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A Geek in Thailand: Discovering the Land of Golden Buddhas, Pad Thai and Kickboxing Paperback – January 26, 2016
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"In an age of attenuated attention spans this book moves quickly from subject to subject and packs a lot into its 160 pages…A Geek in Thailand should still please many different kinds of readers, from the newbie traveler who can pick up a lot of road tips and enjoy some excellent maps in the concluding chapter about travel, to the new expat looking for work and trying to make sense of a baffling workplace, or even the expat veterans." —Bangkok101
"...a lucid, well-researched study of the Land of Smiles — and a refreshing departure from well-trodden paths... A Geek in Thailand offers a convincing picture and one that will enrich the uninitiated's understanding of our strange land." —The Nation
"With a masterly touch, Jody Houton explains what makes Thais tick. This is a highly readable book. Houton's insights will save you years of head scratching and embarrassing confusion. A well-illustrated volume, it's also a joy to read in one sitting." —Alan Morison, editor of Phuketwan
"Jody Houton's pleasant and insightful book surfs through the quirky, the profound and the plainly inexplicable culture hot points of Thailand." —Kong Rithdee, deputy editor of Life, Bangkok Post
"Packed with short articles accompanied by sidebar stories and interviews and evocative color photographs, Houton touches on the variety of Thai's daily life…" —Shanghai Daily
"A Geek in Thailand is better than a guidebook: it's a roadmap of the Thai psyche, a territory that can be just as fascinating (and just as perilous) as the physical terrain explored by more run-of-the-mill travel publications." —About.com
"Warning: after reading this alluring book, you will have to travel to Thailand." —Library Journal
"If you wish to travel to Thailand, holiday there, work there, or you just enjoy travel stories, this is the book for you. It is filled with facts and stories that instantly immerse you in the culture and country." —Blue Wolf Reviews
About the Author
Jody Houton is a UK-born journalist who has traveled extensively since leaving university, and lived and worked in several different countries before settling in Thailand. His work at a number of Thai newspapers, magazines and radio stations in both the tourist area of Phuket and the capital city of Bangkok has allowed him access to some of the country's most interesting, bizarre and influential people and given him the opportunity to delve more deeply into the Thai psyche, lifestyle, culture and experience. It has also given him a unique vantage point to speak on Thailand and Thai people from the perspective of tourist, foreigner, expat and resident. The expat experience, in particular, has enabled him to form an unbiased interpretation of the benefits and disadvantages of being a foreigner living and working in Thailand.
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It's the only book that I could find on Thailand that was about the people, pop culture, traditions, history and geography.
There is no mention of which hotels to stay in, which restaurants to eat in or which guided tour to sign up for. Thank you Jody Houton!
The author is Jody Houton who has lived, worked and traveled in Thailand. He loves the place so much he now lives and work in Bangkok.
This 160-page paperback is packed with lots of interesting stories, facts and also mythology on Thailand and the people. The topics it covers are quite wide ranging. You can read about the history, the political situation, Thai culture, festivals, temples, design, architecture, fashion, food and entertainment.
If you're traveling to Thailand and want to get a good overview, this will be the book I recommend. The writeup is snappy and yet information. It's a much more entertaining read compared to travel guidebooks. And there are many wonderful photos nicely presented throughout.
One thing to note is, this is not a guidebook that gives you location to places to visit. Well, there are well known places and tourist spots listed, but it's not like a travel guide book with maps that tells you how to get there. With this book, it introduces you to places where you might not know of. The last chapter of the book does give you a list of places to visit, but you will need more detailed maps and instructions.