Category Archives: Thailand

Thai Tongue Twisters

This addition has nothing to do with sex. As a child my moother tried to improve my speech by having me say ‘toy boat’ three times fast. Impossible with a stutter. Thais utilize the same practice. I guess all languages do. Here’s a sampling from 1.) Kluai tanee plai wee hiaw, hew wee pai [...]

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 [...]

Luk Thung Garage Funk

Modern Thai music is dominated by Pop bands churning out hits, however a purer form of music is Pleng Luk Thong or ‘music from the children of the fields’. The folk songs telling the stories of the poor became popular in the first half of the 20th Century and blossomed in the 1960s with the [...]

Innocent As Charged

Last January Thai authrotities arrest five police officers for the murder of a Saudi businessman seeking to retrieve some of the loot from the infamous Blue Diamond Heist of 1989. The actual thief fled to Lampuang Province where he sold the jewelry for as little as $30. A Bangkok jeweler supposedly purchased many pieces before [...]

A DUSTY ROAD by Peter Nolan Smith

Thailand was a different world in 1990. The klongs of Bangkok led to the Chao Phyra River. Barges brought rice from up-country. After a short stay at the Malaysia Hotel I was ready to head north to Chiang Mai. The train from Hualamphong Station left at 6pm. I booked a 2nd Class AC sleeper. The [...]