ANZAC Day at Hellfire Pass – April 2019


Visit beautiful Thailand and join us on this special Anzac Day departure to learn about the harrowing yet historic events that occurred during the building of the Thai-Burma Railway in WW2.

Members from: $1,959 P.P Twin ShareNon-members from: $1,997 P.P Twin Share

  • Type

    Escorted Touring

  • Destination

    Asia

  • Supplier

    Matt McLachlan Battlefield Tours

  • Booking Code

    MMBTHP2019

  • Departs

    21 April 2019

  • Company

    Matt McLachlan Battlefield Tours


Includes


  • Services of our expert Historian

  • 5 nights’ accommodation

  • Deluxe coach transportation

  • 5 breakfasts and dinners and 4 lunches

  • Services of a dedicated Tour Manager and Driver

  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary

  • All tips to your Historian, Tour Manager and Driver

  • 5 breakfasts and dinners and 4 lunches

  • Deluxe coach transportation

  • 5 nights’ accommodation

  • Services of our expert Historian


ANZAC Day at Hellfire Pass

Visit beautiful Thailand and join us on this special Anzac Day departure to learn about the harrowing yet historic events that occurred during the building of the Thai-Burma Railway in WW2. Appropriately known as the ‘Death Railway’, the construction of this railway track resulted in the death of thousands of POWs from several Allied nations. Remember these men and women who never made it home by visiting the key sites from the battlefields and participating in a moving Anzac Day Dawn Service at Hellfire Pass.


Itinerary


  1. Day 1

    Day 1 - 21 April 2019 | Arrive Bangkok

    After arriving at Bangkok airport and clearing customs, you will be met by a Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. Meet your historian guide this evening at the hotel and enjoy a welcome dinner at a nearby Thai restaurant.

  2. Day 2

    Day 2 - 22 April 2019 | Bangkok - Sangkhlaburi

    Day 2 - 22 April 2019 | Bangkok - Sangkhlaburi

    After an early breakfast we depart for the ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ where we will learn the true story of its construction and history before having a chance to walk the bridge. We will take a short walk to Bridge Station and have a train ride on the POW-built railway. After crossing the Wang Pho viaduct we will disembark at Tham Krasae Station where we will be met by our coach. We will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant beside the viaduct above the famous River Kwai. After lunch we will depart for the area of the former Kinsaiyok Railway Station, POW camp and coal dump to learn the history of this location. We will then continue on to Tha Khanun railway area and the Australian POW camp location. We will then travel north to our accommodation at nearby Sangkhlaburi.

  3. Day 3

    Day 3 - 21 April 2019 | Sangkhlaburi

    After breakfast we will depart for an inspection of Wat Wangwiwekaram and the Mon Bridge, before taking the short drive to Three Pagodas Pass where the railway crossed the border from Thailand to Burma. After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, we will depart Three Pagodas Pass and head to the Shimo Songkurai POW camp area, which includes the old cemetery location and the notorious Cholera Hill. Dinner tonight will be at our hotel.

  4. Day 4

    Day 4 - 24 April | Sangkhlaburi - Kanchanaburi

    We will depart by coach for Kanchanaburi after breakfast, which will take approximately 2.5 hours. On arrival in Kanchanaburi we will visit the Thai-Burma Railway Centre for a historical briefing on the railway and have time to inspect the Museum and Research Centre. We will also visit the adjacent Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and after some free time to explore, we will depart for our accommodation and check in.

  5. Day 5

    Day 5 - 25 April | Anzac Day

    Day 5 - 25 April | Anzac Day

    This morning we depart early to arrive at Hellfire Pass for a 5.30am Dawn Service. After the service we will enjoy a
    gunfire breakfast and a visit to the Memorial Museum. We will walk around Hellfire Pass to inspect the area and immediate surrounds. There will also be an option to walk the old rail bed to the Hintok Station area where we will
    be met by road transport. We may also participate in a mid-morning service at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery providing the service is organized by the Australian Embassy. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure until a farewell dinner this evening.

    *Note – Walking into Hellfire Pass takes approximately 20 minutes via steps and along the old railway line. The track along the old railway line is rocky and uneven in areas and suitable footwear is highly recommended. The area has very limited seating arrangements.

  6. Day 6

    Day 6 - 26 April | Kanchanaburi - Bangkok

    After breakfast this morning we will visit the War Cemetery in town at Chungkai. We will learn about the large POW hospital camp and then proceed to the nearby work area of large embankments, bridges and cuttings. The group will then transfer back to Bangkok, arriving at the Survanabhumi international airport early afternoon.


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Disclaimer


All rates are in Australian dollars and are cash/cheque rates. Unless noted as a ‘Guaranteed Departure’, tours are based on a minimum number of passengers travelling. In the unlikely event of price increases from our suppliers, increased taxes or a reduction in the numbers of passengers travelling to below the minimum passenger numbers, McLachlan Tours reserves the right to pass on these increases in costs to passengers. This may occur with or without warning to the passengers. In the unlikely event that a tour fails to attract the minimum passenger numbers, the tour may be cancelled at the discretion of McLachlan Tours. McLachlan Tours may also cancel, at its discretion, any tour for operational or other reasons. If a tour is cancelled, monies already paid by passengers will be refunded or credited towards future travel. McLachlan Tours will not be responsible for any other travel arrangements affected by, or any additional costs imposed because of, our cancellation.