The Book Private Dancer Required Reading For All Visitors To The Land Of Smiles

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Hello guys,

i don't know if anyone has ever heard of the book " Private Dancer"?

You can get it for free at this link:

I enjoyed it so much that i've read it in 1 day, didn't even stop to eat. And I never read stories!

Thailand 1996. The Year Of The Rat. Pete, a young travel writer, wanders into a Bangkok go-go bar and meets the love of his life. Joy is the girl of his dreams: young, stunningly pretty, and one of the Zombie Barís top-earning pole dancers. What follows is a roller-coaster ride of sex, drugs and deception, as Pete discovers that his very own private dancer is not all that she claims to be. And that far from being the girl of his dreams, Joy is his own personal nightmare.

The book got great reviews from Bernard Trink at the Bangkok Post and the Pattaya Mail, both taking the view that Private Dancer should be required reading for all visitors to the Land of Smiles. Forewarned is forearmed! I think it works so well because it gives the story from so many viewpoints, including several Thai characters. Most books about the Thai bar scene only give the Westerners point of view.

hey rambutan, great share, I never heard about the book and I just readed a few pages till now, but I will deffently finish it, I love bargirl story's 555

if you like to read bargirl story's you should check the reader submissions of 😄

thanks for sharing!

OH MY GOD YES. Private Dancer was an amazing book. And that's coming from a female reader here! Loved it. Highly recommended. I passed it on to like 5 of my friends and all of them couldn't put it down, even though some of them really hated the characters!

Great book. So dated now though. Kind of reminds me of "Off The Rails In Phnom Penh". A Cambodian equivalent of an extraordinary misadventure in a time when SE Asia was a lot more Wild West and unregulated.

do you really think it is dated?
the only thing I find dated about it is that letters have been replaced by skype.
apart from that the story is still very relevant.

I was in the bookshop yesterday wanting to buy something to read but couldn't find anything interesting
I fear this will be the only book I will ever like.

what was your opinion on Pete?

wow just read it, quite interesting at all..has anyone actually done the deed before with one? interesting to here peoples personal experiences lol if they would admit lol

ask Hawkman

The plot is still relevant, but in the current digital age there's a lot more awareness of the pitfalls of Thai women.

Still doesn't stop expat circles like the ones in the book existing over there and suffering the same fate though, if anything I just think it's harder for the bargirls to scam these days.

Tom, you would be surprised how many man are not aware of it. They are of another generation that doesn't read as much online and they all believe their gf is different... just go the embassy of your country and see them all waiting with their gf's/wifes to get a visum to bring her over. most of those men are over 60 and the girls are in their 20ies... At least that is what I see in the Philippines, I am sure Thailand is the same

Pete was a flawed character of course, which is what drove the story and made him interesting. I could kind of see his side, as in I could see how he would think the things he did and why he'd have so much doubt and anger, etc. But again I kept wanting to slap him, which seemed to be a similar response from some of my other friends who read the book when we talked about it. I read it like a year ago so it's not fresh in my memory. Pete's story was kind of scary to me because it seemed really honest, like that could actually happen and wasn't farfetched much at all, in my opinion. I don't want to turn out like Pete! I'm a woman and I'm not dating bargirls but... you know how it is, muaythailand! What did you think?

Well I can understand how he got in the situation, but as his age he should have been wise enough to back off when obvious signs of betrail were visible.

When I was around 21 I met a Thai girl in my home country. She and her family told me she was divorced. 1 month later, when I got beaten up by her husband I found out that she married somebody to come to Europe and work at her autns restaurant . Because he did not except her working for free 7/7 for her aunt she made up a story of him beating her and she left him, she was still married, he payed for her plain etc but nobody told me anything.
As soon as I knew what really happened I should have run but I stayed with her for 2 years. When she knew I would not marryy her for papers her aunt found her another guy to marry and she dumped me and the worst of all, I did not feel as if she was in fault. I got played big time. When I think back about the whole time with her she was just another Issan girl who only cared about gambling, drinking, smoking and used sex as a weapon to catch men.
So I kind of understand what was going on in his mind. "those girls" are really good at playing you so that you actually think you are the one in fault and her whole surrounding helps with the lies so you really start to believe them...

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