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Friday, 6 June 2008

Siam. Indo China. When the going was good.

A visit to Siam. When the going was good. At least for the traveller. With a population of ten million there must have been mre breathing space for the Siamese than for the Thais of today what with the congestion and pollution of Bangkok.
I have always felt that a traveller to a foreign country should always justify his presence by the length and hardship of his journey.

Certainly the voyage out to a distant land by sea was part of the adventure. I always loved the old travel books of Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene and Somerset Maugham. Even if nowadays one can criticise the colonial culture I am also of the opinion that the tourist culture does as much cultural harm without even talking about what it does to the environment.

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