Category Archives: History

Lampang’s Kad Kong Ta Walking Street

One of the most interesting things to do in Lampang is to walk along the Old Market Road (Thanon Talad Gao, also known as Kad Kong Ta) which follows the Wang River between Ratchadapisek Bridge

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Binge Drinking Elephants and other Tales of Lampang’s Bygone Days

Before the 1916 introduction of rail to Lampang in northern Thailand, the old commercial district of the city was located directly on the bank of the Wang River along the road known today as Thanon Talad Kaow (“Old Market Road”). … Continue reading

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The Lanna Deception: Interview with Vithi Phanichphant

Interview with Dr Vithi Phanichphant       Story by James Austin Farrell “Yes, what is Lanna?” pondered ajarn Vithi, a remarkably youthful looking man for his sixty plus years, as he fiddled with some slides at his office in the Faculty of … Continue reading

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Germany’s Contribution to Thailand’s Rail Network

On a recent visit to a private museum in Lamphun in northern Thailand, I stumbled upon a series of early 20th century photographs of the excavation of the Khun Tan rail tunnel. With permission, I re-shot them on a digital … Continue reading

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Wat Phrathat Haripunchai (with Thai temple terms explained)

Wat Phrathat Haripunchai is one of the most famous (and most holy) temple complexes in northern Thailand. It is believed to have been founded by Queen Chamathewi in the grounds of her palace, sometime in the 8th century.

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Old Phuket Town

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Phuket Old Town was built on riches reaped from it’s 19th century tin boom. In this historical part of southern Thailand’s provincial capital, there are shrines, temples (Buddhist and Chinese), ornate and beautifully preserved shophouses, quaint cafes, small printing shops,  … Continue reading

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Major Roy Hudson: 50 Years in Chiang Mai

“There were very few expatriates living in Chiang Mai then,” he continued. “In 1968 the US Consulate General put out a telephone directory which included 100 expatriates, many of whom were working for Air America, Chiang Mai University, the Illinois … Continue reading

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Air America Bill

An American missionary’s son who became a top CIA Vietnam War-era hit-man in the jungles of Burma, Laos and Thailand has been found dead in his Chiang Mai home, a bullet in his head, a revolver in one hand and … Continue reading

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The Isaan Dialect

A useful introduction to the North Eastern Thai Dialect with audio examples.

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Chao Luang (Rulers) of Lampang 1732-1925

Lanna states under Siamese tributary 1774-1899: List of Rulers of Lampang 1732-1925

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