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Two New Books on Pattaya Life and Thai Culture Featured

Two New Books on Pattaya Life and Thai Culture

How to Survive Pattaya and its Nightlife

How to Survive Pattaya and its Nightlife is advice to do just that from the leading Pattaya nightlife writer, Australian journalist Duncan Stearn.

Pattaya is, without doubt, the leading nightlife destination in Asia. That's a big claim of course, but with a variety of nightclubs, discos, outside drinking bars (known simply as beer bars) and what would be termed strip clubs in other countries but called go-go’s in Pattaya (and Bangkok), it oozes sex and sensuality. Duncan Stearn, under the pen-name Nightmarch, has been writing about the bar scene in Pattaya since the turn of the century.

As he notes, "There are certain constants within the night bar scene and these never change. Certainly the faces and the names change. Certainly the bars change: some go out of business, others are sold, others continue to march steadily forward. Yet the basics remain the same. There is a popular and much copied t-shirt sold in Thailand which has the phrase 'Same, Same, but Different' emblazoned across it. In four simple words it sums up the bar scene perfectly."

So, this short book consists of a series of pieces written for the Nightmarch column over the years which, taken together, are intended to serve not so much as a warning but as a roadmap both for the unwary novice and the veteran long-termer.

Novices will make the mistakes in spite of the pieces in the book while the veteran will merely be reminded of the mistakes he has already made, but hopefully not make them again.

Wondering into Thai Culture

Wondering into Thai Culture by Mont Redmond Or Thai Whys and Otherwise

Wondering into Thai Culture explores the many facets of the debate about culture and one which can never be fairly resolved on Western terms alone. It shows what these and many other issues mean from a Thai point of view. Newcomers and tourists will encounter nuggets of information and insight that may help make their stay more interesting and enjoyable.

Those who have lived here a few years already may profit from explanations of Thai behavior and attitudes that constantly baffle them. Long-term residents of the kingdom will find plenty of matter intended to provoke their laughter, tears, sneers, or even vehement agreement. People who have never come to Thailand, and possibly never will, might still want to know how it feels to have a wholly different outlook on life. And Thais too should read this book, if only as a first step on the path of self-knowledge that they, and all of us, must climb.

A timeless work, first published as articles in The Nation and then printed as a book and reprinted several times.

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