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Stories by Steve Van Beek
 
These are my stories about Thailand, Asia, and rivers which have been published in numerous print and online magazines; others appeared as chapters in books. I hope you enjoy them and, perhaps, learn something new. And come back later; we’re always adding new ones.


Stories about Thailand
These stories have appeared in a variety of publications over the years. Some of the links are to the original stories, others to stories reproduced here.

Lizard Loony. The first story I ever wrote for commercial publication. It appeared in Sawasdee Magazine, THAI’s inflight in 1978.

Jamming Thai Style. First appeared in Salon

Gridlock in Bangkok circa 1836

The Heavenly City of Dusit Thani

Thailand’s Royal Cities

Birthday Suits Altered While you Wait. A story with a variety of titles. In Salon, this story about sex change operations written under the semi-anagrammatic byline Karl B. Vetas was called “Bangkok’s Got a Brand New Bag”.

Walk Across Thailand in a Day. Appeared on the Tourism Authority of Thailand website.

Leeled Ecotourism-A Model for Sustainable Community-Based Tourism. A village in the mangroves shows how it is possible to reverse ecological damage and create a healthy, prosperous environment. First appeared on the Tourism Authority of Thailand News Room website.

Mae Chaem, the Hidden Valley of the Seven Temples. A pocket of culture in the northern hills. First appeared on the Tourism Authority of Thailand News Room website.



Stories about Asia and elsewhere
Embracing everything from ancient cities to remote regions untouched by urban values, Asia holds 55% of the world’s population. Embracing a vast number of ethnic peoples and languages, it is a tapestry of sensations and experiences. Savor this sampling of its diversity.

Letter from Ladakh. Appeared in Salon Magazine

Beware the Supple Fingers of Saigon. Appeared in Salon Magazine. (under the pseudonym of Karl B. Vetas).

The Terai: Waiting for the Rains ( Appears in the book, Travelers Tales Nepal).

String of Pearls (Appeared in Travelers Tales San Francisco). OK, it’s a bit of a stretch to call it “Asian” but, as you can see from the text, it relates.



Stories about Rivers
Rivers have fascinated me since boyhood and formed the focus of much of my recent writing. Waterways provide access to remote areas untouched by roads, enabling me to observe people unobserved, rather than as they have been altered by the outside world. In most instances, riverbank dwellers are not expecting someone to travel by water and most often don’t even look in my direction. This enables me to see them as they are; the moment they spot me, their behavior changes and I become part of their daily equation, altering who they are.

First Descent. Also appeared in Salon Magazine. It relates the story of a Sino-American journey down a portion of the Mekong River in 1995.

The Power of One. This tale of the continuation of the previous journey, undertaken in 1997, appeared in the Explorers Journal of the Explorers Club in New York City.

Sin the Buffalo Man. Appeared in Discovery Magazine, and in Travelers Tales Thailand. It is also a chapter from my book, Slithering South.

Hot Topics. Another chapter from Slithering South.

Cargo Class Through the Heart of Laos (Appeared in Escape Magazine).

The River Mild. This is a slightly updated version of the story which appeared in the San Francisco Examiner. Read it here or read it there:

Water of the Heart. First published in Discovery Magazine.

The Moods of the Mekong. Two aspects of the Mekong River as it flows through Thailand. First appeared on the Tourism Authority of Thailand News Room website.

A Wild Ride through Phang-nga. A crazy run down a southern river. First appeared on the Tourism Authority of Thailand News Room website.

Gift of Life, The Chao Phraya River. Thailand's primary river system has fueled its growth and linked its people. First appeared on the Tourism Authority of Thailand News Room website.


 
 
 
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