Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre and Memorial Walking Trail

Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre and Memorial Walking Trail, Tha Sao

Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre and Memorial Walking Trail

Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre and Memorial Walking Trail
4.5
Historic Walking Areas • History Museums
09:00 - 16:00
Monday
09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 16:00
Thursday
09:00 - 16:00
Friday
09:00 - 16:00
Saturday
09:00 - 16:00
Sunday
09:00 - 16:00
About
A memorial dedicated to the Asian labourers and Allied prisoners of war who suffered and died constructing and maintaining the Burma-Thailand railway during WW II. Note: The Centre has resumed its operations since 25th September 2020 with hygienic and COVID-19 precautionary measures applied. For more detail please visit our official website.
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Alton
Derby, UK31 contributions
A must
Dec 2020 • Family
Do not miss this museum.
Be prepared to spend 2 - 4 hrs here.
There are a few ‘local’ food stores selling Thai meals for 50BHT etc
Free filtered water just before you set out along the trail
Written 1 January 2021
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Vi C
Bangkok, Thailand80 contributions
A Historic and Fun Place to Visit
Dec 2020 • Family
The hellfire pass is just a awesome place for all ages and levels of fitness, the walk through the pass itself is free, but I think if you wish to go thought the museum before the actual trek you have to pay.
The view is amazing but the historical symbolism of the place is just overwhelming.
As you walk along the trek there are a lot of informative signs telling you about the POWs that worked there and general information of where you are and what happened there. There are two points that you can get to throughout the trek( point 1 and 2) they state that getting from the start of the trek to point two(the end) takes about 3h. But I’m think it took me and my family about 1:30 taking a lot of stops and pictures. You don’t need to be too fit for the whole trek and I think it is totally worth it.
It is led by the Australian government, well maintained and they just did a really good job!!
Totally recommend it, it is a must in Thailand!!
Written 27 December 2020
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Khairil AR
Ko Kret, Thailand138 contributions
History of ‘Hellfire Pass’
Aug 2020 • Friends
Had a very good guided tour (@Mick). The railway built during WW2. Not a place to miss. Imperative centre offers an overview of the area. The walkway down the history. Staffs were excellent, English speaking.
Written 22 August 2020
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Jane N
London, UK854 contributions
Not to be missed
Jan 2020
If you can go to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, War Cemetery and the River Kwai Bridge in Kanchanaburi first as this will give you a good background to what you are going to see.
To get the most out of this when you get here watch the film first (into the museum and turn right), then go to the Pass and then do the museum. It is very moving when you see what these brave men went through and how many died.
There are a lot of steps down to the Pass and then you have to climb up those steps to get back up. There are no toilets in the Pass or the museum. As you exit turn left, follow the path and the toilets are on the left (very clean). There are also a few 'shops' selling drinks, snacks and ice cream.
A big thank you to the Australian and Thai Governments for this memorial.
Written 3 April 2020
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J0ymermaid
Bangkok, Thailand126 contributions
Historical sight
Aug 2019
This historical sight is around 80 km from Kanchanaburi and can be best reached if you have your own transportation. There is not much left from the original trail, just a few pieces of the track. However, if you are interested in history, it gives you a good impression about the environment the POW had to work and live. So if you are on the way to the North it is definitely worth a stop.
Written 9 March 2020
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Escape26979538828
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Hellfire Pass Memorial
Jan 2020
How do you start a review of such a place? How can you think clearly after reading what these Prisoner's of War went through and seeing evidence of it in photographs and secret drawings? Not forgetting the unnamed thousands of Asian labourers also made to work on the Thai-Burma Railway. The interpretive centre is excellent and is the gateway to Memorial Walking Trail. I challenge you to not be moved after reading and listening to the accounts of what went on. The entrance into the museum is dark and on the walls are recorded with the names of everyone who worked on the railway interspersed with words such as 'father', 'son', 'brother', 'those unnamed', etc. A railway pattern done by lights is on the floor. It is eerie, sad and totally moving. I only went to the Memorial which involves walking through Hellfire Pass. To actually see the rock face that was blasted out by hand is incredible. Weary Dunlop's ashes are in Hellfire Pass behind a plaque. The whole idea of the Railway built in 14 months instead of years speaks of the cruelty that man can impose upon each other and justify it because it is war. It is a must see place in Thailand and I am grateful to my good friend who took me there by car from Bangkok. From the interpretive centre there are steps going down to the memorial walkway, which itself is easy to walk on. It is beautifully maintained and testimony to the collaboration between the Thai and Australian Governments. Long may it continue.
Written 7 March 2020
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dmitch2050
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK102 contributions
Why
Feb 2020 • Solo
Visited here with a small group. Reading the information inside was horrendous to read what those men had to endure. But it was even more horrendous when we walked through the pass we had clothes sun screen hats and shoes and we were shattered and yet those guys had to work sometimes bare footed, loin cloth only , only water they could carry using hand tools to dig through granite and forced to work up to 20 hrs in the day you could not help but shed a tear. Thank you to the Australian Govt for supporting this place, we should never forget and I could only ask WHY are we so nasty to each other
Written 4 March 2020
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Janka K
Brno, Czech Republic3,637 contributions
Hiking trail to see a piece of history
Nov 2019
The place for sad memories. I recommend to put on some comfortable sport shoes and walk on hiking trail to the spot where the actual Hellfire Pass is. Additional information can be read/seen in the museum next to the parking place.
Written 29 February 2020
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Toitiwid
Bangkok, Thailand9 contributions
Emotional Story of the Death Railway
Apr 2019
The exhibitions inside the museum are classified into three sections;
1. Display history of WWII
2. The movie featuring the death railway and WWII
3. Memorial Walking Trail to the Chong Khao Khat, which POWs in WWII once used hammer & tap cutting through solid rock to be a railway pass and there is still a railway trace left.

Before setting off on the memorial walk, you’re advised to wear sturdy shoes, carry water, wear a hat and sunscreen. The walk is not circular and If you intend to do the full route, it’s suggested that you notify the museum and ask for radio as there’s no help provided on the walk.
Written 25 February 2020
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Kimberleynun
Bangkok, Thailand34 contributions
Must see
Feb 2020 • Family
Very good museum with short or long walk along death railway track bed. Can walk to hellfire pass within 20mins. Excellent free audio guide brings the visit to life. Emotional, sensitive and pertinent.
Written 19 February 2020
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