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Whiting, Lawrence

Lawrence Whiting is the author of <em>Thailand’s Emerald Triangle: Places to stay, places to go, in and around Ubon Ratchathani and Si Sa Ket</em>. He lived in Thailand from 1967 to 1974 and in Laos from 1974 to 1976. He has had a home in Northeast Thailand since 1995 and now divides his time more or less equally between there and England.

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  • Mind the Monkeys!

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    Lawrence Whiting has come to know the Thai monkeys of Phana very well in the seven years he has been running the Phana Monkey Project with his wife, Pensri. One of the things he has enjoyed most is the opportunity to introduce his monkey friends to so many Thai people as well as people from all over the world. He hopes that this book will enable even more people to appreciate these lovely creatures.

    After the monkeys had got comfortable with me… they would come up and touch my arm and then run away again. The mothers would walk up to me and set their babies down to play, and large males would bring their food and eat right next to me. They had let me into their world and I was forever changed.
    Chris Love, Phana Monkey Project Volunteer

    Observing them is interesting to see their behaviour and to see how much alike we are! Rita Cerdiera, PMP volunteer

    Animals have feelings, there is no doubt. Respect the monkeys, respect wildlife. Christel Gomes, PMP volunteer

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  • Buddhism in Thailand – a guide for expats and visitors

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    Almost all visitors to Thailand will come into contact with Buddhism in some way. There are more than 200,000 monks in Thailand so you will see monks and novices out and about on the streets. There are more than 30,000 temples (wat in Thai) so you will see and may visit a temple, or several. Those lucky enough to spend some time with a Thai family will find themselves witnessing and even participating in many of the rituals and customs that are part of everyday Buddhism in Thailand.
    This is NOT a book for the serious student of Buddhism, but rather a description and explanation of what you might encounter in everyday life in Thailand.

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  • Isan Father-in-Law

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    Isan Father-in-Law is a biography of the author’s father-in-law, Mr Rin. It draws on family and historical sources to uncover his career. Mr Rin is revealed as a teacher, farmer, community leader, rural development activist, conservationist, and father of eight girls.
    The book traces a family’s journey from its Lao origins and traditions into modern Thailand; from the 19th century, through years of hunger (when frogs were a staple diet), the Japanese army’s presence, communist insurgency and the Vietnam War, up to the beginning of the 21st century.
    The reader will find a lot more than just an honourable hard-working northeast Thailand native named Mr. Rin. This journey through the life of Mr. Rin takes the reader into Thai history, culture, law, and background information skilfully woven into the story.

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  • Isan Son-in-Law

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    Isan Son-in-Law is a memoir of the author’s developing relationship with his father-in-law and with his family which has its roots in a small town in Isan, where the cultures of Thailand and Laos mix.
    We get to know some of the people and places he came to know and love in Thailand and how he and his wife and their two children began to establish a life there and later in Laos, before eventually moving to England.
    Isan Son-in-Law combines self-deprecating humour, cultural insight and colourful characters such as Mr Joonchit, the benevolent con-man, and Mac, the U.S. master-sergeant. This is no cultural tourism: this book is an invitation into an Isan family and its home.
    The book gives a very detailed account of not only the lives of an Isan family, but also Isan ceremonies and rituals.

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