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Thailand - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- Print Length : 168 pages
- Publication Date : April 1, 2014
- Publisher : Kuperard; Second Edition, Second edition (April 1, 2014)
- File Size : 8319 KB
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00EGMBKRA
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #758,102 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I read Culture Smart!-Thailand before a three-month stay, during which I would be working in both rural and urban areas. The material in the book helped me feel more comfortable and confident before going, but once I was there I hardly touched the book. In urban areas especially, Thai services and people are very accommodating to western culture, and English is commonly used. As a tourist, you can get by with a very limited amount of prior knowledge of Thai culture and customs (although I am not encouraging this), and you can find enough tips about customs, food, and transportation using quick online searches.
For those looking to stay long-term, form relationships with the people, or work in the country, I would highly recommend this book. Nothing can fully prepare you for what you'll experience in a different culture, but reading through this book certainly helped me feel prepared. In particular, I found the sections on the history and politics, the royal family, and the values and attitudes of the people to be useful when I was in the country. Also, the chapter on communication, paired with Learn Thai language learning app on my phone, helped me learn several key phrases. Speaking even just a little Thai seemed to have positive effects with Thai residents. The business chapter seems useful for a corporate setting, but I did not find it applicable to my work.
Overall, I found that the customs and advice given in this book were accurate, although maybe a little over-exaggerated in regards to their strictness among Thai people and the expectations placed on visitors. Also, the book was published before the King passed away in 2016, so an update is needed. Culture Smart!-Thailand isn't perfect, but I would recommend it to anyone looking to stay long-term or be a more responsible tourist.
This book will fit in your pocket. So in a month on my next trip I plan on bringing it with me. In a lot of ways this book was made to be a pocket book. Giving and easy read or re-read at anytime you need it. If you are going to Thailand i recomend you get this book first. Read on the trip there and skim back through it if need be.
Full of everything you need to know...a must to take with you!
Top reviews from other countries
You can get the same amount of useful information from any other guide book, I was expecting this to go into a bit more detail, but actually it has even less relevant information than Lonely Planet or Rough Guides.
Asks more questions than it answers.