Siam Snapshots: Previously unpublished pictures of Jim Thompson at the River Kwai, 1960

 In the first episode of our new column, Siam Snapshots, Robert Rochlen, a former resident of Bangkok, shared his family’s photos of Jim Thompson with us. 

SIAM SNAPSHOTS — These photos were taken in December of 1960 on a trip up to the area where the Bridge on the River Kwai stood.


On the trip were Jim Thompson, Ethan Emory (the husband of Lily Tuck, author of “Siam, or the Woman Who Shot a Man”), my father Donald Rochlen, my brother Roger Rochlen, and two unknown Thais. These pictures were taken on the trip back from the bridge site while traveling on the River Kwai Noi.

Ethan Emory is on the left, Jim Thompson on the right, and the third photo includes a partial shot of Roger. My father took the photos.


Robert Rochlen was born in Bangkok on 1956. His dad worked at USIS and his family knew all kinds of interesting people. He lives in California today, but is pleased to share his family’s photo collection with Coconuts Bangkok readers.


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