River Kwai Bridge Festival
» November / December 2013 «
year in late November and early December the River
Kwai Bridge Festival is celebrated. Highlight of the festival
is the Sound & Light Show, which
tells the history of the Death Railway,
the Hellfire Pass and the Bridge on the River Kwai. Once the 415 km long Death Railway runs from Thailand to Burma to support there the japanese defence lines.
1943 - World War II: Prisoners of War built the Death Railway and the Hellfire Pass. Thousands
lost their lives during the construction. The Sound & Light Show makes you to an eye-witness of the history - the rise and fall of the Railway.
The festival also includes a big fair at the Bridge on the River Kwai. It's an excellent location for shopping and having some fun there; give the local foods and sweets a try.
» 17th November 2013 «
The Loy Krathong Festival is Thailand's floating laterns festival. On the proper full-moon night, small lotus-shaped baskets or boats made of banana leaves containing flowers, incense, candles and a coin are floated on Thai rivers and channels. Beginning on the first evening of the full moon, the festival has Buddhist origins and offers thanks to the Goddess of Water at the end of the rainy season.
» 13th - 15th April 2013 «
The Songkhran Festival is the celebration of the lunar New Year. Buddha images are bathed, monks and elders receive the respect of younger Thais by the sprinkling of water over their hands. Lots of water is generously tossed about for fun. "Streetfightings" with water pistols are on the agenda. It isn’t unusual that some start celebrating already 5 or 7 days before the Songkhran day.
Anzac day and Remembrance Day
» 25th April 2013 «
The ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day in Australia is the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. Australians and other nations participated in WWII come together on ANZAC Day in Kanchanaburi and spend time remembering the sacrifices of those who died in building the Death Railway.
ANZAC Day 2013 in Thailand will be commemorated by conducting a Dawn Service at Hell-Fire Pass and a Memorial Service at Kanchanaburi Allied War Cemetery (Don-Rak). Normal timings for these events are:
a. Dawn Service at Hellfire Pass
time: Memorial Service commences at 05:30 and lasts approx 40 minutes
venue: Konyu Cutting, below the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum.
details: Walk into site takes approx 20 min via steps and along the old railway line. Please note the track is rocky and uneven in parts. Suitable footwear is highly recommended.
b. Gunfire Breakfast at Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum
time: Upon completion of Dawn Service.
venue: In the vicinity of the Hell-Fire Pass Memorial Museum car-park area.
details: Tea and coffee with traditional shot of Bundaberg Rum.
Please Note: Hellfire Pass is approx 75km north of Kanchanaburi town. The trip from Kanchanaburi town to Hellfire Pass takes approximately 45 minutes by road.
FOR SECURITY REASONS BAGS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO BE TAKEN INTO HELLFIRE PASS.
c. Memorial Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony
time: 10:00 - 11:00
venue: Kanchanaburi Allied War Cemetery, Kanchanaburi town
details: Traditional Memorial Service and Formal Wreath Laying Ceremony.
Please Note: The journey from Hellfire Pass to Kanchanaburi town takes approximately 45 minutes by road.