Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre and Memorial Walking Trail

Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre and Memorial Walking Trail

Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre and Memorial Walking Trail
4.5
Historic Walking AreasHistory Museums
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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A memorial dedicated to the Asian labourers and Allied prisoners of war who suffered and died constructing and maintaining the Burma-Thailand railway during WW II.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • MatthewJB
    Cairns, Australia366 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you’ve come this far, this is a MUST.
    The Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre is about 100km from Kanchanaburi. We hired a car for the trip there and back for 2200 Thai Baht. Yes, it was expensive, but the car was air conditioned on a very hot and humid day and the trip direct. The road is a divided four lane road for about half the journey. It takes a little over an hour. There are turning lanes and a few traffic lights in the main villages/towns along the way. Other options include the three times daily train and connecting local bus (basically all day) for a fraction of the price, or local tours that include Hellfire Pass and other attractions such as the Erawan waterfall and other nearby attractions. We based ourselves in Kanchanaburi, but very long day tours are available daily from Bangkok. The Interpretive Centre is modern, and includes toilets, car parking, and vending machines for drinks and snacks. The main part consists of backlit screens of text in English and Thai accompanying photos and sketches made by the POWs recounting the horrors of the building of the railway. There is a 10 minute film screened on a loop that is worth watching. The real benefit is visiting the track of the railway, a few hundred steps down from the Centre. A short walk (40-45 minutes return) or a longer track (3 hours) is available. The short walk takes you to the Australian Government official War Graves Commission Memorial. A US Memorial Plaque is set to be unveiled on 23 October 2023. The audio guide for the walk, with a 200 Baht deposit, is worth listening to, with POW survivors recounting their first-hand experiences. If you’ve come this far, you should visit the Interpretive Centre.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 13, 2023
  • Anne B
    Port Augusta, Australia29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre
    Travelled to Hellfire Pass with two brothers to investigate the history of a great uncle who worked on the Burma railway as an Australian POW. It was a very moving experience arriving at and experiencing the Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre. It was pristine with a few simple and meaningful displays. There was also videos of POW survivors which was very moving. The walk was very well maintained and quite easy to access and walk along. There were quite a few steps down to the pathway. The walk through the pass was very sobering and evoked many emotions. There were quite a few memorials and personal tributes along the way. It was a very thought provoking visit for knowledge on Australian involvement in the war. Would highly recommend for anyone to visit. The Australian Government needs to be congratulated on this wonderful memorial to all the POWs.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written January 17, 2024
  • KCrC2011
    Brisbane, Australia428 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Memorial
    This was a great place to visit and the Australian Veteran Affairs have done a great job of building the memorial. It is a big walk though, especially if you are not fully mobile. I was lucky and we were able to organise the golf cart to take us down to the bottom and back. Well worth a visit.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written February 6, 2024
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Perry H
San Diego, CA1,796 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
You can see the work that was done and the path carved out for troops and railway work. The prisoners that must have lost thier lives in this endeavor is heartbreaking. You can see and walk much of this and in addition you can visit the museum for better insight.
Written January 27, 2020
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Beverley K
67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
We came here from Kanchanaburi where we were staying by the river. We took the train from river Kwai station at 6:15 am to nam tok and then a buss to hellfire pass. It was an amazing place to visit, well maintained and a very good audio tour. I can’t put into words how this place made me feel, just thinking about how people survived the ordeal and came home from the war. I would recommend a visit if you are in Thailand as it was the best place I have visited by far. We took the bus back directly from hellfire pass to Kanchanaburi. We like to find our way in public transport but if you’re not so confident there are many arranged tours.
Written January 1, 2020
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MatthewJB
Cairns, Australia366 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre is about 100km from Kanchanaburi. We hired a car for the trip there and back for 2200 Thai Baht. Yes, it was expensive, but the car was air conditioned on a very hot and humid day and the trip direct. The road is a divided four lane road for about half the journey. It takes a little over an hour. There are turning lanes and a few traffic lights in the main villages/towns along the way. Other options include the three times daily train and connecting local bus (basically all day) for a fraction of the price, or local tours that include Hellfire Pass and other attractions such as the Erawan waterfall and other nearby attractions. We based ourselves in Kanchanaburi, but very long day tours are available daily from Bangkok.
The Interpretive Centre is modern, and includes toilets, car parking, and vending machines for drinks and snacks. The main part consists of backlit screens of text in English and Thai accompanying photos and sketches made by the POWs recounting the horrors of the building of the railway. There is a 10 minute film screened on a loop that is worth watching. The real benefit is visiting the track of the railway, a few hundred steps down from the Centre. A short walk (40-45 minutes return) or a longer track (3 hours) is available. The short walk takes you to the Australian Government official War Graves Commission Memorial. A US Memorial Plaque is set to be unveiled on 23 October 2023. The audio guide for the walk, with a 200 Baht deposit, is worth listening to, with POW survivors recounting their first-hand experiences. If you’ve come this far, you should visit the Interpretive Centre.
Written October 13, 2023
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Janka K
Brno, Czech Republic8,168 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The place for sad memories. I recommend to put on some comfortable sport shoes and walk on hiking trail to the spot where the actual Hellfire Pass is. Additional information can be read/seen in the museum next to the parking place.
Written February 29, 2020
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Jane N
London, UK986 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
If you can go to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, War Cemetery and the River Kwai Bridge in Kanchanaburi first as this will give you a good background to what you are going to see.
To get the most out of this when you get here watch the film first (into the museum and turn right), then go to the Pass and then do the museum. It is very moving when you see what these brave men went through and how many died.
There are a lot of steps down to the Pass and then you have to climb up those steps to get back up. There are no toilets in the Pass or the museum. As you exit turn left, follow the path and the toilets are on the left (very clean). There are also a few 'shops' selling drinks, snacks and ice cream.
A big thank you to the Australian and Thai Governments for this memorial.
Written April 3, 2020
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Toitiwid
Bangkok, Thailand9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
The exhibitions inside the museum are classified into three sections;
1. Display history of WWII
2. The movie featuring the death railway and WWII
3. Memorial Walking Trail to the Chong Khao Khat, which POWs in WWII once used hammer & tap cutting through solid rock to be a railway pass and there is still a railway trace left.

