Burma Railway (Death Railway)
The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre in Kanchanaburi recounts the line's dark history from construction to completion. Meanwhile, a stop at the Burma Railway itself is likely to be a somber affair, so visit with a guide to get the most out of your visit.
You can now ride a portion of the Death Railway between Nong Pla Duk and Nam Tok, passing along Wampo Viaduct and take in countryside views. Meanwhile, day trips from Bangkok typically combine a ride on Burma Railway with a visit to Bridge on the River Kwai, now the site of JEATH War Museum, and Erawan Waterfall, famous for its seven tiers and turquoise pools.
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Things to Know Before You Go
As a troubling yet significant part of Thailand’s history, the Burma Railway (Death Railway) is a must-visit for history buffs.
The movie The Railway Man explores the history of the Death Railway and is worth watching before you visit.
At Bridge on the River Kwai, there is an abundance of vendors selling snacks, meals, and cold drinks.
To see all the historic sites associated with the Thai-Burma Railway, plan to stay at least one night in Kanchanaburi.
How to Get There
Burma Railway is about 81 miles (130 kilometers) from Bangkok, or a 2.5-hour drive via the Route 323 highway. You can also take the train from Bangkok Central Station to Kanchanaburi, which takes around 3-hours and can sometimes involve changes.
When to Get There
The journey on the Burma Railway takes around 2 hours; three trains operate daily and typically depart Kanchanaburi in early morning, midmorning, and midafternoon—check the website for exact times. The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre is open daily from morning until early evening.
Though far less traveled than southern Thailand, Kanchanaburi boasts multiple cultural and historical highlights. Make time to visit Erawan National Park, home to the eponymous waterfall; Phartat Cave; the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, a memorial to prisoners who died in WWII; and Wat Tham Suea temple.