Thailand - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture [NOOK Book]

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For many outsiders Thailand still conjures up images of the East at its most mysterious and enchanting – a view largely formed by Hollywood films like The King and I. Never conquered by foreigners, this proud and ancient land has been shaped by Buddhism, the monarchy, and the military. Today it is a representative democracy with a populist female prime minister, and is ranked among the tiger economies of Southeast Asia. It is a manufacturing powerhouse, the world’s largest rice exporter, and a tourist paradise ...
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Thailand - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture

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For many outsiders Thailand still conjures up images of the East at its most mysterious and enchanting – a view largely formed by Hollywood films like The King and I. Never conquered by foreigners, this proud and ancient land has been shaped by Buddhism, the monarchy, and the military. Today it is a representative democracy with a populist female prime minister, and is ranked among the tiger economies of Southeast Asia. It is a manufacturing powerhouse, the world’s largest rice exporter, and a tourist paradise that welcomes 22 million visitors a year to its beach resorts and its vibrant capital, Bangkok.
 
Yet despite the veneer of Western modernity, the country and its people remain an enigma for many visitors, smiling and inscrutable. It conceals a unique system of personal values and attitudes, developed over centuries. You may find that Thais react to you in surprising and unexpected ways, coming as they do from a culture based on respect, status, self-control, non-confrontation, and harmony. They are also naturally generous and have a great love of fun. Thais put a great deal of effort into social skills in order to maintain social harmony, and one of their most potent weapons is the smile that puts people at ease and helps to defuse a difficult situation.
 
This new, updated edition of Culture Smart! Thailand describes how the Thai people view the world and themselves. It examines the impact of religious beliefs and history on their lives, as well as the continuing importance of the monarchy. It looks at recent social and political developments, including the current tensions in the south. Above all, it helps visitors to become more culturally aware and so better able to interact successfully with the locals. Thailand’s charm lies in being different, and visitors who make an effort to understand the differences will find their stay in “The Land of Smiles” a richly rewarding experience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857335354
  • Publisher: Kuperard
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Series: Culture Smart!
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 933,472
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

ROGER JONES is a writer and editor specializing in careers, living and working abroad, and music. A graduate in modern languages from King’s College, London University, he has worked abroad in Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, and in refugee welfare and education in the UK. He has written over fifteen handbooks including Culture Smart! Western Europe and Culture Smart! Libya, and two novels. He also writes and edits music reviews for an international classical music Web site, is a longstanding member of the Society of Authors, and plays an active role in civic amenity groups. He lives in Gloucestershire, UK.
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  • Posted November 23, 2010

    Highly recommended

    I studied the book before trabveling and found it very helpful. During the three weeks I have been here in Thailand I have been able to avoid, to my knowledge, all cultural taboos. My Thai host has read it and expressed complete favor, finding the read fully accurate. He is ordering it for the use of give it to other guest professors of the graduate school in which I have been teaching these weeks.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    Excellent info for the culturally concerned traveler

    This small book contains volumes of invaluable information. Perfect for the traveler who's interested in more than phrases and keywords you'll probably mispronounce. Full of key cultural tidbits like gender roles, customs, salutations and gestures, religion, taboos, politics, dos and don'ts, and general etiquette. Just got back from three weeks in Thailand (traveling with some Thai natives), and found the book's recommendations highly accurate and extremely helpful! A must-read for any serious and respectful traveler.

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