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Jim Thompson: Thailand’s Silk King

Jim Thompson: Thailand’s Silk King

The Life and Legacy of James H. W. Thompson

On a warm Sunday afternoon in March 1967, James H. W. Thompson, a successful American businessman and well-known resident of Bangkok, disappeared whilst on holiday in Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands. To this day his fate remains unknown - he simply walked out of the cottage where he was staying, and never came back.

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Chiang Mai’s Shan Connection

Chiang Mai’s Shan Connection

Thailand’s Colourful Poy Sang Long Festival

Probably because of their remoteness from Bangkok and their high demographic presence, the Shans of Mae Hong Son Province are confident, culturally secure, and very sure of their place in the scheme of things. Like the central Thais they are devout Buddhists (albeit with more than a touch of animism included), and their flourishing temples, redolent of Burma and of Shan State, have long excited the curiosity of visitors. The Shan ordination ceremony of Poy Sang Long, held in Mae Hong Son each April, is also a popular attraction. Yet Shan people are not just to be found in Mae Hong Son. In recent years they have also been making their cultural presence felt in Chiang Mai, the capital of the north.

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