By far the most impressive war monument in Kanchanaburi. Hellfire Pass is the name of a railway cutting, known by the Japanese as Konyu cutting, on the Death Railway.
We start with a visit to a very informative museum that records what happened during the railway construction. Then, we continue on a short walk through the Hellfire Pass – a moving experience that one will never forget.
It was built during World War II, in part by prisoners of war. Work by torchlight at night in a thick bamboo forest gave the pass its name. Along the 4 kilometer walking trail made by the Allied prisoners, visitors can envision the difficulties they faced while constructing the Death Railway using only simple tools. In 1943 they completed the pass – approximately 500 meters long and 26 meters deep – in six weeks with dynamite, hand drills, picks, shovels, and baskets.
Upon request we can do the longer walk of 2.5 km which includes a walk along the old railway track – a must for people with strong interest in World War II history.