Thailand Reflected in a River - A new book from Steve Van Beek
The Ultimate Chao Phya River Book
A Tale of a River - The Story of a People
No natural element more defines the Thai people than water. and no geographic feature has more profound impact in shaping Thailand's history and culture than the Chao Phya River.
Journey along one of Asia's most powerful forces. Discover its vital importance as a foundation stone in one of the world's most alluring and impressive cultures.
From the inside cover:
Dip into Thailand's rivers and you delve into the very core of Thai beliefs. No river better illustrates this than Thailand's lifeline, the Chao Phya.
Dependable provider of the staple foods of rice and fish, the medium for its main festivals, the element of its royal and lay rites of passage, and the vibrant heart of its belief system, culture, and literature, its importance is paramount. Trace the Chao Phya and its tributaries and you trace a millennium of Thailand's history and economic development. Understand the meaning of water in Thai culture and you understand Thais and Thailand.
Known for his extensive and intimate knowledge of Thailand's rivers, Steve Van Beek embarks on a visual odyssey that takes you into the heart of Thailand as reflected in the Chao Phya River. By the time you finish this eye-opening book, you will know Thailand in a manner seldom revealed, a journey in words and pictures as pleasurable as it is rewarding.
13 x 9.5 inches(34 x 24 cm.)
740 photographs and illstrations
Wind & Water
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