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Jaggs, Peter

Peter Jaggs is from Essex in England and has spent the best part of the past twenty five years in Thailand since he was in his early twenties and has visited every province in the country. Peter has always believed that real work is a necessary evil and should only be undertaken when funds are required for the extended bouts of bar-hopping, fishing and hanging out on beaches he much prefers.However, he does enjoy writing about his beloved second home and has had articles, stories and poems published in several newspapers and magazines. Although Peter loves women - especially of the Thai variety - he is not married because he feels that a wife would be as much of a hindrance to his freedom and irresponsible lifestyle as a regular job. Besides this, no female on God’s earth could put up with him for any length of time apart from his mother.Peter is currently based between Devon, England and Pattaya City and spends an equal amount of time in each of his two homes with frequent excursions to other favourite venues in Asia. Peter also wrote the first ever book in the English language published on freshwater fishing in Thailand.

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  • Thailand Tourists

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    The Love Hunter, Thirty-Minute Millionaires, Ethnic Ethel and the Artful Dodger plus many more. If you have travelled to Thailand, you will certainly have come across most of the characters in this book at some time and it is quite possible you will even recognize yourself amongst the pages.
    True to form, the author takes a tongue-in-cheek look at tourists he has known in the Land of Smiles, all of whom are based on people he has seen or met in over three decades of living in a country which undeniably attracts some very colourful individuals.
    Uncompromisingly honest and wickedly amusing, Thailand Tourists is a must-read for anybody contemplating a trip anywhere in Asia and will give a completely different aspect to a boring flight, a day on the beach or a hop around the night-spots, allowing the reader to tick off the types represented one by one; all brought to life by the illustrations and script in a unique and often remarkable way.

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  • Thailand Changes

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    This book takes an offbeat and humorous look at how tourism has changed radically in Thailand over the past thirty-five years, seen through the eyes of two red-blooded young men who made their first trips to the country over three decades apart.
    Peter Jaggs provides an unparalleled insight into the night-streets, tourist resorts and rural villages of both modern day and bygone Thailand and goes some way to explaining why many men become so hooked on the country after just one short visit, it changes their lives forever.
    Thailand Changes is at the same time both hilarious and sobering. The writing is blunt and honest and about as politically correct as a sexist Klansman on a baby seal hunt wearing an ocelot fur coat, so reader discretion is advised.

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  • Thailand Karma

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    The author critics once dubbed the ‘Master Craftsman of Thailand Short Stories’ is back with 16 new tales featuring characters as diverse as thieving lady-men, Essex wide-boys, fortune-telling spirit doctors and psychotic, axe-wielding grandmothers. Set in locations from the rural hill-tribe villages of Northern Thailand to the neon-lit bar-strips of Pattaya, they are all based on true events and revolve around the concept of karma in Thailand and the rewards and dangers of accruing both good and bad merit in life.

    True to form Jaggs’ latest offering pulls no punches and as usual contains blunt, non-P.C material that will amuse, upset and in some cases, very likely offend. Whether you love or hate the author’s work it is undeniable he does provide an insight into life in Thailand like few writers ever have. There will not be many readers who finish this book without sneaking a quick, backward glance over their shoulders at the karma they may have earned during their own lives.

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  • 1970’s Billericay Boy

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    1970’s Billericay Boy is the story of a boy growing to early manhood in the Seventies and transports the reader slap-bang into the middle of a world of ‘bunking’ off school, getting the ‘whack’, smoking Players’ cigarettes at the top of the school field and ‘getting off’ with ‘birds’ at the back of the Archer Hall disco.

    The book is as hilarious, moody and sad as the lives of many teenagers of the time were and those who grew up in the era of Raleigh Choppers, Yamaha Fizzies, flared trousers, DM boots and Saturday afternoon football hooliganism will identify with it well. Dripping with nostalgia and peppered with a host of unforgettable characters, the author remembers his first clumsy encounters with girls, the first vehicles he ever owned and the first time he ever got drunk, as well as reliving the pressures and uncertainties of growing up and starting work during one of Britain’s worst economic recessions – all set against a soundtrack of David Bowie, Abba and Johhny Rotten’s Sex Pistols.

