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‘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


How to plan a public transport trip in Phuket

People often ask me how the public transport works in Phuket and why the buses drive so slowly. It’s not always easy to explain but I think this true story as told to me and recounted, almost verbatim, should give anyone a fairly good insight. It’s a lovely story and I can vouch for its authenticity. Continue reading How to plan a public transport trip in Phuket

Having Breakfast with a new friend by jackie


Living away from our home country, I have found a common thread among other expats, we are curious about life, have courage, and love of adventure.

This morning had breakfast with a fellow artist that before this morning, our friendship has been thru the internet.  What a pleasant morning I had meeting in person James King.  He is a multi talented artist, photography, poetry, and writing.  This morning also found a man that is a good story teller.  James has traveled many places and shared just a bit of his life of adventure.

I am looking forward to our friendship and hearing more of his stories and journeys.

James King Blog

We met thru blogging and I have admired his photography and writing!  jamoroki 

James King

He invited me to a nice little roadside cafe in Rawai Phuket Thailand.  The MOO

The Moo eats in Rawai impression Phuket Thailand The Moo eats in Rawai Phuket Thailand

Map of THE MOO

Map of THE MOO

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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


The best way to see Thailand – Excerpt (3)


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.


Inviting but sometimes dangerous Andaman sea
Inviting but sometimes dangerous Andaman sea

Dangerous waters during monsoon

The Andaman Sea on the Western shores of Thailand claim many lives every year in the monsoon season between June and October. Phuket has its fair share of tragedies and the lifeguards do they best they can to warn tourists, Thais and ‘Farangs’ alike, of the dangers of the sea and deter them from entering the water at certain times and places on the beaches. There are big notice boards, in several languages, on most beaches explaining the dangers of ‘rip’ tides and what to do if you get caught and dragged out to sea. It seems that a great many are oblivious to the power of the sea. They seem to treat it with all the frivolity you would treat a nice warm bath with a plug-hole which you can disengage if the water has the temerity to rise above your ‘three piece suite’. Continue reading The best way to see Thailand – Excerpt (3)