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1. Lonely Planet Thailand (Lonely
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2. To Asia with Love: A Connoisseurs'
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3. Sightseeing
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4. Dk Eyewitness Travel Guides Thailand
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5. Culture Smart Thailand: A Quick
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1. Lonely Planet Thailand (Lonely Planet Thailand)
by Joe Cummings, Sandra Bao, Steven Martin, China Williams
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Asin: 1740593561
Catlog: Book (2003-08-01)
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
Sales Rank: 5289
Average Customer Review: 3.41 out of 5 stars
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Hotter than a 'rat-shit pepper', this best-selling guide gives you the goods on surviving crazy Bangkok, exploring exotic landscapes and discovering what lies behind that famous Thai smile.

  • 148 easy-to-read maps
  • hundreds of places to stay, from squat-toilet guesthouses to luxe spa resorts
  • indepth analysis of the intricacies of Thai culture
  • where to learn Thai massage and master meditation
  • special sections covering Thai art, music, theatre and religion
  • Thai script throughout for easy reference, and handy language chapter with essential Thai words and phrases
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Reviews (39)

5-0 out of 5 stars Lonely Planet fan
Re: other reviewers' comments on Pattaya: Thanks, Joe, for NOT dwelling on that tourist trap. ANY OTHER brochure, website, or travel agent offers equal information. Lonely Planet's info given is more than plenty to fully enjoy R&R in Pattaya.

If you want to venture to the true beauty of Thailand, true land of smiles, than use LP as a terrific reference. If you want someone else to plan your whole trip and be part of a tour group, then call a travel agent or buy the "other" books.

Re: 7th edition: "Loi Krathong" (Festival of Lights - last full moon in November) needs more detailed information for more cities in Thailand and the festival itself. For me, this was THE festival of the year - great to observe pre-celebration, too. The flowers, floats, parades, food, atmosphere... This was one of my highlights of the trip. (We spent pre-festivities in Bangkok; actual festival in Ayuthaya). Joe only briefly mentions that it's "best to celebrate in the North." Don't let this discourage you from celebrating it elsewhere in Thailand.

Having traveled with various guide books, nothing so far beats the Lonely Planet guide books. But you must keep in mind as a user - all recommendations are merely recommendations. Investigate comments, take in the facts. (The comments are usually funny and helpful anyway). The cultural background information, history, and other side notes help make the difference to buy Lonely Planet instead of the others. Joe Cummings' LP books on Thailand, Bangkok & the phrasebook were superb. I liked his insight. LP helps you be a traveler, not just a tourist. (Other LP books used: Israel, Turkey, Greece, Western Europe, Baltics, Asia, and Hong Kong. They've all been worth their weight and size). If you can take your own luggage off the baggage carousel, you must use Lonely Planet.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Couldn't have been better. I use Lonely Planet books as a loose guide to give me background information as a base for myself to build upon. I don't follow it like a bible, because then one is not being as spontaneous, curious, or as individualistic as they perhaps should be when traveling abroad. This Lonely Planet edition for Thailand had accurate information on accomadation, pricing, culture, food, language, religion, and historical background. Great "atmosphere" descriptions. The maps of the cities and towns were very helpful. I think the author Joe Cummings, did an excellent job as well as those who assisted. (Avoid tourist-trap, phony areas that are fake, and want your Baht.) It took me six years to return to Thailand, my favorite country in the world. How could I have taken so long? I will not make this mistake again. Best people, food, and culture in the world in my opinion.

2-0 out of 5 stars poorly designed
I was really disappointed with the newest Thailand edition to the Lonely Planet series. This is a huge volume and is more a history lesson then a guidebook. Learning the history of your destination is great but that information is not necessary when carrying around a guide to find a place to eat. Many of the authors' recommendations are already outdated. The price ranges for places to eat or sleep are not accurate or sometimes not given at all. My main problem is the way this guide links the map to the text. In order to find out where a place is located, you must refer to several different pages when reading the map. Why can't the description of a restaurant also tell the map page and grid point without having to look on a separate index? Poorly designed and not easy to use when on the go. Keep this one on your bookshelf and take a smaller guidebook when traveling. I recommend the Time Out series as my favorite.

1-0 out of 5 stars same old, same old
I enjoy writing, but this crummy book isn't even worth the effort. I noticed that removed the 9th edition book, and all the reviews that went with it, possibly to try to help Lonely Planet, which is truly a faint and sad shadow of it's former, ancient (1980's) self.
This book just repeats the same old info and "who cares?" attitude of the 9th edition.
What the heck ever happened to LP I don't know, but they have changed from an inspired company to a cynical company that appears to not care about anything much anymore.

5-0 out of 5 stars The cream of Thailand guides
I live and work in Bangkok, and when travelling to other parts of Thailand on holiday I always take along the Lonely Planet guide. I've tried Rough, Footprint and a few other lesser known publications, but LP tends to more informative, and considerably more accurate, in fact more so than all the others combined.

Another thing, I've been buying each new edition of the LP guide since the early 90s, and can't understand the amazon user reviews dated 1999 or 2002, etc, that identify this guide as the work of Joe Cummings alone. Since the late 90s it has been a team project (with Steven Martin initially, currently with a total of four authors), as any look at the title page or About the Authors page will reveal. So if you don't like the tone, blame the whole team (or more importantly the LP editors, who no doubt play a large role in determining how this book reads), not Cummings!

