Tour 1: (Half Day)

 
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Last Updated:
1 Sept 2010
 

PERSONAL PILGRIMAGE TOURS OF THE THAILAND-BURMA RAILWAY

TOUR 1: (HALF DAY)

DETAILED AND COMPREHENSIVE GUIDED TOUR OF THE THAILAND-BURMA RAILWAY CENTRE IN KANCHANABURI.

This privately owned museum opened in 2003 resulting from over 11 years of research by it's creator, (Australian) Rod Beattie. The 2 story air conditioned building adjacent to the War Cemetery is home to the true and incredible story of the Railway from it's inception, through construction completion and operation, to it's cessation after the end of WWII.

Be captivated as the full story unfolds, revealing all the facts and statistics of this amazing engineering feat, including many relics recovered from along the line and POW camp sites, and full details of the tragic human cost.

An educational and moving experience is assured.

VISIT TO THE KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY

A beautifully kept cemetery and memorial to some 7000 Allied Prisoners who perished along the line and were moved post-war to this eternal resting place. A fitting tribute following the visit to the museum.

AFTERNOON TEA AT TBRC CAFE

VISIT THE CHUNG KAI CEMETERY AND FORMER HOSPITAL CAMP SITE

This tranquil cemetery is a short drive from the township of Kanchanaburi and is the original resting place of those who died at the adjacent hospital camp at this site, after being sent there from work camps along the line.

WALK THROUGH THE CHUNG KAI CUTTING

The nearby Chung Kai cutting is similar to the famous 'Hellfire Pass' cutting further north up the line. The still-working section of the railway passes through this cutting through a rock mountain on the original railway bed.

Walk along the line and reflect on the awesome task of completing such work by hand under conditions difficult to imagine. See original constructions of embankments, cuttings and a small bridge all in this one location beside the famous "River Kwai".

Photo of Chungkai Cutting

 

Photo of the Bridge over the River Kwai

CROSS THE FAMOUS "BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI"

Walk a little and/or take a tourist train over the famous bridge and watch the river go by underneath. Keep an eye out for elephants and observe some of the local sights. Plenty of shopping for keepsakes or souvenirs if interested, but by all accounts a unique experience to finish a very informative half day 'glimpse' of an area of such historical importance.

 

GROUP SIZE: UP TO A MAXIMUM OF 8 PERSONS
TIME: 1.00PM to 5.00PM
DURATION: HALF DAY (4 HOURS)
COST: On Request
(Including Air Conditioned Transport, Afternoon Tea and Entrance Fees)

 

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