I don't know if it's true about other countries, but people who have been to Thailand for any length of time between two weeks and 20 years feel impelled to write a book about it. From what they have seen, heard and experienced they believe they understand the Kingdom and its denizens. And if they have learned Thai, they know that much more.
Watching The Thais by Tom Tuohy 232pp, 2012 Bamboo Sinfonia paperback Available at Asia Books and leading bookshops, 395 baht
I've lost count of the number of guidebooks and bar girl/farang mis-match stories I have reviewed. The vast majority are superficial. A rare few get beneath the surface. All too many are inter-changeable (not all farangs are materialistic, all Thais are spiritual, again!). Watching The Thais by Tom Tuohy doesn't fit any one category, overlapping several. A Londoner based in Bangkok since 1997 (by way of Saudi Arabia), wed to a Thai, he teaches English. Not as farangs usually do to pick up change to continue their travels, but as a career.
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