I had a really nice letter from Tina Hall, Phuket has been good to us Foundation, at the Thai school, in Kamala, Phuket yesterday, who were so grateful that I put the information on facebook and on my blog. They want anybody who is willing and able to go and teach there. The little children were adorable and I immediately wanted to help them. I also heard from my guide at the Amansara who could not afford his school fees. For very little money there are so many people to help. He is also a fantastic guide and he is making me a rickershaw, which I have always wanted. It was the best way to see Angkor Wat and the other Wat's in the jungle. With so many things to still see I wish I did not have to leave Cambodia and Thailand.
I arrived early in Bangkok, and went to see my friend Rolph Von Beuren. In my opinion the three taste makers in the East are Adrian Zecha of the Aman Resorts, Rolph Von Beuren who owns tiny little boutique shops in the historical Mandarin Oriental Hotel. This hotel has real history, Churchill came here and many writers, and in the old part you feel the stories in the wooden walls.
At Lotus, Arts de Vivre, you can see wonderful unusual objects, rings made of wood with beautiful carved bulls heads on them, diamond necklaces made in Thai writing, boxes, paintings of Chinese girls combing their hair, and the shoes that my son Charlie loves. Velvet slippers with gold dragons or elephants on them.
Last but not in any way least, I had the honour of hearing David Tang, the third man of style in the East, play the piano beautifully, he sings and is truly a renaissance man. He is interesting, cultured and there is never a dull moment. Best friends with the most exclusive people on the planet, he still let Charles practise all week on his piano.