I Walked Away: Expatriates Guide to Living Cheaply in Thailand Paperback – 1 Oct 1996
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Top Customer Reviews
As someone who has been considering this move for a while I found the book very open and honest and a very sobering account of what such a move entails.
I would like to congratulate Michael Ziesling on providing the reader with his personal insights into life in Thailand and his obvious respect for its wonderful people.
As someone who has been to Thailand several times I have to say his observations are right on the mark. The horror stories told of foolish investors and "love" are particularly pertinent.
This is a "must read" for anyone considering such a move. Again Well done Mr. Ziesling.
Having visited a few times and known several close friends who've made the move to Thailand, some cases wisely and in other cases not so wisely....
I must also add that the comment in "A Reader From England"'s review about ... "Running Away?" becoming a warning not to buy a bar...!
Personally I found this chapter particularly poiniant, a friend of mine who shall remain nameless, ran away from the UK and bought a bar..! Last I heard he was upto his ears in debt and in a Thai prison.
This is a beautiful country, but one where ex-pat's often go badly wrong. Do yourself a favour if you're thinking about the big move... Read this book. It could make the difference between living the idylic life you seek or ending up victim to some of the nastier meat hook realities that will catch out the naive or those who "think" they're smart enough to know better.
Some of the chapters start wonderfully and promise lots but, the author has the strange habit of wondering of the point. A chapter on 'Running Away?' becomes a warning not to buy a bar!?!
Buy it if you really must and can't find much else. Otherwise use the internet and buy a few good guidebooks.
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Most ex-pats who relocate aren't rich and a common dream is to set up a business--usually a bar--to keep afloat and protect what funds that haven't already been dissipated in riotous living. The author rightly points out that the road to becoming a sucessful barowner is perilous indeed. If you don't follow his advice, as a naive "farang" (foreigner) you risk being taken to the cleaners and winding up flat broke or embittered by the high tuition costs of the Thai-style School of Hard Knocks.
The section on visa requirements is very detailed and useful. However, as the author points out, these things change, so it's best to check with the appropriate consulate, so you'll know before you go.
I didn't find any serious flaws in the book, so if you're thinking seriously about going, take "I Walked Away", even if you take along no other.