If you are a serious traveller, considering driving through or thinking about living in Thailand you need to read James King’s THAILAND DIARIES including Driving Thailand.
Witty, informative and full of typically British humour, 'Driving Thailand' is an excellent overview of Thailand's different regions. Highly recommended for travellers, would be ex-pats and those who enjoy light reading. In this second volume of his Thailand Diaries the author takes the reader on a conducted tour of the South, Central, North-East and North of Thailand. Thailand is split into four distinct regions; North (bordering Myanmar and Laos), North-East (bordering Laos and Cambodia), Central and South (bordering Malaysia). Then you have the myriad islands in the Gulf of Thailand and off the West coast in the Andaman Sea. The author highlights the differences in the history, environment, dialect, attitude and culture in a most engaging and conversational way.
James writes more extensively about Thailand in Volume 3.
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James King is an Englishman who emigrated to South Africa in 1995. His work took him all over the Country, visiting Cities, townships and rural areas, gaining valuable insight into the culture and lives of the people, post-apartheid. In 2011 James left South Africa for Thailand. There he lives in semi-retirement, has created a blog, written books and learned the craft of landscape photography. Leading a well-travelled but somewhat fractured and unconventional life, James has mixed with politicians, sports stars, creatives, music impresarios, business tycoons, murderers, fraudsters, and even hired assassins. All of them have provided rare material which he uses to great effect in his writing. After blogging, writing non-fiction travel books about Thailand and poetry he realised his passion lay in writing suspense drama. Emphasising story with a literary bent and character-driven suspense with twists, thrills and emotion, he is currently in the process of writing a fiction series. The first book in the series is due to be published early in 2018. His poetry drifts from the romantic to fear for the survival of our world, human rights and the darkness of death. Inspired by music, film, and literature, Shakespeare, Dickens, Hesse, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan, among others, have all had a profound influence on his life at some point and ultimately his writing and the messages within.