Books about Bangkok history and sightseeing

Books about Bangkok history and sightseeing

22 Walks in Bangkok: Exploring the City’s Historic Back Lanes and Byways (Kenneth Barrett)
Valuable source.

A walking tour Bangkok (G.Byrne Bracken)
Valuable source. 9 walking tours in 1st edition (2003; currently 3rd edition 2016 available).

The must see sites in Bangkok (Exim Bank)
A very valuable source, highly recommended. Unfortunately out of print, available only second hand if you are lucky.

Bangkok off the grid (Andrew Douglas)
I praised this book here:

Bangkok found (Alex Kerr)
Haven’t read it yet.

Mysterious Bangkok (Exiting Thailand Volume 1)
I spoke with a publisher who knows the author, there is no volume 2 in preparation. (The yellow post-it on the corner is to reduce wear and tear when reading.)

Bangkok Days (Lawrence Osborne)
“Far more than a travel book, Bangkok Days explores both a little-know, extraordinary city…” 
I was hoping to find information that might be of use to me, but I didn’t.

I didn’t like the style it is written in, but a friend who used to teach English literature likes it. But even my friend admitted it contained several errors.

p144 “the world’s longest road” referring to Sukhumvit
(Sukhumvit at 488 km isn’t even Thailand’s longest road; that would be Phetkasem at 1,274 km)
p160 “like magnetic disturbances that alter a few molecules deep inside your liver” Only someone who has no idea about physics or biology can write such nonsense.
p214 “The sky has a neon tinge here, soft and elastic.” It’s grammatically correct, but makes no sense to me.
p260 Loha Prasat “and it was one of the three “metal palaces” in Buddhist lands (the other two, by legend, were in India).” one in India, one in Sri Lanka
I shudder at the thought how many more errors, in areas I am not knowledgeable, this book contains.

If anyone is interested, I can sell the book for 80 Baht (half the price I paid), and even that would be 80 Baht more than I think it’s worth.

Tip Führer Bangkok
Ein Reiseführer über die Stadt der Engel
In German. A valuable source, highly recommended.

not on picture Tour Bangkok Legacies: 
new discoveries of old treasures
Seems to be only available as e-book, the articles on their website are excellent. 

There might be more e-books.

I posted about books and brochures about Bangkok waterways and Bangkok museums separately.

If readers know more books, I would like to know about them.

eBook: 101 Things To Do In Bangkok Does not fall into the subject of this post.

notes for a future separate post, Books for all of Thailand history and sightseeing:
Bizarre Thailand (Jim Algie) haven’t read it
Bangkok Weekend Drives (The Nation) valuable source
To Thailand with love – A travel guide for the connoisseur haven’t read it
A Guidebook to Offbeat Thailand ebook only Recommended, I reviewed it here:

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