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I Walked Away: Expatriates Guide to Living Cheaply in Thailand Paperback – 1 Oct 1996

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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Loom Panics Unlimited (Oct. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559501391
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559501392
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,989,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The point of this book is NOT (as the author clearly states in the introduction) to act as a guide book, but rather to act as a personal opinion and insights into the reality of moving to Thailand as an ex-pat. If you want a good guide book check out the Lonely Planet series.
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.
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Well I have to agree, this is an excellent account of moving to Thailand.
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.
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By A Customer on 11 Aug. 2001
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All of the information contained within this book can easily be found freely on the internet or through standard travel guide books that you are likely to buy anyway. It is of basic use, maybe if this was your first book on Thailand you would find it useful; if you have read a guidebook don't bother with this.
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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good guide for Westerners living long-term in Thailand 21 Sept. 1999
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I remember Michael Ziesing from the days when he and his brother, Mark, ran the Ziesing Bros Book Emporium in Willimantic, CT. It came as a surprise to me when ran across _I Walked Away_ while researching Thailand and Thai culture for a long trip to Thailand a few years back. And, yes, the author was the same Michael Ziesing I remembered. Small World. _I Walked Away_ is not a travel guide, by any means! But if you want to live and work among the Thai people, there's no better guide...
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Goods! 10 Oct. 2000
By Dr. Michael Trend - Published on
Format: Paperback
"I Walked Away" is a heads-up guide for anyone who wants to relocate in Thailand to live as an "ex-pat". It is written from the perspective of a middle-aged white male, so politically correct types are here forewarned that they will be offended by the section on how to find sex. The rest of the book should bother no one, and it is chock full of accurate and useful information on how to find decent affordable housing, how to acclimate oneself to Thai culture, and how to find work.
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.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NO sugar-coating here! An honest look @ Thailand! 15 Feb. 2000
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I ordered this book in the spring of '99. I was searching for a place to go in Asia. After reading this book, I made up my mind to move to Thailand. The book is extremely informative and honest about the pros and cons of living in South-East Asia. I followed the recomendations in the book, and have now been living in Thailand for 6 months. I have bought a house, and have a beautiful Thai wife named Benjaporn! Thanks Mike!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive understanding of Thai culture, few concrete info. 23 Jan. 2001
By D. Tran - Published on
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I am thinking of moving to Thailand. This book gives a good, sensitive understanding of Thai culture. However, the author's bumper-sticker philosophical musing gets a bit tired after a while. Practical questions about living in Thailand, such as taxes, health insurance, banking/investment (which a lots of retirees may be interested in) are not discussed. There is a chapter about fear and procrastination, which reads like the National Enquirer self-help page. This book is not worth the price, so I returned it.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great first look at living in Thailand 26 May 2001
By S. M. Bonsangue - Published on
Format: Paperback
As a person who loves to go to Thailand 2 weeks at a time, I thought exploring the idea of living there full time would be interesting if nothing else. This book is a great guide on how to be a decent American when traveling abroad (not just in Thailand). Much of what I read in the book I already knew from studying the culture. I wish I would have read this book before my first trip to Thailand. a good book of realistic concerns That westerners should know and understand before even vacationing in Thailand!
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