Thailand Fever

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Many men go to Thailand every year, meet a Thai lady and fall in love. Sounds easy enough because love conquers all right? Well, there can be a lot more to it when you are talking about cross cultural relationships. Different religions, values and priorities can be major stumbling blocks when it come to such a relationship and Thailand Fever does a pretty good job of helping you to start understanding where your Thai girl is coming from and vice versa.

Thailand fever was written by two authors, Vitida Vasant and Chris Pirazzi,  a Thai woman and an American man who know all too well the hurdles and obstacles a cross cultural relationship presents.

Each page of Thailand Fever is written in both English and Thai so you can read one side and the opposite is translated into Thai for your lady to read.

The book covers all the major problems such a relationship will face from cultural differences and family to money and marriage. A lot of foreign men think they know a lot about the Thai culture and in some cases they do but they overlook the intricacies and how they relate to them and their new Thai love. As well many Thai women don’t understand the culture that these men are coming from and often misinterpret what he says or means. Not only do the authors tackle frustrating subjects in the book but they also add in their invaluable advice to give you a leg up.

It all comes down to understanding your partner’s culture,” say the authors. “Never forget that you and your partner grew up in cultures that developed separately over thousands of years. To have a happy relationship, you must understand that your partner does not share some of the basic beliefs and values you have taken for granted your whole life. You must be open-minded in ways you’ve probably never considered. In this book, we will make you aware of these surprising differences.

Although the book is a little light all the important areas get covered enough that your lady will understand better where you are coming from and you will understand better what makes her tick and how to handle the family. While advice is offered for certain situations by the authors there are many instances where you and your lady will have to go it alone and work your way through the problem but the book can help immensely.

Overall you won’t find a better book to help you both start to understand and explore your cultures together.If you’d like to try it before you buy it you can read the first 35 pages online at Thailand Fever Preview.

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Comment by MikeNo Gravatar
2009-05-29 04:44:48

Talen I can’t remember whether you mentioned this book before but I know I have heard the title. Sounds a good read, so seeing as the GBP is recovering a little I might splash out and treat myself if my Thai partner has left me any spending money!

Mikes last blog post..Thai Women Prefer Englishmen.

Comment by TalenNo Gravatar
2009-05-29 06:02:10

Mike, You can read the first 35 pages of the book here to get an idea of how the book reads.

Comment by CatherineNo Gravatar
2009-05-29 08:39:20

Talen, What a well-crafted review. Nice.

I enjoyed reading Thailand Fever. Even for Western women, it is a decent read.

For Thai language learners, it would be an interesting project to read the Thai and English side by side.

Chris has a new book out, the New Thai & English Pocket Dictionary (co-authored with Benjawan Poomsan Becker). You can read about it either at Paiboon Publishing or on Chris’s site,

Catherines last blog post..The Most Effective Way to Learn Thai

Comment by MartynNo Gravatar
2009-05-29 10:23:38

Talen once again a well scripted post. I reckon that if you move into someone else’s culture then you have to give a whole lot more than you can expect to get back. In Thailand you have to make a great effort to come to their way of thinking rather than vice versa, but they need to make a little leeway as well. Tick and tock you are both different but you have got to make the clock work.

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Comment by TalenNo Gravatar
2009-05-30 00:06:24

I think Thailand Fever helps with the initial tick and tock but only time and patience really helps the understanding.

Comment by Pattaya PeteNo Gravatar
2009-05-30 16:16:58

I read Thailand Fever last year. I thought it gave a unique perspective from the Thai side of the relationship that I really hadn’t considered.

Definitely and interesting read, and good for someone thinking about getting into a relationship.

Pattaya Petes last blog post..Holiday In Pattaya Thailand

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