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Title CultureShock! Thailand  
ISBN 9789814828772
Imprint Marshall Cavendish Editions
Robert Cooper
Specifications 210 x 125mm / 420pp / Paperback
Publication Date Mar-2019
Target Audience Expatriates • Visitors • Tourists • General interest readers
Price (SGD) SGD 27.50 BUY NOW
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About the Book

CultureShock! Thailand is the complete guide for those who wish to make sense of the fascinating, manifold and often contradictory aspects of this ancient kingdom. Can you tell your tom yum goong from your tom kha kai? Do Buddhist monks eat meat? Why do Thais all seem to call each other “Khun”? When introduced to someone, do you shake hands, wai or do both? What is Buddhist Lent? What is a farang to make of the famous Thai Smile? Whether you’re in Bangkok for business, Hua Hin to soak up the sun, or on a retreat at a forest wat to find inner peace, get the most out of your stay with this essential guide written by an old hand to the intriguing mass of contradictions that is Thailand – the country with so much that is often both calming yet infuriating, passionate yet passive, and chaotic yet beautiful.

About the Series

The CultureShock! series is a dynamic and indispensable range of guides for those travellers who are looking to truly understand the countries they are visiting. Each title explains the customs, traditions, social and business etiquette in a lively and informative style.

CultureShock! authors, all of whom have experienced the joys and pitfalls of cultural adaptation, are ideally placed to provide warm and helpful advice to those who seek to integrate seamlessly into diverse cultures.  

Each CultureShock! book contains:
  • insights into local culture and traditions
  • advice on adapting into the local environment
  • linguistic help, and most importantly
  • how to get the most out of your travel experience
About the Author

Robert Cooper is a British subject who has lived overseas most of his life in Thailand and Laos. He received a PhD in Economic Anthropology after two years with Hmong villagers in Northern Thailand. Following publication of Resource Scarcity and the Hmong Response, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute in 1979.
In 1980, Robert left an academic career in anthropology that included lectureships at Singapore, Chulalongkorn and Chiang Mai universities to join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. He served with the UN in Laos, Geneva, Malawi, the Philippines, Bangkok, Chiang Kham in northern Thailand, Nepal, Bangladesh and Indonesia. In 2000, he became Head of the British Trade Office to Laos. He spent a year in Vietnam advising the government on poverty reduction, before returning in 2005 to live and write in Vientiane and Nongkhai. He owns the bookshop Book-Café Vientiane.
Robert has written two books on the Hmong: Resource Scarcity and the Hmong Response (Singapore University Press) and The Hmong (Times and Lao Insight). He is the author of Culture Shock! Thailand’s companion volumes Thais Mean Business, Thailand Beyond the Fringe, and Culture Shock! Laos. He has also written cultural guides to Bahrain, Bhutan, Croatia, and Indonesia and three novels set in Asia and the UK – Red Fox Goose Green, Waiting for Venus and Our Man in Laos. He speaks French, Indonesian/Malay, Lao and Thai. He is pictured with his two Thai daughters Tintin and Tess who contributed greatly to this book.
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