Thailand: The Bridge over the River Kwai

The Bridge over the River Kwai is a main historical side in Thailand. The railway line connects Thailand and Myanmar and was build by slaves in 1942. It can be reached easily from Bangkok by Bus, Train or with the car in 2-3 hours.

When visiting the side step first into the JEATH War Museum, it gives some background on the construction of the bridge and the railway line during the war. The railway was build through the forest, due to that many slaves lost their lives because of animal attacks or malaria.

It is possible to cross the bridge as it has special platforms to stand on when a train is crossing the bridge. We took some time to explore the area by first going to the War Museum, after that walking around over the bright and looking at the beginning of the Death Railway. As we found the Death Railway looked interesting we took the next train and drove with it for two stops, over the special Death Bridge and a bit longer.

Due to the fact that the side is really popular it became somehow a tourist mass attraction. It was still ok as the area is big but be aware that there will be a lot of tourist buses and bigger groups visiting this side. Many will only stay there for 15 to 20 minutes and only going on the bright and back to the bus. If you have some more time go around on the other side of the bridge or visit the War Museum.

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