King Chulalongkorn the Great

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Dear Editor,

Referring to the article about King Chulalongkorn the Great in last week’s issue of Pattaya Mail, readers may be interested to learn that the territories in Laos detached by the French and the two northern states of the Federation of Malaya were returned to Siam during the Pacific War in the 1940’s by the Japanese with whom Siam was allied, only to be recovered by the two colonial powers in 1945.

Reminders of the French occupation of Siamese territory can be found in That Phanom on the Mekong where bakeries making French bread can still be found and in Koh Sichang where there are two venues where the French bowling game of petanque is still played.

Roger Womersley,

Koh Sichang