Until the 1970s, rural Thailand’s Suphanburi Province, located only 100 km north of Bangkok, was extremely isolated from the rest of the country. The province was the butt of jokes by other Thai people because their roads were either nonexistent or in such bad condition as to be virtually impassable. A fable told at the […]

Banharn Silpa-archa, a leading Thai politician, has frequently been criticized in the press for corruption and scandals, but he is well loved in the rural Thai province of Suphanburi, north of Bangkok. A recent journal article describes his nonviolent approach to dealing with a major social problem in rural Thailand—drug use by young people. His […]