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Reviewed April 8, 2018

We took the train on Death Railway following our visit to Hellfire Pass. The train is quite rickety with hard wooden seats, but the open windows ensure that there’s a bit of a breeze. Over 100,000 men died in appalling conditions building this railway, the journey was the chance to pay our respects.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank KO100
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Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

In the mornings we had visited the Hell Fire Pass so after lunch is was time to take the train on the original tracks for oft he Death Railway. We had to wait in the restaurant as the train was 40 minutes late which was not a problem but it was rather hot!
I think most of the passengers were tourists and the carriages were delightfully old! We arrived at the famous bend in the tracks and took lots of pictures. It was the end of our River Kwai trip and we really enjoyed this train ride.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank ivyCharlotte4
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Reviewed April 1, 2018

This is more than a lovely train ride through beautiful countryside. It takes you through the landscape metre by metre in which more than 100,000 people lost their lives in the heat and hell of building the railway. The rotting original sleepers at the side of the track are a testament to the numbers that fell during it's construction. One sleeper for each death over the 400+ miles into Burma. You can actually lean out of the train and touch the rocks of the cuttings done by hand by British, Dutch & American forces and thousands of asian workers. You trundle over the bridges and experience the beauty of the place that saw so much tragedy and inhumanity. It is not air conditioned but the windows are open and they bring refreshments round. Well worth doing in my opinion.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Jules100
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Reviewed March 31, 2018 via mobile

It is a journey I have wanted to do for many years since I first visited the area 8 years ago with my pregnant wife, she did not want to ride the railway as she was afraid it would induce labour. She was born and grew up in the area, as was my daughter who lived hear for two years until we moved to Phuket. Her local family and most Thai’s have no idea what happened locally during WW2, it is a history that just not taught at the local schools.

The section of railway that runs from Kanchanaburi to Nam Tok is the most northern section of the railway that still exists in Thailand the rest is now under the water of a couple of hydro electric schemes that have been built in this region.

The train departs from Kanchanaburi at 06.07, 10.30 and 16.26 and from Nam Tok at 07.19, 14.48 and 17.41. As the journey takes around 2 hours if you want to make it in a day the 10.30 train is best. As an expat you are charged 100 baht each way, a Thai pays 17 baht! But this allows you to sit in a more newer carriage with bookable seats, my Thai daughter (7) and her cousin (9) had to pay 100 baht to sit with me.

The journey is spectacular, initially over the River Kwai Bridge and then through very rich arable land, mountains and the river it’s self which winds in and out on the southern side of the track. You have to keep reminding yourself that this was all done with hand tools particularly through the rock cuttings.

Due to delays we reached Nam Tok at just before 15:00 hrs and while the engine was moved to the other end of the train we had to decide to return immediately or wait for the 17:41 train. We decided to return, although there were plenty of local places to eat and a number of tuk tuk drivers offering to take you to the water falls or local caves. In fact we returned by car-to the falls the next day and all the kids enjoyed splashing around in the water at the Sam Yok waterfalls. You can get off at various stops on the way as there are many activities to participate in, including zip lining at Sapan Tham Krasae.
During the journey there are lots of venders who come through the carriages selling cold drinks and local snacks at reasonable prices.

A number of day tours get on and off the train at various stops, there are 8, and the train was pretty full on the way but pretty empty on the way back.

Definitely an easy and inexpensive way of seeing the actual railway working and thinking about all those that died building it, but I suggest you do some reading beforehand.

Date of experience: April 2018
4  Thank kens526
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Reviewed March 31, 2018 via mobile

Took a trip to the bridge over the river Kwai and Death Railway today, travelling from Bangkok. Long drive in a mini bus, it took about 3 hours but we'll worth it. Started off at the Jeath Museum which is small but gives you a potted history of the suffering of the people and prisoners forced into hard labour to complete this project in a very short space of time. Then we went on a boat ride up the river to the bridge which was well worth doing. Time spent on the bridge and then took the train which was a journey of about 1 and a half hours. Thoroughly enjoyed that passing some beautiful scenery on the way. Had lunch then drove to the War Cemetery which was very moving. The cemetery has been well looked after. All in all a great trip to remind us of the suffering endured by people across the work during the second world war, thoroughly recommended but it is a long day.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank MoiraRathbone
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