Under the Mango Tree – Cambodia and Busts

After nearly one year’s absence Beyond The Mango Juice’s lovable pair of dear old ladies Daw and Dao return in my ongoing series Under the Mango Tree. For those of you who wish to view the two dear girls in their pilot post then click on the following link Under The Mango Tree – The Killing Fields.

Under the Mango Tree is a series of posts helping to promote Thailand in a positive and fun way. At great cost Beyond The Mango Juice transports and replants a mango tree in a location somewhere in Thailand and our resident hosts Daw and Dao sit under it to chat away about life in general, and what they see before them.

Beyond The Mango Juice can categorically state that Daw and Dao are not involved in the sex industry.

Cambodia and Busts

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Daw…..Dao….. Narration

With Thailand and Cambodia now ‘warring’ with each other over border rights concerning the Preah Vihear World Heritage site, Daw and Dao insisted on being near the action. Beyond The Mango Juice transported the two girls and a mango tree to a small village just 20 kilometres from the border-clash hotspot. The girls are sat under the mango tree outside one of the village shops. There is a heavy military presence about.

Look at that army vehicle over there.

Which one?

That one.

Daw points at a truck parked nearby laden down with piping.

That’s not army, it’s a builders truck…..surely….you’re having me on Daw.

It’s camouflaged. What direction are the rocket launchers pointing?

Cambodia….you’re right Daw. It must be army…..if that thing goes off we’ll both go deaf.


Daw cups her hands over Dao’s ear and whispers into it.

It doesn’t fire rockets…they park it outside someone’s toilet and attach the rocket launchers to the waste thingy.

Waste thingy, what do you mean?

Dao…I’m talking crap…they’re firing crap at the Cambodians.

I’m with you now…it must make an awful mess on the other side of the border.

It’s what’s keeping Thailand safe. All the Cambodian soldiers uniforms are in the laundry, you can’t attack a country in your underpants.

I read about that sort of thing….war crimes.

More like war grimes….No….the soldiers are too shy to attack.

Too shy…why?

They’ve been wiping their faces clean with their underpants.

You’re having me on Daw.

The girls conversation is interupted when five female soldiers stop directly in front of them and salute Daw and Dao. The soldiers then walk off. Dao speaks first.

Their uniforms are so tiny.

Look at the nom (breasts) on her, they’re like a couple of coconuts in a small monkey’s hands.

They can’t be real.

They’re about as real as a 12 baht coin…..they must be those Silly Cone ones.

Why do they call them Silly Cone.

Because…because….because they’re like highway traffic cones….you have to bang them real hard to move them.

Oh….makes sense…..look….the girls are getting some som tum (spicy Thai salad). They reckon it’s real spicy around these parts.

That’s why they’ve brought that rocket launcher here.

Why?….I don’t understand.

The ammunition dumps are full of red chilli…I’ve heard if you dipped your foot in one you wouldn’t walk for a month.

Ammunition dumps…I don’t understand.

Toilet waste thingys.

Oh….come on, let’s go and get some som tum

I’ll pay as long as afterwards you let me use the public ammunition dump first….Cambodia here I come…..extra chilli’s I think.

The End

For those of you who view life a little more seriously, here’s a few facts about the Preah Vihear World Heritage site.

  • The Preah Vihear Temple is in the Dângrêk Mountains which border Thailand and Cambodia.
  • Thais call the temple site Khao Phra Viharn.
  • The present site dates back to the early 11th century.
  • Preah Vihear was built during the reign of the Khmer Empire in honour of the Hindu god Shiva.
  • In 1962, after a long running feud between Thailand and Cambodia over which country had jurisdiction of the 1.8 square miles (4.6 sq km) of land, the International Court of Justice ruled in favour of Cambodia.
Photograph – Daw & Dao by kind permission of tourism thailand
Photographs – Army Girls and Preah Vihear Temple are public domain images


I'm a sixty-year-old Englishman living in the town of Swindon in rural Wiltshire and I have a real deep desire to retire in Thailand one day. If you don't have a dream then you won't have a dream come true.

10 Responses

  1. Talen says:

    Classic Martyn…I was wondering when the ladies were going to make their next appearance. Faithfully awaiting their return 🙂

  2. Martyn says:

    Talen thanks for your thumbs up on Daw and Dao’s return, however I’m not too sure if it appeals to many people. I’ll see what kind of hits I get on this one before deciding whether to do any more.


  3. Mike says:

    Martyn a likely tale indeed one might almost say toilet humour.

    Personally I blame the French and their bloody map which I am sure is beyond the scope of the two charming old ladies.

    Always did wonder what the blue pipes are for cos they don’t deliver much water round here.

  4. Martyn says:

    Mike thanks for your comment, yours is not toilet humour but it did give me a chuckle.

    I think they also use the blue pipe for the really big bang fai rocket competitions, when they go up they really do reach for the skies.

  5. lawrence says:

    Welcome back to Thailand’s answer to the two Ronnies. They seem to be talking more sense than anyone else as far as Preah Vihear goes.

  6. Martyn says:

    Lawrence, re-reading the post, I’d say they might be Thailand’s answer to the Two Runnies. That som tum can be extra spicy at times.

  7. Hi Martyn, this is my first time hearing about Dao and Daw – two very attractive women by the way. The girls in the picture below them aren’t too bad either.

  8. Martyn says:

    Paul my apologies to you, Catherine and anyone else who has received a late reply from me to their comments. I recently changed my comment box options to allow previously approved commentators comments to show immediately. Before I had to approve every comment received. It was much easier to see new comments before, now I don’t get notification and tend to miss the newer ones sometimes.

    Two lovely ladies and five lovely girls, the ‘soldiers’ are actually go go girls, so I’m led to believe.

  9. Catherine says:

    Hilarious! The Thais already have Khmer temples dedicated to Shiva (I was just at one) so sharing would be logical and more financially viable for both sides.

    But this isn’t about being logical. It’s about politics plain and simple.

    What they need is a Princess Dianna to drag out in times of trouble instead.

  10. Martyn says:

    Catherine I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Politics is not my thing, I buried my rosette a long time ago and kissing babies is not for me.

    I’m sure Princess Di would have wooed the Cambodian’s with one flashing smile.

    See my reply to Paul.

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