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Available @ Canterbury Tales Bookshop - Book exchange - Guesthouse - Cafe - Pattaya.
 

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Here's my review,   I stayed here for 19 night over christmas and new year(my fourth stay with Dave) I was in room 4A and it was spacious and had everything you needed in it! There was a small probl

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Losing My Virginity: How I've Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way by Richard Branson
 
Traded in recently @ Canterbury Tales Bookshop - Book exchange - Guesthouse - Cafe - Pattaya.
 
"Oh, screw it, let's do it."
 
That's the philosophy that has allowed Richard Branson, in slightly more than twenty five years, to spawn so many successful ventures.
From the airline business (Virgin Atlantic Airways), to music (Virgin Records and V2), to cola (Virgin Cola), to retail (Virgin Megastores), and nearly a hundred others, ranging from financial services to bridal wear, Branson has a track record second to none.

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The Eye of the Tiger by Wilbur Smith
 
Many books like this from 60 baht @ Canterbury Tales Bookshop - Book exchange - Guesthouse - Cafe - Pattaya.
 
The deep. The deadly. The damned...
 
For a thousand years, an unimaginable treasure has rested on the bottom of the Indian Ocean, hidden by swift blue currents, guarded by deadly coral reefs, and even deadlier school of man-eating great white sharks.
Harry Fletcher, a former soldier turned fisherman, is now being pulled into a murderous mystery by men willing to kill and a beautiful woman willing to lie for what rests far beneath the sea.

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Bono on Bono: Conversations with Michka Assayas
by Michka Assayas ....
 
Traded in recently @ Canterbury Tales Bookshop - Book exchange - Guesthouse - Cafe - Pattaya.
 
Bono is one of the most influential musicians at work today. Over the past twenty-five years his band, U2, have sold a staggering 130 million albums and collected 14 Grammys. Their success has made Bono one of the most recognisable faces in the world.
 

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Kirwan; Running on Instinct by Paul Thomas.
*****Signed by John Kerwan*****
 
@ Canterbury Tales Bookshop - Book exchange - Guesthouse - Cafe - Pattaya.

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The Fighting Season by Bram Connolly
 
Traded in recently @ Canterbury Tales Bookshop - Book exchange - Guesthouse - Cafe - Pattaya.
 
An explosive thriller from the heart of Afghanistan
 
In the badlands of central Afghanistan an Australian Special Forces platoon is fatally hit by a roadside bomb.
 
A shadowy Taliban commander, codenamed 'Rapier', is identified as responsible for the deadly attack.
Matt Rix, the ultra tough commando who led the ambushed platoon, swears vengeance.
Rix is one of Special Forces' most lethal operators.
He'll neutralise Rapier - whatever it takes.

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Many Thanks to Dave, Ron & the staff, for yet another welcome holiday-break from the current smog up in Chiang Mai !

The new surface, on Soi Chaiyapoon out front, will never last  ...  meanwhile there a few boy-racers to avoid.

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Cheers Richard, always good to see you and yes the sooner the road reveals its former self the happier many will be and of course will slow the traffic down again.

However the Poon gets busier and busier so all good stuff.

Best regards Dave

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This ground floor apartment available from 27/4 to 18/5 then again after 14/7/20

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Can’t go out - Football cancelled - Possible closure of pubs and bars - I’m convinced my wife is involved.

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This room when available 7,000 per month

 

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Shantaram & The Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts. @ Canterbury Tales Book exchange * Guesthouse * Cafe, #Pattaya, #Thailand "It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured." So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.
Mountain Shadow.....
The Mountain Shadow (Shantaram #2) by Gregory David Roberts. A long awaited sequel to Shantaram but equally a standalone novel. The Mountain Shadow follows Lin on further adventures in shadowy worlds and cultures. It is a novel about seeking identity, love, meaning, purpose, home, even the secret of life. As the story begins, Lin has found happiness and love, but when he gets a call that a friend is in danger, he has no choice but to go to his aid, even though he knows that leaving this paradise puts everything at risk, including himself and his lover. When he arrives to fulfill his obligation, he enters a room with eight men, each will play a significant role in the story that follows.

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This budget room right now is 4,000 baht per month plus water and electric

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Pattaya 2020 by Phil Hall...

*****IN NOW @ Canterbury Tales Bookshop - Pattaya..
The misadventures of 3 fun seekers who stumble into a massive culture shock ending in unlikely romance, near death experiences and and a jolly good twist at the end.

