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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
“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
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
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
In hindsight, maybe fluttering off the tour guide’s red line wasn’t such a good idea. But Jon has neither hindsight nor foresight as his vacation unfolds in real time. Acting without consequence, he discovers that real life is funnier, crazier, and more interesting than fiction, as he encouters crooked tour guides, transvestite karaoke stars, restroom massage gangs, and angels – not with wings and halos, but g-strings and high heels.
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.
Joe Bucket is a hard-bitten English ex-pat who first came to Pattaya when it was little more than a fishing village. He is an ordinary guy who likes beer, football and fishing — and loves Thai women even more.
But with the great changes the city has undergone, perhaps it was inevitable that, after twenty-five years, even the fantastic had become familiar.
That was until Joe met old Ron, a retired merchant seaman in a wheelchair who was not long for this world. The shrewd old seafarer persuaded Joe to carry out a last task for him, and the next thing the Pattaya old-hand knew, he was bound for Sihanoukville in Cambodia to search for a Khmer bar-girl the fading seafarer desperately needed to find.
Accompany Joe Bucket from Pattaya to Cambodia and on his adventures among the streets, bars, brothels and beaches of Sihanoukville and let him introduce you to the gangsters, hookers and other misfits he meets along the way.
Visa Run is written with humour and feeling and insight into the steamy worlds of Pattaya and Sihanoukville. The book is also filled with information of the sort that you certainly will not find in conventional travel guides.