Books I Read about Thailand while in Thailand


Bangkok 8 and Bangkok Tattoo are engaging, quick-read murder mysteries with a light dose of Buddhism.

A Chant to Sooth Wild Elephants is the memoir of a half-Thai American who goes to his mother’s hometown in Thailand to temporarily become a monk.

Tone Deaf in Bangkok is a thoughtfully written set of memoir-type essays by a Canadian woman as she lives and works in Bangkok.

The Windup Girl is a dystopian novel set in a future Thailand. As with most dystopian novels, it’s depressing, gritty, and graphic. (But I still liked it.)

Sightseeing is a very well written collection of short-stories set in modern-day Thailand.