    Peter Jaggs has written many books about Thailand, most of which have reached bestselling status in their own categories. 1970’s Billericay Boy is different in that it revisits the decade he is convinced led him to run like hell to Asia in the first place. Shocking, sobering and side-splittingly funny, his latest book must surely be seen as an important piece of social history in its own right.

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  • Thailand Crackers

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    Peter Jaggs has probably written and sold more books about the raunchier side of life in Thailand than any other author alive or dead. The brutal accuracy of his writing in a genre that is unavoidably always going to be controversial has inevitably provoked reaction from offended internet trolls accusing him of being a faker, a reprobate or even worse. Much more credible reviews in the Thai and ex-pat media on TV and in leading newspapers have described Jaggs as being (quote) ‘a highly-skilled writer, supremely confident in his craft’ and appraised his books as being ‘Modern Classics of Pattaya’ and ‘the best books on Pattaya written’.
    Whether you love his tales or hate them, it is undeniable that they are never boring. Jaggs has written himself into the history of the night-streets of Thailand and his work will surely continue to be read and discussed for as long as people visit the country. The stories in Thailand Crackers are vintage Jaggs and concentrate on the off-beat lives of eighteen resourceful entrepreneurs who live by their wits on the streets of a country where life can be hard. They include the accounts of an alcoholic septuagenarian mamasan, a teenage drug dealer, a hill-tribe grandfather, a bar-girl without a heart, an evil confidence trickster and a love-struck street dog; all told with the author’s usual colorful candidness that will disappoint neither his supporters nor his detractors and give them plenty of food for thought to get their teeth into.

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  • The Surveillant’s Old Tin Trunk

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    Life, Love and Death on Devil’s Island
    Some years ago an old tin trunk and its contents were given to the author of this book by an old lady approaching her ninetieth year. She was the only daughter of a guard who had been deployed to work in French Guiana (Devil’s Island) during the early days of the twentieth century. The rusting old box was full of the diaries, sketches, papers and personal effects of a young man and his wife, who were based in one of the most notorious jungle work camps in the penal colony and whose duty it was to attempt to control some of France’s worst transported criminals. The author studied and researched the contents of the trunk and with the help of countless conversations with the fascinating old lady, the extraordinary story that came out of the Surveillant’s old tin trunk can now be retold.

    The book is a powerful, compelling and haunting depiction of family and convict life in the overseas prison colonies of France. It is a tale of love, hatred, deception and vengance that pendulums between the romantic and the horrific without missing a beat.

    Illustrated with contemporary photographs, paintings and sketches that are historically immensly significant, The Surveillant’s Old Tin Trunk provides an unparalleled insight into the troubled life of a young family man stationed in what has always been known as perhaps the most infamous and brutal penal colony ever to have existed.

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  • English-Thai – Love, Sex and Romance Phrasebook

