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    Recommended reading for both newcomers and long time expats. Let me know if you know of any other books that you would like to recommend and I'll add them to the list. 


    Very Thai

    Very Thai
    Author: Philip Cornwel-Smith

    This book gives insight in Thai folk culture and goes beyond the traditional Thai icons to reveal the every popular Thai culture. From security guards, taxi altars to magical tattoos, beauty queens and drinks in a bags, this book covers it all accompanied by lots and lots of photo's.


    3 chapters of this book are published on Chicky Net: Female Grooming, Nang Kwak and Beauty Queens. Have fun reading!





    Sucessful Living in Thailand

    Successful Living in Thailand & Thai Culture & Society
    Author: Roger Welty

    A great preparation for socializing in Thailand. From the steps you'll go through at a Thai wedding, what to wear to a funeral, how to use a squat toilet, and how to correctly sign a Thai check, these books cover it all. 






    Private Dancer

    Private Dancer
    Author: Stephen Leather

    The best (fictional) book regarding relationships with bargirls that you can ever read!

    "Thailand 1996. The Year Of The Rat. Pete, a young travel writer, wanders into a Bangkok go-go bar and meets the love of his life. Joy is the girl of his dreams: young, stunningly pretty, and one of the Zombie Bar’s top-earning pole dancers. What follows is a roller-coaster ride of sex, drugs and deception, as Pete discovers that his very own private dancer is not all that she claims to be. And that far from being the girl of his dreams, Joy is his own personal nightmare".


    We did an interview with author Stephen Leather who also gave permission to publish an introduction of Private Dancer. Thanks Stephen!





    Nancy Chandlers Maps

    Nancy Chandlers Maps of Bangkok & Chiang Mai

    Not a book but a map! For many visitors, Chiang Mai's & Bangkoks real appeal is in its secret sights, shops and cafes hidden down side streets and back alleyways, behind temples and inside otherwise nondescript lots. Nancy Chandler's Maps share these treasures, with extensive listings of everything from private museums and boutiques open 'by appointment only' to massage, cooking and Thai language schools, vegetarian restaurants, noodle stalls, things to do with the kids, tips for escaping the heat in summer, where to catch a European film, and more. For more information visit the Nancy Chandler Website.


    Chicky Net also did an interview with Nima Chandler, daughter and business partner of Nancy Chandler Graphics founder Nancy Chandler.





    Thailand Book - Cover Expat Women: Confessions


    Expat Women: Confessions

    In Expat Women: Confessions - 50 Answers to Your Real-Life Questions about Living Abroad, experienced expats Andrea Martins and Victoria Hepworth share a wealth of wisdom and positive tips to motivate you at every stage of your expat journey. They cover popular topics like leaving family back home, transitioning quickly, intercultural relationships, parenting bilingual children and work-life balance. They also address more difficult issues such as expat infidelity, divorce, alcoholism and reverse culture shock. This unique book is the perfect addition to every expat bookshelf. You can download a free sample of this book.


1 comment
  • Sarah Dean
    Sarah Dean I couldn't put Private Dancer down. It's truly a classic
    March 22, 2011