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CultureShock! Bangkok

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CultureShock! Bangkok is your all-in-one guide to navigating and living in Thailand's vibrant capital. Learn how to get around the city quickly and safely by motorcycle taxi, how to order the tastiest street food, and how to behave with respect to Thai manners and beliefs. Join in the local celebrations such as Songkran and Loy Krathong and get a first-hand taste of the Thais' zest for life and love of sanuk ('fun'). Packed with practical information and frank advice, CultureShock! Bangkok shows you how to find your feet and enjoy your stay to its fullest in this ever-fascinating 'City of Angels.'

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Dedication
  6. Acknowledgements
  7. Some Notes on Language
  8. Map of Bangkok
  9. Chapter 1
    1. First Impressions
    2. Culture Shock!
    3. Changing Times
  10. Chapter 2
    1. Overview of the City and its History
    2. BANGKOK: A SELECTED HISTORY
    3. Timeline of Events
    4. Taksin and Thonburi
    5. The Founding of Bangkok
    6. King Mongkut
    7. King Chulalongkorn
    8. The End of Absolute Monarchy
    9. Phibun’s Nation
    10. The Death of Rama VIII
    11. Sarit’s Despotic Paternalism
    12. King Bhumibol Adulyadej
    13. 1973 and 1976
    14. Premocracy
    15. Black May
    16. The Asian Financial Crisis
    17. Thaksin Shinawatra and the Thai Political Crisis
    18. CITY OVERVIEW
    19. Climate
    20. Planning #fail
    21. Linear Development
    22. Rattanakosin and Dusit
    23. Banglamphu
    24. Thonburi
    25. Yaowarat and Pahurat
    26. Charoen Krung
    27. Silom and Sathorn
    28. Pathum Wan
    29. Ratchathewi
    30. Sukhumvit
    31. Khlong Toei
    32. North Bangkok
  11. Chapter 3
    1. People
    2. Minorities
    3. Chinese
    4. Indians
    5. Other Foreigners
    6. Values and Beliefs
    7. Family
    8. Hierarchy
    9. Hi-so
    10. What’s In a Name
    11. On the Surface
    12. ‘Don’t Think Too Much’
    13. Hot Hearts and Cool Hearts
    14. Martial Flavour
    15. Fashion and Fads
    16. Techno Joy
    17. White is Beautiful
    18. Sanuk
    19. Money and Luck
    20. Spiritual Beliefs
    21. Buddhists and More
    22. Buddhist Precepts
    23. Making Merit
    24. In Decline?
    25. Spirits and Power
    26. Evil Spirits
    27. Amulets and Tattoos
  12. Chapter 4
    1. Fitting In
    2. High and Low
    3. Dress and Modesty
    4. Why Wai
    5. The ‘F’ Word
    6. Keeping Your Cool
    7. Speaking and Listening
    8. Visiting Someone’s Home
    9. Friendliness
    10. Making Thai Friends
    11. Class
    12. Thai-Farang Relationships
    13. Dating
    14. The Sex Divide
    15. Public Affection and Keeping Up Appearances
    16. Staying Clean and the Sniff Kiss
    17. Mia Noi and Mistresses
    18. Just For Kiks
    19. Prostitution
    20. LGBT 161
  13. Chapter 5
    1. Practicalities
    2. What to Bring
    3. Visas
    4. Work Permits
    5. Accommodation
    6. Money
    7. Toilets
    8. Getting Around
    9. Buying a Vehicle
    10. Health and Hospitals
    11. Food Shopping
    12. Staying Informed
    13. Schools
    14. Births, Marriages and Deaths
  14. Chapter 6
    1. Food
    2. Eating with Thai People
    3. Typical Dishes
    4. Thai Service
    5. Tipping
    6. Finding Places to Eat
    7. Splashing Out, Thai-Style
    8. Street Food
    9. A Guide to Bangkok Street Stalls
    10. Food Courts
    11. Foreign Cuisine
    12. Vegan/Vegetarian 239
  15. Chapter 7
    1. Having Fun
    2. Nightlife
    3. Music
    4. Cinema and Film
    5. Green Spaces
    6. Festivals
    7. The Weekend Getaway
    8. Literature and Illiterature
    9. More Ideas
  16. Chapter 8
    1. Learning the Language
    2. Characteristics of Thai
    3. The Farang Speaks Thai!
    4. To Write or Not to Write
    5. How to Learn Thai
  17. Chapter 9
    1. Doing Business
    2. Thai Working Culture
    3. Managing Thai Staff
    4. Finding and Working with a Thai Business Partner
    5. Corruption
  18. Chapter 10
    1. Fast Facts
    2. Local Politics and Government
    3. Famous Bangkokians
  19. Culture Quiz
  20. Do’s and Don’ts
  21. Words and Phrases
  22. Resource Guide
  23. Further Reading
  24. About the Author
  25. Index