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Thai-Burma Railway

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Pay your respects to the heroes of the Thai-Burma Railway.

In 1943 Japan's high command decided to build a railway linking Thailand and Burma, to supply its campaign against the Allies in Burma.

The railway was to run 420 kilometres through rugged jungle. It was to be built by a captive labour force of about 60,000 Allied prisoners of war and 200,000 romusha, or Asian labourers. They built the track with hand tools and muscle power, working through the monsoon of 1943. All were urged on by the cry "speedo!"

Relentless labour on inadequate rations in a deadly tropical environment caused huge losses. By the time the railway was completed in October 1943, at least 2,815 Australians, over 11,000 other Allied prisoners, and perhaps 75,000 romusha were dead.

The prisoners sufferings on the railway have come to epitomise the ordeal of Australians in captivity. The railway camps produced many victims, but also heroes who helped others to endure, to survive, or to die with dignity.(Australian War memorial).

This is an opportunity to visit beautiful Thailand and at the same time walk in the steps of legends to pay your respects and honour their memory.

 

Price

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Flight to Bangkok and transfer to Kanchanaburi.

Day 2 - Visit the famous 3 Pogoda Pass and KinsaiyokeStation. Acclimatisation walk.

Day 3 - Walk to Saiyoke Station and visit Kannyu Station.Overnight at Hintoke Luxury camp.

Day 4 - Visit Weary Dunlop area and travel to elephantcamp in Wang Pho.

Day 5 - Visit Hell Fire Pass and board famous train rideto Bridge on the River Kwai. Visit Thai-Burma RailwayCentre and listen to brief by Rod Beattie, RailwayHistorian. Dinner is at a local restaurant overlooking the Kwai Bridge.

Day 6 - Following a tour of Kanchanaburi you willtransfer to Bangkok for an overnight stay.

Day 7 - A Day to shop and explore Bangkok. You will visitthe Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha,and enjoy high tea at the famous Intercontinental Hotel.

Day 8 - Early departure to Australia.

 

Inclusions

Your trek cost includes:

- Pre-Adventure Strength and Conditioning Program prepared by our Aurora Exercise Physiologists specifically for this adventure – 8 weeks and 2 fully supervised sessions for Brisbane trekkers or our 12 week Remote Preparation Program for interstate trekkers.

- Hotel and camp accommodation on adventure

- Personal travel insurance.

- All transfers and transport during and accommodation and food on trek

- Aussie guide and wilderness medic and local guide crew.

- Most of your trekking gear (eg use of day pack)

- Return international airfare to Kota Kinabalu.

 

Exclusions

- Personal expenses such as phone call costs and alcoholic beverages ex your destination city.

- Boots and a small amount of personal trek clothing, visas and inoculations.

 

 

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