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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.
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
The Unfinished Dream and Other Stories brings together nineteen remarkable tales from the hidden Kingdom of Bhutan.
Pem Namgyal provides glimpses of a country that remained secluded from the rest of the world for centuries and, only recently, is waking from its ancient slumber.
These stories tell of the dreams and the travails and of love and life of the ordinary people of this beautiful country as they struggle to bridge their past with their future…
The author served in the Royal Hong Kong Police from 1960 to 1993 and, after discovering Thailand in the late sixties, visited the “Land of Smiles” at least once each year. After leaving Hong Kong and returning to his native Wales he continued to visit for a month each Spring and Autumn.
He consummated his love for Thailand by marrying a young Thai lady who unfortunately died, still young, from cancer.
In the course his visits he naturally became well acquainted with the night scene in Pattaya and, being an experienced observer, acquired the material that provides the basis for this book. The vignettes in this book capture a wide spectrum of Pattaya nightlife and provide the reader with an easy to read but interesting voyage into the pathos and the humour that exists behind the bright lights.
For anyone who has visited Pattaya it will bring back memories and for those yet to visit a taste of what is awaiting them.
The author has also published “Reminiscences of a Hong Kong Chailo” about his life in the police force in Hong Kong.
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
‘I walked out the door, a bit dazed. I had ten dollars and two not-quite diamonds, and it was summer in Siam.’ John Borthwick’s first day in Thailand seemed far from auspicious – but it has been uphill from then on.
Dropping him in the middle of everything from three-day tribal weddings, elephant polo follies and pristine islands to Pattaya’s bacchanalian nightlife, Thailand has kept John and his pen constantly on the move.
One of Australia’s leading travel authors, John Borthwick has gathered here the best of his years of Thailand adventures, plus a swag of vivid tales from his wanderings in India, Xinjiang, the Himalayas, Borneo, Bali, Laos, Vietnam and the Philippines.