One thing I did notice about the 2003 edition is that it is considerably shorter than the last couple of editions. Gone are some of the more interesting out-of-the-way destinations in the various regions. I suppose LP felt it had to cut down on the size and weight but I would personally rather see them return to a more comprehensive scope. ... Read more

2. To Asia with Love: A Connoisseurs' Guide to Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.
by Kim Fay, Julie Fay
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Asin: 0971594031
Catlog: Book (2004-07)
Publisher: Global Directions Inc/Things Asian Press
Sales Rank: 11701
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Book Description

Off the beaten path tips for adventuring, eating, shopping and sight seeing, from contributors who live, work, teach, write and travel there. Not your regular travel guidebook. Booking your trip, means how to find a boat to take you down the Mekong River, instead of where to get a cheap airline ticket. ne chapter lists opportunities for giving back to the countries you visit. ... Read more

3. Sightseeing
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Asin: 0802117880
Catlog: Book (2005-01-09)
Publisher: Grove Press
Sales Rank: 143119
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Sightseeing is a masterful new work of fiction, a collection of stories set largely in contemporary Thailand and written with a grace and sophistication that belie the age of its young author. These are generous, tender tales of family bonds, youthful romance, generational conflicts and cultural shifts beneath the glossy surface of a warm, Edenic setting. Through his vivid assemblage of parents and children, natives and transients, ardent lovers and sworn enemies, Lapcharoensap dares us to look with new eyes at the circumstances that shape our views and the prejudices that form our blind spots. Gorgeous and lush, painful and candid, Sightseeing is an extraordinary reading experience, one that powerfully reveals that when it comes to how we respond to pain, anger, hurt, and love, no place is too far from home. ... Read more

4. Dk Eyewitness Travel Guides Thailand (Dk Eyewitness Travel Gudies)
by Not Applicable (Na )
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Asin: 0756601746
Catlog: Book (2002-01-01)
Publisher: DK Publishing Inc
Sales Rank: 19760
Average Customer Review: 3.82 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

Truly the guides that show you what others only tell you, this book features stunning 3D and cutaway views of museums, cathedrals, and other must-see sights; detailed street maps; a handy phrase section; advice on the best places to eat, drink, shop, sleep, and be entertained; and a Survival Guide to help the traveler sort out essential information such as currency, transportation, and communications. As world traveler and TV personality Michael Palin says, "the Eyewitness Travel Guides are irresistibly seductive.... They also deliver where it matters most -- uncluttered and accurate information."

Begin your exotic journey to Thailand with the only handbook you'll need -- DK's Eyewitness Travel Guide: Thailand. Highlighted by more than 1200 exclusive color photographs, this invaluable reference divides Thailand into five regional chapters and an additional eighty-page section covering Bangkok, all with illustrated maps of the country's terrain, main roadways, and attractions. Bangkok is broken into five areas that are easily navigated using accurate street-by-street maps, and graphic aerial views. The splendid Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo (Thailand's holiest temple) are explored in 3-D overviews, ground plans, photos of architectural highlights, a historical timeline, and a visitors' checklist. The spectacular ruined cities of old Sukhothai and Ayutthaya kingdoms are two of the prime sights of Thailand's Central Plains, and are outlined in previews complete with photos of their impressive engravings and reliefs, as well as historical timelines. The guide also includes a special layout showcasing Northern Thailand's famous arts and handicrafts -- carved wooden figures, ceremonial silver, colorful textiles, and lacquerwork -- while another spotlights the region's numerous rare and exotic bird species. Exquisite coral reefs, sandy beaches, magnificent seaside cliffs, breathtaking mountains and monsoon forests are some of the natural wonders captured in spectacular photos found in the book's overview of Southern Thailand. From Thailand's ancient history to modern customs to a glossary of Thai foods to transportation throughout this vast country, here is the only companion you'll need as you journey through this popular southeast Asian country. ... Read more

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best travel book I have ever read!
If you are looking for a Thailand travel book, this is it. The many beautiful pictures and the well written articles on every aspect of Thai culture are invaluable for the traveller or the person who simply dreams of exotic locales. Definitely a must purchase!

3-0 out of 5 stars Out Of Date
This is a great book with beautiful pictures, maps and nice glossy color pages. The only problem being that it is out of date! Having said that, I would not recommend it for your guide book if travelling to Thailand. Wait for an updated issue.
I am well travelled in Thailand and some of the descriptions in the book make me feel like I was travelling in Thailand 20 years ago! Hope this helps...

5-0 out of 5 stars Traveling To Thailand?
I found Eyewitness Travel Guide for Thailand very informative, and easy to read. It had tons of pictures, facts, FYIs, and did I mention pictures? Like Eyewitness I agree that a picture is worth a thousand words. I also bought Lonely Planet's Travel Guide for Thailand, but liked Eyewitness' much better. Lonely Planet's Travel Guide had a more standard layout for the abundant amount of facts, but was limited on the pictures. The phrase at the bottom of Eyewitness' book holds true, "The Guides That Show You What Others Only Tell You."

2-0 out of 5 stars Limited excellence
There are detailed graphics, maps, and explanations of cultural issues not found in other guide books. However, they exclude major attractions and maps and attractions can be severely inaccurate. It's good for preparing a trip, but it's too heavy and not helpful enough to bring with you.

