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Thailand Diaries – FREE – Available NOW

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All 3 Volumes of Thailand Diaries have now been released and are available for FREE download by clicking the book cover icons in the menu bar to your right as you read.

Thailand is, in a word, irresistible.

But be ready for the culture shock and to find out the things you need to know.

Welcome to this captivating and enthralling land. Contradiction, controversy, confusion, frustration, weird language, cultural barriers and mystery will haunt you. When you eventually get over the early shocks, which may actually take years, and you realise that you cannot fix a ‘dysfunctional’ nation without a modicum of help from above you can begin your bumpy journey.

I present my views objectively although, in setting out the ‘pros and cons’ of life in and the mysteries of Thailand, some of my arguments may be viewed as polemic which ‘was absolutely intentional’. I believe there should be, and usually is, a balance to be found in every society and that most cultures and religions may have syncretic elements to their beliefs, to a greater or lesser degree and we are all ostensibly the same if we look behind the mask.

If you decide to read any or all of the books I hope you enjoy them and I would really appreciate it if you posted a review. Your honest opinion is valued.

Now I really must get moving and finish my first novel.

Celebrating my first Paperback sale

Brian McMahon purchased the first paper-back copy of Thailand in perspective – Volume 3 of my Thailand Diaries series available on Amazon.

Brian shows off the first Thailand Diaries paper-back
Brian shows off the first Thailand Diaries paper-back

The Series of eBooks, just published by Pronoun, are all FREE so grab them while the generosity lasts by clicking here.

Last week Brian came to Phuket on holiday from Liberia where he now works. He kindly brought me the amazing hand-made shirt I am modelling so I will be easily recognisable and safer in the traffic. After the photo-shoot we had a drink or two and a sumptuous fish supper at the Sea-Gypsy village in Rawai.

During last year 2016 I posted 10 excerpts of Volume 3 of Thailand Diaries – THAILAND IN PERSPECTIVE on ‘jamoroki.com’.

Thailand in Perspective - Paperback
Thailand in Perspective – Paperback

If you read any of the posts I hope you enjoyed them. If you haven’t managed to read them or you have only read a few excerpts the good news is that THAILAND IN PERSPECTIVE is available on ‘Amazon’ in Paperback and FREE Kindle e-book.

This is a book for anyone who wants to be entertained and a must for anyone who wishes to learn more about Thailand in the process. It is definitely not a travel book in the accepted sense but can easily be categorised as such.

Thailand is, in a word, irresistible.

But be ready for the culture shock and to find out the things you need to know.

Welcome to this captivating and enthralling land. Contradiction, controversy, confusion, frustration, weird language, cultural barriers and mystery will haunt you. When you eventually get over the early shocks, which may actually take years, and you realise that you cannot fix a ‘dysfunctional’ nation without a modicum of help from above you can begin your bumpy journey.

Volumes 1 an 2 are available as e-books only but are also FREE.

Volume 1 – 15 Weeks (FREE) DOWNLOAD NOW

Volume 2 – DRIVING THAILAND (FREE) DOWNLOAD NOW

‘Thailand in Perspective’ – Thailand Diaries – Volume 3 – Available from Amazon NOW

Over the past few months I have posted 10 excerpts of Volume 3 of Thailand Diaries – THAILAND IN PERSPECTIVE on ‘jamoroki.com’.

Thailand in Perspective - Paperback
Thailand in Perspective – Paperback

If you have read any of the posts I hope you have enjoyed them.

If you haven’t managed to read them or you have only read a few excerpts the good news is that THAILAND IN PERSPECTIVE is published by ‘Amazon’ in Paperback and Kindle e-book.

This is a book for anyone who wants to be entertained and wishes to learn more about Thailand in the process. It is definitely not a travel book in the accepted sense but can easily be categorised as such.

Part 1 gives a potted history of Thailand from the first century.

Part 2 is a critical memoir of my observations of the people and culture of Thailand; a Country, monopolised by superstition, ancient cultural values and old religious beliefs, struggling to come to terms with modernity and the 21st century; people who have, as yet, travelled little.

Over a period of 10 years, first visiting then living, in Thailand I have come to the conclusion thatThais are just like everyone else; vibrant, intelligent and adorable people.

And Thailand is, in a word, irresistible.

But be ready for the culture shock and to find out the things you need to know.

Welcome to this captivating and enthralling land. Contradiction, controversy, confusion, frustration, weird language, cultural barriers and mystery will haunt you. When you eventually get over the early shocks, which may actually take years, and you realise that you cannot fix a ‘dysfunctional’ nation without a modicum of help from above you can begin your bumpy journey.

I present my views objectively although, in setting out the ‘pros and cons’ of life in and the mysteries of Thailand, some of my arguments may be viewed as polemic which ‘was absolutely intentional’. I believe there should be, and usually is, a balance to be found in every society and that most cultures and religions may have syncretic elements to their beliefs, to a greater or lesser degree and we are all ostensibly the same if we look behind the mask.

Volumes 1 an 2 are available as e-books only but are FREE.

Volume 1 – 15 Weeks (FREE) DOWNLOAD NOW

Volume 2 – DRIVING THAILAND (FREE) DOWNLOAD NOW

FREE – ‘Driving Thailand’ – Ebook now available

The serialisation of Volume 2 of Thailand Diaries – DRIVING THAILAND on ‘jamoroki.com’ is now complete following the posting of the final excerpt. If you have been reading the 9 posts over the past weeks I hope you have enjoyed them.

Book Cover (Smash)If you haven’t managed to read them or you have only read a few excerpts the good news is that DRIVING THAILAND published as a FREE e-book by ‘Smashwords’ is available NOW.

Witty, informative, sometimes ‘tongue-in-cheek’ and full of typically British humour, ‘Driving Thailand’ is an overview of Thailand’s different regions. Highly recommended for travellers, would be ex-pats and those who enjoy light reading. In this second volume of my Thailand Diaries I take you on a conducted tour of the South, Central, North-East and North of Thailand. 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 tried my best to highlight the 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 for Thailand you must drive and walk. 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 have not yet 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 with my candid opinions of the places I have visited and lived in.

During 2015 this will be followed up with the publication of the last Volume 3 of Thailand Diaries – THAILAND IN PERSPECTIVE.

All three Volumes will be published as e-books and excerpts will be posted on ‘jamoroki.com’ prior to publication.

Volume 1 – 15 Weeks (FREE) DOWNLOAD NOW

Volume 2 – DRIVING THAILAND (FREE) DOWNLOAD NOW

The best way to see Thailand – Excerpt (4)

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.

CENTRAL THAILAND (Part 1)

The drive to Bangkok

The drive from Phuket to Bangkok is peppered with a profusion of greenery and overabundance of tropical splendour. Take two days, break the journey and stay overnight at Hua Hin (550kms from Phuket). The first day is a long one, approximately ten hours driving including stops. You can sleep in a bit because from Hua Hin to Bangkok (150+kms) is about three hours depending on your destination and traffic. Continue reading The best way to see Thailand – Excerpt (4)