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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.
Thailand is a country on Southeast Asia’s Indochina peninsula known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha, a revered symbol. In Bangkok, the capital, an ultramodern cityscape rises next to quiet canal and riverside communities. Commercial hubs such as Chinatown consist of labyrinthine alleys crammed with shophouses, markets and diners.
From my first day of walking the streets of Bangkok I was amazed by what I saw. Beautiful Ladyboy prostitutes, monks in saffron robes, shrines to Buddha and Ganesh, the smell of cooking and incense everywhere.
This is my journey so far.
From a naïve tourist falling in love with the wrong kind of girl to turning my back on Thailand’s night-life, discovering Thai culture and finding a ladyboy I could trust.
Together, Annie and I featured in ‘Ladyboys’, Sky Living Television’s acclaimed documentary series.
What happened behind the scenes and how it confirmed my life choices as well as shedding light on the transgender community in Thailand makes up a part of the story.
Read more about what Annie and I are doing now and everything you need to know about Thai Ladyboys at: