» late November / early December 2019 «
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.
» 4th November 2019 «
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 2019 «
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
April 2019 «
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 2019 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
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
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
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,
details: Traditional Memorial Service and Formal Wreath Laying Ceremony.
Please Note: The journey from Hellfire
Pass to Kanchanaburi town takes approximately 45 minutes by