A passionate, affectionate record of adventures and misadventures in the world's hottest metropolis.
Tourists come to Bangkok for many reasons: a night of love, a stay in a luxury hotel, or simply to disappear for a while. Lawrence Osborne comes for the cheap dentistry, and then stays when he finds he can live off just a few dollars a day.
Osborne's Bangkok is a vibrant, instinctual city full of contradictions. He wanders the streets, dining on insects, trawling through forgotten neighbourhoods, decayed temples and sleazy bars.
Far more than a travel book, Bangkok Days explores both the little-known, extraordinary city and the lives of a handful of doomed ex-patriates living there, 'as vivid a set of liars and losers as was ever invented by Graham Greene' (New York Times).
Praise for Bangkok Days
Osborne is an accomplished travel writer... Osborne creates a city of beauty in its own right, and it is one in constant conflict of identityEats.com
He vividly sketches the characters he meets: a man with a degree in air-conditioning, one with an air of "upper-class twittery"... Osborne's travelogue is, however, memorably touchingAnita Sethi, Independent on Sunday
With a brief stint as a gigolo, insights into the Buddhist interpretation of transgender 'kathoeys', and several friendships with various wayward desolates, Osborne maintains a lively note to proceedings throughout... this book has an underlying sense of warmth and genuine fondness for its subject matterReal Travel Magazine
An enlightening tour of the twilight world of exileTravller
Osborne paints an evocative portrait of the Thai capitalSara Wheeler, The Lady
One of the best travel books I have read for a long time, as books always are when written from the inside, by someone who has not just visited a city but lives in it at what you might call "street level"... Not the Bangkok the cheap-flight brigade will ever seeSusan Hill, The Lady
Nicely observedWilliam Leith, Scotsman
Thailand inspires such enthralled romanticism that it also invites great cynicism and it is a feat to acknowledge all its complexities and graces, as Osborne does, without ever quite surrendering to themPico Iyer, Los Angeles Times