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Bridge over the River Kwai

Listed under Industrial in Central Thailand, Thailand.

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The thing about the Bridge over the River Kwai is that when it and the ’death railway’ was built by Allied prisoners of war it didn’t actually cross the River Kwai. The railway runs parallel to the river for large stretches but the bridge crosses the Mae Khlung (to make things easier for tourists they have now renamed the river to fit the book by Pierre Boulle and the film adaptation directed by David Lean.).

The steel bridge you can see today just out of Kanchanaburi now caters for visitors with a museum and cafes etc. Most of this bridge is original except for a two sections which were bombed by the Allies in 1945. The best way to experience the bridge is to take a train ride along the railway which will also take you through Hellfire Pass, one of the main quarries used in the construction of the bridge and railway.

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Written by  Trent Rex.

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“Bridge over the River Kwai”

The famous bridge of the Burma Railway crosses the river at Tha Makham Subdistrict of the Mueang District. The construction of the bridge is depicted in The Bridge over the River Kwai by Pierre Boulle and in its film adaptation.' Read more...

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We have just returned for a 3 week trip to Thailand and by far the best bit was the River Kwai! The Bridge was probably the worst part as it is very touristy however we stayed at the river kwai resort which is only accessible by long tailed boat. It was perfectly peaceful and right in the heart of the jungle! With a private guild it amasing how much there is to see nestled in the river banks! Waterfalls, natural springs, wildlife and of course the history of what really happened at the river kwai. It was very sad in places, but a must see to remember the thousands who lost there lives as prisons of war.

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