Siamese Arabesques

Siamese Arabesques

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Author: Carleton Cole
Length: 188 page(s)
Written: Oct 2012
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Category: Travel & Emigration » Destinations  |  Work: Travelogue
Keywords: Thai Muslims; Islam Thailand; Middle East Thailand; Arab Thai; Bangkok; Phuket

Mix classical Middle Eastern culture with Thai ways and what do you get?

Mix classical Middle Eastern culture with Thai ways and what do you get? Something very intriguing – and utterly exotic.
Some Arabs and Middle Easterners come to Bangkok for business and shopping. Others come for unrestrained sensuality, or medical tourism. Still others open restaurants, providing a welcome culinary service in Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya and beyond. And then there are those who need jobs while they await elusive UN approval for asylum.
Proud of their own culture, one thing they don’t come for is Thai culture. Rarely do Arabs ever step foot inside “infidel” Thai Buddhist temples.
For centuries, and especially in the last few decades, Middle-Eastern traders and travellers, restaurateurs and refugees have left their mark on Thailand, bestowing their cultural, Islamic, architectural, culinary and musical heritage.
Digging deep, Carleton Cole writes about Middle Easterners who have called Thailand a home away from home.


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Having been born in Switzerland, raised in the USA and having gone on to live in Thailand and visit another thirty countries, Carleton Cole truly sees himself as a citizen of the world.
Happily settled down in the homeland of his Thai wife, Cole has spent 12 years in the Land of Smiles, eight of which as a copyeditor at The Nation newspaper. He holds a master’s degree in print journalism, and now works on the dreamy Thai island of Phuket as a senior travel writer for a website that arranges hotel reservations in countries around the world.
By way of diversions, Cole has tried his hand at drawing and graphic design, embroidery, playing squash and swimming, while many of his free hours are nowadays devoted to travelling to different beaches and restaurants, cities and countries.
Carleton and his wife Sutamon regularly travel back to the US state of Maryland to visit his mother Barret, sister Amy, brother-in-law Greg and nieces Laura and Charlotte, as well as aunts, uncles and cousins elsewhere in the eastern US.
In their mid-30s, Carleton and Sutamon look forward to sharing long lives together, and to travelling and sharing their trips with others, whether through word of mouth, sharing photographs or through more books like this one.
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