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Travel Group trip to the Death Railway in Kanchanaburi

*** Payment details added at the end ***

Many of you have seen the movie, "The Railway Man", starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman.  Now, we will be offering you a further opportunity to understand the story of the Death Railway with our day trip there on Sunday, May 25.  You will see the places that are in the movie, with an expert (UK) tour guide from DTC Travel to explain and to answer your questions.  There will also be a Thai tour guide to conduct the tour in Thai language.


In 1942, Kanchanaburi was under Japanese control. It was here that Asian forced labourers and Allied POWs, building the infamous Thailand-Burma Railway, constructed a bridge; an event immortalized in the film Bridge on the River Kwai and now retold in a very different way by The Railway Man (which emphasis the after-effects of the war). Almost half of the prisoners working on the project died from disease, maltreatment and accidents.


Trip plan

-  Travel to Ban Pong, “City of Nice People”, site of the original terminus of prisoner trains from Singapore, near the Non Pladuk camp. We will make a short stop.

-  On to Kanchanaburi, site of the major Thamarkan camp.

-  After visiting Kanchanaburi wall and gate with properties still standing from the World War II period, we make a visit to the Thai Burma Railway Centre, which overlooks one of the allied cemeteries.

Lunch ( included) is taken at a riverside restaurant in full view of the infamous bridge. There is time to walk on to the bridge and also view the various preserved locomotives death railway equipment.

-  From the bridge we shall take a longtail boat ride along the river to visit the Chungkai Allied Cemetery which is located on the site of the former hospital and base camp.

-  From here we take a short walk to view the P.O.W. engineered railway cutting.

On our return journey to Bangkok we will visit Nakhon Pathom which is not only the site of the world's largest Stupa but was also the venue for a huge hospital camp in 1944, housing up to 10,000 patients.

Trip Price of 1,100 baht Includes:

Transport by air-conditioned coach
Lunch (excluding drinks) and 2 snack boxes en route
Unlimited drinking water on board
Admission and boat fees
English speaking licensed tour guide
Thai speaking licensed tour guide

Payment Procedure

The cost of the trip is 1,100 baht.

This can be paid by bank funds transfer, paying  in cash at the office of the office of DTC Travel, or paying by credit card (3% additional and in person only) at the office of DTC Travel.

** Here are the steps for bank funds transfer if you choose that alternative **

(1)  By Monday, May 19, transfer 1,100 baht from your bank account at any Thai bank to the DTC Travel Co, Ltd. bank account:

SCB (Siam Commercial Bank)
Account Name : DTC Travel Co, Ltd.
Branch : Surawong 2
Account Number :[masked]

(2)  By Monday, May 19, send an email to [masked] so we can track deposits:

-  Email "Subject" line: Railway Man Payment

-  State number of travelers with their real names (not Meetup names).

-  State your Meetup name

-  Your mobile phone number

-  A scanned copy of the bank payment receipt is good but not essential

(3)  Show your bank receipt when you board our tour bus for Kanchanaburi.

*** Here are the steps if you want to pay at the DTC Travel Office ***

You can visit the DTC Travel office to pay in cash or by credit card by Monday, May 19.  Credit cards (additional 3%) can be accepted at the office only.

Address 12/11 Soi Prompak
Soi Sukhumvit 49/6 , Sukhumvit Road, Klongton Nua,
Wattana Bangkok 10110
Telephone numbers [masked]/1958 , Fax [masked]
Tom Bishop, Managing Director
DTC Travel Co. Ltd.

(If the telephone numbers are blanked out on the web page, please see the email you were sent.)

Opening Hours

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation before May 21st: Cancellation administration fee is 300 baht per person
Cancellation after  May 21st: Non-refundable


What you need to do on this page (for the Meetup Group)

If you haven't already done so, please click above right where it says "Will you attend?" to let us know you will be coming.  This is not a reservation.  For a reservation, you must follow the procedure immediately above under "Payment Procedure".


Meeting Point

Exchange Tower - Ratchadapisek Road entrance
388 Sukhumvit Rd., Asok, BTS Exit 6 (Skybridge connection)

(See map below and )

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  • Nils Den T.

    The trip was great! Good to see places I had not visited before, despite having been many times in Kanchanaburi. Thanks to the organizers for organizing such an excellent tour.

    May 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed meeting new people as well as catching up with old friends. I think the places we were shown were good examples of history past. BUT...the actual organisation of the group was lacking. Many times we turned to each other and asked "what's happening now?", "where are we going next?", "what are we supposed to be doing?". No one knew. A small printed itinerary would be helpful. Before we disembark from the vehicles, a heads up as to the plan at the location would be great. Many times commentary could not be heard. I would suggest a megaphone for use on future walking tours. We'd all appreciate it. And if the Meetup is associated with a movie, maybe the movie can be shown on the way to our intended location and not on the way home.

    May 26, 2014

  • John S.

    Great trip! Hot! Interesting! 68 people!

    1 · May 25, 2014

  • Jayne

    Is this still on given the coup?

    May 23, 2014

    • Art

      Yes, the trip is still on. The coup doesn't change anything about this tour except that there is a 10:00 pm curfew. We had expected to arrive back in Bangkok around 7:00 pm, but with the coup, it may be even earlier because of less traffic from Kanchanaburi. If necessary, we will omit the stop at Nakhon Pathom on the return trip and stop at some outer BTS Skytrain stations so that people to get home way before the start of the 10:00pm curfew.

      May 23, 2014

  • Barry

    I hope the trip is still on, coup or no.

    May 23, 2014

  • John S.

    I feel postponing the trip due to martial law would be a wrong decision. But I will listen to any good argument for postponement.

    May 20, 2014

    • Art

      As organizer of this group, I find (from thoroughly researching national and international press reports and statements of the Royal Thai Army) that there is absolutely no valid reason for postponement of our trip, so it will not be postponed. As an Army statement said, "People are urged not to panic, and can carry on their business as usual...." As of 3:00 AM this morning when martial law was imposed, you can take a trip to Kanchanaburi and be **more confident** that the area will be at peace when you return to Bangkok than prior to martial law.

      5 · May 20, 2014

  • Barry

    No reason to postpone.

    1 · May 20, 2014

    • Art

      Hi Paolo, Thanks for the link. None of the 15 items listed there for martial law will affect us. We are still good for Sunday.

      2 · May 20, 2014

  • Jessjess C.

    hello... just wondering... are we still good on sunday? in spite of the martial law?

    May 20, 2014

    • Art

      We are still good for Sunday. The martial law will not affect us because we will not be going near any protest area.

      May 20, 2014

  • Tricia H.

    Me too, all paid up now, see you Sunday.

    1 · May 19, 2014

  • Jessjess C.

    hello I transfered the money today and sent a confirmation email to Tom.

    1 · May 19, 2014

  • Pepe U.

    Hi Art, I already transferred money to bank account and sent email to Tom. See you on Sunday.

    1 · May 19, 2014

  • Nash

    This looks like a great trip, but few days too soon for me to come out.
    Hope you have some trips in June or July?

    May 14, 2014

    • Art

      Hi Nash, There will be no trips in June or July. Beyond this month, the date of the next trip is unknown at present.

      May 14, 2014

  • Lori C.

    Sorry, I just spent the last 6 days in Kanchanaburi. See you next trip

    May 5, 2014

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