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Recommended Reading   Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski

Recommended Reading    Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski
A deep and rich novel set among the hill tribes of Northern Thailand. A suspense story blending anthropology and Christian missionaries, it almost feels autobiographical. When his girlfriend takes a job in Thailand, Mischa Berlinski goes along for the ride, planning to enjoy himself and work as little as possible. But one evening a fellow expatriate tips him off to a story: a charismatic American anthropologist, Martiya van der Leun, has been found dead—a suicide—in the Thai…

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Recommended Recipe – Khao Soi (creamy coconut curry noodle soup)

Recommended Recipe – Khao Soi (creamy coconut curry noodle soup)
Arguably the quintessential northern Thai dish, Khao soi is a Burmese-inspired coconut curry noodle soup. Available in chicken, beef, pork or vegetarian options, this mouthwatering dish has a rich coconut curry base, boiled egg noodles and is garnished with deep-fried crispy egg noodles, pickled mustard greens, shallots, lime and ground chilies fried in oil.  Ingredients, serves 4: 4 ounces dry rice noodles 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 large shallot finely diced 2 tablespoons chopped…

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Nan, Thailand

Rice Plantation in Nan
Nan, Thailand
The province of Nan, Thailand is home to seven – yes seven - national parks.  In a country abundant in natural beauty, that is impressive. Nan might not have been on your bucket list before, but, perhaps it should be. On the border of Laos, surrounded by spectacular, misty mountains, Nan is festooned with ancient Tai Lue temples, verdant teak forests and abundant waterfalls. What Nan has to offer is just what we need now; a place with open spaces and fresh mountain air.  Nan’s…

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Indigo dyeing in Phrae

Indigo dyeing in Phrae
Indigo dyeing in Phrae
Phrae, in Northern Thailand, is the center of indigo dyeing, a 5,000-year-old art which creates textiles that are not only stunningly gorgeous, but which are kind to the Earth. Indigo, once prized in the royal courts of Europe, also happens to be a vital component of the contemporary world’s most popular item of clothing…  blue jeans! Yes, those comfy, wear anyplace, dress down or dress up wardrobe staples were originally dyed in natural indigo. Today, synthetic indigo is used for…

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