site to commemorate the suffering
of those involved in the construction of the railway. Konyu cutting was a
particularly difficult section of the line to build due to it being the largest
rock cutting on the railway, coupled with its general remoteness and the lack of
proper construction tools during building. A tunnel would have been possible to
build instead of a cutting, but this could only be constructed at the two ends
at any one time, whereas the cutting could be constructed at all points
simultaneously despite the excess effort required by the POWs. The Australian,
British, Dutch and other allied Prisoners of War were required by the Japanese
to work 18 hours a day to complete the cutting. It was estimated that 68 men
were beaten to death by the Japanese guards in the six weeks it took to build
the cutting, although many more died from cholera, dysentery, starvation, and
exhaustion [Wigmore p568]. However, the majority of deaths occurred amongst
labourers whom the Japanese enticed to come to help build the line with promises
of good jobs. These labourers, mostly Malayans (Chinese, Malays and Tamils from
Malaya), suffered mostly the same as the POWs at the hands of the Japanese. The
Japanese kept no records of these deaths. There are 4 Commonwealth War Graves
Commission cemeteries along the line of the railway, 2 at Kanchanaburi in
Thailand, and another as Thayzakarun in Burma. The railway was never built to a
level of lasting permanence and was frequently bombed by the Royal Air Force
during the Burma Campaign. After the war, all but the present section was
closed. There are currently no plans to reopen it.
Scenic boat ride along the River Kwai.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Visit Sai Yok Noi Waterfall, located on highway 323. We can visit there easily from the car park. Head back to Kanchanaburi Town. (45 mins drive)
Then visit world-famous Bridge over the River Kwai, a part of the Death Railway constructed by Allied prisoners of war. Take leisurely walks around town and pictures on the world-renowned Death Railway.
Leave from Kanchanaburi pass green paddy fields, villages, and temples then return to Bangkok. (2-2.5 hours drive)
Inclusions: Air-conditioned vehicles with experienced driver English speaking licensed guide All admission fees as mentioned in the program Boat Ride Lunch VAT 7% and all Government taxes (no service charge)
Exclusions: Items of a personal nature Tips or Gratuities to guide and driver
Child Policy: For children under 3 years old will be Free of charge. For children 4-12 years old we charge 70% of the price that calculate from a total number of adult pax. For children over 13 years old we charge normal price.