Tourists come to Bangkok for many reasons: a night of love, a stay in a luxury hotel, or simply to disappear for a while. Lawrence Osborne comes for the cheap dentistry, and then stays when he finds he can live off just a few dollars a day. Osborne's Bangkok is a vibrant, instinctual city full of contradictions. He wanders the streets, dining on insects, trawling through forgotten neighbourhoods, decayed temples and sleazy bars. Far more than a travel book, Bangkok Days explores both the little-known, extraordinary city and the lives of a handful of doomed ex-patriates living there, 'as vivid a set of liars and losers as was ever invented by Graham Greene' (New York Times).
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd
CultureShock! Bangkok is your all-in-one guide to navigating and living in Thailand’s vibrant capital. Learn how to get around the city quickly and safely by motorcycle taxi, how to order the tastiest street food, and how to behave with respect to Thai manners and beliefs. Join in the local celebrations such as Songkran and Loy Krathong and get a first-hand taste of the Thais’ zest for life and love of sanuk (‘fun’). Packed with practical information and frank advice, CultureShock! Bangkok shows you how to find your feet and enjoy your stay to its fullest in this ever-fascinating ‘City of Angels’. About the author Born in Durham, England, Dan Waites moved to Bangkok for the first time in 2004. In 2008, he moved to Phuket to join the Phuket Gazette, then left to work with Burmese refugees in Mae Sot. After covering 2010’s historic general elections in Burma for the Democratic Voice of Burma, Dan got drawn back to Bangkok to work as a sub-editor for The Nation, at the same time reporting on business and politics in Burma and Thailand for publications including Forbes Asia and Asian Correspondent. He now works in Bangkok as a Thai-English interpreter for an international humanitarian organisation.
Chronicle of Thailand is the story of Thailand during the reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Beginning on the day he was crowned, 9 June 1946, the book presents a vivid eyewitness account of Thailand's development through the major news events of the last 64 years.
The rural, Lao-speaking people of northeastern Thailand constitute over a third of the entire population of Thailand. Over the last century, this ethnically separate community has evolved from a traditional peasantry into “cosmopolitan” villagers who are actively shaping Thai politics. Eminent anthropologist Charles Keyes traces this evolution in detail, beginning with the failure of a Buddhist millenarian uprising in 1901–2 and concluding with the successful election of the Thai Rak Thai/Pheu Thai Party in the 2000s. In the intervening century, rural northeasterners have become more educated and prosperous, and they have gained a sophisticated understanding of the world and of their position in it as Thai citizens. Although northeasterners have often been thwarted in their efforts to press government agencies to redress their grievances, they have rejected radical revolutionary efforts to transform the Thai political system. Instead, they have looked to parliamentary democracy as the system in which they can make their voices heard. As the country engages with the processes of democracy, the Pheu Thai Party and the Red Shirt movement appear to have established the people of northeastern Thailand as an authentic voice in the nation’s political landscape. Highlights • Traces the evolution of a marginalized peasantry into a significant political force in Thai society • Examines the disjunction between the urban middle-class negative perspectives on the northeastern Thai rural population and real characteristics of that population • Highlights the different views of political authority and legitimacy in Thailand that have contributed to the twenty-first century crisis in the Thai political order What Others Are Saying “Finding Their Voice by anthropologist Charles Keyes is a culmination of decades of careful ethnography consistently combined with an astute political analysis and sense of history. Reminiscent of Eugen Weber’s classic, “Peasants into Frenchmen,” Keyes’s book shows that the people of Isan have become the makers and undoers of governments and are more firmly wedded to the modern notion of parliamentary democracy than are the refined urban elites. This book has as much to say about the polarized politics of Thailand as it does about the rich culture and history of Isan.” —Philip Hirsch, University of Sydney
There are many smiles and now readers can examine the Barbarian smile/s at the end of each chapter. This work is a continuing look at the ups and downs of modernization in Thailand. Said progress makes Thailand one of the better choices for expat residence. The reason so far has been high-tech and low prices. This is a heady mix and attracts many foreigners even for medical care. As things change quickly, especially in Bangkok, it is good to have frequent updates as to the people, culture and events. The Smile/s books aim at analysis and humor at the same time. In the beginning with Siam Smile/s the focus was mainly on Thais and their bags of tricks. The effort was to give foreigners a clue as to what to expect through comical situations. However, after assiduously studying local people, it finally comes about that the Barbarians, those wonderful Western visitors, are worthy of a good look as well. The result has been a succinct glimpse of how simple European-US people have a difficult time with the basics of complex Thai culture. At the same time, Thais wedged into their modality bio-stasis have no idea about the Barbarians visitors or of their cultures. At times it nearly causes vertigo to spot Thais doing Mental Erase to things they don’t like and foreigners going toe-to-toe with them using denial. Most humorous of all is when Thais and Barbarians simultaneously dodge reality. Reality is the serious Adult world not the denial, pretending and dodging that many Thais and aliens engage in every day. All of this points to a planetary meltdown and human IQ in the West down many points. In the end, Bird Poop Farang Smile/s is a kind of manual for those who appreciate cultural tools and are ready to have a good laugh.
Moscow Under Stalin Bangkok Without Tourists 1949-1952
Author: Jean Redwood
Publisher: Oldwicks Press, Limited
Embassy life Moscow and Bangkok 1949-52. Nothing could ever be quite the same as working in post-war Moscow and pre-tourist Bangkok in the early 1950s - a period now epitomised as 'The Forgotten Decade'. After the hardship of the 1930s, the Second World War and the austerity of post-war Britain, it was exciting to be young in the more prosperous though socially still rather starchy 1950s. When Harold Macmillan told us at the 1959 election that 'You've never had it so good', we agreed. Jean Floyd was 22 when the Foreign Office sent her for secretarial duties to the British Embassy in Moscow in 1949, shortly after the beginning of the Cold War. It was a time when the outbreak of World War III was regarded as a serious possibility, especially after the start of the Korean War in 1950. The use of atomic bombs was not being ruled out. The wartime camaraderie with 'our brave Russian allies' had become a hollow memory. In Moscow, foreigners were regarded with deep suspicion: Diary, 11 Feb 1950 The other day I asked a woman where No.1 Shop was.... She was initially most friendly and asked me which delegation I was with (there are quite a few 'Peace Delegations' around). When I told her I was working in the British Embassy, she scuttled away in terror! And to think she might have been on the point of asking me to tea! Bangkok was unlike Moscow in every conceivable way. Despite an occasional coup d'etat (Diary, 1 July 1951: "Whilst it was still dark, the silence was shattered by loud gunfire. I was sound asleep and nearly jumped out of my skin.") it was a free society where Thais and foreigners met on equal terms. Notwithstanding the intimidating character of the Soviet regime, Russia made an overwhelming impression on Jean, and one that remained for the rest of her life. This book captures the atmosphere of those distant post-war days and also contains a wealth of historical and cultural detail.
Whether your idea of travelling Thailand is wandering around the ruined temples of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya, swinging in a hammock outside a ramshackle hut on a deserted, backpackers' beach, meeting the Akha Hill-Tribe people of the North or drinking beer and getting down and dirty with the bar-girls and lady-boys of Pattaya; Thailand Drifter has it all, plus a load of laughs and very much more. Over the past few years, a growing number of titles about roaming Thailand have appeared on the shelves of bookstores and on e-book websites, but what sets Peter Jaggs' work apart from the others is the way in which the author's words paint a perfect picture of the kind of situations and characters that any visitor to the country is bound to find themselves involved with, should they have come to Thailand for the diverse culture, the infamous night-life, the glorious beaches or simply for a relaxing holiday. After thirty years of floating around Thailand Jaggs knows what he is talking about and the thousands of copies his twelve titles have sold to date, despite only being on sale for only a few years, demonstrate this. The twenty unique and very humorous travel tales contained in this offering are inescapably relevant to any potential traveler to the country, because as well as the kaleidoscope of colorful individuals they will undoubtedly stumble across, the book also brings to life a wealth of locations and circumstances that the reader is almost certain to walk slap-bang into, when following in the footsteps of a confirmed Thailand Drifter."Modern classics of Pattaya? I think so, you judge". Richard Ravensdale, Vice President of Pattaya ex-pats club"It is clear that Peter knows what he is talking about to be able to write (them) so well". Pattaya Trader Magazine