At the end of 2022, I traveled to Kanchanaburi. River Khwae Bridge is yet another important historical site in Thailand.
This bridge is a famous landmark, a memorial, and a significant WWII historical location. Visitors can cross this 300-meter-long bridge on foot to reach the other side.
Tourists can stroll while capturing images of the river view and surrounding natural beauty. The bridge will have trains passing by, so be careful.
History of the River Khwae Bridge
This bridge is important in the history of the world because it is the route of the Thonburi-Namtok railway line.
The bridge was constructed during the Second World War, also known as the Great East Asia War.
Japanese troops were stationed in Thailand as a result of Japan’s declaration of war against the Allies during this conflict.
To attack British Burma and Malaya, the Japanese ambassador asked the Thai government to permit Japanese troops to march through Thailand.
Numerous allied prisoners of war gave their labor and their lives to build the railroad tracks. The bridge is divided into 11 concrete columns,
and Thanbu Sayak, Republic of the Union of Myanmar, is where the railroad line ends. The bridge suffered severe damage from Allied air raids during World War II,
which led to Japan’s defeat on August 15, 1945, and the collapse of the bridge. The Thai government then paid 50 million baht to purchase the railway from England and repair it so that it could once again be used.
Travel to Kanchanaburi by train.
You can travel to Kanchanaburi’s significant locations on a single day on the Thonburi-Namtok train. The ticket office can be contacted in advance.
To reserve tickets in advance right away, call Bangkok Station at +66 026248701 ext. 5229. Every Saturday, Sunday, and on federal holidays, special trains are offered.
Thonburi-Namtok train timetable.
06.30 Bangkok Station will be the departure point for a special train to the waterfall.
07.40 Stop at Nakhon Pathom Station; we have about 40 minutes to spare.
08.20 The train departs from Nakhon Pathom station.
09.35 When visitors reach the Bridge over the River Kwai, they can descend and take pictures of the Bridge.
10.00 The train pulls away from the River Kwai Bridge.
11:00 At Tham Krasae, the train arrives. This significant historic railroad line’s beauty is visible to visitors. By allied prisoners of war, one of the most stunning railway lines was created. It’s as if you’ve unconsciously traveled back to World War 2.
11.30 At Sai Yok Noi Waterfall, the train stops. Tourists can relax and swim in the waterfall for about 3 hours.
14.25 Leave Sai Yok Noi Waterfall to go to the Allied War Cemetery.
16.53 Visitors arriving on the special train must be prepared to board the train back to Bangkok at the Kanchanaburi station.
19.25 safely arrived at the Bangkok station.
The province of Kanchanaburi is home to some historically significant landmarks, including the Nine Armies War Historical Park,
Ban Kao National Museum, Kanchanaburi City Gate, historical locations in the old city of Kanchanaburi, Chong Kai Allied War Cemetery,
THE JEATH WAR MUSEUM (WAR MUSEUM), etc. There are numerous tourist check-in points, including the Giant Chamchuri Tree,
Uttamanusorn Bridge (Mon Bridge), Sai Yok Waterfall, and Erawan Waterfall, among other well-known tourist attractions.
Numerous tourist attractions can be found in Thailand’s 77 provinces, such as this bridge over the River Kwai, waiting for visitors to come and experience the beauty firsthand.