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    This concise e-book was written after we asked many questions to hundreds of Thai girls working in the bars and entertainment spots of Bangkok and Pattaya, as well as numerous regular Thai women who simply thought it might be a nice idea to have a foreign boyfriend. We also talked to many tourists from different countries around the world, concentrating on men who primarily travelled to the ‘Land of Smiles’ in order to meet Thai girls. This is the resulting guide we compiled and it contains what we consider to be the most important words and phrases required for conversation between new Thai and farang (Western) ‘sweethearts.’ It is written in an extremely user-friendly format that begins with taking the new couple through that first meeting, then onto those first shy moments alone in the room, eating and drinking together, simple conversation and ~ of course ~ sex. There are also useful chapters on time, numbers and colors; in fact, all the phrases necessary to ensure a happy, enjoyable and trouble-free time together for couples who cannot speak the same language. Whilst putting the book together we tried hard to keep the contents as concise as possible, for fear of making it too complicated for practical use. We thought this brevity vital as the guide is primarily designed to be downloaded onto a mobile telephone and used in a bar, a restaurant, a bedroom; in fact, just about anywhere couples go together. Unlike most phrase books, for the reader who is really hopeless at languages, each phrase is arranged in English, Thai and the phonetic of both. This means that if you are unsure of the pronunciation, or too shy or just too lazy to attempt the required phrase, you can simply point at it on the screen of your telephone in order to communicate the meaning to your partner without saying a word! What could be easier? This e-book is specially designed for use with mobile telephones, e-book readers and tablets. If your answer to any of the following questions is ‘yes,’ YOU may need to buy this e-book! Specially designed for use with mobile telephones, e-book readers and tablets, it is amazingly useful, great fun and a real ice-breaker! Do you want to speak to her but don’t know what to say? Do you want to take her home but don’t know how to ask her? Do you want to ask her if she can do that special thing for you in bed? Do you want to tell her you love her very much? Have you considered she might be hungry but can’t tell you? Do you want to ask her about money? Do you want her to go but don’t know how to tell her? Do you want to ask her where something is? Do you want to see her again tomorrow? Are you completely hopeless at attempting to speak Thai? The solution to your problem is inside this book plus very much more!
    ก่อนที่เราจะเขียนหนังสือเล่มนี้ขึ้นมา เราได้ถามผู้หญิงหลายร้อยคน ที่ทำงานในบาร์ ทั้งคนที่ทำงานในบาร์ พัทยาและบาร์ในกรุงเทพ และผู้หญิงทั่ว ๆ ไปที่ไม่ได้ทำงานในบาร์ แต่อยากมีแฟนฝรั่ง และได้ถามนักท่องเที่ยวที่มาจากหลาย ๆ ประเทศที่มีความแตกต่างกัน หนังสือเล่มนี้มีคำที่สำคัญ สำหรับการพูดคุยต่าง ๆ กับแฟนคนไทยและฝรั่งได้เข้าใจง่ายต่อการเรียนรู้และกันใช้ และช่วยให้คนที่พบกันครั้งแรกสื่อสารด้วยกันได้ ทั้งเรื่องการพูดคุย ออกไปเที่ยวข้างนอกด้วยกัน การไปนอนด้วยกัน ซึ่งได้รวบรวมประโยคที่สำคัญไว้ ในการพูดคุยกันมีทั้งเรื่อง เวลาและสีต่าง ๆ ด้วย หนังสือเล่มนี้แตกต่างจากหนังสือหลาย ๆ เล่ม เพราะทุกคำในหนังสือนี้มีการเขียนออกเสียงแบบ ภาษาอังกฤษและไทยได้ชัดเจน สำหรับคนขี้อาย ไม่จำเป็นต้องพูดแค่โชว์ ในอีบุ๊ค และใช้นิ้วชี้เท่านั้นพอ หนังสือเล่มนี้ไม่ใหญ่มาก เพราะทำพิเศษขึ้นมาเพื่อให้สะดวก ในการใช้ และเพื่อดาวโหลดลงใน โทรคัพท์มือถือ ไอแพด แทบเลต

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  • Minelab Excalibur Diary – From Trash to Treasure

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    The Minelab Excalibur has been hailed as the best beach metal detector in the world and is widely used by many metal detectorists, both hobbyists and professionals alike. This book takes the reader through the first six months of the author owning and searching almost every day with a Minelab Excalibur and gives a valuable insight into what the potential user of such a machine is bound to experience. Minelab Excalibur Diary provides an unparalleled look at the ups and downs of mastering the Minelab Excalibur and deals with the problems that the beginner is likely to experience with his new machine. It also covers some of the modifications that can be made to make beach metal detecting easier, as well as dealing with the changing conditions of beaches and tides that can make a day’s shore hunting either a golden success or a complete failure. Perhaps most importantly, the book also conveys to the reader the necessity of developing the right attitude to successful beach metal detecting with the Minelab Excalibur metal detector. Minelab Excalibur Diary is unique in as much as it is the true record of a metal detectorist’s first seven months spent in a concentrated effort searching a single Thai beach rather than a conventional guide or a reference book. Although the diary is set on a beach in Thailand, the book provides a valuable and enjoyable read and will assist the owners of Minelab Excalibur metal detectors to a greater understanding of both their machines and the shorelines of any beaches in any country in the world.

