Here's my best books about Thailand recommendations. I've listed useful books for learning Thai, cultural insights and travel.
199 Everyday Thai Phrases
It's so frustrating! You want to jump straight in and start speaking Thai, but you can barely say “hello”, let alone order a meal, ask for directions or pay someone a compliment.
You want to tell the taxi where to go, you want to say more than “how are you?” to the girl in the cafe, you don't want heaps of MSG in your food! But those pesky tones and Thai letters are stopping you understanding a word.
199 Everyday Thai Phrases uses “phonetic hacking” to translate all the essential everyday things you want to say in Thai into English. The book is designed in such a way that Thais will understand what you're saying, and better still, they'll be inclined to help you learn even more Thai and perfect your pronunciation.
The 60-Minute Thai Alphabet
The Thai alphabet can be a nightmare to get your head around, especially having been brought up with the Western alphabet that contains just 26 letters. The Thai Alphabet has 44 consonants and 32 vowels to learn, yes that makes 76 symbols to master! But don't worry…
The 60-Minute Thai Alphabet helps you learn the Thai alphabet fast by using a scientifically proven memorization technique that enables you to find connections between new information and things you already know.
Fast-track your learning with this popular book that has sold in excess of 25,000 copies, and start reading and writing Thai today!
A Geek in Thailand
If you can't be doing with pages upon pages of lengthy text on culture, and would rather a more visual tour of Thailand with your feet up on the coffee table, check out A Geek In Thailand. It's pretty much all you need to know if an uncomplicated, easily digested guide, accompanied by great photography that brings the pages to life.
More than just a travel guide, it offers a concise but insightful take on Thailand for tourists, expats, and anyone with an interest in visiting or learning about this fascinating country.