BY The Bear Travelers

Hellfire Pass in Kanchanaburi

If you are a culture vulture and want to know about the WWII History of Thailand, then make sure to head out to the Kanchanaburi region and visit historical sites from World War II. One of these historical sites is the famous Hellfire Pass.

Hellfire Pass is part of the Death Railway that was constructed by Japanese forces using Allied POWs during WWII. This infamous 500-meter pass was the most daunting task as the railway had to cut through the mountain at Chong Kao or Hellfire. The work was carried out in harsh conditions, many POWs were beaten to death, and others died due to disease. The WWII history of the Death Railway is preserved at the Hellfire Pass memorial museum close to River Kwai and Hintok River campsite.

So get ready as this tour of Hellfire Pass will immerse you in the WWII History of Thailand.

 

The Bear Travel  Trivia!

The Hellfire Pass is a 500-meter railway cutting that took six months to complete in 1943.

 

Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum at Hintok River Camp

Hintok River Camp GPS: 14.353566, 98.928622   


The Hintok Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum is home to lots of information about Hellfire. It showcases some of the tools used by the POWs and information regarding the hellish conditions at the time. If you are a history buff and in the region to learn more about World War II, you cannot afford to miss the Hellfire Pass Museum. Whether you are coming to Thailand to explore the region or are already in Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (Bangkok) or Pattaya and want to get away for a couple of days to experience a slice of real Thailand and its history, the Hintok River Camp is a perfect choice. 

 

Hellfire Pass Trail

Hellfire Pass is an area in Kanchanaburi Province that is a 500-meter long railway cutting for the Burma Railway that was known by the Japanese as Konyu Cutting. This part of the railway path was known for its harsh conditions and was an area where a substantial number of the POWs lost their lives when constructing the railway. 

Because the Japanese forces wanted the railway to be built in a super-quick time, they worked the laborers through the night. To be able to see in the darkness, oil lamps and bamboo fires lit up the way, which dubbed the region the Hellfire Pass. Some believe it resembled a scene directly from hell. 

During the cutting in one of the biggest rocks of the route, sixty-nine men were beaten to death by the Japanese and Korean guards. It took a total of six weeks to make the cutting in some of the harshest conditions known to man.   

 

The Bear Travel  Did You Know?

The Hellfire Pass was constructed by Allied prisoners of war in WWII. Due to harsh conditions, hundreds of POWs and other laborers died. Japanese forces forced POWs and laborers to work 18 hours a day. And it was called Hellfire Pass due to the sight of laborers working under torchlight, resembling a scene from hell.

 

How to Visit the Hellfire Pass in Kanchanaburi?

Hellfire Pass is nearly 80 km from Kanchanaburi, and visitors can reach there by road or train. The train journey takes 2 hours and costs THB 100. Although the Hellfire Pass is no longer in use, the nearest train stop is Nam Tok Sai Yok Noi. From Namtok station, visitors can take a tuk-tuk or Songthaew to Hellfire Pass, and fare prices vary from THB 300-500. Visitors can also take a bus from Kanchanaburi to the Hellfire Pass gate, which takes about 1.5 hours, while the fare is THB 50 per person. 

The Hellfire Pass is open for visitors every day from 9 am - 4 pm with free entry. However, you should note that the museum and walking trail are closed for visitors on major public holidays.

 

Why Visit the Hellfire Pass in Kanchanaburi?

Visiting Hellfire Pass is a once in a lifetime experience to witness the WWII history of Thailand. Following are some reasons you must visit the historical Hellfire Pass.

  • Walkthrough the Hellfire pass site.
  • Visit the Hellfire Pass Museum.
  • Witness and learn about the WWII History of Thailand.
  • Pay homage to the fallen souls of WWII.
  • Spend a night at the Hintok River Campsite.
  • Take a train ride over the famous River Kwai Bridge.
  • Visit Sai Yok Noi Waterfall.

 

The Bear Travel  Fun Fact!

The Hellfire Pass walking trails and memorial provides an insight into its history. In addition, visitors can take a train ride over River Kwai, camp at the Hintok River Campsite, and witness other tourist attractions nearby. 

 

 

 

Map & More Information

 

 

Hellfire Pass in Kanchanaburi is the section of the Death Railway constructed by Allied POWs in WWII to link Burma and Thailand. It was built with great loss of life, and its history is preserved at the Hellfire Pass memorial museum. Visitors can witness other historical and camping sites here as well.

 

Fees

Free Entry

Business Hours

9:00 am - 4:00 pm |  Monday – Sunday 

Business Address

Moo 11 Hat Tha Sao Sai Yok Kanchanaburi 17000

Contact Number

08 1733 0328, 0 3491 9605

Email Address

tours@thailandtourscenter.com

Website

https://www.hellfirepass.com/

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Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum

GPS

14.35521357905363, 98.95239606015278

 

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