This 300m-long bridge is heavy with the history of the Thailand–Burma Railway, the construction of which cost thousands of imprisoned labourers their lives. Its centre was destroyed by Allied bombs in 1945; only the outer curved spans are original. You’re free to roam over the bridge; stand in a safety point if a train appears. Food and souvenir hawkers surround the bridge, so the site can have a jarring, funfair-like atmosphere; come early or late to avoid the scrum.
The three old trains in the park near the station were used during WWII. Across the river, pop in to the Chinese temple on the right and view the bridge from its tranquil garden. Nothing remains of a second (wooden) bridge the Japanese built 100m downstream.
During the last weekend of November and first weekend of December, an informative sound and light show tells the history of the Death Railway.