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  • Siamese Arabesques

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    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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  • Destination: Asia

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    Influenced and intrigued as he was by all things Asian, and desperate to escape the monotony of America’s first planned community, when Carleton Cole’s path took him to Thailand, it came as no surprise to him. For years he had been fascinated by Thailand, reading everything he could about the country and even taking a menial job in a local Thai restaurant to rub shoulders with Thais exiled in the American Midwest.
    Confronted by the seriously limited employment options open to the holder of a liberal-arts bachelor’s degree, he set about transplanting himself to what would soon become his adopted home, and a base for exploring the rest of Asia. An atypically quiet American who never really fit into US society, Carleton Cole has found his place in the Land of Smiles, and has developed and maintained a passion for things Thai and Asian.

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