Lek was born the eldest child of four in a typical rice farming family. She did not expect to do anything any
different from the other girls in her class in the northern rice belt of Thailand.
Normally that would be: work in the fields for a few years; have a few babies; give them to mum to take care of
and get back to work until her kids had their own children and it would be her turn to stop working to take care of
One day a catastrophe occurred out of the blue – her father died young and with huge debts that the family knew
nothing about. Lek was twenty and she was the only one who could prevent foreclosure. However, the only way she
knew was to go to work in her cousin’s bar in Pattaya.
She went as a waitress-cum-cashier, but when she realised that she was pregnant by her worthless, estranged
husband, things had to change. She had the baby, gave it to her mother to look after and went back to work.
However, now she needed real money to provide a better life for her child and to make up for spending its whole
youth 500 miles away. She drifted into the tourist sex industry as a Pattaya bar girl.
'Behind The Smile' relates some of her ‘adventures’, her dreams and nightmares and her ‘modus operandi’. It
tries to show, from Lek’s point of view, what it really is like to be a Pattaya bar girl – the hopes and
frustrations, the hopes and the let-downs, the hopes and the lies and deceit that are part of her every day
One day she meets a man she likes and he likes her too. Nothing new there, it had happened many times before,
but she feels that it is different this time. They have a wonderful four weeks together and then he goes home – as
they all had, leaving more promises and more hopes.
This one returns, but real life with a real boyfriend is not as easy as she had dreamed it would be. They go
through good and bad times, but will they stay together and for how long?
After all she has been through, will she be able to be a regular girlfriend or even a wife again? Will she ever
really be able to trust a man enough again either? Or would she be better off giving up her dreams and carrying on
working in one of the bars in Pattaya?
Lek begins to find out that getting what you wish for is not always as good as you thought it would be.
'Behind the Smile' refers to the fact that Thailand is known the world over as 'The
Land of Smiles'.
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Published 19th April 2012 by Createspace.com; ISBN: