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Thailand: Treasures, Beaches and Smiles - Books & Movies
RECOMMENDED READING 
  • A Fortune-Teller Told Me: Earthbound Travels in the Far East by Tiziano Terzani. A deeply personal account of Terzani's two decades spent traveling throughout Asia, told with love and concern for dramatic changes that have brought the materialism of the West crashing into the spiritual culture of the East.  At times disheartening and hopeful in equal measure, this is an extraordinary journey through the ever-shifting kaleidoscope of Asia.
  • Mai Pen Rai Means Never Mind: an American Housewife's Honest Love Affair with the Irrepressible People of Thailand by Carol Hollinger. Recounting her life in Thailand while her husband was stationed in the foreign service, Hollinger brings the perspective of an American housewife, mother and teacher to a country that remains as exotic and fascinating to us today as it did during her stay 30 years ago.  
  • Very Thai: Everyday Popular Culture by Philip Cornwel-Smith. A pioneering insight into contemporary Thai culture useful for both the unintiated and those already familiar with the trends and customs of Thailand.  Whether you're preparing for a first-time trip or simply curious about a different culture, this reference is sure to be an eye-opener.
  • Culture Shock! Thailand (Culture Shock! A Survival Guide to Customs & Etiquette) by Nanthapa and Robert Cooper. Perfect for first-time travelers looking for an introduction to Thai culture and what to expect in a new environment.  From social gatherings to shopping, business meetings to dining out, this survival guide will help prepare you for an unforgettable experience in Thailand.  
  • Bangkok Inside Out by Daniel Ziv, Guy Sharett and Sasa Kralj. For those who want to delve beneath the surface of Thailand's capital and see the heart of a city made famous by less innocuous attractions, this is a fun and quirky resource complete with photographs and topics including fortune tellers, urban elephants, karaoke bars, soi dogs, motorcycle taxis and much more to give you a taste of the living, breathing Bangkok.  
  • Modern Thai Living by Devahastin Na Ayudhya & Intakul. A showcase of the exceptional eye for detail, high quality furnishings, stunning artwork and state of the art technology that have recently thrust Thai architecture and interior design into global recognition.  Thatched villas and vernacular furniture have given way to sleek modern spaces, and both private homes and public attractions are displayed in this beautiful introduction to the buildings of modern Thailand.
  • Thailand: The Beautiful Cookbook. Experience Thailand through the rich diversity and vibrant flavors of its different regions, from the curries and seafood of the Malay-influenced South to the highly-spiced and Laos-inspired dishes of the Northeast, making your way through all the varieties of cooking in between.  Compiled by a Thai-born culinary expert in cooperation with outside enthusiasts, this cookbook also features an extensive glossary to help you navigate the ingredients and presentation essential to bringing true Thai dishes to your own table.

RECOMMENDED VIEWING 
  • The Man With The Golden Gun (1974). Roger Moore returns as Agent 007 and faces off in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with assassin Francisco Scaramanga (Christopher Lee). Featuring a wild automobile chase through Bangkok and Bond's stunning confrontation with an entire martial-arts school, The Man With the Golden Gun delivers nonstop excitement for fans of the world's most famous spy.  
  • The Beach (1999). Filmed on the stunning Ko Phi Phi Island in Thailand, this thriller follows Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role as a young American student searching for the perfect hideaway with his new friends.  The search leads them to an isolated community living on an island paradise, but all is not what it seems - as events spiral out of control, their newfound heaven becomes a living hell.  
  • Anna and the King (1999). Anna (Jodie Foster) has been employed to educate the king's (Chow Yun-Fat) 58 children. She knows very little of King Mongkut, apart from the fact that his people revere him as a god. She brings with her an East vs. West prejudice against the king, considering him to be uncivilized. She soon realizes that her views are more than matched by the rulers own preconceptions about the West and particularly this impertinent English woman.
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Many women do not have families or compatible friends who wish to travel. When going on a main-stream tour, women often find that most activities are geared towards couples and quite often they feel left out. Singles' tours are not always what women are looking for. If you do not have a traveling companion, there is also the issue of the expensive "single supplement", sometimes as much as 50 or even 100 percent of the tour cost. By going on women-only tours, women can easily avoid paying for the single supplement by sharing a room with another woman traveler.
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