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Tales of Asia III – Bangkok & Phnom Penh

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Here are the highlights of my third Tales of Asia Talk. The link to the full talk is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCFaDv0gfBE

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Tales of Asia III – Bangkok and Phnom Penh, 30 Oct, 7 – 8 pm, Asian Civilisations Museum,

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This one’s about fairytale kingdoms, grand palaces and Kings… Join me as we travel back in time to explore the city of Ayutthaya in Siam, and how it provided a reference point for the establishment of Bangkok. Explore the surprising mixed, … Continue reading

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Tales of Asia – Public Talks in Singapore, 18 Oct – 14 Nov 2015

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I’ve been silent for some time now…  That’s because I’ve been preparing for an epic series of 5 talks on 10 historic port cities in Southeast Asia. The talks shall feature histories and images from my book, The Romance of the … Continue reading

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The Grand Palace, Bangkok

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While Bangkok was never colonised, it was the seat of a colonial empire that encompassed most of what we now know as Indochina, and parts of present-day Malaysia and Burma.  Up until the early 20th century, the Kings of Siam … Continue reading

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An Afternoon in Old Bangkok

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Surprisingly for a city that has never been colonised, Bangkok has a surfeit of colonial architecture, belonging to the full range of European Imperial styles.  Because it was never colonized by any one European power, all the European powers are … Continue reading

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The Oriental Hotel, Bangkok

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Timeless Elegance Bangkok is also known for another legendary and venerable institution in Southeast Asia – almost as old and venerable as the Grand Palace itself.  This is the Oriental Hotel, versions of which has stood on the same site … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour V – Imperial Grandeur… Bangkok, Thailand

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“There it was, spread out largely on both banks, the Oriental capital which had yet suffered no white conqueror…” Joseph Conrad, The Shadow Line River of Kings I had fully intended to arrive at the Palace by river that morning. … Continue reading

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饮水思源 A Love Affair with Water (and Cities…)

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Following on from my previous post, I thought I’d extend my musings on the theme of water and the city, and accompany these with photography on the subject. Having grown up in an island city that is also one of … Continue reading

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