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On Horseback Through Indochina Vol. 3:
ISBN :   9789747534986
WL Order Code :    E22235
Price :    US$17.00
Print :   Bangkok 2002, first English trans. of 1894
Size :   252 pp., 20 pp. illus., 1 map, 150 x 210 mm pbk. Weight  0.380 kg
  Ehlers, Otto E.

On Horseback Through Indochina Vol. 3:
:Vietnam, Singapore, and Central Thailand
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The third volume of this trilogy reports on the journey starting in Poofang on the border between the Sipsong Pana, now Yunnan, and French Tonkin. Ehlers travels an unusual route between the Black and the Red River and through the tea districts on the Vietnamese-Chinese border, passing through all major settlements of the time: Phong Tho, Barat, Laichau, Lao Kai, Trai Hut, Hong Hoa, Sontay, Hanoi, and Haiphong. Considered a spy by the French officers in Tonkin, Ehlers was forced to continue part of his journey by junk on the Red River down to Hanoi. He then sailed to Da Nang, Saigon, and Singapore, from where he visited the Sultanate of Johore, and onwards to Siam as the guest of H.M. King Chulalongkorn at Koh Si Chang. He also visited Bangkok, Bang Pa In, and Ayutthaya. Ehlers insightfully, mercilessly, and humorously dissects what he sees: the true state of the Black Thai irregular troops guarding the country between the Black River and the Red River against Black Flag pirates, the colorful costumes and customs of various tribesmen, trade on the Red River and across the Yunnanese borders, the felt need for railway lines in the Shan States and Tonkin, the coal mines of Hongai, the steamers and sailing ships of Rickmers in the Orient, foreign government advisers traveling to idleness in Siam, the livelihood of the Bangkok Siamese, the comings and goings in Sampeng, Bangkok’s Chinese district, Siamese theater, the cremation grounds for the poor at Wat Saket, and many other colorful descriptions cast in Ehler’s own brand of travelogue writing.

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