5-0 out of 5 stars best book on Thailand
This is by far the best travel book on Thailand I've found so far. It had everything I needed to plan my trip, and the pictures were beautiful. ... Read more

5. Culture Smart Thailand: A Quick Guide to Cultoms & Etiquette (Culture Smart)
by Roger Jones
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Asin: 1558687785
Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
Publisher: Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company
Sales Rank: 63257
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Culture Smart! is a new series of travel guides written for the traveler on the go. Each volume is a quick, accurate guide to customs and etiquette.

Outstanding features of CULTURE SMART! * All the essential cultural and etiquette points are covered, making you confident in a variety of situations. * You will know what to expect in each particular culture.* You will learn how to behave in specific social and business situations.* Essential attitudes and values are clearly explained.* You will find each topic a quick, easy read due to the concise writing style. * Laid out in a clear and easy-to-read format. * Each book has the same look, page count, and organization for reference use. * Small and light, it tucks into your pocket or purse for on-the-go use. * Your Culture Smart! books are written by a staff of experts consult on world travel as a profession.

Be smart!Take Culture Smart! along when you travel abroad! ... Read more

6. Lonely Planet Thailand's Islands & Beaches (Lonely Planet Thailand's Island and Beaches)
by Joe Bindloss, Wendy Taylor
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Asin: 1740595009
Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
Sales Rank: 25256
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Island ways, long days, late rays...relax to the blissful pace of Thailand's south.Feast in paradise, barter for a bungalow, join the party or escape entirely.Our definitive guide gives you detailed regional coverage for the perfect getaway.

• DINE OUT - with our food and drink chapter and comprehensive listings across the region

• GO FOR BROKE - from market bargains to boutique fashion, we have shopping covered

• GET AROUND - explore coastal jungles, remote islands and blue lagoons

• NAVIGATE - over 50 maps cover the city to the sea, including national parks and dive sites

• HIT THE HUB - the lowdown on Bangkok, from banking to bar-hopping ... Read more

7. The Rough Guide To Thailand (Rough Guide Thailand)
by Paul Gray, Lucy Ridout
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Asin: 1843532735
Catlog: Book (2004-11-29)
Publisher: Rough Guides Limited
Sales Rank: 155990
Average Customer Review: 2.67 out of 5 stars
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With over nine million foreigners flying into the country each year, Thailand has become Asia’s primary holiday destination. Yet despite this vast influx of tourists and their cash, Thailand’s cultural integrity remains largely undamaged – a country that adroitly avoided colonization has been able to absorb Western influences without wholly succumbing to them. Though the high-rises and neon lights occupy the foreground of the tourist picture, the typical Thai community is still the traditional farming village. Over fifty percent of Thais earn their living from the land, based around the staple, rice, which forms the foundation of the country’s unique and famously sophisticated cuisine.

Tourism has been just one factor in the country’s development which, once the deep-seated regional uncertainties surrounding the Vietnam War had faded, was free to proceed at an almost death-defying pace. Indeed Thailand enjoyed the fastest-expanding economy in the world, at an average of nine percent growth a year, until it overstretched itself in 1997, sparking a regional financial crisis – but already, with remarkable resilience, the economy’s growing again. Politics in Thailand, however, has not been able to keep pace. Coup d’étâts, which used to be the commonest method of changing government, seem to be a thing of the past, but despite a recently revised constitution and robust criticism from students, grass-roots activists and parts of the press, the malnourished democratic system is characterized by corruption and cronyism.

Through all the changes of the last half-century, the much-revered constitutional monarch, King Bhumibol, who sits at the pinnacle of an elaborate hierarchical system of deference covering the whole of Thai society, has lent a large measure of stability. Furthermore, over ninety percent of the population are still practising Theravada Buddhists, a unifying faith which colours all aspects of daily life – from the tiered temple rooftops that dominate every skyline, to the omnipresent saffron-robed monks and the packed calendar of festivals; it is still the norm for a Thai man to spend three months as a monk at some period during his life. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Very inaccurate! Wrecked my Vacation!
I bought this book and relied on it to plan my
vacation for 30 days in Thailand with my family.
This book is very, very inaccurate! The
information is so inaccurate that I think the
authors just made up things to fill up pages.
It was worthless when I was visiting cities in
Thailand because each time I found the
information incorrect and misleading. I cursed
this book many times when I was on vacation in
Thailand for being so useless and deceptive and
inaccurate. I really hate to give a book such
a terrible review and I usually would never
comment but because this book let me down so
much in Thailand I decided to tell other readers
to warn them to look elsewhere for "reliable"
information. Have a good trip to Thailand is my
wish to you but buy some other book than this one.
It is DANGEROUS to print untruths and misinformation
and wrong address and wrong prices and wrong
everything else. This book was dead wrong so many
times it made me vomit. The authors now have no
credibility with me and I will never buy another
Rough Guide to anywhere because of it. It's
expecially dangerous when you are traveling with a
young child as I was and relied on the book and it
let me down again and again putting my family in
a bad way really fast. It's not fun when this happens
especially in a foreign country with your kid.

2-0 out of 5 stars Rough Guide to Thailand
Fed up with the traditional Lonely Planet I turned to the Rough Guide for an alternative view. While this guide gives detailed historical/background knowledge it severely lacks in the essentials, notably transport prices and detailed maps.@There were just too many times when this book became a more of a frustration than a help. This book is best read before you go and left at home.

