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on 12 March 2013
Never been to Thailand but interested? Visited or lived in Thailand beyond a 2-week holiday? This book is for you!

'This Is Thailand' opens with Marek recalling the disillusioned wind-down of his well-paid yet soul-destroying life as a corporate drone in Ireland. Like many office workers - myself included - he dreamed of a hedonistic and care-free life in South East Asia. You know - sun, sand, sex, where everything is cheaper. Of course, for most of us, we know either nobody or a distantly-connected person who has actually gone before and remains in this elusive lifestyle without some form of disenchantment on the subsequent realisation that the grass isn't always greener.

Without spoiling the book, the travelogue that charts Marek's travel, adventures and encounters throughout the Land Of Smiles (what does each smile mean?)

The observations and commentary peppered throughout the book found some resonance with this reviewer after spending some extended time in Thailand. The pace is consistent and the story - whilst not unusual, especially in some circles of travelers or expats - is well-told and entertaining.

Marek has helpfully included a practical guide at the end of the book for those interested in making `the leap'.

Some may find a couple of encounters to be erring towards the graphic, but '50 Shades of Gray' this isn't.

I enjoyed reading this book and recommend it to others.
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on 4 August 2013
Marek is a nomad - he went to live in Thailand on the basis of a holiday experience. High on his list of priorities was sex, which he found. Despite his attitude towards it, he seems surprised that the women involved do not offer him devoted, long term love. He also seems surprised and disappointed that Thai culture is different to European culture. He tells his story in an interesting, well written way but I won't but looking out for any further books he writes.
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on 12 July 2013
Many people dream of escaping their humdrum existence in chilly rain sodden northern Europe and escaping to the tropics. The author actually does this and writes a graphic and entertaining account of his travels in Thailand and beyond. What's more, unlike a number of those who have preceded him in setting out their experience in written form, Marek writes extremely well and in an entertaining and readable way. This is pretty much a no holds barred account by someone who is determined to seize life rather than let it pass him by. It would be a useful book for those who plan to follow Marek's example and spend some time in Thailand, and an entertaining read for those who don't. Recommended.
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on 17 March 2014
The author comes across as a thoroughly unlikeable person. He is an arrogant, conniving misogynist, who only cares about himself and is out for what he can get sexually. If he is representative of Polish men, then God help them.

He starts off in Ireland telling us what a terrible country it is and how fat and ugly the women, or as he puts it "men in skirts" are, then brags about getting away with being what to everyone else would be a lying untrustworthy employee from hell.

In Thailand, when he discovers his Thai girlfriend has made phone contact with another man in Egypt he gets angry and upset, and then immediately goes off to have sex with prostitutes "to get even" as he puts it. His English is odd and sections of the book are barely readable.

I am returning this rubbish for a refund.
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on 29 March 2013
How many people have a job that they don't particularly like, live from weekend to weekend, from holidays to holidays, with constant feeling that they are wasting their lives away? Daydreaming about tropical lands, far far away, picturing exotic beaches... For majority, these dreams remain what they are - just dreams. For some, they become an every day life.

Marek is in the minority, he quits his safe, well paid, comfortable but not too challenging job in an international corporation and decides to move to Thailand. He becomes an English teacher, experiences casual encounters with a number of Asian girls until he finds Mrs Right, or at least that's what he thinks.

It's a story that won't let you put the book away ('just one more chapter!') and if already dreamed about tropical lands, this story will let you experience them with the eyes of the author. Or maybe even convince you to try it for yourself.

I'm waiting for part 2!
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on 1 April 2013
This book was recommended to me by my son and his girlfriend who are travelling in Thailand. I bought it with no high expectations but was surprised, it was a really good holiday read! I now await the next instalment.
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on 7 October 2013
I enjoyed this book, as it was funny in parts and a true reflection of Thailand. Backpackers will see the bars and beaches, but living there is a different story. The book does go in to the culture differences from the west, but the descriptions given don't really go deep enough.
The kindle version is littered with grammar and spelling errors, not the authors fault.

A good read, that will make you laugh, sigh and ask questions about living life abroad.
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on 5 April 2014
Having spent a couple of years living in Thailand, I found this book to be fairly entertaining. I can relate to some of the problems faced by the author, although some of his problems were definitely self made. all in all a good read
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on 7 December 2013
This started well with the author bored with corporate life and giving everything up to move to Thailand to become a TEFL teacher. However it quickly moved on to his frequent and seedy 'relations' with Thai women. He showed no concern for the girls rather astonishment that they dared to rob him of his phone or wallet. At times the book was pornographic in its sexual detail. He got all he deserved. I will not be reading any more of his writings.
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on 21 August 2013
The book gives an insight in a life of an expat in Thailand. It is written in a very interesting way. It is a breath taking lecture.

I would recommend it to anyone who would like to find out more about Thailand and especially Thai people.

It is a must read book for those planning to teach English in Thailand. Be prepared for a different culture, different people and a different teaching approach!
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