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The only farang in the temple

Visitors to Ayutthaya may spy a white woman in robes. She is Margo Somboon, who feels she has found sanctuary from a troubled life

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Margo Somboon wears the robes of a devout Buddhist and keeps a LinkedIn profile. From her temple in Ayutthaya, she posts about religion on Facebook, shares pictures of His Majesty the King on Pinterest and wages a YouTube campaign against genetically modified organisms (GMOs). 

STRAIGHT TALKING: Margo Somboon, 57, has distanced herself from her American past and now lives at Wat Yai Chai Mongkhol in Ayutthaya.

Living at Wat Yai Chai Mongkhol, the 57-year-old American is a mae chi - the shaven-headed women in white who observe the eight precepts of Theravada Buddhism. She speaks with an accent wavering between harsh American and a softer, lilting South Asian. Her skin is light and her eyes a pale blue, and she's missing most of her teeth.

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