Talk about autumnal abundance. It's like the publishing world knows you'll be stuck inside for months with nothing to do but dream of distant beaches. From Northern Thai cooking to Bangkok's Chinatown to organised crime and graphic novels, these brand new releases are the latest in Thailand travel guidebooks, cookbooks, novels and non-fiction. As well, Lonely Planet is updating their entire Thailand guidebook catalogue this month – ready for your 2019 adventures.
So! Here's what's brand new for you in Thailand travel books (and the particularly niche interest book I can't wait to buy).
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From the "self-proclaimed world’s worst nomad", Travel Problems Southeast Asia is a graphic travel novel covering two years around Southeast Asia. From what we can tell, it's not always pretty. An ideal gift for your most hypochondriac friend.
From award-winning journalist and long-term Bangkok expat Patrick Winn, Hello Shadowlands takes a regional look at various badnesses plaguing Southeast Asia. The book "reveals a booming underworld of organised crime across a region in flux― a $100 billion trade that deals in narcotics, animals and people".
Just released in its 7th edition, this pocket guide offers top ten lists and 'Perfect Day' itineraries throughout Thailand.
With twenty years in Thailand and total fluency in Thai, Austin Bush's resumé includes a who's-who of food and travel publications – from Bon Appétit to Saveur. All you really need to know? This book draws high praise from Andy Ricker of Pok Pok. He writes: "The Food of Northern Thailand is now my go-to reference for this amazing cuisine; it should be yours, too."
Back with a refresh following the 2016 edition, Lonely Planet Southeast Asia on a Shoestring is a bang-for-your-buck travel guide covering Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Singapore and Vietnam (cheaply).
A sweet new release from Lonely Planet Kids, How Airports Work is ideal for children aged 6-8. The book takes children inside a maintenance hangar, through the terminal, inside an airplane and up to the control tower.
As with its Southeast Asia Shoestring cousin, Lonely Planet Thailand is renewed and refreshed for 2018 with – we hope – less elephant-riding than last time. This edition covers Bangkok, Central Thailand, Ko Chang, Chiang Mai Province, Northern Thailand, Hua Hin, Southern Gulf, Samui, Lower Gulf, Phuket and the Andaman Coast.
With 192 pages of nothing but Bangkok, Lonely Planet Pocket Bangkok will get you from Chinatown to Chatuchak. Nineteen neighbourhood maps and updated content from Austin Bush (see The Food of Northern Thailand, above).
Niche interest alert! Perhaps, like me, you're way too young (and way too lazy) to be a 'real' bird-watcher ... but find that shouting through binoculars pairs well with gin. Enter A Naturalist's Guide to the Birds of Thailand – a new release that covers "the 280 bird species most commonly seen in Thailand". We've seen ... thirty-four? We will absolutely be buying this book. Game on.
The Koh Samui Guide was just updated – top to bottom – in February 2019. If you're planning your Koh Samui travels it's as hot-off-the-press as an ebook can be.
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