Every ANZAC Day a dawn parade is held at Hellfire Pass in Kanchanaburi, where the greatest number of lives were lost while constructing the Thai-Burma Railway during WWII. This is followed later in the morning by a wreath-laying ceremony at the Don Rak War Cemetery where 6,982 POWs are buried.
07:00 Pick up from strategic hotels in Bangkok We pick up from three areas in the city and ask folks to meet at these designated hotels. Details will be provided when you book.More...
09:00 Don Rak Cemetery Kanchanaburi First stop will be at the Don Rak War Cemetery. You'll have time to wander around the cemetery.
The local guide will join us here.More...
11:30 Train Ride along the 'Death Railway' We'll board the train and ride over the precarious Wang Pho Viaduct which was constructed by POWs along the cliff face and high above the River Kwai.More...
12:00 Lunch in a Thai Restaurant We'll stop for lunch in a local restaurant on our way up to Hellfire Pass. Don't worry if you don't like spicy food or if you have kids with you. There's plenty of variety in Thai food and you'll find something you like, no problems.More...
14:00 Hellfire Pass Museum & Konyu Cutting The benefit of the two-day tour is that you get to visit Hellfire Pass in the daytime. Take your time here. You can begin in the museum itself and then walk down into Konyu Cutting.
You'll need decent walking shoes as the descent takes about 25 minutes.More...
18:00 Check-in to Resort Time to check-in to your resort. Prices are Based on Twin Share, single room add 3000 Baht payment on the Day
19:00 Dinner at Thai Restaurant A set-menu dinner will be served at 7:00 pm sharp and the first round of drinks over dinner will be on us so please don't be late!
Day 2 Departs: 03:15
03:15 Depart for Dawn Parade Hellfire Pass Early start this morning. We'll leave promptly at 3:15 am and will not wait for stragglers or late risers. If you are late we will be gone!More...
04:15 Walk down into Konyu Cutting Hellfire Pass is located on an Army Base and the army take care of the parking arrangements. We have to park a long way from the Museum and take a 'songtaew' passenger truck and then walk about 25 minutes down into Konyu Cutting.
05:30 Dawn Parade Hellfire Pass Dawn Parade commences at 5:30 am and lasts about 30 minutes. Cold water is available at various points in the cutting and it's a good idea to drink a lot.
06:30 Gunfire Breakfast A traditional ANZAC Gunfire Breakfast of tea or coffee with a nip of Bundy Rum and an ANZAC biscuit will be served in the car park in front of the Hellfire Pass Museum.
07:30 Breakfast at Resort and Check-out We'll return to the resort around 7:30 am for a hearty breakfast and you'll have time to relax before packing and checking out.
09:00 Depart for Don Rak War Cemetery We'll leave the resort at 09:00 so that you have time to find a seat in one of the tents before the wreath-laying ceremony starts.
10:00 Wreath-Laying Ceremony There will be a number of tents erected around the cenotaph so you will be able to sit in the shade. Every tent has an unending supply of cold water delivered free to your seat by local students. Please drink a lot because it will be hot.More...
11:00 Hospitality offered by the Australian Embassy Every year the Australian and NZ Embassies alternate the hosting of hospitality and in 2014 it's the Aussies turn. Expect copious amounts of good Aussie beer served behind the VIP tent.
12:30 Lunch at Floating Restaurant Set-menu lunch will be served in a local Thai restaurant.
14:00 Depart for Bangkok Around 2:00 pm the vans will leave for the return journey back to Bangkok.
16:00 Arrive back at respective Hotels You can expect to be back in Bangkok about 4:00 pm depending on the traffic.
Important Information Hellfire Pass is an hour's drive out of Kanchanaburi so an early start is in order. No stragglers or you'll be left behind.
Wear sensible shoes as the access is through the old railway bed and the rocks are sharp.
A tot of Bundy Rum will be served after the Dawn Parade.
Following the Wreath Laying Ceremony the embassies of Australia and New Zealand alternate the provision of a hospitality tent. In 2014 the hosts are Australia.