Books on Thailand
I have written six books, that people have been kind enough to describe as 'helpful' to visitors of this
amazing country. I have many reviews to back that statement up, but I will leave them on the sites of the books to
which they refer. You can follow the links below. These are the books that you will find useful to read about
Books on Thailand
"Behind The Smile ~ The Story of Lek, a Bar Girl in Pattaya"
This is a trilogy of books about a girl, Lek, who worked in a sex tourism bar in Pattaya, which is the most
popular destination in south-eastern Asia. It is a novel, but one that I researched very well. I lived in Pattaya
for years and girls told me their stories freely because my wife had worked there, her cousin owned it and most of
the girls working there came from my wife's home village.
I live in that village now and have done for more than nine years, although my wife and I still love Pattaya and
go there whenever we can.
I don't really want to reproduce the tens of thousands of words on the 'Behind The Smile' website, so I'll just
give you the link to it. It is my favourite series, trilogy and the first books I wrote.
They are called: 'Daddy's Hobby', 'An Exciting Future' and 'Maya Illusion'.
"Tiger Lily of Bangkok"
'Tiger Lily of Bangkok' is about a girl from Isaan, but of Chinese ancestry, who is abused as a child by 'an
uncle'. After years of abuse by him, she figures out a way to put a stop to it, but she is still only thirteen
years of age.
The abuse changed her life forever and it changed the way that people treated her. So much so that she was glad
to move to Bangkok to study when she was eighteen.
However, life there was not all roses either and she found that the money she had saved and been given was not
enough to fun her university education and her normal, everyday expenses, so she had to find another way of doing
That soon became tiresome and Lily became depressed with her whole state of affairs. This brought back memories
of her childhood and had terrible consequences for people around her.
Lily is a very mixed up young lady, whose reactions are often violent and extreme.
'The Disallowed' is a mildly humorous look at the life of a goatherd living in northern Thailand in the province
of Chiang Rai.
One day, his kidneys fail and he becomes very ill, although he does not know why. The local shaman, gives him
the correct diagnosis, but her cure is strange and has dire consequences for the remote, local community.
Heng becomes hooked on drinking blood, but it is not something that you can get easily, if you cannot make your
The whole family gets involved in the supply of blood for Heng, and then something very unusual and very
When a bomb goes off in Scheherazade's, a posh department store in Baghdad, leaving nearly 200 people dead or
wounded, the authorities and the police think that it is just another routine case of it's type and appoint Captain
Ali Allawi of the National Police to head the investigation.
He has no clues to go on and no organisation claims responsibility, but one sharp-eyed member of his team
notices something on the CCTV surveillance footage that is unusual - baffling even.
Then they notice other discrepancies that lead Captain Allawi to suspect that they are facing a new,
unimaginable type of threat.
However, none of these clues make sense.
He seeks help from Interpol, but they do not seem to have any other cases with data matching his, so he puts up
a flag on the Interpol computer that he wants to be informed of any bombings with criteria matching those of
Two come in rapid succession: one in France and one in Ireland. Captain Allawi and his team study the footage
and think that they have found a relationship between the three atrocities and so the three police forces start
working togeether to track down the perpetrators.
However, three more occur in the USA, London and Germany, and so then there are six police forces working on the
The implications of this new form of crime are unthinkable. They also appear to be unpredictable and so,
Most of the officers seem to slack off on their cases after a while due to pressure of other work, but Captain
Allawi is like a terrier, he will not give up and he will not allow the other officers to give up either.
His gut feelings were telling him that he was on the trail of a new phenomenon, but there was just so little
information to go on despite the six occurrences.
This is the story of how six police forces from around the world combine their skills and join both with the
nation with the greatest hackers on Earth, and the legendary SAS, to try to defeat this new, devastatingly
successful terrorist gang.
It is a truly international story that takes the reader to Baghdad, Marseille, Essen, Belfast, New York and
London, Wales and Thailand.
Follow how the six operations are planned and carried out and how the six police forces and the SAS work to
uncover and stop the people hehind the bombings, piecing it together bit by painstaking bit.
This is an exciting story that will have you on the edge of your seat and make you think again about many
aspects of criminality that you have taken for granted.
While not strictly set in Thailand, one chapter is.
by +Owen Jones