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A Geek in Thailand is a light-hearted but perceptive look at one of the world's most visited countries from the viewpoint of a young foreign resident.
More than just a Thai travel guide, it offers a concise but insightful take on Thailand for tourists, expats, would-be expats, and others—anyone, in fact, with an interest in visiting or learning about the Land of Smiles.
Packed with short articles accompanied by sidebar stories and interviews and evocative color photographs, the author paints a vivid and revealing picture of a country built on a deep reverence for nation, religion and monarchy, yet with its own distinct, individualistic perspective.
Subjects range from the touchstones of Thai culture and history, such as its politics and economy, Buddhism and folklore, to chapters on traditional Thai design and craftsmanship, including its highly acclaimed architecture and fine silk textiles. There are also chapters on the globally popular Thai food and entertainment like kickboxing and cabaret. Chapters on the Thai character and cultural do's and don'ts will allow the reader to go beyond the Thai smile.
For visitors to the country, the author includes his top ten things to see and do in the main tourist destinations as well as an account of the main festivals and tips on getting around.
Jody Houton is a UK-born journalist who has lived in Thailand, in Phuket and currently Bangkok, for five years. Working for a number of newspapers, magazines and radio stations during that time has enabled him access to some of the country's most interesting, bizarre and influential people and allowed him the time and, most importantly, opportunity to delve much deeper into the Thai psyche, lifestyle, culture and experience.
Living in both the tourist area of Phuket and the capital city of the country has given Houton a unique vantage point to speak on Thailand and Thai people from the perspective of tourist, resident, foreigner and expat. A keen music, arts and film lover, Houton has a natural understanding of the arts and his interest in these aspects of Thai culture have made for an awesome, and thoroughly interesting section. Houton has traveled extensively since leaving university and has lived and worked in five different countries before settling in Thailand. The expat experience has allowed Houton an unbiased interpretation of the benefits and disadvantages of being a foreigner and living abroad in Thailand.