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Farmsteading in Thailand

Title: Farmsteading in Thailand

A Bunch of True Happenings

Ken Albertsen

 

Farmsteading in Thailand chronicles the ten years of challenges in developing a homestead in northeast Thailand – starting out with no connections, no handle on the language, and little seed money.

If you follow the newspapers, you can be forgiven for thinking Thailand is stuck in a revolving carousel of economic woes, natural calamities, political unrest, greedy power-brokers and celebrities searching for the best skin whitener.

In contrast, this beautifully illustrated text gives a glimpse of what goes on with non-celebrities such as illegal immigrant families from countries bordering Thailand – their struggles, as well as their mini-triumphs and what keeps them humming from day to day.

 

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What readers say about Farmsteading in Thailand :

“I started reading it today. While eating my fresh fruit for breakfast I almost choked to death on a watermelon seed. The part about you going down the river with the inflatable kayak with the suitcase sticking out got me laughing. I can just picture what was going on in the local Thais mind while you floated by.
I wish I could have seen that.”  - Charlie Gallery, Bangkok

          
“Ken - wow what a truly fascinating book. I just gave it a quick skim, and plan to take a look in more detail. Is this a book that will be in Thai bookstores? If not, it should be. Its so much better than some of the other books one sees in there  - most of which seems to be focused just on BKK nightlife!” - Rembert Meyer-Rochow, Attorney, Intel Semiconductor, HK

"This is all interesting to me, as I have some of the farm bug in me and I love avocados also."    - Dan Berman, Editor in Florida

“I recently bought and read your Farmsteading book, which I enjoyed very much.” -  Robert Sinnott, California

“Hi Ken, finished reading it today.  I enjoyed reading it, I particularly like to read of other peoples endeavors in LOS [Land of Smiles]. Overall very humerous and interesting. I'm passing it on to my friends, hope you don’t mind.” - Sam in Phuket

"Just finished reading your book - thoroughly enjoyed it. You have and are continuing to lead a very interesting life.  The part where you held off the undercover special police - is it true?! Amazing stuff." - G.Pfeiffer, farmer near Nong Khai, NE Thailand

241 pages, illustrated

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Sample Text

2. FINGER ON THE PULSE

While holed up in the city, I would take excursions to the surrounding countryside whenever possible.  The best terrain was northwest of town, where there were cliffs on both sides of Mae Kok  (‘mae’ = ‘river,’ and ‘kok’ = ‘water outlet’ in Thai) - a medium-sized river that flows east in to Thailand at the town of Taton, on the Burmese border.   It might be challenging to explore the wilder stretches closer to its source, but that would entail heading further west up into the hills of Burma.  That region is currently wracked by armed clashes between three factions: The Burmese junta, the Wa Army, and a loose confederation of Karen hill tribes.  The Karen faction is split by one faction which lean to Buddhism, and the more militant Christian faction.  Not surprisingly, the Burmese junta is encouraging the split – according to the old adage; ‘divide and conquer.’  Another major player is the Wa Army – which is Chinese-run and is somewhat involved (or involved up to their eyebrows, depending on who you talk to) in the opium trade.

 

 

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Table of Contents

  • 1. SMUGGLING
  • 2. FINGER ON THE PULSE
  • 3. SHORT ARM OF THE LAW
  • 4. SLICE OF CAMBODGE
  • 5. ROCK LAND I
  • 6. MANAO KEYBOARD 
  • 7. STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN 
  • 8. THE ALAMO 
  • 9. GATHER NO MOSS 
  • 10. BUILDING 
  • 11. VEGE GARDEN 
  • 12. BRUSH WITH THE LAW 
  • 13. BARREL SCRAPS 
  • 14. TRUSTING TO A FAULT 
  • 15. SECOND STORY 
  • 16. STONED ON LANDSCAPE 
  • 17. 767 WORDS ON HEMP
  • 18. NEPAL 
  • 19. ROGUE HAULERS 
  • 20. GRAFT IN THAILAND 
  • 21. WELL ON ITS WAY 
  • 22. EDDY IN, EDDY OUT 
  • 23. THE RAKE AND THE HOE 
  • 24. MONEY AS AXLE GREASE 
  • 25. ROAD TO MANDALAY 
  • 26. RAZORS AND SPORTS 
  • 27. MY BRIEF TRACK AND FIELD CAREER 
  • 28. ACHAN KEN 
  • 29. IN AWE OF THOSE WHO CAME EARLIER 
  • 30. TRYING TO DO BUSINESS 
  • 31. UNCOVERED MEAT 
  • 32. HOSPITALS, UP CLOSE & PERSONAL 
  • 33. THE THICK AND THIN OF IT 
  • 34. BUNKER HILL 
  • 35. SOME ITEMS WHICH ARE UNIQUE FOR THAILAND 
  • 36. SUMMIT

       


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Other books written by Ken

  • Lali's Passage – Novel

  • 700 Thai Words Taken From English - language guide

  • Egat's Thaitanic - non-fiction about why Thailand should not go nuclear

  • Fasting For Health and For Highness - tells about fasting techniques.

  • Guarded Conversations: How Thailand was Won and Lost in the First
     Decade of the 21st

  • Century.   Starring; former caretaker Prime Minister Sintax, his wife
     Manpoj and their son

  • Elm - pokes fun at conversations they might have had with their fellow
     connivers.

  • Life Story of Milarepa:  chronocles the amazing life of a living
     Buddha who roamed the Himlayas 900 years agol.

 

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