From the first edition of The Koh Samui Guide through today (nine years later!), I hit publish and think “there is no way there will EVER be anything more to add or new to say on this subject”. And then a few months pass … and the research frenzy begins again.
Nothing in Thailand is static (and I’d be a lot thinner if there wasn’t such constant food-based research to tackle!). Whether you’ve visited Thailand often, or are planning your first visit for
2020 2021 2022 (?), you’re in luck – it’s a big year for Thailand travel guides as all the big names are releasing new editions. Many are available now, and the others will be released through the year (and can be pre-ordered if you like to be organised). Happy planning, enjoy!
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15 New Thailand Travel Guides for 2022
Look at that little beauty. The 7th Edition of The Koh Samui Guide is freshly updated for 2021 – see more details and a sneak peek at exactly what you get inside.
Besides The Koh Samui Guide, DK Eyewitness is my favourite ‘species’ of travel guide – their 3D maps and diagrams are helpful to anyone “navigationally challenged” and they’re so utterly packed with fascinating trivia that you’ll live the rest of your days peppering your family with facts gleaned from this book. If you’re curious and want to know “what’s that and that and that” – THIS is the book for you.
Got a pretty desk? Put this on it. Or, buy two copies – featuring Lonely Planet‘s best Thailand photography it’s a superb present for anyone with Thailand travel in their future.
Not a city person? No matter. As with its Thailand-wide update, this 2021 Lonely Planet offering sticks strictly to sandy shores. Available now for pre-order – ideal if you’re planning Thailand travel for “The Future Times”.
Is this still the bible? While I prefer the cultural and background detail you’ll find in DK Eyewitness, Lonely Planet is the book you want in your backpack if you’re doing Thailand from top to bottom – especially when on a budget. Eager to check out this new edition, an update from the immensely popular 2018 guidebook.
Knowing exactly what goes into keeping a travel guide perpetually up-to-date, I can only imagine the stamina required to cover a city like Bangkok. Hats off to the Lonely Planet team – they must drink even more coffee than me. A 2022 edition is also available for pre-order.
While the full DK Eyewitness Thailand book might take you a few days to read and digest, the Top 10 books are obviously more bite-sized. Planning a quick visit to Phuket? This will help you see what you need to see, Marie-Kondo-ing the rest.
Can you spot the Jim Thompson House on the lower-left corner of the cover? That bodes very well for a superb trip to Bangkok – especially if you’re tight on time.
We’ve long recommended this book after being famously bad tourists on our first visit to Thailand. (Spoiler alert: don’t wear cut-off jean shorts to a temple… I cringe to think of it). A fresh cover and some helpful updates mean CultureShock! Thailand stays right at the top of your must-read list in 2022 and beyond.
I can’t read a word of this, but German friends tell me this is the book to have if you want German-language advice for Thailand. (As I can’t vouch for the content, it will surely weigh down the towel you’ll use to claim your pool bed at dawn =)
If I ate I like I lived in Bangkok … I’d need an attentive boyfriend to buy me a Peloton for Christmas. Does anyone else have a particularly obsessive love of Thai food? If so, let’s count down together for this book’s release – it promises to guide us through eating tours, food markets, bars and foodie gift-shopping. Everyone to their Pelotons! We have until March to prepare.
I love the prior edition of this book – the cover folds out to reveal a sturdy map inside – it’s really useful. If you prefer to travel light, your purchase includes both the hard copy and its ebook equivalent.
Plan to use this book as a beautiful desktop reference – at seven by ten inches, it promises to offer great inspiration, with a focus on historic sites like Sukhothai and Ayutthaya.
While it’s hard to tell from photos, this book really is pocket-sized and will easily tuck into any purse. A great reference if you get stuck, want to invent your itinerary on the fly or just want a little detail as you wander new sights.
Similar to Insight Guides, Rough Guides also offers you a free ebook with your purchase. Available for pre-order.
Favourite Thailand travel guides
A good travel guide can make or break your trip. Whether you’re a Thailand expat or hope to visit Asia for the very first time, these are the travel guides I recommend above all (bias confession – I wrote the first one).
- Koh Samui: See inside The Koh Samui Guide
- My favourites: The best books to read before Thailand
- Best of the best: The 35 best Thailand travel guides