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 has just updated their entire Thailand guidebook catalogue – ready for your 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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The Koh Samui Guide was just updated for its seventh edition – top to bottom. If you’re planning your Koh Samui travels it’s as hot-off-the-press as an ebook can be.View on Amazon
Just released in its 7th edition, this pocket guide offers top ten lists and ‘Perfect Day’ itineraries throughout Thailand.View on Amazon
As with its Southeast Asia On A Shoestring cousin, Lonely Planet Thailand is renewed and refreshed 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.View on Amazon
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.View on Amazon
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.”View on Amazon
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).
Hello, Shadowlands: Inside the Meth Fiefdoms, Rebel Hideouts and Bomb-scarred Party Towns of Southeast AsiaView on Amazon
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”.View on Amazon
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).View on Amazon
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.View on Amazon
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.