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Oriental Bangkok - The Making Of
Fighting White Ants
by Andreas Augustin
At The Mandarin Oriental shop, and present in every room, the book about the Oriental's history is more than just a souvenier. History has long become an USP at the Oriental. The book is its faithful ambassador.
You can buy the book here. A few copies of the leather bound edition are always available for the connoisseur collector.
In 1994, Kurt Wachtveitl, a general manager almost as famous as the hotel he run, invited me to Bangkok, where I had the privilege of meeting a few fantastic 'assistants': Chancham Bunnag, who had helped compiling an early biography of The Oriental (An Oriental Album); Ankana Kalantananda, the longest serving employee (she had joined the hotel in 1947!), and Pornsri Luphaiboon, one of the first PR managers in the hospitality industry. Liz Taylor's dog was one of her favourite topics of conversation.
Now we triggered a global research effort by alerting newspapers around the world. A drip feed of material started to reach us from different corners