Hellfire Pass in Kanchanaburi Thailand is the name given to a railway cutting on the “Death Railway” or Thai-Burma Railway built by the Japanese during the second world war. Most people are aware that this railway was built using Prisoners of War labor but not everyone is aware of the death toll of the many civilian laborers from surrounding countries including Malaysia and China. Death Railway gained its’ name due to the extremely high death toll and severe treatment
The Bridge on the River Kwai was made famous by a 1957 war movie of the same name. Although the movie was roughly based on true life events, it should not be taken as 100% historically accurate. However if you have the chance, I would recommend that you watch the movie before visiting the bridge. For a detailed discussion on the movie, this Wikipedia Article makes good reading. There were two bridges constructed, one wooden and one
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery – Central Thailand The Kanchanaburi War Cemetery is the main cemetery associated with Prisoner of War (POW) victims of the Thai-Burma or “Death” Railway. It is located on the main road, (Saeng Chuto Road), that runs through the city of Kanchanaburi. It is lovingly maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. There are 6,982 former POWs buried here. They are mostly Australian, British and Dutch. There are 1,896 Dutch war graves, the rest being from Britain and the Commonwealth.
All waterfalls have one thing in common. They ALL need water, and Sai Yok Noi Waterfall is no exception. Most people come to Kanchanaburi to see the Bridge on The River Kwai, or the Hellfire Pass and the WWII history, but while they are here, many allow a little extra time and visit some of the waterfalls in the area. If you visit at the correct time, then you will not be disappointed, but if you visit during the
Tham Krasae Bridge also known as the Wampo Viaduct, is the forgotten section of the death railway. Many people visit Kanchanaburi to visit The Bridge on The River Kwai and Hellfire Pass but they fail to take the little extra time and walk an amazing part of the Death Railway which is the section called the Tham Krasae Bridge or Wampo Viaduct, between Thamkrasae Station and the Tham Krasae Bridge Stations. Granted, the Hellfire Pass and Hammer-and-Tap cuttings were an amazing
Anzac Day 2015 at Hellfire Pass in Kanchanaburi Thailand commenced as normal with the Dawn Service and Gunfire Breakfast . This was followed by the Memorial Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. Anzac Day is commemorated in Thailand every year by conducting the above services on April 26. The 2015 Anzac Day tour was a little special. It was the 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli Landing in World War 1. It was also special because our tour group included the widow
As the home of 7 national parks, Kanchanaburi Province covers vast areas of dense forests with several beautiful waterfalls. It is probably best known throughout the western world for being the location of The Bridge on the River Kwai, made famous by a movie of the same name. The region not only has a lot of Second World War history but also has been to location of several skirmishes with neighboring Burma (Myanmar). Things to see and do
There is a lot to see in the Central Thailand Region. Most visitors arrive in Bangkok. It is a true treasure house of historical and cultural heritage where you can spend several days shopping at the many markets, visiting temples, tasting the Thai Food and relishing in the many amazing sites. One of our favorite tours of this region is our Anzac Tour which highlights the POW history in Hellfire Pass and the Bridge on the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi.