The soundtrack to your trip
During your visit it’s impossible to avoid whistling the ‘March of Colonel Bogey’, included in the soundtrack to the film ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’. This is the British military tune that the prisoners whistled in the film on their way from the concentration camp.
The original wooden bridge was bombed by the Allies. It was partially rebuilt after the war. Nowadays only 130 kilometres of railway line between the Thai cities of Ban Pong and Nam Tok operate. As well as the story behind these lines, the jungle landscape that surrounds the train journey is also chilling. Two kilometres away from Kanchanaburi, the station closest to the bridge on the river Kwai, are the Sai Yok Noi waterfalls.
The museums built in Kanchanaburi in memory of the dead allow you to learn more about this story. The Death Railway Museum recounts everything that happened during the building works and the JEATH War Museum reconstructs the lives of those who worked on the line. The name of this museum are the initials in English of the prisoners of war: Japanese, English, Australian, Thai and Holland. A visit to the cemeteries of the Allied soldiers is very moving, especially when you realise how young the people were who lost their lives there.