Yours truly standing in the heat, with white clothes. At River Kwai in Thailand, January 2008. The allied bombed the original bridge, so an iron bridge was built. There’s yet a third bridge, which is for Hollywood filming purposes.
Me and my wife were having a honeymoon trip, and this was part of it. The River Kwai tour was very interesting. We traveled from our hotel to the site in a air conditioned medium size taxi. Our guide was really funny guy, he melted our hearts and had our attention all the time.
The story behind the bridge and the railroad is quite horrible. They built around 400 kilometers or railway in about 1.5 years, losing tens of thousands of workers. The workers were malnutritioned, and suffered from serious diseases which took the toll, in addition to people getting killed by falling off a cliff, torture, etc.