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I like the look of your new rooms, Dave. I wish I was planning to come and stay in one of them, but alas, no plans as yet. Maybe next year!

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Snowblind: A Brief Career in the Cocaine Trade..

by Robert Sabbag - Howard Marks (Introduction)

Called "a triumphant piece of reporting" Snowblind is an all-out, nonstop, and now classic look at the cocaine trade through the eyes of smuggler Zachary Swan. In a brief Roman-candle career, Swan served an elegant clientele, traveling between Bogota and the nightclubs of New York, inventing intricate scams to outmaneuver the feds. Creating diversions that were characteristically baroque, surviving on ingenuity and idiot's luck, he discovered in the process a hip, dangerous, high-velocity world that Robert Sabbag evokes with extraordinary power and humor. "One of the best books about drugs ever written." -- Robert Stone "A flat-out ballbuster. It moves like a threshing machine with a fuel tank full of ether...." - Hunter S. Thompson "One of the first books about the cocaine trade and it is still among the best." - Norman Mailer

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London Under: The Secret History Beneath the Streets..

by Peter Ackroyd..

London Under is a wonderful, atmospheric, historical, imaginative, oozing little study of everything that goes on under London, from original springs and streams and Roman amphitheaters to Victorian sewers and gang hide-outs. The depth below is hot, much warmer than the surface and this book tunnels down through the geological layers, meeting the creatures that dwell in darkness, real and fictional -- rats and eels, monsters and ghosts. There is a bronze-age track way under the Isle of Dogs, Wren found Anglo-Saxon graves under St Paul's, and the monastery of White-friars lies beneath Fleet Street. In Kensal Green cemetery there was a hydraulic device to lower bodies into the catacombs below, "Welcome to the lower depths". A door in the plinth of statue of Boadicea on Westminster Bridge leads to a huge tunnel, packed with cables, gas, water, telephone.

When the Metropolitan Line was opened in 1864 the guards asked for permission to grow beards to protect themselves against the sulfurous fumes, and called their engines by the names of tyrants, Czar, Kaiser, Mogul and even Pluto, god of the underworld. Going under London is to penetrate history, to enter a hidden world. "The vastness of the space, a second earth," writes Peter Ackroyd, "elicits sensations of wonder and of terror. It partakes of myth and dream in equal measure."

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Pattaya - Patpong on Steroids..

by Duncan Stearn..

When Pattaya, Patpong on Steroids first hit the bookshelves in Thailand in March 2002 it quickly became one of the most popular English-language tomes in the country. In his review of the book, done for the Pattaya Trader (April 2002), the late Scott Miller wrote, 'Many have come before and many will come after, but Duncan shoots from the hip and he is more than a confident shooter. His stories demonstrate his knowledge of the ways of Pattaya and Thailand. Each account into the lives of the bar-girls offers depth beyond the tale. Each person has a face and a name and a past, present and maybe, an unexpected future. Most intriguing is the chapter entitled 'The Ugly Australians'. An attempt at character assassination it explains an errant 60 Minutes television presentation in Australia. Anyone who has ever been misquoted or misled will immediately recognise these proceedings. Duncan sets the slates straight.' The following is an extract from 'The Ugly Australians' chapter (pages 149-150): 'I mistakenly felt [the producer] and 60 Minutes could be trusted to do the right thing. I have since realised a genuine expose of the scene here would merely encourage a vast increase in tourism to Thailand, and Pattaya in particular... I spoke to most of the Aussie bar owners I knew, as well as a few others I thought might make good interviewees, whether on or off camera. Almost as one they expressed concern about 60 Minutes. They believed, based on bitter past experience, any form of media coverage would be just another cheap shot at Thailand and Pattaya.' As Scott Miller continued in his review, 'More refreshing than the tales is the perspective Duncan Stearn applies to the characters. The bar-girls of Pattaya are not born on a barstool, although many of their tales of woe- from the dead village buffalo to the sister's motorcycle wreck- are products of time on that bar-stool. He presents both sides of the baht coin and allows the reader to pass judgement. In a delicate balance between the ways of the Western and Asian worlds his stories toss philosophies against the moral wall. And the ensuing bounce is unpredictable. We've all heard similar versions of many of these tales, but not with the background and, often, the follow-up. Too often Westerners pass judgement on the nightlife in Pattaya without taking into consideration all perspectives. Perhaps the most demanding question raised in this book is the line regarding the bar-girls and their patrons: 'Actually, who is the hunter and who is the hunted?' There is a sense of respect for these demure, dark-skinned, raven-haired beauties. That's the beauty of his presentation: both sides of the argument. The girls also have a voice… Upon completion of most chapters I subconsciously thought, "Yep, been there, done that." Again, the strength and appeal of the book is the conveyance of familiarity.' If you have ever been to Pattaya or Thailand then this book should ring with familiarity. If you've ever thought about coming to Pattaya or Thailand then this book should give you encouragement, while arming you for the potential pitfalls.

