In 1986, Charles Nicholl traveled through Thailand to learn about the spiritual traditions of forest Buddhism. But things are not always so straightforward in Thailand. When Charles meets Harry, an old French Indochina hand, on the night train north with his tales of gem smuggling and opium smoking, it leads to a journey along the banks of the Mekong, into the Golden Triangle, and into Burma.
Charles joins me today to talk about his adventures, story structure in travel writing, and about his book Borderlines: A Journey in Thailand and Burma (Eland 2021).
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