Many visitors fall in love with local food and gentle, smiling Thai people who, among other things, love their King and motorcycles. A visitor who is new to the Thai culture, however, may easily embarrass herself, and even worse, local people if he or she is not familiar with Thai customs. The book explains the essential cultural elements that every visitor should be aware of when traveling in Thailand.
The Best of Pattaya, Thailand and the Essentials of Thai Culture consists of three main sections: where to go and what to do, introduction to the local culture and customs, and practical information on hotels, food, shopping, and transportation. The book is easy to read and digest: in addition to textual information, a large selection of photographs and video films provide visual information on the destination.
The author, Erkki Leppänen, is a cosmopolitan who has lived on three different continents over the years. He has lived in Thailand since 2006, most of that time in Pattaya.