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Bridge Over the River Kwai and The Death Railway, Thailand

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We decided to visit the famous bridge over the river Kwai and the Death Railway, Thailand when we were doing a stopover in Bangkok a few years back. I was actually 7 months pregnant at the time and we were on our way home from New Zealand.

We had 5 days to explore Bangkok and the surrounds. Both myself and my partner had visited Bangkok before so we were keen to see some of the history this time. We made our way to Kanchanaburi about 2 hours away.

The area is famous for its bridge over the river Kwai and death railway, partially due to the fact there is a movie called The Bridge On the River Kwai and mainly because of the war, during which  the construction of the Burma Railway took place, in 1942 through to 1943.

We took a day trip to the Death Railway, rode the scary train along it and ended up staying in a hotel on the river Kwai’s banks. We also visited some caves while visiting the Death Railway and went to the museum to learn more about it.

We finished the trip with a boat journey along the river Kwai, stopping off at some temples, a market and a war memorial cemetery. If you want to read more about the history, you can do so here.

View from caves of the Death Railway
View from caves of the Death Railway
View of River Kwai from the death railway
View of River Kwai from the death railway
View from train on death railway as we turn
View from train on death railway as we turn
Train along the death railway on river Kwai
Train along the death railway on river Kwai
View from train along death railway
View from train along death railway
inside the carriage of the train at death railway
Inside the carriage of the train at death railway
The bridge over river Kwai as we cross on foot
The bridge over river Kwai as we cross on foot
Miniature model of the bridge over river Kwai
Miniature model of the bridge over river Kwai at the museum
Museum mannequins of slave drivers on motorbikes
Museum mannequins of slave drivers on a motorbike with a side car
walking the bridge over river kwai
Walking the bridge over river Kwai
Rifles from the museum at death railway
Rifles from the museum at death railway
Mannequins of slaves building the tracks of death railway
Mannequins of slaves building the tracks of death railway
A starving mannequin slave at death railway museum
A starving mannequin slave at death railway museum
Bomber planes on sky mural
Bomber planes on sky mural at Death Railway museum
Old carriage from death railway museum
Old carriage from Death Railway museum
Old train at death railway museum entrance
Old train at the museum entrance
Guided by some Thai kids through the caves
Guided by some Thai kids through the caves
A shrine in cave at death railway caves
A shrine in cave inside the caves
Buddha gold shrine at cave
Buddha gold shrine at cave
Navigating caves through a crevice
Navigating caves through a crevice
Rock formations in the caves
Rock formations in the caves
Lit up cave interior
Lit up cave interior
Boat trip along the river Kwai
Boat trip along the river Kwai
View from the boat on the river Kwai
View from the boat on the river Kwai
Big gold Buddha along the river
Big gold Buddha along the riverside
View of the green mountains from the boat
View of the green mountains from the boat
More scenery from the boat
More scenery from the boat
Giant statue visible from everywhere by the bridge
Giant statue visible from everywhere by the bridge
Palaces with turrets on the banks
Palaces with turrets on the banks
The bridge over the river Kwai and statue
The bridge over the river Kwai and statue from the boat
View from our accommodation on the river bank
View from our boat on the river bank
Map of the death railway
Map of the death railway from the museum
Cemetry in Thailand
Cemetry alongside the River Kwai to commemorate those who fought and died in the war

The plaque reads – “Their name liveth forever”

Ariel View of the area on river Kwai
Ariel View of the area on river Kwai

I presented this blog post in a kind of photo diary style rather than going into lengthy detail. Well they do say a picture speaks a thousand words. I guess the photos speak for themselves.

It was shocking to read about the prisoners of war who died while constructing the Death Railway. It gets its name from the poor slaves who worked day and night with hardly any rest and might have only got to eat a slice of bread and a drink of water for the day. Harrowing when you think about it. The heat must have been unbearable and having to do such physical work, it is no wonder so many died. 

We were actually dumfounded when we found out that the train is still in use to this day. Commuters use the train daily and school children too.

It was a bit of a scary ride on the old tracks, looking down but an amazing experience to be able to take a step back in time like that.

The views were stunning and the boat trip we went on was a big highlight.

I recommend a visit to the area as there is so much to see, do and learn there.

If you want to check out our accommodation and another unmissable nearby attraction see my previous post on Erewan Falls.

You may also be interested in this post on Chiang Mai, Thailand

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  1. Dee Sewell
    October 31, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Hats off to you doing that at 7 months pregnant! Sounds like an unforgettable experience and one to be treasured.

    • blognewser
      November 2, 2018 at 11:29 am

      Thanks! It was a lovely break, gotta love Thai food too 🙂

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