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A Short History about Koh Yao

I wrote this small text about 15 years ago when I settled on Koh Yao Noi. By this time, I was conducting historical and ethnographic research about southern Thailand, peoples and cultures, in partnership with Sorbonne University, the french Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the University of Songkla Nakarin, Patani. I was particularly interested [...]

The Salangane’s nest, the heroic story of a tiny bird

All around the islands in the Phang Nga Bay, these tiny swiftlets can be observed, flying endlessly above the sea at incredible speed. They build up their nest on the walls of the caves and anfractuosity of the many islands around. These nests, mainly composed of the birds' dried saliva, are highly appreciated in Chinese cuisine [...]