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a VirtualTourist member from Vienna asked on Jun 8, 2009


Thai literature or literature about Thailand

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"...

4 Answers

answered on 6/9/09 by
a VT member from Perth

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; [original link]

Enjoy your trip!

answered on 6/9/09 by
a VT member from Bangkok

In terms of being strictly Thai literature, this book is one of my all-time favorites: "Sightseeing" by Rattawut Lapcharoensap
[original link]

answered on 6/10/09 by
a VT member from Adelaide

Bangkok Inside Out by Daniel Ziv.
Very Thai by Cornwel-Smith is excellent.

answered on 6/10/09 by
a VT member from Berkeley

I'll second BKK_kids recommendation on 'Sightseeing', a collection of short stories. Some great insights on how Thais view farangs, too.

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