A great story by a writer who, having spent many years living in Thailand, conveys an insider’s view on the culture and customs of the country he so clearly loves. Straddling two worlds, he describes the sophistication and political intrigues of Bangkok society, where in addition to teaching English at a school he gives private lessons to one of the country’s leading politicians. This he contrasts with the rural way of life on his wife’s small farm, where he spends his long vacations.
The end-of-term jaunts with his fellow teachers are full of humour, provide an appreciation of the beautiful landscape across the country, and include some alarming tales such as swimming across the Mekong to Laos, and, when walking off-road, coming face-to-face with a group of hill tribesmen, rifles loaded and levelled in their direction.
An entertaining and educational read which I would recommend to anyone who loves Thailand or is planning a visit.
(reviewed the day of purchase)