Review - They Call Me Farang
Scott Mallon definitely has a gift for crafting some of his memorable stories from pen to paper. Reading this little book felt like being transported to a Bangkok soi at an outdoor bar with a mug full of Chang (with ice cubes in it of course) in Bangkok. The book is presented in a semi-chronological short story format. Definitely keep an eye out for the chapter about the taxi driver with martial problems – my wife was asking me what I was laughing so loud about.
This book is a “must read” for any “farangs” thinking about settling there in Thailand permanently. The run-ins and sticky situations Scott has experienced firsthand clearly illustrates – this isn’t the USA, this in Thailand. I’m half Chinese/German and I can pass as Thai, I have a native Thai wife, but I will even agree with Scott that even if you speak the language – there’s just some aspects of “Thaicology” you will never understand fully. I lived abroad and worked in China for almost two years – having grown up with a Chinese mother, speaking the language, and I was still incredibly culture shocked! Thailand is no different.
You take the good and the bad when you move somewhere else, and I suggest you learn the rules of the “game” before you commit to living out there! If you want an entertaining read, I would look no further. I’m glad I picked up this book and I fully intend on passing my copy to the next friend who “discovers” Thailand and wants to skip town to live there “forever”. Thanks for sharing your stories with us Scott!
They Call Me Farang
by Scott Mallon
Find out what life is really like living as an expat in Thailand.
Printed version - $12.99
Kindle version - $8.99.