Before setting off on the memorial walk, you’re advised to wear sturdy shoes, carry water, wear a hat and sunscreen. The walk is not circular and If you intend to do the full route, it’s suggested that you notify the museum and ask for radio as there’s no help provided on the walk.
Written February 25, 2020
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Vi C
Bangkok, Thailand325 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Family
The hellfire pass is just a awesome place for all ages and levels of fitness, the walk through the pass itself is free, but I think if you wish to go thought the museum before the actual trek you have to pay.
The view is amazing but the historical symbolism of the place is just overwhelming.
As you walk along the trek there are a lot of informative signs telling you about the POWs that worked there and general information of where you are and what happened there. There are two points that you can get to throughout the trek( point 1 and 2) they state that getting from the start of the trek to point two(the end) takes about 3h. But I’m think it took me and my family about 1:30 taking a lot of stops and pictures. You don’t need to be too fit for the whole trek and I think it is totally worth it.
It is led by the Australian government, well maintained and they just did a really good job!!
Totally recommend it, it is a must in Thailand!!
Written December 27, 2020
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Edward G
Sydney, Australia22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
A really well maintained museum that is an appropriate tribute to those who worked on this section of the "Death Railway". The audio tour is a must and brings the horror what the prisoners and local workers must have gone through. It was a moving and very informative visit. We only did the shorter of the two treks but that took us 90 minutes. A very worthwhile visit.
Written January 11, 2020
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dmitch2050
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Visited here with a small group. Reading the information inside was horrendous to read what those men had to endure. But it was even more horrendous when we walked through the pass we had clothes sun screen hats and shoes and we were shattered and yet those guys had to work sometimes bare footed, loin cloth only , only water they could carry using hand tools to dig through granite and forced to work up to 20 hrs in the day you could not help but shed a tear. Thank you to the Australian Govt for supporting this place, we should never forget and I could only ask WHY are we so nasty to each other
Written March 4, 2020
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chiangmaicharlies
Chiang Mai, Thailand5,611 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
It will almost certainly make you wonder at humankind's ability to harm its own species and commit such atrocities, when you take the time to view many of the fine exhibits in the museum. Daunting, but worth it.

The museum and the rest of the buildings, steps and trails are well designed, tidy and clean. There are Thai staff here, but I'm sure the whole Centre has been designed and implemented by Australia, who lost so many lives in this area.

Outside there is a 20 to 30 minute walk to the Hellfire pass (part of the Thailand to Myanmar railway) with a number of interesting plaques and information boards. You can take an addition 1 to 2 hour walk (more difficult), should you wish.

This Centre is outstanding and should not be missed if you are in the area. There are good food and rest points, plus plenty of parking space right outside.
Written February 5, 2023
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