THAILAND DIARIES – VOLUME 2 – DRIVING THAILAND
Driving Thailand is the second Volume of my Thailand Diaries and is now complete. But before I publish it as my second FREE e-book I have decided to post a selection of excerpts which I hope will encourage you to download and enjoy the whole book. – The best way to see Thailand.
The first excerpt below is the short prologue which outlines the book and its content.
It is very difficult to know people and I don’t think one can ever really know any but one’s own countrymen. For men and women are not only themselves; they are also the region in which they are born….W. Somerset Maugham, (1874 – 1965)
Thailand is split into four distinct regions; North (bordering Myanmar and Laos), North-East (bordering Laos and Cambodia), Central and South (bordering Malaysia). Then you have the myriad islands in the Gulf of Thailand and off the West coast in the Andaman Sea. I have attempted to illuminate differences in the history, environment, dialect, attitude and culture in the regions I have lived in or visited. North, North-East, Central, Koh Samet and the South Western island of Phuket.
In order to get the best aspects and feel you must drive and walk to see Thailand best. I suppose the same could be said about most countries except those areas which are largely inaccessible by road. Unless you are in a hurry, avoid flying as you won’t learn anything cramped up in a plane for two hours. Drive the long distances and walk round the villages and towns but make sure you don’t overdo it in the heat and keep well hydrated. I have driven pretty well through every Region, North to South and East to West; from the borders of Cambodia to Laos and Myanmar but I have not been to the deep South. There is still a lot to see and maybe more writing to do in the future.
Buckle up and join me on my road trip through Thailand and I will give you a glimpse of my beautiful adopted home and my candid opinions of the places I have visited and lived in.