Hellfire Pass: Opening the gates of history

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Hellfire Pass: (Part of the notorious WW2 'Death Railway') (Copy: Courtesy DVA)
For the men who built the Hellfire Pass - The Aussies, British, Dutch and other Allied POWs it was the most well-known of many notorious sites along the Thai-Burma railway. Named for both the terrible, brutal conditions under which prisoners worked and the fact that at night the scene was lit by carbide lights, bamboo fires and hessian wicks in containers full of diesel oil, Hellfire Pass, remarked one former prisoner -  'looked like a scene out of Dante's inferno'. Located at Konyu, Thailand, Hellfire Pass consisted of two cuttings; the first measured 460-metres long by 7.6 metres deep, the second was 73-metres long and 24-metres deep. The work here, which involved drilling, blasting and digging through solid rock, was dangerous and terribly brutal with terrible beatings handed out by the Japanese guards at the slightest reason. Thousands died during the building of the hellish project: 

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THEME :
Australian forces
CONFLICT :
WW2
Year :
2019
Start Location :
N/A
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This Spirit of Remembrance V.I.P. tour includes the Official ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Hellfire Pass (25 April 2019) and the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. This tour also covers and explores the entire railway in Thailand with Thailand-Burma Railway Centre Research specialist from 24th - 28th April 2019

 Tour operated on behalf of Spirit of Remembrance by: Thailand-Burma Railway Centre (TBRC), Kanchanaburi Thailand.
Join us for a very special and unforgettable experience over 5 Days - combining the wonders of Thailand, the deep (and tragic) in-depth history of the Thailand-Burma Railway in WWII and extensive "off the beaten track" discoveries.

 * Accommodation in Bangkok prior to Tour and post Tour: Please contact Spirit of Remembrance if you require Bangkok Hotel Booking(s). As a fully licensed Travel Agent we can book any Bangkok (Or SE Asian hotel(s) for any duration you require.

Day 1: 23 April 2019:
Arrive Bangkok: check into your 4/5 star tour hotel - Day at leisure exploring Bangkok. (B) 
* Note: (Extra previous nights accommodation can be arranged as per above prior and post tour: (Cost extra - on request) 
 

Accommodation
Meals
4 Star hotel in Bangkok
None


Day 2: 24th April 2019: (Travel to Kanchanaburi, Museum, Cemetery and half day or so local tour)
After early breakfast you will be picked up at approximately 8.00 am from your hotel and then travel to Kanchanaburi (approx. 3 hours travelling time from Bangkok), going via Ban Pong where the PoWs arrived by train from Singapore - and following their route to Kanchanaburi. On arrival in Kanchanaburi we meet up  in the Death Railway Museum to discuss tour plans, after which you will visit the the Museum and visit the adjacent Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. 

Lunch in Museum Café. After lunch we take you on a personally guided half day tour around Kanchanaburi visiting significant railway locations. These include the Aerodrome (Kanburi) Camp, the F & H Force Hospital Camp, Chungkai Cemetery & site of PoW camp, Chungkai Cutting & PoW work area.

We then take a long-tail boat on the famous rivers to the Bridge on the River Kwai.
We then transfer to your hotel.
 

Accommodation
Meals
Royal River Kwai Resort (or similar)
Breakfast, lunch & dinner



Day 3: 25th April 2019: (ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Hellfire Pass followed by Kanchanaburi Cemetery Service)
Depart hotel at 3.00am
Note: Anyone deciding NOT to join the Dawn Service can opt out, sleep in - and join the major local Service in town at 11.00 am in the main Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. For the ANZAC Day Dawn Service it is an early rise for a 3.15am departure to travel to Hellfire Pass for the ANZAC Dawn Service (starts in Hellfire Pass railway cutting at 5.30am). 

After the service we join the traditional "Gunfire Breakfast".

Return to your hotel around 8.30-9 am am to freshen up before joining the second Service in the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery which starts at 11.00am and finishes mid-day.

This afternoon is at your leisure. You may wish to revisit the Death Railway Museum and Research Centre for some air-conditioned reflection or any required follow-up from the service - or return to resort for rest and relaxation (or both).

Accommodation
Meals
Royal River Kwai Resort (or similar)
Breakfast & lunch


Day 4: 26th April 2019: (Start of 2 Day personal History tour up country following railway route with a Researcher/Historian)
After breakfast and check out from hotel - pick  up at 8.30 am for todays historical tour following the march/truck route of most PoWs on their way to the railway visiting the locations of various camps along the way and learning the deep history of the events. Proceed directly north through camp locations of Lat Ya, Tha Dan, & across country to Wang Yai & Tha Sao where the PoWs linked up with the railway. Continue up country passing through camp sites of Kannyu, Kinsaiyok, Lin Thin, Hindat, Prang Kasi, Tha Khanun, (passing Tamuron Part, Konkoita, Shimo Ni Thea, Ni Thea) finishing the day exploring the area of Shimo Songkurai, learning about this difficult work area of the 7000 British and Australians of "F Force" on the railway. 
 

