Islamic college has lessons for the troubled south
A trip to this bastion of religious harmony on the western edge of Bangkok has Andrew Biggs swapping his trademark levity for some serious commentary on a way forward for the southernmost provinces
Thung Khru is a part of Bangkok not usually found on the tourist map, and why should it be?
Situated in the western urban sprawl, it used to be kind of isolated, but now the new western ring road with its giant bridges passes right by it.
"Give yourself two hours to get there _ it's in the middle of nowhere," I was told by my well-meaning staff. Thanks to that giant bridge it ended up taking me 25 minutes, rendering me drinking coffee alone at a nameless Thung Khru petrol station for an hour.
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