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Claassic all time best work by Jack Reynolds, voted by Bangkok Media in the top ten of all time on this subject, now available at Canterbury Tales Bookshop
A Woman of Bangkok
The most popular best selling book on Thai relationships, a must read before you come to The Land of Smiles.
In both Thai & English a great deal of a heads up on Thailand's Culture & relationships.
<p>This is Colin Martim's Autobiography which chronicles an innocent man's struggle to survive inside one of the world's most dangerous prisons. This book is not for the faint hearted, Welcome to Hell takes you behind the bars of the Bangkok Hilton</p>
Welcome to Hell
A Fun read with an important message, I would recommend that the single male with fire in his heart & conflagration in his jocks should study the book before having his 1st beer. He will save more than the price of the Book, should be incorporated in the price of incoming plane tickets & made compulsory reading.
Money Number one
In 1978 Warren Fellows, Paul Hayward & William Sinclair were convicted of Heroin Trafficking between Thailand & Australia, They were sentanced to Life in Prison in the notorious Bangkok Hilton. It was the beginning of 12 years years of Hell for Warren Fellows......
The Damage Done
<p>Trapped somewhere between an international fantasy world and one of brutal reality, the characters in these wide ranging Pattaya stories become involved in humourous, dangerous, sometimes violent adventures, set against a colourful backdrop of flora and fauna, festivals, arcane beliefs and ghosts, here, dreams are often perceived as future indicators and reincarnation is seldom, if ever questioned.</p>
<p>Nothing is forever, or quite what it seems to be, the only certainty is life is never dull or grey, these stories are fictional as many see Thailand & Pattaya itself, but truth is often stranger than fiction and every good story has an slight thread of truth within it.</p>
<p>Many of the events in these stories often involved or were witnessed by the author, Geoffrey Franklin was an English Artist/Writer who studied Art and Design at the Birmingham and Royal College of Art, London.</p>
<p>A Pattaya resident for several years, he has painted many of the delights of South East Asia, Geoff captured Angkor Wat, Cambodia in particular and I am the proud owner of some of his origionals and many prints of the same, also have some duplicates so please email me @ email@example.com if interested.</p>
<p>Geoff wrote this book based on the strange, often mystical experiences he has encountered in Thailand, Geoff sadly passed away in 2008.</p>
Raconteur's Pattaya Tales
In March of 1965, Marine Lieutenant Philip J. Caputo landed at Danang with the first ground combat unit deployed to Vietnam. Sixteen months later, having served on the line in one of modern history’s ugliest wars, he returned home — physically whole but emotionally wasted, his youthful idealism forever gone. A Rumor of War is far more than one soldier’s story. Upon its publication in 1977, it shattered America’s indifference to the fate of the men sent to fight in the jungles of Vietnam. In the years since then, it has become not only a basic text on the Vietnam War but also a renowned classic in the literature of wars throughout history and, as the author writes, of “the things men do in war and the things war does to men.” “To call it the best book about Vietnam is to trivialize it. . . . A Rumor of War is a dangerous and even subversive book, the first to insist — and the insistence is all the more powerful because it is implicit — that the reader ask himself these questions: How would I have acted? To what lengths would I have gone to survive? The sense of self is assaulted, overcome, subverted, leaving the reader to contemplate the deadening possibility that his own moral safety net might have a hole in it. It is a terrifying thought, and A Rumor of War is a terrifying book.” — John Gregory Dunne, Los Angeles Times Book Review “Caputo’s troubled, searching meditations on the love and hate of war, on fear, and the ambivalent discord warfare can create in the hearts of decent men, are among the most eloquent I have read in modern literature.” - William Styron, The New York Review of Books
A Rumor of War
<p style="margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">It has almost become fashionable these days to write books about life in Thai prisons.
A Financially and Mentally Challenging Life, But Eckardt Is Doing What He Loves
By Laura Brose
The title is not a lie: the guy writing the book frequently drinks to excess, smokes (and not just the cigarettes made by the major tobacco companies), has bad companions, and frequently gets into trouble because of the above. And speaking of trouble, his marriage and family life can be fractious, too, especially when his vices and bad companions result in situations that upset his wife.
All this is set within a larger dynamic of political and social trouble on which he reports, the financially risky life of a sometimes-freelance journalist, and the actual physical dangers which come from living and being working press in that part of the world during the 1980s and 1990s as history was being made in Cambodia, the financial system was collapsing in Thailand, and the small-time writer saw his income opportunities become less dependable and more hazardous (hence the period of time reporting and living hand-to-mouth in Cambodia while his family remained in relatively stable digs in Thailand).
Though he has often ended up living in a place called the Peachy Flophouse while working, and details a lot of living conditions that most Americans would regard as barbarous, it is clear that he loves the adventure and novelty of his life and work, as do his fellow writers, even if some of his lifestyle choices take a toll on him physically and financially.
While he occasionally makes stereotype-laden comments about his Thai wife and her family, he also lets it be known in print that he is blessed to have them and recognizes that he didn't deserve the boon of having his kids turn out as well as they did. He worries about meeting his financial responsibilities towards them, and his stints of living away from his wife and kids during his journalistic career serve to insulate them from a lot of the poverty and violence he sees and reports on, and some of the vices he and some of his fellow journalists engage in.
He ends the book with an account of how he finally gave up smoking in the hopes of living long enough to see his kids grow up, and a bit of information about how he came to live and work in that part of the world, and how lucky he is to have the life he does.
Year of living stupidly in Thailand
I am a fan of Mr. Moore's writing and usually stick with his Bangkok based fiction. This time he took me to unfamiliar territory: Cambodia and I am glad I went along for the ride. Moore blends history, colorful characters, current events and descriptive narrative among the best of the Asian thriller and crime fiction writers. While ZERO HOUR was written a few years back the story-line and back story hold up well today and the latter is back in the news - an unresolved jewel theft by a Thai national of a Saudi Prince and the subsequent real life murders that remain a political embarrassment as well as a real life mystery that Calvino could probably solve in two weeks time. I like Moore's writing on a number of level's, mostly because he helps me know characters I would like to meet - Colonel Pratt and Calvino being just two - as well as enabling me to get to know places and people I prefer to avoid, but in the comfort of my lazy boy at home I find them both a pleasure. Moore does a great job in Zero Hour of depicting two places I hope to never be - a seedy lakeside brothel, which doubles as a murder scene and the inside of a real life Cambodian prison. If you are unfamiliar with Mr. Moore's novels start with Spirit House and then pick your poisen and pleasure after that. I also liked Pattaya 24/7; The Corruptionist and his latest: 9 Gold Bullets. I am now reading Comfort Zone which is off to fine start. Give him a go. You will be glad you did.
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It seems to go over people's heads the fact we are in a foreign country here in Thailand and why things are not the same from where we come,
you have to think outside the box on some things such as we are not used to carrying ID where we were born but its actually illegal here not to have some form of ID also a driving licence you can produce if stopped.
The last year or so the local Police have got hot on International licences,
and often a normal licence where you live will not do any more.
It should be quite easy to get an International licence ( if you intend to drive anything here)
and a copy of your passport laminated from your home country and keep it in your wallet while here.
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