Friday, February 6, 2009

A bookstore in Chiang Mai packed with Thai-language novels, magazines and comic books. Nothing for me to read here, but Chiang Mai had plenty of English-language bookstores to peruse. An interesting aside: Thais apparently don't read much – at least not like Western book junkies – and there is no lengthy history of Thai literature – perhaps, as was speculated one night with some expatriates, because Thailand was never colonized. Lately, a few Thai writers have begun to make a name for themselves, but they are not really known outside of Thailand.

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