Nine Reasons Why An Old American Man Should Move To Thailand

 
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This is not a book on how to get more sex from Thai women or how to survive on a shoestring budget. I have lived with a woman who was born in Bangkok for over three years and been married to her for two years. If it were not for my exposure to her and her family, I would now know how to survive in Bangkok ... but I would only have a superficial understanding of Thais and Thai culture. Unlike some books written on relocating to Thailand, I don't think Thailand turns out to be a wonderful country for everyone. It works very well for me. And in this guide you will learn why. More than anything, this guide is about Thai culture. If you are coming here from the USA it will be hard for you to overestimate how different Thai culture is from that in the USA. In the USA you have literally hundreds of religions. In Thailand, something like 95% of the population is Buddhist. Buddhism is reflected everywhere in Thai life. Many of the foreigners I meet who are confused by what they run into here on a day-to-day basis have not looked into Buddhism. In my opinion, if you don't have an appreciation for and understanding of Buddhism, you will not end up being comfortable with Thai culture and living in Thailand for any length of time. I'm very happy living in Bangkok with my Thai wife. In this book I've tried to convey some of what that life is like ... and to compare my quality of life here to what I experienced in the USA. Part of my motivation for writing the book is thinking that eventually something might happen to me while living here that will sour me on Thailand. At that point, I'll want something to remind me of why I chose to live here. So far, I'm still on my honeymoon. I don't think Thailand or Thai culture is perfect by any means. But, from my experience, the positives far outweigh the negatives. To be very honest, there are many things about Thai culture and how Thais think that I just do not understand. For example, Thais are generally a very nonviolent people. Rather than kill stray or unwanted dogs, they abandon them at temples or leave them to fend for themselves on the street. But... I've been told by more than one person that hiring someone to kill a person who you want killed is not that difficult in Thailand. The strange part of all this is that it seems to be morally ok to have someone killed ... but not morally acceptable to do it yourself. Thailand is full of extreme contrasts and apparent contradictions. I've tried in this book to communicate some of this. For example, Bangkok is an adult Disneyland without brakes. If you have the money, you can buy most anything. But ... the ones who get the most respect are the monks (even the King of Thailand shows a monk respect by waiing him). So, it's the ones who are able to turn their backs on all the worldly pleasures who are given the most respect. If you come to live here you will gradually come to think you understand something about Thailand. But I think maybe the experience of living here will actually teach you more about the country you just left. All those things you took for granted for all those years start to seem like just one of many choices. For example, in the USA people usually consider their home to be a personal statement of who they are. Americans generally like to invite people to visit their home. Thais, on the other hand, usually meet friends at a restaurant to socialize. Thais are reluctant to invite friends to their home. Those in charge of advertising Thailand to the world have chosen the phrase "amazing Thailand" to promote tourism. In my opinion, this is not false advertising. I hope my book can help prepare you for what you will find in Thailand...and to decide if it is really a good choice for you.

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I visited Thailand in 2007 for two weeks and was fascinated. At that time, I only recognized what a strangely different place it was from the USA. Above all, I liked who I was in Thailand; how I found myself acting, how I found myself feeling about myself and the people around me. I returned in 2009, living in Chiang Mai for a year. There I met a Thai woman who I married a year later. We moved to Bangkok in 2010 and have lived there since then. The books I've written have mostly been my attempts to explain to myself what I've seen going on around me in Thailand. Unlike many who write about Thailand, I do not think it is a place that works for everyone. In my books I've tried, above all, to present a balanced view of Thailand. Often I've concluded that most of the positives of Thailand come with some drawbacks. For me the positives outweigh the negatives. I've found Thailand a satisfying place to live. Prior to coming to Thailand, I graduated from Stanford University with degrees in both English Literature and Economics. I taught creative writing at the high school level for five years. I enjoy writing. I hope you enjoy what I have written.

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