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  • Thailand Bar Girls’ Men: Saints and Sinners

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    There have been hundreds of books about the girls who ply the oldest trade in the world around the bars and night-spots of Thailand and it is certainly arguable that yet another volume on the subject would be excess to requirements. However, up until now it is true to say that nobody has ever given the girls and women in question a chance to have their say about the men who come to peruse the neon-lit jungles of the country and pay for their company and the author feels that it is high time somebody did so.
    It is undeniable that the vast majority of books written about Thailand’s bar-girls depict them as mercenary, money-grabbing scammers and it would be naïve and perhaps even foolish for anybody to believe that in a large number of cases this is not true. Maybe this is why most of the males who appear in Thai bar-girl literature appear as unfortunate, love-struck nice-guys who didn’t know any better and who did not deserve to be wronged by a cheating schemer, however convincing, sexy and genuine she might have seemed at the time.
    But there are always two sides to every story. The fifteen true tales and anecdotes in ‘Thailand bar-girls’ men; Saints & Sinners’ are straight from the seductive lips of the girls who work the bars and streets of Thailand and they show that there are gentleman amongst their customers who are truly gallant as well as rogues whose appalling behavior at times borders on the demonic. Men who have spent any time at all around the night streets of Thailand will be able to identify these character types amongst the stories in this book and some might even recognize themselves.
    Apart from underlining the fact that there is good and bad in everyone and in all walks of life, the stories in ‘Thailand Bar Girls’ Men; Saints & Sinners’ do not attempt to draw any conclusions as to whether it is the women of Thailand or the foreigners who come to meet them who are right or wrong but simply states the facts in order to allow the reader to make up his or her own mind, although they definitely do offer an insight into why some Thai bar-girls have chosen to become the way they are.
    ‘Jaggs is a rare kind of ex-pat, relishing the atmosphere of Pattaya and its charming women and communicating the romantic ups and downs of the city with a perfectly targeted common touch’ Richard Ravensdale; Pattaya ex-pats club Vice President
    ‘Jaggs has become like a master brewer, skillfully distilling a wealth of living experiences into some very funny moments in Fun City’
    Pattaya Trader Magazine

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  • Thailand’s Forgotten Nursery Rhymes

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    This book is a magical collection of twenty five traditional nursery rhymes and chants, all of which are about the animals and birds of Thailand. Despite first impressions, many Thai nursery rhymes are not really nonsense verses at all, but have been recited to children by their parents and grandparents for hundreds of years, in order to teach them something about the creatures that share their world. Sadly, throughout the course of time, many of these ancient rhymes and chants seem to have become all but forgotten by the modern generation of Thai children and this book is an attempt to preserve them before they are lost forever, as well as introducing them to the children of other countries. Beautifully illustrated with vibrant pictures that give the reader as much of an insight into everyday Thai life as do the rhymes themselves, this book will captivate and delight children of all nationalities and ages, as well as providing them with a great deal of knowledge about the people of Thailand and the natural history of the country. As well as the pictures and text (the rhymes are reproduced in both English and phonetic Thai language) this book also contains a list of the meanings of many of the rhymes and chants included, which will enable parents in countries all over the world to teach a valuable lesson about a different culture to their children in a way in which is both informative and fun.

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  • Thailand Bar Girls, Angels and Devils

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    Men have been coming to Thailand for many years now to enjoy the infamous night-life of cities like Pattaya, Bangkok and Phuket and to experience the girls that work in the thousands of bars around them. Some have found out to their cost that there are devils amongst the young women that ply their trade in the neon-lit forests of the country and others have been lucky enough to have discovered angels. Peter Jaggs has spent the best part of the past thirty years in Thailand and his previous books about the characters and locations on the seedier side of the streets of Thailand have reached best selling status in their respective categories on Amazon’s lists as well as those of other distributors and have sold thousands of copies to date. His first work, ‘From Beggar to Butterfly’ was described by the legendary Bernard Trink in a review in the Bangkok Post as one of the best books on Pattaya written. ‘Thailand Bar-girls; Angels and Devils,’ is in the same genre and written in very much the same style. During more than a quarter of a century in Pattaya the author has seen and heard many tales of true love, deception and even murder and death, with Thailand’s bar-girls taking the part of the main players. This book contains the very best of them. Many of the stories are funny and others are heart-warming. Some are distressing and one or two are bizarrely insane. Once again, the author has produced another work that is a must-read for anyone intending to take a stroll down the bright lights of Thailand’s night-streets and it will give those who read it an unparalleled insight into the world of the country’s good-time girls and hookers that will prove invaluable for anybody planning a close encounter with Thailand’s bar-girls, and the angels and devils amongst them.
    ‘Peter Jaggs is a highly skilled writer supremely confident in his craft’ Daniel Schwartz, Pattaya Trader Magazine
    ‘Jaggs is a rare kind of ex-pat, not only relishing the atmosphere of Pattaya and its charming women but he can communicate the romantic ups and downs with a perfectly targeted common touch’ Richard Ravensdale, Vice President Pattaya ex-pats club

