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1. Posted by VOLTS (Budding Member 30 posts) 7y

greetings,

we will be visiting bangkok within the year. how do we get to the river kwai and death rail from bangkok? can it be a one day tour?

thankyou
steve

2. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

Quoting totitoti

greetings,

we will be visiting bangkok within the year. how do we get to the river kwai and death rail from bangkok? can it be a one day tour?

thankyou
steve

It's located a river in Kanchanaburi province and is called the Khwae Noi River. According to Wikitravel, it takes about 4½ hours by rail from Bangkok. See Bangkok to Kanchanaburi Station.

The link they've provided on the Wikitravel page doesn't take you to rail network map, so use this one instead: State Railway of Thailand

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 7y

There are also regular mini- buses leaving from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi and these only take 2 hours.

4. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

The BRIDGE is not the real bridge. It was created for Tourism, because the tourist who visit Kachanaburi kept asking for the bridge that they read in the NOVEL and watch in the film, "the bridge on the river Kwai"

This data is base on an academic paper on the commodification of historical sites in southeast Asia.

5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 7y

Quoting Swept Away

The BRIDGE is not the real bridge. It was created for Tourism, because the tourist who visit Kachanaburi kept asking for the bridge that they read in the NOVEL and watch in the film, "the bridge on the river Kwai"

This data is base on an academic paper on the commodification of historical sites in southeast Asia.

True, but there is still a lot of history there, and it's actually a nice town to chill out in for a couple of days.

6. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 7y

The River Kwai is easy to get to and there's lots of options. You can take the train from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi and all the sights are within walking distance from the station. You can also do this as a day bus tour from Bangkok that can be arranged locally anywhere that tourists hang out. Staying a night or two in Kanchanaburi is also a worthwhile idea as it's a lovely little town and there are heaps of hotels, some of which float in the river. If you wish to stay longer, there are popular excursions out into the jungle.
People also make Kanchanaburi part of a longer tour that takes in Ayathaya and Lopburi.

7. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1653 posts) 7y

Quoting totitoti

greetings,

we will be visiting bangkok within the year. how do we get to the river kwai and death rail from bangkok? can it be a one day tour?

thankyou
steve

Bridge on the River Kwai tours are pretty common. Most any travel agency can arrange a day or overnight tour for you. Sign up for the tour the day before and leave the following morning. Lots of travel agencies all over Bangkok.

One time I stayed a night or two on a barge with straw roofs on the river. Another time I did a single day tour, it was okay. See if you can fit the Hellfire Pass side trip into your time frame.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hellfire_Pass

Good luck.

8. Posted by vickim (Full Member 125 posts) 7y

There are two train stations and one bus station in the River Kwai – Kanchanaburi area. I would suggest to spend at least one night in Kanchanburi, two if you can spare the time. There are really nice and relaxing guesthouses right on the river. It is really nice out there.

I would suggest taking the 3rd class train from Bangkok to the station at the River Kwai Bridge. Most people arrive at the main Kanchanburi train and bus stations and there and you will get swarmed by people wanting to take you to there hotel. The River Kwai stop has far less commotion. The 3rd class train was one of my highlights…if you are interested in experiencing the culture.

The bus was much faster but it was a bus. Nothing special really.

From Bangkok, the train and bus stations to Kanchanaburi are on the other side of the River. There are not the main ones.