5-0 out of 5 stars outstanding and thoughtful thailand guidebook
This is the first rough guide that I have used. I found it to be easy to use and very thorough in all regards. I would say that this book is a must for all visitors to Thailand. ... Read more

8. Travelers' Tales Thailand: True Stories
by James O'Reilly, Larry Habegger
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Asin: 1885211759
Catlog: Book (2002-02-09)
Publisher: Travelers' Tales Guides
Sales Rank: 13227
Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars great
Great fun to read. I highly recommend if you're thinking about goin there, or even traveling in general. It's puts you right in the mind of the adventurer, and more than anything, lets you realize the world around you.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Tapestry of Thailand
I read this book after my first trip across Thailand and found it to capture the essence of the country better than anything else I've read. By looking at this fascinating place from so many angles and points of view, you can really get a rounded view. A great read to gain insight before you go, or to understand what you've seen and experienced after being there. Everyone will like some stories more than others, but that's part of the charm--you're bound to find more than a few stories that really carry you away, make you laugh, or make you see the people, places, and religion in a new way.

Tim Leffel, author, The World's Cheapest Destinations

4-0 out of 5 stars A Mosaic of Thailand
I have read the original publication and not this updated version, however, if it's anything like the original (which I'm sure it is in addition to some extra essays), then it's worth buying.

The beauty of the original book is the 'every day-ness' quality of the stories - and it's not located specifically in the tourist culture. So the reader moves beyond temples, Patpong Rd and the like to get a better idea of greenies abroad, farang's forming special and unusual relationships and the power of indigenous religion/practise (yep the noun) in every day life.

I admit that it's a hard read at times as some of the stories get bogged down in fairly dense narrative, whilst others flow. Still, it's worth pursuing and the cover has been changed from the original. Anything with a comment by/from Ian Baruma is worth buying, he's a top quality writer and despite his Japan associations, he does travel to other parts of Asia and perceptibly discusses their 'ins' and 'outs' (ie Angel Dust: An Asian Journey/Odyssey).

I'm off to Thailand yet again and will enjoy picking this up and selling my old copy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Read it before you leave
I've been in Thailand for about a month now, and nothing could have fully prepared me for this country. Travel books tell you a few demographics, how to exchange money, and some places to go. They also offer tips on where to eat and which guest house to choose. Travel writing, however, let's you know, at least in part, what you will experience when you arrive.

I definitely had a few favorite articles in this collection. I really enjoyed Alan Rabinowitz, who wrote primarily about experiencing the Great Outdoors of Thailand. Tim Ward's pieces on the Buddhism of Thailand were especially insightful. But my favorites were the articles describing food. One tells of a traveller's experience in a Bangkok cooking school. The descriptions of Thai food were spot on!

The articles in this book are short, and it offers merely a glimpse of "Amazing Thailand," but this collection of well-researched travel writing got me more than excited to come here.

5-0 out of 5 stars Filled with happiness
This book was filled with great tales of people who have been to Thailand. It was much better than any other travel book, I learned a lot about the history and places to go from other traveler's. I could not put this book down, it made me want to hop on a plane and go there to experience it all! This is a great supplement to any regular travel guide such as lonely planet or Frommer's etc... ... Read more

9. Frommer's Thailand (Frommer's Complete)
by CharlesAgar
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Asin: 0764544527
Catlog: Book (2004-04-12)
Publisher: Frommers
Sales Rank: 31231
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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You'll never fall into the tourist traps when you travel with Frommer's. It's like having a friend show you around, taking you to the places locals like best. Our expert authors have already gone everywhere you might go--they've done the legwork for you, and they're not afraid to tell it like it is, saving you time and money. No other series offers candid reviews of so many hotels and restaurants in all price ranges. Every Frommer's Travel Guide is up-to-date, with exact prices for everything, dozens of color maps, and exciting coverage of sports, shopping, and nightlife. You'd be lost without us!

Frommer's holds the key to worry-free travel in this exotic land, with valuable cultural insights, the latest trip-planning advice, detailed maps, and smart tips on language, local customs, and getting around. You'll find honest, in-depth reviews of luxury beach resorts, high-tech business hotels, intimate inns, and simple guest houses and bungalows, all based on recent personal inspections.

We'll show you spectacular beaches, waterfalls, floating markets, majestic temples, ancient ruins, national parks, palaces, and traditional villages. We'll lead you to amazing restaurants, and even take you elephant trekking in the Northern Hills. You'll also rely on us to guide you through the confusing, bustling, but intriguing city of Bangkok (our author, who lived there while writing this guide, knows it intimately, and discovered all sorts of hidden surprises). With Frommer's in hand, you'll experience all the wonder of Thailand! ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent choice
I was lucky enough to select this guide for a week long trip to Bangkok and surrounding areas. The book had great maps and great suggestions for sites and methods of transportation. I would buy this again. ... Read more

10. Culture Shock! Thailand (Culture Shock! Country Guides)
by Robert Cooper, Nanthapa Cooper
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Asin: 1558687572
Catlog: Book (2003-05-01)
Publisher: Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company
Sales Rank: 41063
Average Customer Review: 3.89 out of 5 stars
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You'll never feel intimidated and awkward about the customs and etiquette of another country again. With the insights provided in this CULTURE SHOCK! Guide, you'll learn to see beyond the stereotypes and misinformation that often precede a visit to a foreign land. Whether you plan to stay for a week or for a year, you'll benefit from such topics as understanding the rules of driving and monetary systems, religious practices and making friends. There are tips on political traditions, building business relationships, and the particular intricacies of setting up a home or office.Great for the business traveler, the foreign exchange student, or the tourist who makes a sincere attempt to cross the bridge into a new and exciting culture. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Culture shock Thailand, or Bangkok?
Culture Shock Thailand is very good start for anyone planning to live in or visit Bangkok, less so for those planning to live elsewhere. But it is really only a start. Many of the rules of etiquette given are over simplified but are good guidelines to start from. For example, the book make it appear as if no one ever dares to touch anyone else on the head, if fact they do so quite often. But for someone arriving for the first time or visiting for a short time it's best to follow this guideline. My main complaint about this book is that it's centered around Bangkok. I found large parts of it less than useful for life in the mid-sized northern town where I lived. For the most part, everything outside Bangkok is classed as "Upcountry" and mentioned only occationally as if it were another planet the expart would rarely venture into.

Still, I would strongly reccommend it for anyone planning to live and work in Thailand. But once your there, don't expect everything to work exactly as described in the guide.

2-0 out of 5 stars A helpful start, but patchy sometimes vague coverage
This book remains the one volume available outside of Thailand that has been written for people who are planning to live, work, or study in that country (several guides of varying utility are available in Thailand). The book provides more info than a typical guidebook about Thai culture and customs, but I have found it not so much outdated as limited in scope. The section on supervising Thai workers does not go beyond putting on a happy face and bringing cream cakes to the office. In practice, one needs a wider repertoire of skills than that. Similarly, the advice on social behavior doesn't go much beyond the stuff that makes people paranoid about offending Thais (e.g., watching where your toes are pointed, not patting people on the head). In addition, the book does not help people with the inevtable "violations" of cultural rules by Thais themselves, nor does it provide simple startegies for adaptation (like learning to watch people and emulate their behavior). The book does not provide useful starting places for adapting to Thai culture---for example, the similarities in cultural codes to what one finds in non-urban parts of the US Midwest. It's surprising that this book has not undergone major revision and that no other has emerged as a replacemnt---it would not be difficult to do.

3-0 out of 5 stars Out of date but still useful
If you're looking for a short read with add-on value, then this book is for you. It has more depth than what you will find in a Fodor's or Lonely Planet. Part of the book tries to appeal to expats moving their families to Thailand, which is a mistake because you just can't cover the complexities of that chore in a small paperback.

Unfortunately, the book IS out of date. While originally published in the early 80s, it looks more like the early 70s. If I were the author, I would make a serious attempt at revamping the whole thing. I felt like I was reading an old National Geographic.

5-0 out of 5 stars More than a guidebook, gives an inside look at the Thais
I recently went to Thailand and bought 4 books and Nancy Chandler's map of Bangkok. Of those four books (and the map) this was the most helpful on my trip. It gave me something no other guidebook ever has given me: an inside look at Thai culture and an understanding of my own reactions as a transplant into a totally foreign environment. If you want to go to Thailand and see the tourist attractions, then almost any guidebook will do. But if you want to experience the tradition with an understanding of the history and meaning behind it, or get to know the people on a level closer than just a touristing "farang" [foreigner], this book will open your eyes to the uniquely beautiful ways of the Thais. This is more than just a guidebook, this is an inside look at Thailand you won't find anywhere else.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must for people going to Thailand
This is one of the funniest and nicest books I read when I prepared myself four years ago to go to live in Thailand.

Thailand is a very special country. It has never been for a long time conquered by alien powers and therefore has developed a unique, own culture. This book gives you a good insight and, much more, it wets your appetite. Going to live in Thailand, with the family, is a big shock in many ways. This book guides you nice and gently and with a lot of humor through your first embarrassing days. I have re-read the book , after four years, whilst now feeling complete at ease in this, indeed sometimes strange society. I still smiled a lot because I recognised so many situations.

The information is certainly not out dated as some reviews suggest. It should be more treated as reflection on the culture as taken too literally. Indeed, if you drive your car into some one else his Mercedes ( I've done it twice)the chances are that the gentleman stepping out his car will be extremely cross with you and express himself in that way instead of smiling at you and making the wai... However, in general people are much, much less aggressive and I have learned to be more relaxed even in situations like an accident as well.

Some things you will never get used to. When you fall flat on your face ( as happende to me in front of a lot of subordinates) everybody is roaring for laughter. And then you thank your little "Culture shock" for explaining to you these four years ago that they are not poking fun at you, but hiding their extreme embarrassment.

Read it.. It will prevent you from doing very stupid things and it will enrichen your stay in Thailand! ... Read more

11. Lonely Planet Thai Phrasebook (Lonely Planet Thai Phrasebook)
by Bruce Evans
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Catlog: Book (2004-09-15)
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
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Thailand is the Land of Smiles.A grin shows companionship.A laugh shows forgiveness.But what if you need a second-class train ticket from Bangkok to Chiang Mai?Keep smiling - this phrasebook will show you the way. ... Read more

12. Fodor's Southeast Asia, 22nd Edition : Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand (Fodor's Gold Guides)
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Asin: 0679000984
Catlog: Book (1999-03-30)
Publisher: Fodor's
Sales Rank: 121931
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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"Fodor's can't be beat." -- Gannett News Service

"Packed with dependable information." -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"An admirable blend of the cultural and the practical." -- The Washington Post

Experienced and first-time travelers alike rely on Fodor's Gold Guides for rich, reliable coverage the world over.Completely up-to-date, Fodor's Gold Guides are essential tools for any kind of traveler.If you only have room for one guide, this is the guide for you.