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  • Thailand Drifter

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    Whether your idea of travelling Thailand is wandering around the ruined temples of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya, swinging in a hammock outside a ramshackle hut on a deserted, backpackers’ beach, meeting the Akha Hill-Tribe people of the North or drinking beer and getting down and dirty with the bar-girls and lady-boys of Pattaya; Thailand Drifter has it all, plus a load of laughs and very much more.
    Over the past few years, a growing number of titles about roaming Thailand have appeared on the shelves of bookstores and on e-book websites, but what sets Peter Jaggs’ work apart from the others is the way in which the author’s words paint a perfect picture of the kind of situations and characters that any visitor to the country is bound to find themselves involved with, should they have come to Thailand for the diverse culture, the infamous night-life, the glorious beaches or simply for a relaxing holiday. After thirty years of floating around Thailand Jaggs knows what he is talking about and the thousands of copies his twelve titles have sold to date, despite only being on sale for only a few years, demonstrate this.
    The twenty unique and very humorous travel tales contained in this offering are inescapably relevant to any potential traveler to the country, because as well as the kaleidoscope of colorful individuals they will undoubtedly stumble across, the book also brings to life a wealth of locations and circumstances that the reader is almost certain to walk slap-bang into, when following in the footsteps of a confirmed Thailand Drifter.
    “Modern classics of Pattaya? I think so, you judge”. Richard Ravensdale, Vice President of Pattaya ex-pats club
    “It is clear that Peter knows what he is talking about to be able to write (them) so well”. Pattaya Trader Magazine

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  • Thai Cookery for the completely clueless

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    Throw a best-selling author of a dozen books about Thailand together with a naturally gifted cook from Chiang Rai, who has been preparing food for her family since she was seven years old; then season with a liberal dash of humor to ginger-up the generally rather dry narrative typical of the more conventional types of cookbooks to be found on the shelves of bookshops. Stir these spicy ingredients into a large selection of some of the most popular and authentic dishes to be found around the country from Mai Sai to Satun, and the resulting mix is the recipe for ‘Thai Cookery for the Completely Clueless’. Designed for anybody who possesses the level of culinary skills and the physical co-ordination required to dip a spatula into a wok, ‘Thai Cookery for the Completely Clueless’ will instruct even most bungling of dummies, dunces and beginners to produce perfect Thai meals that range from delightful dips and appetizers, exotic curries, soups and noodle dishes, through to sensational stir-fries and desserts.
    ‘Thai Cookery for the Completely Clueless’ also contains an extremely useful Thai-English glossary of Thai food ingredients, and each of the easy-to-follow, step-by-step recipes is complimented by a light-hearted, co-author’s ‘verdict’ on each meal covered, which also provides a little background information about every one of the thirty-three dishes covered in the book. ‘Thai Cookery for the Completely Clueless’ is also going to be useful for first-time visitors who wish to sample the country’s food in the stalls and restaurants around the country, but have no idea of what to ask for, or even which ingredients the meals on the often confusing menus contain.Totally straightforward, and as free from pretension as the young woman whose time-served recipes make up this book, ‘Thai Cookery for the Completely Clueless’ is written with the essentially Thai philosophy in mind that cooking and eating should always be fun.

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  • Malevolence

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    Karma of the Thailand Underworld

    Best-selling author of books about Thailand and Asia Peter Jaggs takes time out from his more usual light-hearted travelogues to bring his readers a haunting tale of violence, greed and retribution in the Thai underworld. First told to him as a true story in a bar in Pattaya by an ancient mamasan, Jaggs has molded the old woman’s reminiscences into a chilling tale that those of a weak constitution might do better to leave well alone. Peppered with almost Dickensian characters from the backstreets of Bangkok and Pattaya and seasoned with insights into the sub-culture of the outcasts of Thailand, ‘Malevolence’ is a book that will keep you turning the pages in fascinated horror, towards a harrowing twist in the final pages that will keep the nightmares recurring for many months to come.

