This book is neither a biography nor a travel guide, it also contains information for tourists that are fascinating and sometimes hard to find in traditional travel guides. In a humorous way, topped with a slightly cynical twist, you get to know all facets of daily life in Thailand, seen through the eyes of a Westerner, such as work, politics, corruption, crime, prostitution, traffic, school, family life, language etc. It highlights the negative as well as positive experiences of the author, not only after a fleeting stay but after almost 14 years living and working in Thailand locally. Even if you'll never meet him in person or visit the country, the book can give you a pleasant couple of hours and you will learn something about the culture on the other side of the world.
Walt Ide, Ghent (born in 1945) graduated as a graphic artist. He gave up his career fairly quickly due to lack of creative opportunities and built a successful career in the insurance industry. The travel bug took him to almost all continents during the holidays. After his first visit to Southeast Asia, he fell in love with Thailand and decided, 14 years ago, to burn all bridges in Flanders to establish themselves in Thailand. Together with his Filipino wife, he worked mainly in tourism.