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About Matt Owens Rees

I live permanently in Thailand and write on Thai topics which have an interest for visitors, expats, and those that love reading about the Thais and their country.

A fresh post appears on my WordPress blog every Friday.

I have written four books on Thai lifestyle and culture. Thailand Take Two, A Thailand Diary, Escape to Thailand, and The Thai Way of Meekness

Thailand Take Two describes the main characteristics and differences between Thais and Westerners. A Thailand Diary is a lighter read with more than 100 diary entries. You can take a virtual look inside the everyday lives and experiences of the Thai people, and how they and foreigners interact in this amazing country.

Through field research and discussions with Thais, either in normal conversation or in the lecture theatre, I try to present a rich picture of the real Thailand: warts and all.

Despite not being similar in style, my books reflect on some of the observations in “Mai pen Rai Means Never Mind” One of the really good books written on Thais and Thailand. Penned by Carol Hollinger in 1965, its insights are still very revealing and up to date. Sadly, Hollinger passed away at 45 years old before she could see her best selling book in print.

Thailand Take Two and A Thailand Diary are dedicated to her.

My books are available on Apple, Barnes and Noble, Amazon and all main eBook retailers.

Here are the hyperlinks to Apple, (iTunes):

Boxed set volume 1 contains Thailand Take Two, Escape to Thailand and A Thai Way of Meekness

Boxed set contains A Thailand Diary, Thailand Take Two, and The Thai Way of Meekness

If ctrl and click does not work copying and pasting into your browser window should get you to the Apple site.

Hope you enjoy the titles or the free samples.

I can be contacted on email at and look forward to your comments which I am happy to publish on my blog.

  1. I found your own comments and observations on the “harmony” one sees in different situations in Thailand extremely perceptive. Your example of melding into the traffic is a good one and there are other examples. What always amazes, though. is the enigma that harmony can co-exist with road rage when a Thai is pushed too far and loses face.

    Sorry for the simile, but I am sure you have noticed too that Thais avoid conflict “like the plague”. If smiling, walking away, or compromising does not work the next step is more violent. It is this dichotomy of the Thai that I find so fascinating. Talking to Thais and understanding their thinking on this has motivated me to write a careful analysis of the background to what appears as two conflicting approaches to the western mind but is common sense to the Thai.

    I am going to try to summarise it for an article on Friday.

    Thanks again for an absorbing piece of writing


  2. Saved as a favorite, I love your web site!


  3. beingcreativebc permalink

    Good Afternoon. I enjoy your blog and recently received two nomination and I have nominated you as well. Please follow the link: if you choose to accept them and follow the rules. Congrats!


  4. CrazyGuyinThailand permalink

    Hi Matt. cool that you are on WordPress too.


  5. Interesting blog!


  6. Hello! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new iphone 4!
    Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all
    your posts! Carry on the outstanding work!


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