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Good novel set in Thailand

Hi,

I'm travelling to Bangkok and Hua Hin soon & would like a good holiday read set in Thailand.

Not really interested in reading anything depressing (I will be on holiday!) something uplifting, a thriller (eg like shadow of the wind based in Barcelona) or something with a bit of humour. Not really interested in a detective based novel or focussed on Bangkok's seedy side either. I'd ideally like a novel that makes me feel like I'm getting to know this interesting country.

Any ideas?

Thanks

Gemma

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1. Re: Good novel set in Thailand

Hi Gemma,

Do the read the link below, perhaps you will find something of interest:

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g293915-s205/Thailand…

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2. Re: Good novel set in Thailand

John Burdett has written several thrillers set in Bangkok. His books are detective thrillers. Dean Barrett has written several novels set in Bangkok. These are also thriller or detective novels.

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3. Re: Good novel set in Thailand

Love the Vincent Calvino series.

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Good books but you all must have missed the part where the OP said not interested in detective novels. Anybody got any more good recommendations, I'm always looking for a good read.

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Bangkok 8! And the following books by John Burdett..its mostly a crime thriller story with interesring side stories. He does good at describing Thailand..

THE BIG MANGO by Jake Needham is a good choice.

Story short is about during Vietnam War end big money was taken..stolen..lost and someone has it living good in Bangkok on it. Very interesting story! Would make a GREAT movie :D

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I really enjoyed Four Reigns, set in past times about a young girl growing up in the Royal Thai court in Bangkok.

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"Jasmine Nights" by S.P. Somtow. Not a mystery but a coming of age novel set in Thailand. I enjoyed it greatly.

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10. Re: Good novel set in Thailand

Shame you don't like detective novels as John Burdett's books are the best especially the first Bankok 8.

For others that do, as well as Christopher Moore's Vincent Calvino books (reading one today), I also like Timothy Hallinan books too. A few others I have read too which I have enjoyed but can't remember the names at moment but thanks to the others for a few tips. Love reading them and run out of authors.

hopefully others or Amazon can suggest something for you.