Before you shack up with the Thai lady of your dreams, pick yourself up a copy of this outspoken little flexi-book, which claims to “untangle the complexities of cross-cultural marriage,” and features mini-essays on topics like ‘what do Thais really think of you?’. Two things distinguish it from the usual sweaty-palmed musings on Thai-Farang romance that clog the bookstores. Firstly, it’s written by a Thai woman who’s married to a westerner, and thus knows all about what Thai women need and expect from their foreign spouses. It’s all here, from the importance of not forgetting her birthday (“you will not believe the consequences”) and perfecting the hom kaem, or sniff kiss, to getting over her irrational quirks, and not making an utter fool of yourself at the nuptials. Secondly, she can write. Throughout, Soisangwan keeps things instructive yet jovial. In other words, this book is a like the Thai girl of your dreams, fellas – smart, honest, committed to marital bliss and blessed with a sense of sanuk (fun) that keeps things interesting.
Pop Soisangwan | Blacksmith Books | 166pp | $9.95