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  • Beautiful River Kwai in Kanchanaburi province is a great inclusion for a Thailand vacation.
  • Floating hotel houses on the River Kwai
  • The river was made famous by the film Bridge over the River Kwai
  • The famous bridge of the Burma Railway or the "Death Railway"
  • The River Kwai

The River Kwai, or Khwae Noi as it’s more correctly known, is located in Western Thailand. Near but not crossing over the border of Myanmar, the river begins at the confluence of Ranti, Songkalia and Bikhli Rivers, and merges with the Khwae Yai River at Kanchanaburi, a town located 180 kms west of Bangkok. Both rivers converge into the Mae Klong River, which empties into the Gulf of Thailand.

The River Kwai is historically known for David Lean’s film, The Bridge on the River Kwai, in which Australian, British and Dutch prisoners of war were forced by the Japanese to build two parallel bridges during World War II. The two bridges, spanning Mae Klong River, just north of Kanchanaburi, were to be a part of the Burma Railway, also known as the Railway of Death, for the many lives lost during its construction.

The first temporary bridge was made of wood, while the second, which still exists, was made of concrete and steel. The bridge was a target of frequent allied bombing raids, and was rebuilt after the war ended, as is evident in the replacement of two curved spans with two straight ones.

With the bridge still in use today, it is now surrounded by cafes, restaurants, and souvenir shops. While visitors on trips to Thalland can  walk along the bridge, there are still 3 trains a day that pass through each way, following the historic route from Kanchanaburi to Nam Tok Railway Station. The city of Kanchanaburi is home to Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, The Thailand-Burma Railway Museum, and the JEATH War Museum, which are must-see museums.

Visitors can stay overnight in a River Kwai Jungle Raft, a floating hotel situated in the river, and journey along the River Kwai to enjoy some of Thailand’s harmonious nature. There are beautiful waterfalls to bathe in, wild orchids to collect on jungle treks, deep and fabled caves to explore, and native Mon villages to visit on a Thai vacation.

An excursion to the River Kwai is a great way to experience some of Thailand’s history, culture, and nature.

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River Kwai

  • Ancient Kingdoms of Siam incl. Air

    The Ancient Kingdoms of Siam is tailor made for travellers looking to immerse themselves in Thai culture and history. It visits Bangkok, the River Kwai, Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, and Chiang Rai Roam the ruins of this ancient kingdom, and immerse yourself in all it has become, exploring exciting cities and visiting enduring hill tribes.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,429
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas, Vacation Packages with Airfare
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  • Bangkok to Singapore Luxury Train

    An unforgettable journey between Singapore and Bangkok on the renowned Eastern and Oriental Express. Travel through the Malaysian and Thai countryside while enjoying the special on-board services.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,562
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Rail Travel Ideas
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  • River Kwai Jungle Raft

    A special way to experience this historic region is on a floating raft hotel moored at the bank of the river. This itinerary offers an excellent insight into the epic story of the River Kwai.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 224
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • River Kwai Tour: 2 Days

    Explore the historic region of the River Kwai on this journey to the West of Thailand. Staying on a floating raft hotel moored on the banks of the river, you’ll delve into the dark history of this incredible jungle region and visit the infamous Bridge on the River Kwai.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 609
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • River Kwai: 3 Days

    Explore the historic region of the River Kwai on this 3-day journey to the west of Thailand. Staying on a floating raft hotel moored on the banks of the river, you’ll meet Mon villagers, venture to the Bridge on the River Kwai, and learn about the dark and fascinating history of this jungle region.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 848
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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  • Tales of Indochina

    This Southeast Asia tour skips the usual circular route, focusing on three of Indochina’s unique highlights. Enjoy bustling Bangkok, the majestic temples of Angkor, and the sights of mysterious Yangon.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,566
    Trip Type:
    Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Thailand Unplugged

    Ready for culture, cuisine, and history? Unlike many Thailand tours, this trip bases you in Bangkok, focusing on the local experiences of central Thailand, with an overnight stay on the River Kwai.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,154
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Romance & Honeymoon, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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