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Kanchanaburi Historical Highlights


 Along the Death Railway

The notorious Burma-Siam railway (best known as the “Death Railway“) built by American, Dutch, and Commonwealth prisoners of war.  The railway was a Japanese project driven by the need for improved support the large Japanese army in Burma. During the construction, approximately 13,000 prisoners of war died and buried along the railway. An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 civilians / chiefly forced labor brought from Malaya and India or conscripted in Siam (Thailand) and Burma (Myanmar) also died in the course of the project.  Two labor forces camps, one in Thailand and one in Myanmar (Burma) worked from the opposite end towards the center. The aim was to complete the construction within 14 months. The Works started in October 1942 and completed by December 1943. The total length of the line was 424 kilometers.

A Journey on the Death Railway Train by using the track overhanging the River Kwai on the old wooden viaduct is included in all our packages.




Thailand–Burma Railway Centre in Kanchanaburi is an interactive museum, research and information center. It is exclusive to present the history of the Thailand-Burma-Railway. The fully air-conditioned center offers the visitor an educational and moving experience.






Next to the Thailand–Burma Railway Center the Allied War Cemetery  gives the 6.982 victims of the Japanese imprisonment, which built the Burma Railway (Beat), the last peaceful rest.







Two Bridges

Bridge over the River Kwai is much known for the 1957 move “The Bridge on the River Kwai”.  Besides the question how much of the film was real or how much was fiction?  The real history of how the railway through Thailand (Siam) was build is a horrific story.  Actually, the Japanese ordered to build two Kwai River bridges (one of steel and one of wood) to help move Japanese supplies and troops. One bridge built of wood approximately 100 meters upriver from the current bridge during the construction of the iron and concrete bridge.  No remnants of the wooden bridge remain.






Hellfire Pass

The Hellfire Pass (known by the Japanese as Konyu Cutting) got its name from the POWs (prisoner of war) and Asian laborers during World War II. Stony mountains cut by prisoners of war in this inhospitable jungle to lay tracks of the Death Railway. They cut and blasted with force through rock by hand to clear the area.  They destroyed railroad leads to the ‘Hin Tok’ bridge and ‘Konyu’ cutting, pass for the former Burma Railway (today also called the “Death Railway”).  Covered by the jungle after closing the pass, the area has reclaimed from the jungle as a profound war memorial.

The pass is known for the harsh conditions and heavy loss of life during the construction by its suffered labors.  To build the pass within a very short time frame, construction had to continue through the night by torchlight. It resembles a scene from Hell, the prisoner reported. A small museum (Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum) next to the pass gives a lot of detailed information. The memorial complex (Hin Lek Fai) settled in memory of the allied prisoners of war and conscripted from India, Burma, Malaysia, who suffered and died during the construction of the railway.










Why not choose Thailand as your next holiday destination?

There is obviously no number of reasons why so many tourists choose every year to visit Thailand. Some of them are even things to settle down in Thailand.

Thailand - the land of smile

There are only a few places like Thailand in our world. Which offers diverse culture, awesome climate, delicious and world-class cuisine, nice beaches, friendly people, enchanting scenery, very affordable living costs, and/or the vibrant nightlife around the country.

And since there are only a few places you can find all these; many tourists are choosing Thailand as their holiday destination.

Quaint and refreshing beaches Kayaking at Kaeng Sam, Nakhorn Nayok Thailand

Scuba Diving at the Andaman Sea

A heaven of a place, Thailand lies in the heart of Southeast Asia and offers a huge selection of travel experiences and travelers just have to pick the one that suits their interest and budget for their individual travel dream.

While honeymooners like to toddle alongside its quaint and refreshing beaches. While the adventure-loving kids like to make their splash into the blue sea. Others are one the quest of some real excitement pick enthralling wildlife escapades for their holidays in the delightful country.

Thailand is also a site of ancient architectural wonders. Since Thai history goes far back and remnants of different Kingdoms, like Ayudhya and Sukothai, prompt exploration and a challenge to explore their origins. In the northeast, there are the remnants of many ancient Khmer temples. And some of the people still speak the Khmer language.

Many of the ancient Buddhist and Hindu temples have marked as world heritage sites, exhibiting the precision and skill of ancient sculptors, a must for history lovers.

Tom Yam Kung, Thailands most popular dishChiang Mai Songkran Festival, Chiang Mai

 Namtok Heo Narokjungle at the Khao Yai National Park in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand…………………………..

The beauty of the City in Thailand:

With one side facing the Andaman Sea and the other side facing the Gulf of Thailand. Thailand has more than 1000 miles of coastline which became the primary attractions for Thailand vacations. It is best for those who are more attracted to the physical side of life. Thailand offers a wide variety of water sports. It includes scuba diving, water skiing, deep-sea fishing, jet skiing, and parasailing are offered all around. Beach at Hat Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan

Besides all the water activities and attractions, Golfing became very popular in Thailand and not only for tourists, but many Thais are also founding their peace during a match. Thailand offers year-round golfing with a wide choice of high-quality golf courses.

Blue Canyon Golf Course in PhuketTake the opportunity for exotic sightseeing Tours and Excursions at interesting destinations to include Kanchanaburi, Chang Mai, the northern area around the “Golden Triangle”, the southern islands, Koh Chang, and many others, and of course, not forget Bangkok itself.

Then people usually end their trip one of the islands in the southern part of Thailand. for some relaxing days on the beach or some other water sport activities before they head back to Bangkok, so do some last shopping and then head home.

Before you pack for your “Thailand vacation” you can sure look forward to a journey of a lifetime as you will return with a bagful of memories worth cherishing.

Histroy - Nature - Shopping all in one country