A Geek in Thailand is a lighthearted look at Thailand from a young foreign visitor and resident's perspective. This alternative guide to Thailand offers a smart and concise take on Thai culture, entertainment, and daily life, covering all the classics — but also revealing the path less travelled.
In short articles accompanied by sidebars and colourful photographs, it paints a revealing picture of Asia's most popular travel destination. A Geek in Thailand is for the holidaymakers who visit for two weeks every year and have a desire to learn about the culture, but are struggling to know where to begin. Sections on the food, drink, social scene, music, film, and everyday Thai life, are sure to appeal to them. It is also for those who wish to move to Thailand on a more permanent basis, as it contains helpful information regarding purchasing property, setting up a company, and applying for visas and work permits.
Chapters on the Thai character and cultural dos and don'ts as well as faux pas will allow the reader to go beyond the Thai smile. Sections on politics, history, economy, and the unique relationship between the Thai Nation, Religion, and Monarchy, will also be of interest to those who wish to delve into a deeper understanding of Thailand.
About the Author
Jody Houton is a UK-born journalist who has lived in Thailand, in Phuket and currently Bangkok, for five years. Working for a number of newspapers, magazines and radio stations during that time has enabled him access to some of the country's most interesting, bizarre and influential people and allowed him the time and, most importantly, opportunity to delve much deeper into the Thai psyche, lifestyle, culture and experience. Living in both the tourist area of Phuket and the capital city of the country has given Houton a unique vantage point to speak on Thailand and Thai people from the perspective of tourist, resident, foreigner and expat.
A keen music, arts and film lover, Houton has a natural understanding of the arts and his interest in these aspects of Thai culture have made for an awesome, and thoroughly interesting section. Houton has traveled extensively since leaving university and has lived and worked in five different countries before settling in Thailand. The expat experience has allowed Houton an unbiased interpretation of the benefits and disadvantages of being a foreigner and living abroad in Thailand.
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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