The River Kwai in Kanchanaburi Province is the location of a bridge built as part of the Thai-Burmese railroad. A fictional novel and film were later created bearing the name "The Bridge over the River Kwai", making the site famous. The plot borrows the historical origins of the railroad construction for the setting.
An early start as a long journey but worth every moment. We were taken to the Hellfire Pass where Prisoners of the Japanese blasted a cutting through rocks and transported everything by hand to construct the Rangoon-Bangkok Railway. Reliving the harrowing experience of those men was humbling when one realised the cruelty to which they were subjected. The excursion then continued to River Kwai but stopping at a Thai Restaurant on the river bank included within the price was most enjoyable. After lunch a visit to the Bridge, walk over it and then a long tail boat ride down the river and a visit to a tented museum preceded a drive back to the ship The cost for two days for two people including lunch etc was US$400 - fantastic value for money. When we returned to the ship we asked the Manager of the Shore excursions office why they did not do this trip and his reply was "What is the River Kwai and why would you want to go there"!!! We were staggered that he had no idea about it
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