Thailand: Realm of backpackers, massages, rides with elephants. But exactly how much do we now about the Land of the Smiles? Read these informative and intriguing pieces for insight into the country and culture.
David Wyatt. Thailand: A Short History. A detailed account of the region, from prehistory to modern day.
Carol Hollinger. Mai Pen Rai Means Never Mind. An amusing, brilliant depiction of Thai people from the perspective of an American who lived there for five years.
Karen Connelly. Touch the Dragon: A Thai Journal. A Canadian’s take on everyday life in rural Thailand.
Larry Habegger. Travelers’ Tales Thailand: True Stories. Personal narratives of travelers with an intimate touch.
Botan. Letters from Thailand. One of Thailand’s most enduring novels, this book, first published in 1969, is one of the few portrayals of immigrant Chinese life in the country.
Susan Fulop Kepner. The Lioness in Bloom: Modern Thai Fiction about Women. An anthology on about various feminist topics—from sexuality and loneliness to injustice and oppression.
Thongchai Winichakul. Siam Mapped: A History of the Geo-Body of a Nation. A unique perspective of Thailand’s history and politics as shaped by its geography.
Kay Halsey. Food of Thailand. A collection of delicious Thai dishes brought to print by an award-winning food author.