Accommodation
Meals
Suan Magmai Resort (or similar)  Sangklaburi
Breakfast, lunch & dinner


Day 5: 27th April 2019: (Personal History tour with Researcher/Historian continued)
After breakfast we take in some local cultural sites before taking the short trip north through the Songkurai & Kami Songkurai camp and work areas arriving at Three Pagodas Pass at the Burma (Myanmar) border to learn more of where the railway crossed from Burma into Thailand. Take the return trip along the railway including aspects not covered on the previous day. This includes major and dramatic sites such as the Hellfire Pass Memorial and walking trail and the Wang Pho viaduct. 

Take the train on this still-working section of railway back to Kanchanaburi, being met at the Bridge Station and transfer to Royal River Kwai Resort (or similar) late this afternoon. Tonight we have a Farewell Gala dinner with your TBRC support team on the "River Kwai" prior to retiring for the evening.
 

Accommodation
Meals
Royal River Kwai Resort (or similar)
Breakfast, lunch & Gala dinner


Day 6: 28th April: (Choices as you wish with range of sightseeing/cultural options & return Bangkok)
After breakfast check out of hotel. Today is your choice of activities: Choices include local sightseeing, Erawan National Park and noted 7 Level Waterfalls, Elephant Park, Temples, Prasat Muang Sing Ancient Khmer ruins and cultural sites. In the afternoon/evening you will transfer to turn you to Bangkok (by separate arrangements)
 

Accommodation
Meals
None (optional extra nights available) 
Breakfast & lunch


Notes:
This group program specifically incorporates the commemoration of ANZAC Day in Thailand with an official and moving DAWN SERVICE at Hellfire Pass, with the majority of the program providing a unique and very personal in-depth understanding of all things related to the Thailand-Burma Railway. It is totally different to any other multi day tours otherwise available. This special pilgrimage focuses on researched facts by dedicated researchers & provides a unique behind-the-scenes look at the conditions & mostly unknown aspects of the railway and PoW camp and work-site locations.

TO BOOK
Please fill out the BOOKING FORM for this tour and send it to us as soon as possible. Please also note the Terms and Conditions of bookings for our Battlefield Tours in the Booking Form. Once we confirm the booking we will require you to pay a deposit of €400 per person (day tour cost deposit) within 10 days of us confirming the booking. 

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Space is strictly limited on the tours and at the ceremony.
Please CONTACT US if you require more information regarding this tour to this moving and historic ceremony. Space is strictly limited on the tours and at the ceremony.

Further reading:
Macquarie University 

Highlights

Tour Name Hellfire Pass: Opening the gates of history
Tour Code  AHP196DBKK
Date 23-28 April 2019 (6 days / 5 nights)
Your Guide Thailand-Burma Railway Centre expert
GBP £ 936 pp (Based on twin share)
£1,254 Total cost for a single in own room
Deposit £ 400 pp


Tour Includes:
•  Tour guide: Historical guidance by an experienced researcher from the Death Railway Museum/Research Centre (Fully licenced) 
•  Meals as per itinerary including refreshments, soft drinks and water.
•  Admissions and fees as per program, including all options as listed.
•  Railway PoW Base Camps, Museums, War Cemeteries & the "Bridge on the River Kwai"
• 1 nights' accommodation Bangkok
• 3 nights' accommodation in Kanchanaburi
• 1 nights' accommodation up country at Sangkhlaburi
• Air-conditioned coach transport every day as per program and minibus support vehicle.
• Licensed Guides as required by Thailand law.
•  Accident Insurance (limited) cover in accordance with Thailand law.
• Spirit of Remembrance commemorative clothing/souvenir inclusions: (*Limited to appropriate items for tour region) 
  
Tour does NOT include:
Items of a personal nature: including personal expenses such as telephone, fax, internet connection (if applicable) etc, 
 Laundry, alcohol & special drinks
• Meals and snacks shown as as not included as above
• Museum fees (if applicable) unless specified as above
• Drinks

(Please Note: Luggage: 1 large suitcase and 1 soft bag/backpack only per person)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
• NO child rate applies & infants cannot be taken on this tour. Minimum age 12 years







Route

  1. Bangkok