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For Jim Algie's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Dec 11, 2001

Poor from war, rich in culture

The serpentine road to Luang Prabang winds around mountains that rise above green valleys and rocky gorges, alongside ramshackle villages with no electricity and past fields of corn and rice. If you’re not much of a daredevil, then don’t get a window seat, because ...

Sep 11, 2001

Escape urban chaos to old Thailand

NONTHABURI, Thailand — In the eyes of Sulak Sivaraksa, Thailand’s most caustic social critic, Bangkok has become “a third-rate Western city.” Monster malls, condos, fast-food franchises, discos and billboards for Western clothes and appliances have gradually eroded the city’s Asian look and atmosphere. So ...

May 29, 2001

Thai bases offer a taste of military life

LOP BURI, Thailand — Where else in the world can a tourist be a soldier for a day or two, shoot off an M-16, jump from a parachute tower, climb rocks, ford streams and hike through the jungle? The military museum at Lop Buri ...