Hellfire Pass is a railway cutting that was built by forced labour during the Second World War. This museum commemorates the suffering of those who were involved in its construction. Most of the labours used were prisoners of war. History says that the conditions here were so harsh that many lives were lost during the process of the line’s construction. The museum is a place of reflection. Visitors are taken through the hellish experience with use of photographs and physical objects that belong to the site. Highlights and must sees include
- A walk through the cutting
- Audio guide tour
- The Peace vessel
- The Black Stone Pyramid
Hellfire Pass Museum Travel Tips
- The Photographs are quite graphic.
- The walk through the cutting is long and the road, uneven. Wear suitable shoes and carry water bottles.
Entrance Ticket Details For Hellfire Pass Museum
- Audio Equipment deposit- THB 200. This is returned when you return the audio equipment in an unbroken condition.
How to Reach Hellfire Pass Museum
- Hire a taxi. The museum is inside a forest, 66 kilometres away from the Sai Yok-Thong Pha Phum Highway (323).
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95% of people who visit Kanchanaburi include Hellfire Pass Museum in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
73.99% of people start their Hellfire Pass Museum visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
2 Hrs 30 Minutes
People usually take around 2 Hrs 30 Minutes to see Hellfire Pass Museum
92.81% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Hellfire Pass Museum
Hellfire Pass Museum Reviews & Ratings
Very historical interesting and sad place all mixed in to one. Lovely walks through the jungle and then you reach the memorial. The museum is extremely informative and all for free. You can leave a donation in the box just outside reception which I would like to think most people do. Listening to the audio provided brings a real feel to what these brave men went through and may you all R.I.P
I enjoyed the centre, brand new, thought it was great. The audio tour was good, but found several times that we we missed numbers as we walked, and walked back to see the nail in the wall. Information was a lot for how short the walk was, and then didn't seem to give any info near the monument on the staircases and trolley at the top of one of them. While we enjoyed the walk, I personally would have loved to hear a bit more about the horrors endured, felt it was a little bit glossy compared to others of it's kind, but I also understand why. It was free and appreciated. Felt emotional when the Last Post was played during the audio tour. Bring bug repellent. Did the 40 min walk, would do again and do the long walk plus leave more time for the centre
Well maintained, don't miss the 10 minutes documentary in the theatre room. Watch before you embark on the trail. Along the trail, you will see the wooden sleepers, tools used to clear the rock. Advise to wear long sleeve clothing to avoid mosquitoes.
The center is really state of the art facility with a mini theater inside. What sent shivers down my spine though was the sounds of chisel presumably made to simulate the prisoners cutting through the mountains. They also offer headphones where the story of the pass is narrated in detail. The trail itself has many notice boards narrating the history of this place.
A beautiful museum (free entry, donation encouraged but not enforced) and wonderfully kept area. You can walk along the original rail bed constructed by the laborers and POWs and it's very well maintained. The audio guide is really good and informative (only a returnable deposit required for this) for walking around. **The actual Hellfire Pass is currently closed due to landslide risks from the rainy season. You can walk up to it and look through from two different directions but you cannot walk through it currently. This closure will probably be lifted soon!