Bridge Over the River Kwai
Pay your respects to all of the men who lost their lives constructing the "Death Railway" during WWII, which is symbolized by Thailand's Bridge over the River Kwai. The bridge exists to this day and carries regular passenger trains from Bangkok to as far as Nam Tok. A book by the same name has forever immortalized this bridge as a silent memorial to the thousands of men who labored for years to complete the railway line from Bangkok to Rangoon. (An interesting fact - which is not widely known - is that that the author Pierre Boulle made a mistake. The "Bridge" in question really spanned the Mae Khlung River; the actual "River Kwai" was located somewhere else. To save on confusion, Mae Klung was simply renamed as the "Kwai".) On the Kanchanaburi side of the bridge, there is a museum which chronicles the hardships endured during the construction of the line, as well as a café, and a few steam locomotives on display. You're free to walk across the bridge, but need to step aside when trains come along. Day trips are available from Bangkok. You can leave in the morning and arrive back by morning. It's a good idea to read up on the history of the bridge before visiting to truly appreciate the area.
Plan your visit to this Destination!
|ASIA||THAILAND GUIDE||CLAIM STAMP|| WIKI GUIDE||VIDEOS|| INSURANCE|
| ||- || || || |
|FLIGHTS||HOTELS||HOSTELS|| CARS||VACATIONS||TRAVEL DESK|
If you have visited this Top Destination, claim the Destination Stamp for your PlanetHop! passport.
Click on the photos below!
- Location: River Kwai, Thailand