a VirtualTourist member from Vienna asked on Jun 8, 2009
I'll stay in Bangkok and Phuket next turn of the year and I wonder wether you can recommend me some Thai literature (or literature about Thailand) to get into the mood for my holidays...
Btw I'm talking about prose literature, not travel books... For example I'd recommend everybody visiting Vienna to read Stefan Zweig's "World of Yesterday"...
Hi, there is a book which I really like called "Very Thai" - Everyday popular culture, written by Philip Cornwel-Smith. It explains a lot of things you may wonder about when you get to Thailand.
Take a look here; http://www.verythai.com/
Enjoy your trip!
In terms of being strictly Thai literature, this book is one of my all-time favorites: "Sightseeing" by Rattawut Lapcharoensap
Bangkok Inside Out by Daniel Ziv.
Very Thai by Cornwel-Smith is excellent.
I'll second BKK_kids recommendation on 'Sightseeing', a collection of short stories. Some great insights on how Thais view farangs, too.