    Jaggs’ writing can be insightful, but don’t expect it to be too politically correct PROSTITUTION RESEARCH CENTRE

    (Jaggs) will make the neck hair stand up in recognition PATTAYA TRADER MAGAZINE

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  • Thailand Old Hand

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    Thirty Years around the Bars and Backstreets of Asia

    Peter Jaggs has the unerring ability of being able to blunder into a good story wherever he travels in Asia. Whether perusing the bars and brothels of Pattaya and Angeles City, meeting up with an archaic spirit doctor in the wilds of the Isaan countryside, losing his way in the war-time tunnels of Cu-Chi in Vietnam, becoming embroiled in a punch-up with the local tough-guy in a Philippine backstreet or encountering an ethereal ghost on a deserted, moonlit beach in Thailand, he tells the tale with his own peculiar stamp of originality, humor and accuracy.
    The twenty true short stories in this – the author’s eighth book – are as colorful, diverse and sometimes as confusing as the continent of Asia itself. Many will make you laugh, others may make you want to cry and one or two will probably appall you. Whatever your reaction may be to some of the memories of a man who has spent almost three decades making the most of what Asia has to offer, ‘Thailand Old Hand’ makes for a rattling good suitcase read and is a book you will find hard to put down.

    “The author is an Old Thailand Hand; it’s apparent he has been around long enough to become insightful” Bangkok Post

    “Jaggs has become like a master brewer, skillfully distilling a wealth of living experiences into some very funny moments” Pattaya Trader

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  • Discovering Metal Detecting on a Thailand Beach

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    Hunting for pirates’ hidden gold and silver in the golden sands of a palm-fringed, exotic tropical island was the daydream of many of us when we were school kids. Unfortunately it is a fantasy that almost nobody can ever fulfill. This unusual and completely original book will tell you how anyone can embark on the next best thing though, and will take you on a layman’s treasure hunt under tropical moons and blazing sunrises; sharing a few of the secrets of how to recover some of the millions of lost items of jewelry and coins that lie buried beneath the surface of many beaches around the world.

    Peter Jaggs spent six months searching the seashore of a Thai tourist town without previously ever having had any experience of beach metal detecting, and the diary he wrote whilst learning how to do so provides a humorous, enlightening and entertaining read.

    Whether you are a novice or an expert, or even if you have never picked up a metal detector before, you will find that ‘Discovering Metal Detecting on a Thailand Beach’ is very much more than a technical guide to amateur treasure hunting and the stories and incidents recounted in this book will amuse and surprise followers of the hobby as well as those who are merely curious.

    Join Peter Jaggs and share in the sights, meet some of the characters and unearth some of the treasure he found during the time he passed using a C-Scope CS4PI metal detector on the sands of an engaging beach resort in Thailand.

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  • A Freshwater Fisherman in Thailand

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    Stand outside a palm-shaded wooden hut in a Thai fishing park, and do battle with a colossal Mekong Giant Catfish. See an exotic Featherback pulled from a muddy canal by a rural Thai angler in a quiet, backwater town. Share a few beers and a magnificent catch of Rohu with a few new friends, and experience a fishing competition with an angry Thai bar-girl. Catch your first double-figure Carp sitting by the banks of a cliff-lined lake near the border of Thailand and Cambodia, or cast a lure from a deserted tributary close to the Bridge over the River Kwai, with only the birds and mosquitoes for company.
    Whatever your fishing preference, this country undoubtedly has it. This book will take you on an exciting journey through the diverse variety of freshwater fisheries in Thailand, and show you how to catch the incredible fish that swim in them.
    Peter Jaggs provides a humorous and panoramic portrait of the species, tackle, baits and waters; as well as some of the characters that the reader will encounter during his angling adventures in Thailand – the Disneyland of freshwater fishing.

