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However after the war the entire railway was removed and sold as it was deemed unsafe and politically undesirable.
The prisoners lived in squalor with a near starvation diet.
100 Baht Ban Kao National Museum This national museum is located 35 km from Kanchanaburi town it also overlooks the Kwai Noi River.
The museum was constructed beside a Neolithic burial site discovered by an Allied Prisoner Of War during the construction of the Death Railway.
The Death Railway runs once 415 km from Ban Pong (Thailand) to Thanbuyuzayat (Burma).
A daily train is still following the historical route from Kanchanaburi to Nam Tok Railway Station.
The Bridge on the River Kwai Internationally famous, thanks the several motion pictures and books, the black iron bridge was brought from Java by the Japanese supervision by Allied prisoner-of-war labour as part of the Death Railway linking Thailand with Burma.
Still in use today, the bridge was the target of frequent Allied bombing raids during World War II and was rebuild after war ended.
About 4,000 years ago Neolithic man lived, roamed and hunted there beside the Kwai River, sheltering beneath rock overhangs or in nearby caves.
The Baan Kao museum houses skeleton remains, pots, axe heads, jewellery made from animal bones and other artefact dating from that time.
It was the site of a base camp, a hospital and a church built by the prisoners themselves.