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New book about Thailand Tourism during The Early Days

New book about Thailand Tourism during The Early Days

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…

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Launch of “Bangkok Beat” on Sunday night at Checkinn99

Launch of “Bangkok Beat” on Sunday night at Checkinn99

The launch party of the new book “Bangkok Beat” will take place from 6-8pm at the historic Checkinn99 cabaret club on Sukhumvit Road on Sunday 26th July 2015. The authors will be available, as well as Checkinn99 owner Chris Catto-Smith, to talk about the history and stories that make “Bangkok Beat” a special book. The principle author is American businessman Kevin Cummings. Contributing authors are James A. Newman, Thomas H. Locke, John Gartland and Alasdair McLeod. The book contains more…

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Christopher G. Moore on Vincent Calvino and his latest book “Crackdown”

Christopher G. Moore on Vincent Calvino and his latest book “Crackdown”

Christopher G. Moore is a Canadian writer who has been based in Thailand for 25 years. He is best known for his behind-the-smiles trilogy “A Killing Smile”, “A Bewitching Smile” and “A Haunting Smile”, and for his Vincent Calvino Private Eye series. His latest book is “Crackdown” which is set in post-coup Thailand. I sat down with Christopher recently to ask him about Vincent Calvino, the private eye in his successful series of books. >> Scroll down for two chances to win…

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New Book: “Americans in Thailand”

New Book: “Americans in Thailand”

This month sees the launch of “Americans in Thailand”, an elegant 304-page illustrated hardback book recounting the history of Thailand’s American community. Focusing on famous and notorious personalities of each era, the colorful tale begins with the first American to set foot on Siamese soil in 1818. It then describes how the early missionaries, diplomats and traders navigated, sometimes with hilarious or disastrous results, the unfamiliar terrain and customs of Siam. In the 20th century, Americans became more influential, with…

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Book Expo Thailand is from 15-26 October 2014

Book Expo Thailand is from 15-26 October 2014

Book Expo Thailand 2014 will take place from Wednesday 15th October to Sunday 26th October at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center. Over 400 leading Thai and international publishing houses are expected at the event. The two annual book fairs are always held during the school holidays and are always packed on every day. It’s very difficult to find parking space and if you go, I would suggest that you use the MRT subway. Most of the books are in Thai…

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New Children’s Book about Songkran

New Children’s Book about Songkran

Songkran, which is the traditional Thai new year, is just around the corner. If you are an expat family in Thailand with young children, you might like this new book called simply “Songkran!”. Aimed at children aged from 3-7 years, the book follows a young Thai boy as he celebrates Thailand’s new year. “Songkran!” is written in English by Pepa O’Donovan and illustrated by Thai cartoonist Chanin Suasungnerm. The price is 250 Baht and is being sold in Nanmee Books. There…

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Bangkok’s best second-hand book sale is this weekend

Bangkok’s best second-hand book sale is this weekend

Thousands of quality secondhand English language books at the book sale this weekend at Neilson Hays Library in Bangkok. Book sale is on Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th November 2013, from 9:30am-4pm. Prices start from only 20 Baht. The library is at 195 Surawong Road in Bangkok. Gates open at 9:30am. Parking is available in the Voravit Building (Surawong Road, near Naret Road) for 30 baht/hour. While at the library, you are invited to view the artwork on display, enjoy a…

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Jasmine Nights by @Somtow now available on Kindle

Jasmine Nights by @Somtow now available on Kindle

One of my favourite books set in Thailand is “Jasmine Nights” by S.M. Somtow. I bought it many years ago during my first years in Thailand. I had forgotten all about it until @Somtow just tweeted to say that his book is now available on Kindle for $9.99. I’m tempted to buy the new e-version to re-read this book. Highly recommended. At twelve years old, Little Frog has a richly fantastic and sustaining inner life. It is 1963, his parents…

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Books about Thailand

Books about Thailand

I was in Asia Books this afternoon and I thought you might be interested in these four books. 19th edition of “Bangkok Guide” is now available at Asia Books at 990B. It’s the essential guide to living in Bangkok “Images of Bangkok” published by Marshall Cavendish at 650B looks like a nice souvenir for anyone visiting Bangkok One of the first books that I bought about Thailand was “Thai Ways” by Denis Segaller. Good to see it back in print…

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Free Book: I Found the Fountain of Youth

Free Book: I Found the Fountain of Youth

If someone had suggested to me a year ago about buying a book called “I Found the Fountain of Youth” I would have said “No way!”. I wouldn’t have listened back then, but things have since changed for me. It all started with a new year’s resolution to consume more fruit and vegetables through juicing (see here). The research I did for that completely changed my outlook on life. I am now more conscious of the food that I eat…

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Bangkok Book Expo 2013 is on 16-27 October

Bangkok Book Expo 2013 is on 16-27 October

According to recent surveys, the average Bangkok resident only reads five books per year. As this year Bangkok has been named World Book Capital, local authorities are keen to raise this average to 15-20 books per year. That does seem to be unrealistic, but if you have ever visited any of the big book fairs held at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC) you would know that there are countless thousands of book lovers in Bangkok. The book fairs are…

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Second Edition of “Very Thai” is Now Out

Second Edition of “Very Thai” is Now Out

It has been a long time coming, but the bestseller “Very Thai: Everyday Popular Culture” has just come out as an expanded and fully updated 2nd edition with many new photographs. According to the author, Philip Cornwel-Smith, this is “a heavily rewritten, updated and expanded new version of the original Very Thai. Plus 4 new chapters.” The first edition came out in December 2004 and was an immediate bestseller. Since then it has been reprinted four times in July 2005,…

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“Family Book Festival” this weekend at QSNCC

“Family Book Festival” this weekend at QSNCC

This weekend there is a book fair for families at Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre (QSNCC) in Bangkok. It runs from now until Tuesday 23rd July, from 10am-8pm. The ‘‘Family Book Festival 2013’’ features new publications, premium-quality educational media and books for young people from leading publishing houses. As well as some great discounts there are many free activities that young children can take part in. Not all of the books are in Thai. This year there are more books…

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Laundry Man Free for Kindle until Friday

Laundry Man Free for Kindle until Friday

Jake Needham is one of the top international authors who is writing novels based in Thailand. According to his bio on Amazon, he is “an American screen and television writer who began writing legal and spy thrillers when he realized he didn’t really like movies and television very much”. Some of his most popular books are the series of Jack Shepherd crime novels. These are Laundry Man, Killing Plato, A World of Trouble and The King of Macau. If you haven’t…

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Thailand’s First Pornographic Magazine

Thailand’s First Pornographic Magazine

This is Thailand’s first pornographic magazine which was printed in 1907. The name of this Playboy like magazine was called “พระตำหรับโยนี”. Only 200 copies were printed. RT @FirstTimeTh: หนังสือโป๊ เล่มแรกของไทย ชื่อว่า พระตำหรับโยนี พิมพ์ขึ้นใน ร.ศ. 126 เพียง 200 ฉบับ !!!! http://t.co/oSCPtWr2Ws FollowFacebook

Bilingual Books for Thai Kids

Bilingual Books for Thai Kids

Every year there seems to be many more English language books being published locally in Thailand. Many of these are bilingual. Great for expat families but also for Thai parents who want their kids to enjoy English. I’ve found the best way to motivate children to become fluent in English is to tell them that they will soon have access to far more books and cartoons than their friends. And it’s true. Recently I have seen more effort by Thai…

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