Thai Burma Railway Trek & Tour

Trek Details

Following the fall of Singapore in February of 1942 Allied troops were interred in Changi, Prisoner of War Camp.

In April 1943 our troops were sent to work on the building of the Thai-Burma Railway. Of the 13,004 Australians sent to work on the railway, 2,802, (22%) would never return. Conditions working on the railway were horrendous.

There was limited modern equipment made available for the railway work. Earth and rock were broken by shovels, picks, and chunkels (hoes), and carried away in baskets or sacks.

POW’s were given even less food than they had been getting in Changi, and they were forced to work in two 12 hour shifts. Cholera, beriberi and tropical ulcers were common. In April 1943 the work pace increased significantly as the Japanese strove to meet a proposed deadline during which time outbreaks of cholera claimed thousands of lives.

Visiting historically significant sites, including the Bridge 277 over the KhwaeYai River, Hellfire Pass and the Commonwealth War Graves, this adventure is a moving historical experience.

Departure Dates

Contact EE directly to express your interest and see our EE calendar to view dates of upcoming treks.

Price & Inclusions

Price on application – ex Brisbane *Flight upgrades and single supplement available.

Contact EE to obtain pricing.

Price will depend on numbers.

Your trek costs include:

  • six week adventure fitness preparation program
  • all accommodation in Kanchanaburi& twin share accommodation in Bangkok
  • all meals during trek
  • professional & experienced trek leader
  • personal travel insurance
  • trek gear – includes back pack, sleeping bag, trek shirt
  • all transfers in country
  • entry to museums and cemetery

Your trek costs do not include:

  • International flights
  • Personal expenses eg. phone calls, beverages at the hotel etc
  • Any inoculations required
  • Boots, a small amount of personal trek clothing
  • Connecting flights to and from Brisbane

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Bangkok and transfer to Kanchanaburi.
Day 2 Visit the famous 3 Pogoda Pass and Kinsaiyoke Station. Acclimatisation walk.
Day 3 Walk to Saiyoke Station and visit Kannyu Station. Overnight at Hintoke Luxury camp.
Day 4 Visit Weary Dunlop area and travel to elephant camp in Wang Pho.
Day 5 Visit Hell Fire Pass and board famous train ride to Bridge on the River Kwai – Visit Thai-Burma Railway Centre and listen to brief by Rod Beattie, Railway Historian – Dinner is at a local restaurant overlooking the Kwai Bridge.
Day 6 Following a tour of Kanchanaburi you will transfer to Bangkok for an overnight stay.
Day 7 Early departure to Brisbane.

Training

Six weeks remote or supervised.

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