Thailand is a kingdom of wonder, filled with spectacular natural, cultural, and historical attractions. The events that unfurled in Thailand during World War II can be appreciated at a number of historical sites, the most notable of which can be found in Kanchanaburi Province. We will tour the historical sites of Kanchanaburi by visiting the Death Railway, where thousands of Allied Prisoners of War died during construction, museums, and war cemeteries in various locations across the province. You can join our Flexi Tour on any day you choose, meaning your battlefield tour will easily slot into your holiday itinerary.
Day 1: Visit the Thailand–Burma Railway Centre and the Kanchanaburi Allied War Cemetery (known locally as Don Rak)
Day 2: Visit the Hell Fire Pass and Memorial Museum followed by the Weary Dunlop Museum and Chong Kai Allied War Cemetery
Day 3: Enjoy a scenic long-tail boat ride along Maeklong River, train ride on the Death Railway constructed by Allied POWs
Day 4: Kanchanaburi to Bangkok – Visit to the JEATH Museum
Full Itinerary (Click here)
Hellfire Pass Flexi Tour
Day 1, Bangkok to Kanchanaburi
This morning you will be met in the lobby of your Bangkok hotel by your local guide and then will depart Bangkok for the 3-hour drive to Kanchanaburi. On arrival visit the Thailand–Burma Railway Centre which is an interactive museum, information and research facility dedicated to presenting the history of the Thailand–Burma Railway. After spending time exploring the museum you will visit the nearby Kanchanaburi Allied War Cemetery (known locally as Don Rak). Located in the centre of town, this cemetery is the final resting place of almost 7000 POW’s who lost their lives during the construction of the ‘Death Railway’. After spending time at the cemetery, you will then be transferred to your Kanchanaburi hotel to check in.
Overnight: Kanchanaburi – 3 nights
STAR INCLUSIONS: Thailand–Burma Railway Centre – Kanchanaburi Allied War Cemetery
Day 2, Kanchanaburi
Today you will visit Hell Fire Pass and Memorial museum. This museum is a joint Australian/Thai project which is dedicated to those Australians and other Allied Prisoners of War and Asian labourers who suffered and died at Hellfire Pass and elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region during WW2. The museum explains to visitors the story of why and how the railway was built and attempts to convey the hardships and suffering endured by so many who were forced to work in extremely harsh conditions. If you are feeling energetic there is also the Memorial Walking Trail, a 4km trail along the now peaceful and serene old railway track. The Trail commences at Hellfire Pass Cutting, and incorporates a number of infamous features along the track, such as Compressor Cutting, Hintok Station, both the “Pack of Cards” and Three Tier Bridges, plus the panoramic view of Kwae Noi Look-out. Next visit the nearby Weary Dunlop Museum. You will then drive back to Kanchanaburi where you will visit the Chong Kai Allied War Cemetery, where almost 2000 POW’s are buried. (B)
STAR INCLUSIONS: Hell Fire Pass and Memorial museum – Memorial Walking Trail – Weary Dunlop Museum – Chong Kai Allied War Cemetery
Day 3, Kanchanaburi
This morning you will enjoy a scenic long-tail boat ride along Maeklong River. You will then travel by car and then board the death railway train to take a historic ride through magnificent scenery, passing over the original wooden viaduct constructed by Allied POWs. Disembarking the train you will have time to see the world-famous Bridge over the River Kwai, a part of Death Railway constructed by Allied POWs. After this unforgettable journey you will return to your Kanchanaburi hotel. (B)
STAR INCLUSIONS: long-tail boat ride along Maeklong River – journey on death railway train – Bridge over the River Kwai
Day 4, Kanchanaburi to Bangkok
This morning you will visit the JEATH museum which documents the building of the railway under harrowing conditions by the allied POWs. JEATH stands for Japan, England, America, Australia, Thailand and Holland, representing the nationalities of the prisoners of war (POW’s) who were forced to work on the construction of the famous ‘Bridge On The River Kwai’. After visiting the museum you will depart Kanchanaburi for the 2-3 hour drive back to Bangkok where you will be dropped at your hotel. The journey may be over but the memories will last a lifetime. (B)
STAR INCLUSIONS: JEATH museum – Return transfer to Bangkok
Your Tour Includes (Click here)
Hellfire Pass Flexi Tour
- Services of a local expert English speaking Tour Guide
- 3 nights’ accommodation in a 3-star resort (upgrades on request)
- Bottled water for each passenger each day
- Entrance fees as per itinerary
- All transfers and sightseeing by air conditioned vehicle as per itinerary
- Breakfast daily
- The opportunity to discuss your battlefield travel plans with our expert team
Hellfire Pass Flexi Tour
HOW TO BOOK: Contact our reservations team on 1300 880 340 or click enquiry button below and leave your details. Deposit is 30% of selling price.
Please note: Itineraries are subject to change due to operational reasons. In addition, your Historian may alter the sites visited on each day to suit local conditions.
*From price per perso, twin share, land only. Please enquire for single passenger prices. Ask about our airfare deals, which offer great discounts when booked in conjunction with our tours.