The best guide to Southeast Asia, completely updated
Golden palaces, ancient temples, and tribal communities
Jungle treks, smoldering volcanoes, and pristine beaches
Where to shop -- colorful bazaars, gracious artisan villages, stylish urban megamalls

Where to stay and eat, no matter what your budget
Beachside bungalows, mountaintop villas, palatial high-rises
Grand dining rooms, garden bistros, and seaside cafés with Asian and international fare, colonial tea salons and expat pubs, classic noodle stands and hawker centers

Fresh, thorough, practical -- from writers you can trust
Costs, hours, descriptions, and tips by the thousands
All reviews based on visits by our own savvy correspondents

73 pages of maps, vacation itineraries, and more

Important contacts, smart travel tips - Fodor's Choice - What's Where - Festivals - Vocabulary - Background essays - Comprehensive index

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5-0 out of 5 stars Asia on Internet Time
I love the Rough Guides, Moon Guides, and Lonely Planet. The only problem is, they often assume you're going for 3 weeks or 6 months. I can seldom get away for more than 8-10 days at a time. Fodor's doesn't just dump a lot of destination info on you. They help you prioritize by listing "must-see" sights and presenting multiple alternative itineraries for trips of different lengths, etc.

Last December, Fodor's SE Asia guide helped me figure out that the Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore odyssey we wanted just wouldn't fit comfortably into 10 days. So we postponed that trip until someday when we have at least 2 or 3 weeks. Instead, we simply flew into Bangkok and immediately booked a 3-day Phnom Penh/Angkor tour. In all, we did 3 days each in Cambodia and Bangkok and 4 days in Tokyo. It was a fabulous trip.

This time I'm using Fodor's Japan, together with the Moon and Rough Guides (and of course the Internet), to plan a 10-day solo trip to Hokkaido. From Fodor's I get the highlights, along with a good idea of what I can expect to fit into 10 days. From the other two I get obscure (but equally important!) details, such as the fact that the little farming town of Furano (not mentioned in Fodor's) gets a lot of Japanese tourists because it was the setting for the long-running TV drama Kita no Kuni Kara (From the North Country). I've only seen a few early episodes of that show, but it's enough that now I want to see Furano too.

To sum up, I use Fodor's as my starting point, then read other guides to get extra details. I've done 2 Asia trips this way, and I'll be doing the 3rd one very soon.

4-0 out of 5 stars A concise and easy-to-use guide
As Fodors does like no one else, this pleasing digestible guidebook gives practical information to the traveller for an incredibly large and diverse region. A great starting point for trip planning in southeast Asia. ... Read more

13. Fodor's Thailand, 8th Edition : The Guide for All Budgets, Where to Stay, Eat, and Explore On and Off the BeatenPath (Fodor's Thailand)
by Fodors
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Catlog: Book (2003-06-03)
Publisher: Fodor's
Sales Rank: 29463
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No matter what your budget or whether it's your first trip or fifteenth, Fodor's Gold Guides get you where you want to go.In this completely up-to-date guide our experts who live in Thailand give you the inside track, showing you all the things to see and do — from must-see sights to off-the-beaten-path adventures, from shopping to outdoor fun.Fodor's Thailand shows you hundreds of hotel and restaurant choices in all price ranges — from budget-friendly B&Bs to luxury hotels, from casual eateries to the hottest new restaurants, complete with thorough reviews showing what makes each place special.The Smart Travel Tips A to Z section helps you take care of the nitty gritty with essential local contacts and great advice — from how to take your mountain bike with you to what to do in an emergency. Plus, web links and mix-and-match itineraries make planning a snap. ... Read more

14. Impact Guides the Treasures and Pleasures of Thailand and Myanmar: Best of the Best in Travel and Shopping (Impact Guides)
by Ron, Ph.D. Krannich, Caryl, Ph.D. Krannich
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Asin: 1570232032
Catlog: Book (2004-08)
Publisher: Impact Publications
Sales Rank: 370966
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15. Real Thai: The Best of Thailand's Regional Cooking
by Nancie McDermott
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Catlog: Book (1992-05-01)
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Sales Rank: 22907
Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to Thai cooking
This was the first Thai cookbook I purchased when I first discovered how easy Thai was to make at home about 4 years ago. The recipes prove that you can get restaurant quality food in your home kitchen. My husband and I usually use this book two times or more a week and have never been disappointed. He doesn't like to cook that much so we are especially pleased with the simplicity of most recipes.

Our favorites include our restaurant standards Pad Thai, Chicken Curry and Swimming Rama. We have also found some great new dishes through this book such as the Garlic Shrimp, and the Burmese-Style Pork Curry with Fresh Ginger.

