The Thai Royal Institute has a surprisingly fun website – at least if you call etymology an engaging pursuit. Some highlights from my poking around:
- The term “โป๊” doesn’t exactly mean “naked” after all. The Thai language ‘trivia’ section is good diversion.
- A review of a book on Thai-Lao relations from the Lao perspective among other things, made a passing mention of the “Nicole Incident”. I had to stretch my memory, but about 5 years ago (when she was at the height of her fame), I think Thai pop idol Nicole Theriault let slip something about Lao women being ‘unclean’ on a TV show, causing massive protests in Laos. A bit of a precursor to the Kob Suwanan incident in Cambodia.
I’d love to get hold of the book, which devotes a whole chapter to the “Nicole Incident” and seems to have a lot more to say on how Thailand’s being view across the borders.