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1. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Can anybody recommend any good novels or travel stories, set in Thailand?

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

Stephen Leather lived in BKK and set several of his novels in Thailand & VN. 'Private Dancer' was a big seller and 'Tunnel Rats' involves VN as well as Thailand. Christopher Moore lives in BKK and has written many novels with SEA as the settings. 'Asia Hand' and 'Cold Hit' are two of his hits. Jake Needham wrote 'The Big Mango' and 'Tea Money', both use Thailand as the setting. Hope that helps.

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

A good general south east asia book I liked (which includes some Thailand) is "A Fortune Teller Told Me: Earthbound Travels in the Far East" by Tiziano Terzani. Taiziano was told by a fortune teller that he would be in a plane accident in the next year if he flew, so he spent a year travelling via land, around SEA and back and forth to Europe.


4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3742 posts) 10y

'bangkok 8' by john burdett is a good read - it's a crime novel set in bangkok. i think he has written at least one other with the same thai detective as the main character. and although this is a predictable one, 'the beach' by alec garland is a good read.

5. Posted by frosty (Full Member 107 posts) 10y

Quoting Mel.

Can anybody recommend any good novels or travel stories, set in Thailand?

By Williem Diehl

By Jason Schoonover

Happy reading!

6. Posted by buzzard (Respected Member 187 posts) 10y

Just to clarify one of the posts: the novelist that writes books set in Thailand is Christopher G. Moore. Not to be confused with the other writer, Christopher Moore, that writes VERY funny books on other subjects, none of which are remotely set in Thailand.
Frankly, I've been disappointed with almost everything I've read that uses Thailand as a setting: "The Big Mango" and "Bangok 8" were both, in my opinion, very mediocre. One recent book that I DID like was "The Killing Rain" the new one by Barry Eisler. It's one of his John Rain novels, which feature a hired killer and are usually set in Tokyo. But this one starts off in Manila and then switches to Bangkok (and Phuket) where most of the action takes place, before finishing off in Hong Kong. The parts about Bangkok are very good and accurate. Eisler obviously did his homework and he really nails the atmosphere and uses real names for the local restaurants, bars, hotels, and even the Skytrain stations. All his books are great but this one is especially enjoyable.

7. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

Yes. Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap is great.

The Beach is quite fun and easy to read.

8. Posted by buzzard (Respected Member 187 posts) 10y

I haven't read this one yet, but at the bookshop that I manage in Bangkok we frequently see "Backpack" by Emily Barr. It's a fictional travel story set in Thailand, but also Vietnam and Laos. Barr has written several novels, and some were inspired by her own backpacking adventures. The one after "Backpack" was called "Baggage."

9. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 10y

Quoting magykal1

The Beach is quite fun and easy to read.

The Beach is gorgeous, I read it four times, from cover to cover. I'm a fan of Alex Garland.

I hate the movie adaptation, though.

10. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

This is great. I find reading books set in the countries i visited or am going to visit gives me more feeling for the country.
I am going to take the entire list of suggestions, to the library and see which ones they have. Hopefully they will have at least some of them. Since i live in Germany, all books in English are not available.