Bangkok Bookstores

If you are looking for a specific book that’s still in print, your one-stop shop is the Kinokuniya in Siam Paragon. There is an Asia Books one floor down from it that looks like it’s about to go under because the selection at Kinokuniya is just that good. Also, the Kinokuniya branch at the Emporium comes nowhere close to the one at Siam Paragon, in terms of pretty much anything.
I haven’t been able to make a proper tour of the used bookstores in Bangkok yet. I know there are a few around, and a couple even have blogs – just haven’t had the time. I did spend a couple hours in the used book section at Jatujak market a couple weeks ago, and found a few treasures that I just had to have. The book section is the one area of Jatujak where you can leisurely browse and not feel completely overcome by that frenetic shopping/selling vibe prevalent throughout the rest of the market.

3 Replies to “Bangkok Bookstores”

  1. Is Kinokuniya as expensive in Thailand as in Japan? I fondly remember spending multiple hours debating on which book to buy. Books seemed so much more precious because they were so expensive, and I savored each one that I bought.
    It was kind of cool, being an expat in Japan because the community that we hung out with enjoyed reading similar content or stuff that was complementary to our tastes.
    It was like being part of an informal book club, with informal discussions being held frequently.
    I still can’t believe that I lost my whole library that I accumulated in Japan! It makes me sick just thinking about it. It’s interesting how others I’ve talked to have reported similar feelings towards losing or giving up their book collections.
    Oh well, now I’m happy to be living 5 minutes, by foot, from the local library and Natural History Museum. I love public libraries!
    By the way, have you read any good books on Thailand that you’d recommend?

  2. > Is Kinokuniya as expensive in Thailand
    > as in Japan?
    Yes, and it hurts more now that I’m earning a lot less. Oh, well. Noodles are cheap…
    > I still can’t believe that I lost my whole
    > library that I accumulated in Japan!
    Huh?
    > By the way, have you read any good books on
    > Thailand that you’d recommend?
    Well, a couple. I’ll send you a mail.

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