American B25 bomber airplanes played a vital role in covertly transporting members of the Free Thai Movement who had been living and training abroad to Thai soil during World War II.
Vol. 17 No. 202 December 2001
Ten to twelve days prior to the official start of the boat races, the participating boats are able to begin practicing in the river. It is necessary at these practices to try to perfect timing and properly organize everyone's positions in the actual boat according to weight, not to mention familiarize oneself with the flow and general feel of the river. Preparations are exhaustive, yet the atmosphere surrounding preparations for the boat races clearly express the willingness, determination and sheer joy with which the locals of Luang Prabang approach the festivities.
On December 8th 1941, the Thai government announced its favorable consideration of the Japanese government's request for right of passage through Thailand. The announcement was quick to mention the written reassurance provided by the Japanese government to the Thai government concerning the preservation of Thai sovereignty, and ended with a declaration to officially end the fighting between Thailand and Japan. In actuality, the announcement had marked the beginning of Thai resistance - albeit underground - against the Japanese...