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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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