Category Archives: Thailand

ES TUT MIR LIED by Peter Nolan Smith

My high school German professor smoked cigarettes in the classroom. Ashes from his dying butts dropped onto his black cassock, as we read Kafta’s DAS URTEIL from a blue book. “Du sprechet wie Arschloch.” Bruder Karl’s cigarette ravaged voice grated the cinderblock wall. “Jawohl, Bruder.” Boston accents have no R and our class defiled the […]

Thai Tattoos Too

Pattaya must be the per capita capitol of farangs with tattoos. Shirtless westerners parade the streets to exhibit the beauty of their body art, despite the collateral damage to the colored flesh from the tropical sun. Most tattoos are eagles, dragons, and declarations of never-ending love to go-go girls festooned with vows of fidelity to […]

The Road To Umphang – Thailand’s Death Highway

Umphang in Tak Province has long been one of Thailand’s most remote provinces. Well in the 20th Century the only access to the region was by pack horse, ox-cart or on foot. In the late 60s the Thai government financed construction of road through the perilous mountains only to have rebels kill thirty construction workers. […]

STUTTERING SIAM by Peter Nolan Smith

In the 1950s stuttering was considered a possible sign of mental retardation. At age 2 I spoke like a stuck record. My parents thought this disability would pass and I fooled them by mot speaking other than in single syllables. My family became accustomed to my aberrant speech habits, however upon entering Underwood Primary School […]

Mia Noi DNA Test

Thailand is a surprisingly puritan country. The nation’s Buddhist tenets demand propriety on all levels of life. Most people succeed in keeping the straight and narrow, however many men lose interest in their first wives and take up with mia nois or small wives. When my wife left to go up country, ostensively to care […]