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Off the Rails in Phnom Penh: Into the Dark Heart of Guns, Girls, and Ganja.....

by Amit Gilboa

Phnom Penh is a city of beauty and degradation, tranquility and violence, and tradition and transformation; a city of temples and brothels, music and gunfire, and festivals and coups.

But for many, it is simply an anarchic celebration of insanity and indulgence. Whether it is the $2 wooden shack brothels, the marijuana-pizza restaurants, the AK-47 fireworks displays, or the intricate brutality of Cambodian politics, Phnom Penh never ceases to amaze and amuse. For an individual coming from a modern Western society, it is a place where the immoral becomes acceptable and the insane becomes normal.

Amid this chaos lives an extraordinary group of foreign residents. Some are adventurers whose passion for life is given free rein in this unrestrained madhouse. Others are misfits who, unable to make it anywhere else, wallow in the decadent and inviting environment.

This unparalleled first-hand account provides a fascinating, shocking, disturbing and often hilarious picture of contemporary Phnom Penh and the bizarre collection of expats who make it their home. As they search for love in the brothels or adventure on the firing range, Phnom Penh Journey follows them into the dark heart of guns, girls and ganja.

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Pattaya - Patpong on Steroids..

by Duncan Stearn..

When Pattaya, Patpong on Steroids first hit the bookshelves in Thailand in March 2002 it quickly became one of the most popular English-language tomes in the country. In his review of the book, done for the Pattaya Trader (April 2002), the late Scott Miller wrote, 'Many have come before and many will come after, but Duncan shoots from the hip and he is more than a confident shooter. His stories demonstrate his knowledge of the ways of Pattaya and Thailand. Each account into the lives of the bar-girls offers depth beyond the tale. Each person has a face and a name and a past, present and maybe, an unexpected future. Most intriguing is the chapter entitled 'The Ugly Australians'. An attempt at character assassination it explains an errant 60 Minutes television presentation in Australia. Anyone who has ever been misquoted or misled will immediately recognise these proceedings. Duncan sets the slates straight.' The following is an extract from 'The Ugly Australians' chapter (pages 149-150): 'I mistakenly felt [the producer] and 60 Minutes could be trusted to do the right thing. I have since realised a genuine expose of the scene here would merely encourage a vast increase in tourism to Thailand, and Pattaya in particular... I spoke to most of the Aussie bar owners I knew, as well as a few others I thought might make good interviewees, whether on or off camera. Almost as one they expressed concern about 60 Minutes. They believed, based on bitter past experience, any form of media coverage would be just another cheap shot at Thailand and Pattaya.' As Scott Miller continued in his review, 'More refreshing than the tales is the perspective Duncan Stearn applies to the characters. The bar-girls of Pattaya are not born on a barstool, although many of their tales of woe- from the dead village buffalo to the sister's motorcycle wreck- are products of time on that bar-stool. He presents both sides of the baht coin and allows the reader to pass judgement. In a delicate balance between the ways of the Western and Asian worlds his stories toss philosophies against the moral wall. And the ensuing bounce is unpredictable. We've all heard similar versions of many of these tales, but not with the background and, often, the follow-up. Too often Westerners pass judgement on the nightlife in Pattaya without taking into consideration all perspectives. Perhaps the most demanding question raised in this book is the line regarding the bar-girls and their patrons: 'Actually, who is the hunter and who is the hunted?' There is a sense of respect for these demure, dark-skinned, raven-haired beauties. That's the beauty of his presentation: both sides of the argument. The girls also have a voice… Upon completion of most chapters I subconsciously thought, "Yep, been there, done that." Again, the strength and appeal of the book is the conveyance of familiarity.' If you have ever been to Pattaya or Thailand then this book should ring with familiarity. If you've ever thought about coming to Pattaya or Thailand then this book should give you encouragement, while arming you for the potential pitfalls.

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Yes a great book that even today would help prepare anyone visiting for the first time, bought it years ago and re-read it once or twice, good down to earth observations all through the book.

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