Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours

Anzac Day at Hellfire Pass - 2023

Book for Anzac Day 2022 before 15 January 2022 and save up to $400 per couple*

*Terms & Conditions apply, $400 per couple saving applies to Anzac Day on the Western Front & Anzac Day at Hellfire Pass. A $200 per couple discount applies to Anzac at Gallipoli. Offer excludes Anzac Day Kokoda tours.

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Departs 21 April 2023 from Bangkok

$ 2499
7 Days
  • PRICE: per person, twin share
  • SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $500
  • DEPOSIT: $1000 per person

ANZAC DAY AT HELLFIRE PASS

21-27 April 2023

Visit beautiful Thailand and join us on this special Anzac Day departure to learn about the harrowing yet historic events that occurred during the building of the Thai-Burma Railway in WW2. Appropriately known as the ‘Death Railway’, the construction of this railway track resulted in the death of thousands of POWs from several Allied nations. Remember these men and women who never made it home by visiting the key sites from the battlefields and participating in a moving Anzac Day Dawn Service at Hellfire Pass.

Day 1 > Friday, 21 April 2023 | Arrive Bangkok

After arriving at Bangkok airport you will need to collect your luggage and clear customs and make your way to the arrival hall where you will be met by a Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. This evening at the hotel we will meet with our historian and enjoy a welcome dinner at a nearby Thai restaurant. (D)

OVERNIGHT: Royal Princess Larn Luang, Bangkok or Similar

STAR INCLUSIONS  Welcome dinner in Bangkok

Day 2 > Saturday, 22 April 2023 | Bangkok – Sangkhlaburi

After an early breakfast we depart for the ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ to learn the true story of its construction and history before having a chance to walk the bridge. We will take a short walk to Bridge Station and have a train ride on the prisoner-of war (POW) built railway. After crossing the Wang Pho viaduct we will disembark at Tham Krasae Station to where we will be met by our coach. We will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant beside the viaduct above the famous River Kwai. After lunch we will depart for the area of the former Kinsaiyok Railway Station, POW camp and coal dump to learn the history of this location. We will then continue on to Tha Khanun railway area and the Australian POW camp location. We will then travel north to our accommodation at nearby Sangkhlaburi. (B, L, D)

OVERNIGHT: Pornpailin Riverside Resort, Sangkhlabur

STAR INCLUSIONS  ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’   Train ride on the POW-built railway

                      ★ Lunch above the famous River Kwai    Australian POW camp location

Day 3 > Sunday, 23 April 2023 | Sangkhlaburi

After breakfast we will depart for an inspection of the new Wat Wangwiwekaram and the Mon Bride, before taking the short drive to Three Pagodas Pass where the railway crossed the border from Thailand to Burma. After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, we will depart Three Pagodas Pass and head to the Shimo Songkurai POW camp area, which includes the old cemetery location and the notorious Cholera Hill. Dinner tonight will be at our hotel. (B, L, D)

OVERNIGHT: Pornpailin Riverside Resort, Sangkhlaburi

STAR INCLUSIONS  The new Wat Wangwiwekaram   Mon Bridge   ★ Three Pagodas Pass   Shimo Songkurai POW camp area

Day 4 > Monday, 24 April 2023 | Sangkhlaburi – Kanchanaburi

After breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and travel by coach to the Saiyok area, which will take approximately 2.5 hours. On arrival we check in to our accommodation, Hintok River Camp which is located near where tomorrow’s Dawn Service at Hellfire Pass will take place.  The rest of the day is at leisure before a BBQ dinner this evening which will be at our accommodation. (B, L, D)

OVERNIGHT: Hin Tok River Camp at Hellfire Pass

STAR INCLUSIONS  Kanchanaburi   Thai-Burma Railway Centre   Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

Day 5 > Tuesday, 25 April 2023 | Anzac Day

This morning we depart our accommodation early to arrive at Hellfire Pass for a 5.30am Dawn Service.  After the service we will enjoy a gunfire breakfast and a visit to the Memorial Museum.  We will walk around Hellfire Pass to inspect the area and immediate surrounds.  There will also be an option to walk the old rail bed to the Hintok Station area where we will be met by road transport. We will visit the adjacent Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, we may participate in a mid-morning service here providing the service is organized by the Australian Embassy.

This afternoon we will visit the Thai-Burma Railway Centre for a historical briefing on the railway and have time to inspect the Museum and Research Centre before we check in to our hotel for tonight’s accommodation. (B, L, D)

OVERNIGHT: Royal River Kwai Resort, Kanchanaburi

*Note – Walking into Hellfire Pass takes approximately 20 minutes via steps and along the old railway line. The track along the old railway line is rocky and uneven in areas and suitable footwear is highly recommended. The area has very limited seating arrangements.

STAR INCLUSIONS  Hellfire Pass Dawn Service   Memorial Museum   Service at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

Day 6 > Wednesday, 26 April 2023 | Kanchanaburi – Bangkok

After breakfast this morning we will visit the War Cemetery in town at Chungkai. We will learn about the large POW hospital camp and then proceed to the nearby work area of large embankments, bridges and cuttings. The group will then transfer back to Bangkok where we will enjoy a farewell dinner. (B)

OVERNIGHT: Royal Princess Larn Luang, Bangkok or similar

STAR INCLUSIONS  War Cemetery at Chungkai   Farewell Dinner

Day 7 > Thursday, 27 April 2023 | Depart Bangkok

Sadly, after breakfast today our tour comes to an end. (B)

★   Services of our expert WW2 Historian
★   All excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
★   Special Anzac Day Dawn Service at Hellfire Pass and visits to the Australian POW camp locations and War Cemeteries
★   1 Night in a Superior Safari Tent with private facilities
★   5 nights’ 3-star to 4-star accommodation
★   Travel by comfortable air-conditioned coach
★   Arrival Bangkok airport transfers
★   Breakfast daily, 5 lunches and 6 dinners
★   All entrance fees as per the itinerary
★   Welcome dinner in Bangkok

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