The Happy Farang

The poems in The Happy Farang were written in longhand while travelling in Thailand and Laos in 1999. Most of them are written from the point of view of a Western tourist or, in Thai, ‘farang’.

Print copies of this chapbook are no longer available.

Read the revised 2012 edition online.

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The Happy Farang
Bangkok: City of Angles
Thomas Pynchon & the Art of Anonymity Maintenance
Cities On the Move
The Postman of Kowloon
Non-Touristic Trek
The Chao Le
Takraw Monkey
Oh Blossom
Mountains of Pai
Mr Tui
Emaciated Buddha
The Boys on Thanon Lim Khong
Low Season, Last Days
The Kip & How to Carry It
Under the Pavement, Laos
A Photographer’s Wet Dream
Cock & Football
Visit Laos Year
Tintin & the Plain of Jars
The Gums of Vientiane


‘A Photographer’s Wet Dream’ was broadcast on Aural Text (Radio 3RRR, Melbourne). ‘Mr Tui’, ‘Takraw Monkey’ and ‘The Chao Le’ were first published in slope (USA). ‘The Postman of Kowloon’ and ‘Non-Touristic Trek’ were included in a feature posted to the Poetry Espresso mailing list (). ‘Thomas Pynchon & The Art Of Anonymity Maintenance’ appeared in Meanjin. ‘The Happy Farang’, ‘Non-Touristic Trek’, ‘Tintin & the Plain of Jars’ and ‘The Chao Le’ were republished in We Will Disappear (papertiger media, 2007).

No monkeys were harmed during the making of this book.

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