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Unedited reviews from Amazon, Createspace, and Apple


I can’t recommend this book enough. This story is beautiful, absolutely beautiful! This is one of those books that you will want to read in one sitting.
Escape to Thailand will appeal to anyone who has ever experienced divorce, or for anyone who has ever dreamed of starting over.
The main character, Derek, is masterfully written so that you feel each and every doubt, heartache, and pain, along with his surprise and delight in finding love, trust, and acceptance on the other side of the world.
The author has such a strong narrative voice, you will find yourself laughing and crying as he navigates the strange and beautiful culture of the people of Thailand.
I found myself daydreaming about being as brave as Derek, to fly away from it all and begin again, new and unknown.
I will read EVERY book this author writes!


I enjoyed reading DEREK’S adventures. Lot of stuff about the Thais and Thailand. A good opening chapter and I was surprised at the ending.




4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and accurate, November 7, 2013


kimbo – See all my reviews

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This review is from: A Thailand Diary (Kindle Edition)

Very entertaining and well written. Very accurate from my experiences in Thailand and I’d recommend it to anyone thinking of living in Thailand.




5.0 out of 5 stars More a fun read, October 11, 2013


deardevil (thailand) –  A Thailand Diary (Paperback)

An easier and more a fun read than Thailand Take Two but just as informative and true to life. Nice to see so many different characters.




Thailand Take 2 describes the main characteristics and differences between Thais and Westerners. Why? foreigners who decided to leave the place chose to live in Thailand. This book made ​​me realize the perspective of foreigners on Thailand. I can not get my eyes off this book, even on a daily basis because I’m tired of working hard. The author has written the story out in a way that is easy to understand. I think this book is a good book.   (Deardevil, createspace)


Thailand Take 2, 23 Jun 2013
“Insightful and informative. Much more than a glimpse into a fascinating people and culture. A must read for a visitor with more than a casual interest as a tourist.”  (MS Amazon UK)

Very Interesting! It isn’t easy to find quality stuff.    (from M****.

I simply stumbled upon your (books) and wished to say that I’ve truly enjoyed browsing and I’m hoping you write again soon! (

Very well-written and informative. It’s just the kind of information I’ve been looking for my research project. I feel you have touched on some fine valid points.    (from CCD




On a quick gloss-over, I just grabbed all 3. Looks like some good anthropology. I’m looking forward to reading “The Thai Way of Meekness.”    (from K2




And some comments left on my blog page.

I would like to thank you for the efforts you’ve put in writing this blog. I am hoping the same high-grade web site post from you in the upcoming also. In fact your creative writing skills has encouraged me to get my own website now. Really the blogging is spreading its wings fast. Your write up is a great example of it.


It would be hard to adapt to a culture where one guarded genuine happiness/via a smile. I find myself smiling as I walk down the street/sidewalk where I live in Ecuador. Ecuadorians smile a lot, but like the people in your host country, they want to please, and they are predictably late and will tell you anything, not really to lie, but because they truly want to please – and they tend to let you down often. ‘manana means not today’ is the best attitude, knowing that it might be tomorrow, or the next week, or – in one case, it’s been a year since the guy promised three different times, ‘manana.’

I’ve never studied about the thai culture, so thanks for nudging me here!

Excellent depiction of Thai life IMO, Matt.
Two qualms though:
1. I’m not sure ‘inbred’ is the best way to describe the class system.
2. I sometimes find Thais willing to open up about cultural mores even when they are not alone with me: But then again, these are usually my neighbors and I’ve usually been drinking with them.

Thanks Matt – I’ve lived and worked half my life here (I’m 57* not out) and I found the article above particularly straight forward and clear-sighted. I have always lived alone among the Thais here (usually Bangkok) and my work as a freelance ELT Instructor brings me into contact with them on a friendly basis every day. That and the fact that I generally use public transport or my bicycle, live in a one room apartment like them (albeit not shared) and shop at the local shops and 711. Allow me to observe that my experience has been that once there’s no great language barrier, you’re over the hump of the cultural barrier, with face and animism the two  biggest issues – particularly the pernicious nonsense of face, as one has to necessarily accommodate this ‘Curse of Asia’. In any case, wit and bonhomie usually save the day – but sometimes one does have to jump rather than wait for them to get all the ‘face-saving’ ducks lined up.


You are able to unquestionably call at your skills in the actual paintings you write. The entire world hopes for extra passionate authors just like you exactly who are certainly not worried to talk about the direction they think. Continuously chase your current center.


Keep on writing, grea job!




My titles are available on Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Kobo, Smashwords etc but I find readers prefer to use Apple. I give their direct links.




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