Trends In Southeast Asia 2015 #11: Democracy Thwarted: The Crisis Of Political Authority In Thailand by Keyes, Charles
The coup in Thailand of 22 May 2014, led by General Prayuth Chan-ocha, ended the country's latest attempt to establish a democratic political order. This coup was but the latest intervention by the Thai military dating at least to the 1950s to prevent any true democratic system developing in Thailand. The 2014 coup was intended to ensure, as a previous coup in 2006 had not succeeded in doing, that the populist challenge to despotic paternalism was ended once and for all. The strong criticisms of the proposed new constitution that would ensure the perpetuation of authoritarian rule may make such rule untenable, but perhaps may also lead to more political turmoil in the kingdom of no longer smiling Thai.
Siam Through The Lens Of John Thomson 1865-66, Including Angkor And Coastal China by Paisarn Piemmettawat, J Bautz Et Al (Text)
Legendary Scottish photographer and travel writer John Thomson (1837-1921) set off for the East in 1862 and over the next ten years undertook numerous journeys to various countries including Siam, Cambodia and China, becoming the first person to photograph Angkor Wat, Cambodia. The photographs from these journeys form one of the most extensive records of any region taken in the 19th century. These photographs form a unique archive of images documenting 19th century Asian landscapes, architecture, people and customs. The collection of over 600 glass plates travelled back with Thomson to Britain in 1872 and since 1921 has been housed and expertly preserved at the Wellcome Library, London. The 150-year-old glass negatives are in excellent condition allowing the exhibition to showcase very large prints, some life-size.
Home Thoughts From A Man by Ogilvie, Daniel
In this quirky memoir, join our titular hero and his stalwart wife when, after 40 years of living in the UK, he uproots and travels through Singapore, Canada and finally Thailand, taking on all the world can throw at him. And losing.
50 Great Curries Of Thailand by Vatcharin Bhumichtr
From well-known favourites such as Green Curry to regional specialities like Gaeng Gai Chian Rai and Stuffed Curry Mussels, top Thai chef Vatcharin Bhumichitr presents 50 of Thailand's best curries. The gorgeous photographs and useful hints and tips help you dive straight into cooking your own authentic curries at home.
Pattaya Property And Thailand's Real Estate How To Buy Thai Condominiums, Apartment Homes And Villas by Pendrell, Nick
For most visitors, one trip to Pattaya is not enough - many dream of either relocating to the city permanently or buying a second home here to escape the winter blues. Until recently, purchasing freehold real estate in Thailand was impossible. But following an amendment to the Condominium Act in 2008, it's now possible for anyone to buy a condominium in Thailand. In this book, overseas property expert Nick Pendrell provides a detailed, but easy to read, buyer's guide for anyone interested in purchasing real estate in Pattaya. It will take you through the buying process from start to finish, helping you to select your perfect property for the best possible price, avoiding any potential pitfalls along the way.
You'll Never Walk Alone: A True Story About The "Bangkok Hilton" by Singh, Debbie
Updated edition of a true story about the 'Bangkok Hilton'. Debbie Singh's life fell apart when she received a letter from her brother out of the blue. He had been sentenced to 10 years in Klong Prem prison in Bangkok for attempting to cash false travellers cheques. The severity of the sentence shocked Singh, who set of to Bangkok to support him and later to locate his Thai born son. Appalled by the horrendous circumstances she found him in, she started to campaign to have him transferred to an Australian jail. This campaign changed her life forever. With great honesty and heart, this book tells the story of Singh's great determination and strength in the face of adversity, and the heartbreak she felt as her life was torn apart by a bitter twist in the tail.
Americans In Thailand by Algie, Jim; Denis Gray; Jeff Hodson Et Al
They brought the printing press and telescopes, religious fervour and medical innovations; they advised the monarchs and then based their operations there for a controversial war. Americans in Thailand is the story of one of the world's most fascinating foreign communities. Beginning with the first American to step foot on Siamese soil in the early 1800s and covering the growth of the community from the early traders and missionaries through the Vietnam-war era, the illustrated title explores the colorful and compelling impact Americans have had on this Southeast Asian nation.
Exploring Bangkok: An Architectural And Historical Guidebook by Ward, Robin
This book has eight tours, some walkable, others by skytrain, metro and Chao Phraya riverboat, which make sense of the city's complexity and reveal its variety of outstanding buildings, from the breathtaking to the bizarre. This is the perfect companion for curious visitors, architectural enthusiasts, designers and residents.
Scenes Of Thailand: A Watercolour Album by Hsu, Edric
This new collection of watercolours offers readers a visual tour of Thailand's buildings and neighbourhoods as well as scenes from daily life.
Artist Edric Hsu has captured in vibrant colour the rich culture and heritage of Thailand. From the ancient city of Ayutthaya to the modern skyscrapers of Bangkok; from the unique floating markets to popular weekend haunts such as Chatuchak; from Thai massage to Muay Thai boxing and the colourful Tuk-tuk taxis; from Bejarong porcelain to Thai silk and other craft; you can find it within the pages of this book along with dishes such as Pad Thai, Som Tom and Tom Yum Kung.
This is a veritable A-to-Z gallery of all things Thai, presented in an attractive watercolour format. The handy size makes it an ideal souvenir for tourists and visitors of their trip to Thailand or a beautiful gift for those back at home.
22 Walks In Bangkok: Exploring The City's Historic Back Lanes And Byways by Barrett, Kenneth
Take a series of unforgettable strolls down the back lanes of historic Bangkok! This book helps you discover hidden gems found throughout the city by presenting each neighborhood as a distinct village--explaining how it evolved, and describing its historic landmarks in detail. Ken Barrett introduces the important temples, churches, shrines and mosques in loving detail, sketching their history and distinctive features.
Thailand's Best Street Food: The Complete Guide Tostreetside Dining In Bangkok, Chiang Mai Phuket And Other Areas by Chawadee Nualkhair
For many visitors, traveling to Thailand means one thing: enjoying the delicious street food. In "Thailand's Best Street Food," freelance writer and food blogger Chawadee Nualkhair details everything that visitors need to know to track down the most delectable dishes--no matter where they are hidden.
Most people think Bangkok is the only place to find great Thai street food, but Nualkhair ate her way across the country and found incredible food stalls everywhere, from Phuket in the south to Chiang Mai in the north. Even seasoned travelers may find it difficult to identify the best venues--never mind figuring out how and what to order. Fortunately for anyone bound for Thailand, Nualkhair draws on her vast experience to provide essential tips on locating food stalls in cities across the country, including: Directions on how to find a particular stallStreet maps for each sectorEach stall's specialtyServing options, beverages, and notable extrasWhether or not seating is availableInformation on bathroom facilitiesAs an added bonus, Nualkhair includes recipes for the 12 most popular Thai street food dishes adapted for the Western kitchen. Thai street food is one of today's hottest food trends, and "Thailand's Best Street Food" makes it easy for foodies to savour incredible Thai food--wherever their travels take them.
Toms & Dees: Transgender Identity And Female Same-Sex Relationship In Thailand by Sinnott, Megan J.
A vibrant, growing, and highly visible set of female identities has emerged in Thailand known as tom and dee. A tom refers to a masculine woman who is sexually involved with a feminine partner, or dee. The patterning of female same-sex relationships into masculine and feminine pairs, coupled with the use of English-derived terms to refer to them, is found throughout East and Southeast Asia. Have the forces of capitalism facilitated the dissemination of Western-style gay and lesbian identities throughout the developing world as some theories of transnationalism suggest? Is the emergence of toms and dees over the past twenty-five years a sign that this has occurred in Thailand? Megan Sinnott engages these issues by examining the local culture and historical context of female same-sex eroticism and female masculinity in Thailand. Drawing on a broad spectrum of anthropological literature, Sinnott situates Thai tom and dee subculture within the global trend of increasingly hybridized sexual and gender identities.
Third Sex, The: Kathoey-Thailand's Ladyboys by Totman, Richard
The Kathoey, Thailand's Ladyboys, have long been part of Thailand's cultural landscape. Richard Totman introduces three ladyboys, and follows their development towards becoming fully fledged kathoey. Placing their lives in the context of the cultural, historical, religious, biological and psychological aspects of trans-gender. The kathoey serve as part of a wider discussion on trans-gender, and the presence of 'third-sex' groups in many ancient communities, originating in beliefs that pre-date doctrinaire religion. If the existence of a 'third sex' is a universal norm, is Western society repressed while the Thais represent a norm in nature?
