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Thailand Diving Books

Diving & Snorkelling Guide to Thailand
by Frank Schneider, Paperback, 208 pages (2013)
Guide to the dive sites of Thailand, from Koh Similan to Koh Lanta, including Richelieu Rock, Shark Point and Hin Daeng.
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Dive Thailand
by Paul Lees, Paperback, 176 pages
Covers both the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. Gives plenty of information and not just on dive sites. In fact is a mini guide book, covering travel, dive operators, money, when to go and Accommodation. Filled with colour pictures, it features sections on sea life, underwater photography and first aid. All dives are given a star rating and are well described. If you're planning to dive in Thailand you won't regret buying this book.
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Diving in Thailand
by Collin Piprell and Ashley J. Boyd, Paperback, 216 pages (2004)
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Guide Books

Two good guidebooks for people travelling in Thailand are the Rough Guide and Lonely Planet. We'd choose the islands and beaches edition: lighter to carry and includes Bangkok. The Rough Guide has more information than the Lonely Planet.

The Rough Guide to Thailand's Beaches & Islands
Paperback, 464 pages (November 2012)
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Thailand's Islands and Beaches (Lonely Planet Country Guide)
by China Williams, Paperback, 472 pages (2006)
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Thailand Rough Guide
Paperback, 984 pages (October 2006)
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Lonely Planet Thailand
by Joe Cummings, Paperback, 808 pages, Lonely Planet Publications (2005)
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Sea Life

Coral Reef Fishes, Indo-Pacific and Caribbean
by Ewald Lieske and Robert Myers, Harper Collins, 400 Pages, Paperback
An excellent, comprehensive guide to reef fishes, which is small and light enough to pack regardless of amount of diving equipment. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to identify the fish they see whilst diving the tropics. Includes the Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand.
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Travel Atlas: Thailand
New Holland Publishers, Paperback, 72 pages, (2001)
A collection of maps plus some general information about Thailand's system of highways, buses, trains and boats. Light to carry, but if you already have one of the Lonely Planet guides, rather superfluous.
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Linguaphone PDQ Thai: CD Course
CD and 64 page book. 2002
Beginners course to speaking Thai.
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World Talk Thai: Software
CD-ROM for Macintosh or Windows.
Level 2 for intermediate learners.
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Berlitz Thai Cassette Pack
Audio cassette and 224 page phrase book.
The cassette, recorded by native speakers, contains over 400 essential expressions to explore dialects and vocabulary. The book contains phrases, grammar and language tips plus a 2300 word bilingual dictionary.
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Thai for Beginners
by Benjawan Poomsan Becker. 266 pages
Teaches all four language skills - speaking, listening, reading and writing.
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Practical English-Thai Dictionary
by R.G. Robertson, 319 pages,
Pocket sized dictionary.
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Beach Reading

Travelers' Tales Thailand
Collected by James O'Reilly and Larry Habegger, paperback, 405 pages
Stories showing a spectrum of experiences to be had or avoided in the full review
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Neutral Buoyancy Neutral Buoyancy - adventures in a liquid world
Tim Ecott, Penguin Books, 368 pages
Meticulously researched accounts of the pioneers and history of diving: Hans and Lottie Hass, sponge divers, free divers, aquanauts, Edmund Halley and diving the full review
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Thai History and Culture

Thailand: A Short History
by David K Wyatt, Paperback, Yale, (February 1986)
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Culture Shock! Thailand
by Robert and Nanthapa Cooper, Paperback, KUPERARD, (1991)
Although aimed more at ex-pats working in Thailand, is easy-to-read and may help you avoid insulting anyone. (Or else make you spend your entire holiday worrying about what your hands and feet are doing.)
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