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Death Railway Bridge



 


What :

Usually referred to as the Bridge over the River Kwai because of the 1957 film of the same name, the Death Railway Bridge was constructed by Allied prisoners of war under incredibly harsh conditions.

Built as an alternative supply line for the Japanese during their invasions of Southeast Asia during World War II, the bridge spans about 1,000 feet across the Khwae Yai River. Constructed almost entirely by conscripted laborers and POWs, the bridge and rail line’s grueling conditions and hazardous work claimed thousands lives during World War II.


When :

The best time of the year to visit the area is October through February. The highest temperatures are March through June, and the heaviest rain fall is in July and August.

Travelers who plan their luxury tours accordingly can watch the annual memorial light and sound show that commemorates the allied bombing of the bridge. The show starts the last week of November and runs through the first week of December.


Where :

The bridge lies about a mile north of Kanchanaburi Town, and is best accessed via private vehicle.


Who :

At odds with the peaceful veneer of Kanchanaburi, this World War II landmark is one of many historical sites, like the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, that draw travelers on tours of Thailand.


Appropriate Attire :

Western wear is acceptable for this excursion.


Guest Reviews :

 
 

Bruce Goldman -  November 2013

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