Thailand Books, Blogs & Movies

If you are true bibliophile, there are few independent publishers with more depth and quality than Thailand-based White Lotus Press. We have been a follower for years, delighting to such unique and rare titles as Siam and the Siamese—Travels in Thailand and Burma in 1904 and Among the Tribes of Southern Vietnam and Laos written in 1893.

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In Bangkok, you'll find White Lotus Press books at the popular Asia Books, located around town [VIEW MAP]. Asia books is a splendid book store that can keep you captivated for hours, with gorgeous Thai-themed coffee table books and walls of volumes on varied subjects about regional destinations.

More contemporary and popular books include these listed below.

A History of Thailand (Cambridge University paperback, 2009). Extremely readable.

The Beach by Alex Garland. Popular book for younger readers made into a movie recounting a backpacker's journey to "the beach." Influenced by such literary works as Heart of Darkness and Lord of the Flies, it describes the adventures of a young Englishman in search of a legendary, idyllic beach untouched by tourism. The Beach is a look at a generation in their twenties, who, burdened with the legacy of the preceding generation and saturated by popular culture, long for an unruined landscape, but find it difficult to experience the world firsthand.


Very Thai by Phil Cornwel-Smith. Recommended for a glimpse into the nuances of Thai culture.

Bangkok 8 and Bangkok Tattoo. John Burdett’s detective thrillers are pulpy but engaging.

Thai Food by Michelin-starred David Thompson is a guide to local cuisine, an essential gastro-publication for Thai foodies.

Siam Mapped: A History of the Geo-Body of a Nation by Thai historian Thongchai Winichakul. For anyone interested in Southeast Asia, Colonialism, Nationalism, politics of geography, and Thailand this book is one of the better reads.

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi. Engaging science fiction on the streets of Bangkok. By Award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi.

Grandad, There's A Head On The Beach by Colin Cotterill. Our favorite fiction writer in Southeast Asia who wrote the excellent Dr. Siri books based in neighboring Laos. In this new series, the experiences of crime reporter Jimm Juree.

Thailand Films & Media

The Overture (2004). A historical biography based on the life of Luang Pradit Pairoh (Sorn Silapabanleng) the most revered traditional Thai musician who lived during the reigns of Kings Rama V to VIII. the movie traces the life of Sorn, who mastered the ra-nad ek (Thai xylophone).


Citizen Dog (2004). A quirky love story set in Bangkok about a country boy who comes to the big city and falls in love.

Buddha Wild: Monk in a Hut (2006). Award winning feature documentary BUDDHA WILD, directed and presented by award winning film maker and actress, Anna Wilding, is a beautiful and moving film that is a refreshing and entertaining synthesis of Eastern and Western culture, without a nibble of Hollywood cheese (Amazon).

No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain (2009), featuring the degment Tony's Spicy Thailand, (on Amazon Prime) and The Parts Unknown episode set in Thailand (2014).

Thailand Blogs

Austin Bush Photography: A blog about Thai food and elsewhere by widely published, Chiang Mai-based Austin Bush.

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