Mien Relations: Mountain People And State Control In Thailand by Jonsson, Hjorleifur
Thailand's hill tribes have been the object of anthropological research, cultural tourism, and government intervention for a century, in large part because these groups are held to have preserved distinctive ethnic traditions despite their contacts with "modern" culture. Hjorleifur Jonsson rejects the conventional notion that the worlds of traditional peoples are being transformed or undone by the forces of modernity. Among the Mien people of northern Thailand he finds a complex highlander identity that has been shaped by a thousand years of interaction in a multi-ethnic contact zone.
Lonely Planet: Thailand by
Lonely Planet Thailand is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Sample the nightlife of Bangkok, explore the World Heritage temple ruins at Ayuthaya, or indulge in a beachfront Thai massage on a coral-fringed island; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Thailand and begin your journey now!
Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes From The Thai Home Kitchen by Leela Punyaratabandhu
Thai takeout meets authentic, regional flavors in this collection of 100 recipes for easy, economical, and accessible Thai classics--from the rising star behind the blog "She Simmers." In her much-anticipated debut cookbook, Leela shares her favorite recipes for classic Thai fare, including beloved family recipes, popular street food specialties, and iconic dishes from Thai restaurant menus around the world. All of Leela's recipes have been tested and tweaked to ensure that even the busiest cook can prepare them at home.
Phantom Lover And Other Thrilling Tales Of Thailand, The by Algie, Jim
These eight imaginative short stories are set in a Thailand where the real and the unreal mingle. There are elements of black magic and witchcraft, backpackers and multi-millionaires, serial killers and Buddhist devotees, frenetic urban life and sleepless boredom.
Isan Writers, Thai Literature: Writing And Regionalism In Modern Thailand by Platt, Martin B.
Regional characteristics and regional language feature prominently in discussions of Thai identity, but there is little mention of regional literatures. In northeastern Thailand's Isan region, authors arite primarily in Thai, but it is possible nonetheless to identify an Isan literature, which played a significant and at times pivotal role in the development of Thai literature in the second half of the 20th century, as authors grappled with how their origins and experiences related to the Thai centre. Martin Platt's account of Isan literature is an important first step toward a broader study of regional literatures in Thailand, and shapes a model that has relevance for examining literary works in other Asian countries.
Thai Transience by
Thai Transience showcases paintings, sculptures, photographs, installations and videos by leading Thai artists. Inspiration behind these pieces are drawn from traditional artefacts and art objects from local museums and religious sites within Thailand, showing how Thai contemporary artists continue to create new expressions responding to their heritage and faith. This exhibition catalogue offers a unique perspective of Thai art-making that traverses the categories of traditional, modern and contemporary art, from both emerging and senior Thai contemporary artists such as Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Bussaraporn Thongchai, Chokchai Tukpoe, Chusak Srikwan, Dow Wasiksiri, Imhathai Suwatthanasilp, Kamin Lertchaiprasert, Panya Vijinthanasarn, Phatyos Buddhacharoen, Rikrit Tiravanija, Thawan Duchanee and Yuree Kensaku. A suitable publication for both researchers and art lovers, Thai Transience is also an ideal reference tool for exploring the art of Southeast Asia.
State And Uncivil Society In Thailand At The Temple Of Preah Vihear by Pawakapan, Puangthong R.
Since it began in 2008, the dispute over the temple of Preah Vihear and its adjacent area has envenomed Thai-Cambodian relations. Puangthong R. Pawakapan argues that initially Thai-Cambodian cooperation on the temple had begun within the framework of Thailand's strategy to become a regional economic centre and leader. It was the first time in Southeast Asia that two formerly antagonistic states were employing cultural methods to settle a territorial dispute and turned it into a symbol of friendship and cooperation between the two countries. But the ultra-nationalist movement derailed this essay in cooperation. Instead, the temple became a symbol of hatred between the two countries. The ultra-nationalists' success has to be attributed to the support it enjoyed from various civic groups and institutions.