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Please note that the Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre and Memorial Walking Trail may need to close to the public at short notice due to water supply shortages currently being experienced in the region. We recommend you contact the Centre on the details below in advance of any planned visit:

T: +66 (0) 34 919 605, Reception mobile: +66 (0) 817 330 328
Email: info [at] hellfirepass.in.th

Please also note that the Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre and Memorial Walking Trail will be closed to the public from Monday 6 May - Sunday 26 May 2024 inclusive for annual maintenance works. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre and Memorial Walking Trail

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Staff reserve the right to ask visitors to leave the site if they do not respect sanitary measures.

For any queries, or if you are planning to visit the site, we encourage you to contact the staff at Hellfire Pass.

HELLFIRE PASS INTERPRETIVE CENTRE

207 Moo 11 Thasao, 
Sai Yok District 
Kanchanaburi 71150 THAILAND

T: +66 (0) 34 919 605, Reception mobile: +66 (0) 817 330 328 
Email:  info [at] hellfirepass.in.th 
Thai Hellfire Pass website

The Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre and Memorial Walking Trail are dedicated to those Australians and other Allied prisoners of war and Asian labourers who suffered and died at Hellfire Pass and elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region during the Second World War.

During the Second World War, thousands of forced local labourers and Allied prisoners of war suffered and died constructing and maintaining the Burma–Thailand railway. The Australian Government constructed the interpretative memorial in cooperation with the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand. The memorial, dedicated in 1998, was designed and constructed by Hewitt Pender Associates Pty Ltd, Australia and Woods Baggot Limited, Thailand.

The Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre and Memorial Walking Trail symbolises the importance of this site to the Australian people. The interpretive centre explains to visitors the story of why and how the railway was built and attempts to convey the hardships and suffering endured by so many who were forced to work in extremely harsh conditions. After visiting the centre, visitors are encouraged to proceed to the memorial walking trail. Many visitors and tour groups make use of the audio guide tour available to enhance their experience as they walk through the interpretive centre and along the paths to the memorial walking trail. Approximately 180,000 visitors per annum visit the site.

Tom Morris

The preservation and development of this historic site has resulted from the inspiration of Australian former prisoner of war, Mr J G "Tom" Morris.

Mr Morris was among the thousands of prisoners of war and Asian labourers who worked on the Burma–Thailand railway during the Second World War. After enlisting aged 17 in 1941 Mr Morris served as a Corporal with 22 Brigade Headquarters before being captured in the fall of Singapore in 1942. Sent to Burma as part of 'A' Force, Mr Morris worked on the Burma–Thailand railway from the Thanbyuzayat end. In 1983, forty years after working on the railway, Mr Morris made a decision to return to Thailand in an attempt to locate the site of Konyu Cutting (Hellfire Pass). Mr Morris was not only successful in his endeavour to locate Hellfire Pass, by then almost consumed by the surrounding jungle, he was also inspired with the idea of preserving this significant site in memory of all those who suffered and died while constructing the Burma–Thailand railway. Mr Morris then approached the Australian Government regarding the possibility of having Hellfire Pass dedicated as an historic site.

In 1985, following Mr Morris' proposal, the Australian Government allocated funding for improved access to Hellfire Pass and the construction of a memorial. The memorial was formally dedicated in 1987. Further funding was allocated in 1994 for the construction of the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum and walking trail. The Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum was officially opened in April 1998.

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Memorial Walking Trail

The walking trail follows the alignment of the original Burma–Thailand railway from Hellfire Pass through to the Hintok Cutting. Small shelters and interpretative panels have been provided at various locations and toilets are available at the end of the walking trail.

If you are planning on walking the trail, be sure to wear strong shoes or boots and protective clothing and take drinking water. Only the fit and well-prepared should attempt this walk, please allow ample time to complete the walk before dark.

The Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre brochure includes a copy of the walking trail map:

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Visitor information

Further information on the history of the Burma–Thailand railway and Hellfire Pass can be found on the Anzac Portal.

See also:

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Closure dates

Starting in 2024, the Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre will have an annual closure period for three weeks in May, for maintenance and refurbishment work on both interior and exterior facilities.

For safety purposes, there will be no public access to the Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre and Memorial Walking Trail over the closure period. Closure dates will be advertised on the DVA website, or you can contact the Centre for more information when planning your visit.

The Centre’s Management is committed to maintaining a high standard of service for our guests and your visitor experience. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

The Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre is closed on the dates below and will have no staff supervision. Access to Konyu Cutting (Hellfire Pass) may still be possible however, services will be extremely limited:

  • 13–15 April — Songkran Festival
  • 5 December — H.M the King's Birthday
  • 24–27 December — Christmas Period
  • 31 December — New Year's Eve
  • 1 January — New Year's Day
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Local Cave System

The Thai Government has recently opened an underground cave system near the Hellfire Pass Memorial Walking Trail. Please note that this is not part of the Hellfire Pass site and is not managed by the Australian Government. Visiting the cave system is at your own risk, and the Thai Government recommends that all visitors be accompanied by a qualified local cave guide.

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