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Bridge Over the River Kwai
Vacation Travel Guide

Take a walk over this historic landmark,which has become the symbol of the infamous Thailand-Burma railway.

Justupriver from Kanchanaburi stands a rather ordinary looking bridge that hasbecome a national landmark. Made world-famous by the 1957 Hollywood film, The Bridge on the River Kwai, thisconcrete and steel bridge is still in use today, serving as a vital transportconnection and link to the past.

Twobridges, one wooden, one steel, were built here in 1943 by local laborers andAllied prisoners of war. These bridges were part of the Japanese “DeathRailway” from Thailand to Burma, so-called because its construction led to thedeaths of more than 100,000 men due to accidents, brutality and starvation.

In1945, Allied bombs destroyed the two bridges. The bridge that stands today onceagain lets trains cross the Kwai Yai River. Take a train over the bridge fromthe station on the east bank, or walk along the path that has been built on thesides of the bridge and enjoy the views.

Strangely,the bridge was not originally over the River Kwai, but over the Mae Klong River.The film The Bridge on the River Kwai,though loosely based on the story of this bridge, was made under the mistakenimpression that the bridge passed over the River Kwai. When the film gainedinternational popularity, Thailand decided to change the name of the river, sothat it would have a bridge on the River Kwai, after all.

Today,the bridge is a major tourist attraction, with many restaurants and shopsnearby. To see more of the winding Kwai Yai River, take a boat tour with one ofthe many local operators.

Theeasiest way to reach the bridge from Kanchanaburi is by train, taxi or bicycle.Admission to the Bridge Over the River Kwai is free.

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Felix River Kwai Resort
Felix River Kwai Resort
4 out of 5
9/1 Moo 3 Thamakham, Amphur Muang, Kanchanaburi, Kanchanaburi
The price is ¥3,917 per night from Feb 17 to Feb 18

This family-friendly hotel is located in the historical district, close to Bridge Over the River Kwai, JEATH War Museum, and Thailand-Burma Railway Centre. Local ...

3.8/5Good! (188 reviews)
ice quiet hotels in lovely grounds

"Nice and quiet hotel but a bit out of the way. You probably need a car but they do provide transport around the grounds from where it’s a short walk to the bridge. Hotel is a bit dated but very spacious and comfy. Staff are lovely"…"

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2020

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River Kwai View Hotel
River Kwai View Hotel
3 out of 5
Manumkwai Road, Kanchanaburi, Kanchanaburi
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Situated in Kanchanaburi, this hotel is steps from JEATH War Museum and Bridge Over the River Kwai. Thailand-Burma Railway Centre and Kanchanaburi Walking Street ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Great family time

"We had a great stay on Aug 14 and 15, 2020. Clean, quite, great staff, good breakfast and location was just where we wanted it to be."…"

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2020

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U Inchantree Kanchanaburi
U Inchantree Kanchanaburi
4 out of 5
443 Mae Nam Kwai Road, Kanchanaburi, Kanchanaburi
The price is ¥5,080 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

Situated on a river, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of JEATH War Museum and Bridge Over the River Kwai. Kanchanaburi Walking Street is 3 mi (4.9 km) ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (549 reviews)

"Fantastic hotel with excellent location with views over the river. Nice staffs. Good service. Great breakfast. The room is a bit too small but a great place to wind down and relax."…"

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2020

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Felix River Kwai Resort
Felix River Kwai Resort
4 out of 5
9/1 Moo 3 Thamakham, Amphur Muang, Kanchanaburi, Kanchanaburi
The price is ¥3,917 per night from Feb 17 to Feb 18
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3 out of 5
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4 out of 5
443 Mae Nam Kwai Road, Kanchanaburi, Kanchanaburi
The price is ¥5,080 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
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3 out of 5
368 Maenamkwae Rd, Tamakham, Muenng, Kanchanaburi
The price is ¥4,700 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
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2 out of 5
282 Maenamkwai Road Thamakham, Muang, Kanchanaburi
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Bamboo House Kanchanaburi
3 out of 5
5 Vietnam Road, Tha Makham, Kanchanaburi
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2.5 out of 5
28th Street, River Kwai - Chinese Road, Tambon Ban Na, Amphoe Mueang, Kanchanaburi, Uthai Thani
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