    ‘An informative and long-overdue guide to freshwater fishing in Thailand.’
    JEAN-FRANCOIS HELIAS, FISHING ADVENTURES THAILAND

    ‘Especially useful as an ebook; the unknown species you catch in Thailand can be targeted and identified right by the water’s edge on your mobile phone or ebook reader.’
    ROB HOGG, ENGLISH COARSE FISHERMAN

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  • Monkey Business in Thailand

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    Come to Thailand and meet a sexy Isaan girl, fall in love and build a small house for less than the price of a second-hand car in the peaceful serenity of the Thai countryside and live happily ever after, far away from the hassles and headaches of modern urban life. Sounds like a dream come true, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, things don’t always turn out as planned. Monkey Business in Thailand tells the true story of what really happened when a Pattaya old-hand becomes disillusioned with the changes his favorite city has gone through during the past quarter of a century and succumbs to the charms of a determined young bar-girl, then attempts to do what many visitors to Thailand have contemplated. A must-read for anyone who is considering travelling or living in up-country Thailand, Peter Jaggs brings to life a host of unforgettable characters from the neon-lit backstreets of Pattaya to the dirt-roads and rice-fields of a rustic village in Sri Saket.
    This book also opens up a treasure chest of folk-lore tales and insights into rural Thailand, as well as providing a fascinating look at some of the bird and animal life of the area. Monkey Business in Thailand moves from the shameless to the subtle in the wink of a bar-girl’s eye and provides the reader with a humorous and panoramic portrait of a foreigner living amongst the Isaan people and countryside. Unlike the old days, when a crowbar at least was needed to pry most male visitors away from Pattaya, in recent times it appears that more and more men are actually listening to their Thai girlfriends when they are urged to consider moving away from the ever-increasing pace of Thailand’s busiest tourist resort to a quiet haven deep in the Thai provinces. Of course, there are those that have already made the change; some with a measure of success and others, like the author of this book, with complete, spectacular failure.

    “I have read many books written by falangs over the last twenty eight years in coming to Thailand, after a while they become very same-same; so I was surprised to read ‘Monkey Business in Thailand’ as I’ve learnt more interesting things that I would never had known. Peter Jaggs has a wonderful ability to describe characters/ places/ food/ countryside/ travel and heartache. Where I see Thailand through CARTOON EYES Peter sees the same but through multi-coloured words. Peter Jaggs diaries open the doors for you to step into another world, one few people have ever seen. A lot of his memories will haunt you long after you have finished reading his book. His vivid descriptions are second to none when he takes you into rural Thailand.” MIKE BAIRD, CARTOONIST

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  • Blundering Around Isaan

    $6.99$12.99 Jaggs, Peter
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    In recent years Thailand has enjoyed a remarkable rise in the number of tourists coming to visit this fascinating and beautiful country.
    Thailand has been discovered, and hordes of travellers are now flocking to experience the diverse culture, friendly people and delightful beaches for themselves.
    Despite this rapid increase in tourism, there are still villages in the Northeast of the country where things have changed little for hundreds of years.
    Join the author during his unexpected six-month sojourn in Northeast Thailand. Meet farmers, fishermen, spirit doctors and Thai boxers and share in his misadventures as he comes to terms with the warm community of a rural Isaan village.
    Sometimes hilarious, often touching, occasionally tragic – but never dull – this book takes the reader into the heart of the Northeast, and provides an insight into a traditional way of life and a culture that is fast disappearing.

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  • From Beggar to Butterfly

    $5.99$12.99 Jaggs, Peter
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    Experience a world of beggars, boxers, lady-boys and bar-girls and the men who come to meet them. Take a glimpse into the colourful lives and gain an insight into the secrets of some of the remarkable people who live on the streets of the extraordinary city of Pattaya.
    Extended ebook version with 10 new stories
    Reviews:
    “An ironic historical perspective, doses of broad humor and a wide range of Thai characters’.
    James Eckhardt, Phuket Gazette

    “The characters were so representative of the people I had met in Pattaya that I felt I knew many of them already”.
    Temujin, Prostitution Research Centre

    “I think Peter Jaggs’ books are in danger of being recognized as modern classics of Pattaya. I have never read anything so good set amongst the sois and bars of Pattaya”.
    Richard Ravensdale, Pattaya Trader

    “There are more than a few books by farangs about Pattaya, ‘From Beggar to Butterfly’ one of the best. While perusing it James Michener’s tales of the South Pacific came to mind”.
    Bernard Trink, Bangkok Post

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