Lead Review

  • Book: Thai Girl
  • Location: Bangkok, Koh Chang, Koh Samet
  • Author: Andrew Hicks



Thai Girl is in essence a travel novel that explores Thailand’s complex society through the eyes of young backpackers as they discover the delights of Bangkok, Koh Samet and Koh Chang, and it attempts to explain the cultural gap between East and West through the experiences of a young foreigner and his Thai girlfriend. The author’s powers of observation are remarkable. He writes so well and informatively about Thailand, its culture and the myriad aspects of society here, and for that reason alone, Thai Girl is well worth reading.A” -The Big Chilli
“What comes across as a couple wrapped up in mind games will get you thinking about power dynamics in general, and how gender, age, ethnic and economic differences all factor together. The endlessly complex characters will leave you guessing until the very end. Feminists may find this relationship hard to handle, men who date Thai women may find it instantly relatable. Regardless of your opinions on the falang/Thai romance phenomenon, Hicks’ honest dialogues and relatable themes makes this book an absorbing read.
• Anne Merrit, www.khaosanroad.com”

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