Cooking out of this book has let us explore wonderful new dishes. Also, by all means add more chilis. The hotter the better.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended!
I picked this book up on a whim and have not stopped reading it and cooking from it for two weeks. The recipes are incredibly easy and straightforward, but definitely as good as anything you can get in any thai restaurant I've eaten in (and I've eaten in them from San Francisco to Atlanta). I've always wanted to be able to make Larb, yum nam toke and just about everything else that is in this book, and every recipe I've tried has been wonderful. I agree with some of the other reviewers: you can add more chili. Though it has no pictures, I find the simple, friendly text very soothing late night reading and I have already read this book several times more than my fancier cookbooks. I recommend it to novices and experts.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Cookbook - been using over 8 years!
We've been using this book as our Thai cooking bible now for eight years, from LA to Baltimore. We became so addicted we even bought a kaiffer lime tree (sadly, had to leave in LA.) We love the tome kai gia, the clay pot shrimp with bean thread noodles, crab fried rice and use the dipping sauce for beef to marinate pork ribs. Once you master the flavors, the recipes are easy to adapt to your taste. We add ginger to the dipping sauce, and cut down on the coconut milk in the tome kai gai. However you do it, it's an amazing cook book. You will need to find a Thai grocery store in your area, though.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This book is excellent for those interested in Asian meals but do not have a lot of understanding of the grocery list that goes along with it. Meals are simple, delicious and easy to put together.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great recipes
This is a great cookbook. The recipes are relatively easy and the author lists easily found substitutes for hard-to-find authentic thai ingredients. The only problem I have is with the layout of the book. It is organized by region which is nice in the sense that you can read about the region and see what they eat but for practicality, I would prefer appetizers, entrees, noodle dishes, desserts etc. grouped together. ... Read more

16. Lonely Planet Best Of Bangkok (Lonely Planet Best of Bangkok)
by China Williams
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Catlog: Book (2005-02-15)
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
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17. Bangkok Inside Out
by Daniel Ziv, Guy Sharett
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Publisher: Equinox
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Bangkok Inside Out is unlike any other book on the Thai capital. It is an honest, humorous, contemporary snapshot of a 21st-Century Southeast Asian city bursting at the seams but plugging along nonetheless; of ordinary people in their urban landscape; of culture and pop culture. And it is hardly a typical ‘portrait’, because it tells the day-to-day truth about Bangkok – the proverbial Good, Bad, and Ugly. It provides insights into the chaotic reality of everyday life in the city rather than discussing floating markets or Patpong bars.

Bangkok Inside Out quite literally turns Bangkok ‘inside out’, exposing the city piece by piece to the reader in a quirky, intelligent and accessible manner. It covers subjects like soi dogs, gem scams, karaoke bars, student cafes, motorcycle taxis, Seven- Eleven, urban elephants, sky train, luuk kreung (Eurasians), Chinatown, mobile phones, gambling, energy drinks, and lottery – the whole slew of topics that make Bangkok what it is. Like Bangkok itself, the book is packed with idiosyncrasies, inside scoops and quirky anecdotes. And it is illustrated with striking full color photos that visually present the Thai capital as never seen before. ... Read more

18. Thailand: Land of Beautiful Women
by Dean Barrett
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Catlog: Book (2001-08-01)
Publisher: Village East Books
Sales Rank: 160539
Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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For several years, Thai women have been well on their way to becoming international celebrities.The cheerful attitude, the graceful movement, the charming smile, the gentle nature, the lovely figure, the total lack of self-pity.All this and more seems to have combined into a Siamese bewitchment captivating men of almost every nationality.For many, the mention of Thai women conjures up the stereotype of unbridled sensuality in the lush Tropics.But in pictures and in text, Thailand: Land of Beautiful Women attempts to delve deeper into the reasons for their phenomenal popularity.

The author concludes that, from classical dancers to construction workers, from go-go dancers to rice farmers, their charm is far more than merely physical.Thai cultural values and the teachings of the Buddhist religion have endowed the women of Thailand with confidence, grace and intelligence.

Their attraction involves a vivaciousness, a well-developed sense of humor, and, perhaps, above all, the intelligence to deal with life’s problems while maintaining an almost childlike ability to delight in living.In other words, an attitude toward life which understands that life is meant to be enjoyed. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Long Overdue Book
This is a long overdue book that tells it like it is. The author is interested in probing as to why men from around the world in particular love Thai women. He does a fine job of answering the question both in photographs and in text. He discusses their personalities and how they love to laugh. You want to sit around and babble mindlessly about "relationships" stay in the West. You want a woman to have some fun with and one who knows how to enjoy life, go to Thailand. The girls are great and the text is very informative. Glad I spotted this on-line. For men tired of the BS in America, this book is a wake-up call, and as such you can be sure feminazis will hate it and try to put both Thai women and men who love them down. Let them do their worst, I'll be back in LOS (Land of Smiles) soon!

5-0 out of 5 stars Countryside Women the Best
One of the things I love about this book is that so many of the women are from the countryside. Although almost all of the nightlife shots are in Bangkok, the first half of the book concentrates on women who still represent the majority of Thai women: ricefield workers, construction workers, etc.

There is little of the middle class Bangkok type which is fine because urban middle class types are pretty much the same the world over. In the case of Thailand, the middle- and upper middle-class types usually go abroad on daddy's credit cards and go to universities such as Stanford and look down their arrogant noses at Thai women who have to work to feed their kids and who don't have college degrees, light complexioned skin, and daddy's charge accounts. This is the type of close-minded Thai woman who may be schooled for years in fine universities but who will never be truly educated and, indeed, will never rise beyond her class arrogance. I hope next edition, if there is one, the author will add even more women in sarongs, etc., in countryside settings. Those are the photographs that capture the true charm of Thai women; not spoiled upper-middle class brats.

