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Nestled in the heart of Southeast Asia, Thailand is a country that effortlessly weaves together a tapestry of tradition, modernity, and natural beauty. Having explored its vibrant streets, tasted its delectable cuisine, and absorbed the warmth of its people, I invite you to embark on a journey through the enchanting Kingdom of Thailand.In 'Thailand: Unlocking the Secrets of The Land of Smiles", I'll guide you through the hidden gems and well-trodden paths, offering insights that only an intimate knowledge of this land can provide. Every page is an invitation to experience the country as if you were strolling its vibrant streets.As a seasoned traveller with roots in Thailand, I'll share the stories, traditions, and quirks that make this nation truly unique. We'll delve into the rich tapestry of Thai culture, uncovering the customs that shape everyday life. Through these pages, you'll come to understand the profound influence of Buddhism, witness the exuberance of festivals, and savour the flavours of Thai cuisine - a tantalizing fusion of sweet, sour, salty, and spicy.So, whether you're planning your first visit or seeking a deeper understanding of a country that holds a special place in your heart, "Thailand - Unlocking the Secrets of The Land of Smiles" promises to be your trusted companion. Let's embark on this journey together, as we uncover the magic that defines the Land of Smiles.
Owen Jones, Amazon Best-Selling author from Barry, Wales, has lived in several countries and travelled in many more. While studying Russian in the USSR in the `70`s, he hobnobbed with spies on a regular basis. After university, in Suriname, he got caught up in the 1982 coup, when he was accused of being a mercenary.
Later, while a company director, he joined the crew of four as the galley slave to sail from Barry to Gibraltar on a home-made concrete yacht during Desert Storm. En voyage, the yacht was almost rammed by a Russian oil tanker, and an American aircraft carrier - The Atlantic Challenger.
Since 2004, he has lived mainly in the UK, Spain and Thailand. He now leads a somewhat quieter life in his wife`s remote, northern farming village writing, editing and increasing the number of translations, and narrations of his novels.
As he says: "Born in the Land of Song, living in the Land of Smiles".