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Top Ten Thailand Books

03 November 2014

Top 10 books featuring Thailand – perfect holiday reading

As you rest in the luxurious surroundings of your villa and chill out on a lounger on your infinity pool decking, what better than reading some fantastic fiction featuring the country you are visiting. Here are our top 10 holiday reads that feature Thailand:

1. The Beach -- Alex Garland

The story of a young backpacker, who goes on a search for a legendary secret island in Thailand, apparently untouched by tourism. In 2000 it was made into a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Some of the film was shot in Koh Phi Phi Lei.

2. Thai Girl -- Andrew Hicks

The story of a couple that travel to Thailand together, first to Bangkok and then down to the beaches. The couple split and central character Ben forms a relationship with a local masseuse. An interesting story of cross cultural relationships.

3. Catching The Sun -- Tony Parsons

This is a gripping story about a family, who are unhappy with their life in England and decide to move to Phuket. Both man-made disaster and forces of nature shatter their dreams of idyllic tropical living.

4.Bangkok Babylon -- Jerry Hopkins

Jerry Hopkins recalls his first decade as a Bangkok expatriate by profiling many of the characters he met during this time including a documentary filmmaker who lives with elephants and a detective who tracks runaways.

5.The Laundry Man by Jake Needham

One of a series of books by Jake Needham about Jack Shepherd, once a high flying lawyer, now a professor in a university in Bangkok. The story twist and turns as Jack fights a tide of corruption engulfing the new life he has made for himself in Thailand.

6.Vulture Peak -- A Bangkok novel by John Burdett

A further in the series that features Bangkok Royal Thai Police Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep. The officer is put in charge of the highest profile criminal case in Thailand, an attempt to bring an end to trafficking human organs.

7.Jasmine Nights -- S.P Somtow

This is a coming of age story told from the point of view of a young Thai boy. Set in Bangkok in 1963.

8.Bangkok Burn by Simon Royle

A chilling thriller that takes you to parts of Bangkok no tourist should ever go! Set in Bangkok and focussed around Thai mafia.

9.The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

A thought provoking science fiction novel based on a portrait of a future Thailand fighting back from environmental collapse.

10 Bridget Jones -- Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding

The second book in the Bridget Jones series where this unlikely heroine leaves the cappuccino cues of Notting Hill for the beautiful sandy shores of Thailand's beaches. With hilarious, but disastrous consequences. Light and easy beach reading.

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