1-0 out of 5 stars Fugly men need love too
I don't get it - this is a book supposed to be representative of women who are the most beautiful - and the cover picture looks like a sex change case from Johns Hopkins. The other pictures are a real dissapointment, most are amateurish and representative of typical expat pap.

The men who frequent Thailand are some of the most repulsive I've ever seen - Patpong road looks like some sort of 24/7 Ugly Man Festival. These women are so poor that they have to sleep with these guys to make money. I don't envy them. Thai women are not only attractive, they are some of the bravest women on earth, and I salute them.

5-0 out of 5 stars From one Thai-lover to another
EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT!!! Those of us who have come here have invariably discovered the beauty of a Thai lady. This book gives you background on the ladies of Thailand. The only deficiency is in its historical perspective of Thai women--some more insight would be great. However, it does give the Thai-experienced man a confirmation of what he has suspected in all of his travels-- the best women on Earth come from Thailand. Superb companions, and lovers, someone who will be on your level through any challenge. The pictures (the primary method of the book)display Thai women from cultural celebrations to the bars we all know from Pattaya to Patpong. A truly inspired book, wrtitten by a Lover-of-Thai-Women. A must have for any Thai-loving man in the world! I'll have a Mah-kong coke for you, and I'll see you in Thailand.

3-0 out of 5 stars Lots of pictures, not enough research
I have two major problems with this book. First, the photos' only saving grace is that they are of unquestionably beautiful women. Otherwise, they are unprofessional. Supposedly candid photos are obviously posed, photos have awful quality, many are obviously taken without professional-quality flash equipment, and some have hotel rooms as their background unnecessarily. The overall effect is that of a high-schooler's "My Trip to Thailand" picture album.

The second problem is the lack of research backing up the author's assertions about Thai women's culture and how it affects their personalities. It would be very easy, for example, to back up assertions about Buddhist influence with the relevant teachings of the Buddha. Also, Barrett is unclear about his sample size. Is he making these assertions based on his interviews with a hundred women? ten? three? It's never really clear. There are several places where anecdotes would be additive, but assertions are instead left to stand alone. For instance, in his section on bar girls, Barrett notes the differing attitudes toward the job that Thai women have. He includes a couple of anecdotes in the section generally, but that particular paragraph would have benefitted from "point-counterpoint"-style dual anecdotes. Also he switches styles about midway through the book, which is annoying. In the bar girl section, he makes a very real effort not to make any generalizations about the women in that field, but elsewhere in the book (most of the first half) he makes some pretty extreme generalizations, with minimal explanation/discussion. Last, Barrett is generally pretty good about avoiding extremes. However, he takes a couple of chances to take potshots at Western women, which are really unnecessary--and moreover not clearly true (he asserts, for example, that it is Western women, not Western men, who first promoted the idea that Asian women are "submissive," because the Western women were "jealous." An interesting idea, but totally uncorroborated either by Barrett or by any other historian).

Overall, I'm not questioning the truth of most of Barrett's assertions. Hey, most of them ring pretty true to anyone who has spent time among Thai people, and it's actually nice to hear a voice that acknowledges that neither the feminist extreme opinion of Thai women nor the misogynist extreme opinion are correct. But it would be nice if, especially for biggest generalizations he makes ("Thai women value harmony and happiness"--ok, who doesn't?), he had some hard data backing them up. Between this problem and the unprofessional photos, I would say this book is either a good starting point or a good ending point for a man interested in and researching finding love in Thailand, but definitely should not be your only source of information. ... Read more

19. Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling Thailand (Diving & Snorkeling)
by Mark Strickland, John Williams
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Catlog: Book (2000-11-01)
Publisher: Pisces Books
Sales Rank: 74606
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Bathed by the waters of two oceans, Thailand's rich and varied diving environments are home to colorful coral reefs and an impressive diversity of marine life. Dive the shallows of Ko Tao or watch for whale sharks at the current-swept Richelieu Rock. Set out on a live-aboard for Thailand's offshore islands or Myanmar's Mergui Archipelago and the Burma Banks. Or simply relax on a beautiful white-sand beach backed by lush tropical vegetation. With its spectacular natural scenery, rich culture and well developed infrastructure, this Southeast Asian kingdom is an ideal vacation destination. This book describes some of the best dive sites accessed from Thailand with full-color photos throughout.

You'll get specific information on:

  • dive site depth range, access and conditions
  • common, hazardous and unusual marine life
  • topside activities and attractions
  • diving services and live-aboards
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5-0 out of 5 stars The best dive site book for Thailand
This book is the only one we recommend to all our customers. The authors live and work here and the information is accurate. Great photos of the marine life.

Even though we work here, we still use the book as a reference and it's always close at hand in our office.

5-0 out of 5 stars Useful diving guide
Used this diving guide when I was in Koh Samui in July this year, very informative and all the info was up to date

Scotty Mackenzie

5-0 out of 5 stars Phenominal
This is an outstanding and reliable resource on diving in thailand and burma. The author writes with clarity. It is an enjoyable read even if you can't get out there as often as you'd like...
I keep it in my bathroom just in case.
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20. Nelles Thailand Travel Map
by Nelles
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Catlog: Book (1997-06-30)
Publisher: Nelles Maps
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