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Over the ensuing century, Marthe Bassenne’s journals, “In Laos and Siam,” retained their freshness through time and translation. As her ink paled on the pages, Laos racked itself into Lao Peoples Democratic Republic, Lao PDR, and Siam transmuted into Thailand.
Having recorded what she said she saw and heard, Marthe Bassenne vanished into unrecorded history as suddenly as she appeared. She was a Frenchwoman. Her husband practiced medicine in the city she called Saigon, in the region she called Indochine.

Chief Editor picks up where the French traveler left and stills finds her footprints fresh and relevant today. Finding Marthe Bassenne in Laos & Siam can be downloaded on Amazon. 

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