A bridge to the past

The River Kwai in Thailand was the scene of barbaric cruelty during WWII, but today the area has plenty of thought-provoking museums, cultural curiosities and stunning landscapes.

21st April, 2012
A bridge to the past
The 'Bridge on the River Kwai': the real one was badly damaged by Allied bombing in 1944.

The River Kwai in Thailand was the scene of barbaric cruelty during WWII, but today the area has plenty of thought-provoking museums, cultural curiosities and stunning landscapes.

Incongruous really. There I was, comfortably settled on my teak steamer chair, chilled Chang beer in hand, aboard a steamer gliding peacefully down the River Kwai - within yards of the railway where more than 100,000 prisoners-of-war and native labourers died of disease, starvation and brutality.

The Death Railway,...

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