Thai and Cambodian women are often seen as world sex symbols, but beyond their beguiling attractions is there a touch of native genius forgotten by the western world? The dangerous ability of women like Somaly Mam to bewitch famous and supposedly discerning westerners such as the New York Times' Nick Kristof, Maria Sorvino, and Hillary Clinton, stands as a warning.
The author celebrates the fiftieth year since his arrival in Thailand by reflecting on various Thai and Cambodian women who cross his path, one every day. The book presents a diary of photos and character sketches of both Bangkok and country women along with the author's reflections on his daily encounters and his thoughts on growing older as an expatriate in Asia. This is not a guide to sex, beaches, bargirls, or finding Thai girlfriends but aims to entertain and inform those who have a real interest in Thai life and culture including men who may be considering an extended or retirement stay or even a bold leap into a serious relationship in "The Land of Smiles".
This is the second (2015) and much expanded edition of this popular book published in early 2014. If you happened to have purchased and enjoyed the first edition and would like a free copy of the new expanded edition you can just email me at jack.swelters at gmail.com and tell me in a sentence or two your favorite character in the last half of your edition. If you enjoy reading the book, I would be happy for a review from you but this is not a requirement for your updated copy.