A new book detailing the history of the tourism industry in Thailand and the pioneers behind its early development has just been published. Written by Thailand-based journalist and lecturer Mr Steve Van Beek, and edited by Mr Roy Howard, “Thailand Tourism: The Early Days” charts the rise of the industry since the 1950s and examines the people, places, institutions, hotels and agencies which have transformed Bangkok from the Venice of the East to a dynamic gateway to all the attractions the country now has to offer. The book examines in detail the challenges faced by these early pioneers and, through profiles, anecdotes and quotes, underscores the need to preserve their stories.
A free ebook, available in English and Thai, can be viewed at www.thailandtourismtheearlydaysbook.com. From February 2017 onwards, the book will also be available at Asia Books and all Dusit hotels in Thailand, priced at THB 1,500. In remembrance of His Majesty the late King, all proceeds from sales of the book will be donated to the Royal Project Foundation, which helps to improve the living conditions of Thailand’s rural communities.