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Very Thai, everyday popular culture, by Philip Corawel-Smith

This book rocks! Easily in the top 3 books to pick up if moving to Thailand. I don't know what the other two are. Seems to be hard to get a hold of these days. MAKE THE EFFORT :o

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Yes, "Very Thai" very good. Cornwell-Smith.

The OP mentioned "Wondering Into Thai Culture" by Mont Redmond but couldn't remember it.

This is another miscellany of musings on Thai cultural quirks, not as down to earth as "Very Thai". It is definitely thought provoking and he is a clever writer but perhaps too clever. What he is trying to say gets lost in his verbal gymnastics.

Recommended nonetheless.

Andrew Hicks

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The "Falcon of Siam" is probably one of the best books written about Thailand.

Other books that spring to mind are Chuck Wow's 'Losing the Plot' Stephen Leather's 'Private Dancer' and 'Atomised' by a French author whom I forget the name.

Sorry to correct you, but it is: "Platform" by Michel Houllebecq ; not "Atomised" (Les Particules Elementaires) which was his previous novel.

Love him or hate him, I am 200% fan...

Off topic, but for when the screening of "Possibility of an Island" in LOS?

Anyway, "Very Thai" is a book that I am regulary suggesting to my visiting friends.

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Has anyone read these?

-Thai Culture + Society and Successful Living in Thailand, both by Roger Welty

-Living in the Thai Countryside by Hakan Kolmodin

-Living Thai Ways and More Living Thai Ways, both by Michael KellerClaxton + Alison Woo

-Thais Mean Business by Robert Cooper

-Farang by Dr. Iain Corness

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The "Falcon of Siam" is probably one of the best books written about Thailand.

Other books that spring to mind are Chuck Wow's 'Losing the Plot' Stephen Leather's 'Private Dancer' and 'Atomised' by a French author whom I forget the name.

Sorry to correct you, but it is: "Platform" by Michel Houllebecq ; not "Atomised" (Les Particules Elementaires) which was his previous novel.

Love him or hate him, I am 200% fan...

Off topic, but for when the screening of "Possibility of an Island" in LOS?

Anyway, "Very Thai" is a book that I am regulary suggesting to my visiting friends.

Yes, thanks for correction. It is "Platform" I was referring to.

Recently read "Possibility of an Island". Didn't realise it was being filmed over here.

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my favourite.....

romance, mystery, culture, you name it....this one has it... :o

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a collectors item for those lucky enough to own this elusive masterpiece.... :D

I think you'll find that this is another book not available in Thailand.

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...and another book that is well worth a read that you can't get in Thailand...

I can't tell you the title and I can't tell you what the book is about but it will make you smile [the hint is here]...

:o

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Has anyone read these?

-Thai Culture + Society and Successful Living in Thailand, both by Roger Welty

Good books. Well written. Very informative.

Was surprised no one had mentioned them yet.

Another one - Bridging the Gap: Managing the Cross-Cultural Workplace in Thailand by Kriengsak Niratpattanasai

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my favourite.....

romance, mystery, culture, you name it....this one has it... :o

post-12195-1224478793_thumb.jpg

a collectors item for those lucky enough to own this elusive masterpiece.... :D

Here is a link for a, bit torrent, free download.

Which is actually a faked copy from the original created by Bud E. Weizer

But, it is a few years old.

Happy reading & fun if you can catch it.

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Would like to revive this thread and the list and add another book for your consideration:

The sequel of the book "Monsoon Country" by Pira Sudham (mentioned in this Thread):

The Forces of Karma

I am currently reading, I should say eating it. :-)

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"Thailand: The Worldly Kingdom" by Maurizio Pelaggi, is recent (2007) and worthwhile. A thematic history. Some subtle discussion about topics not discussed here, but doesn't overstep the mark, so the book is locally available. A bit academic - not a pageturner, but not heavygoing either. Discusses developments and events up to 2006. I bought mine at Kinokuniya Paragon.

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