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Sections of travel photography of Bangkok, to cover of 'Very Bangkok, In the City of the Senses', by River Books.

Very Bangkok

In the City of the Senses

By (author) Philip Cornwel-Smith


  • An insider's guide to contemporary Bangkok
  • A unique thematic approach
Full Description

Bangkok arrests the visitor with a bewildering juxtaposition of old and new, high-tech and impromptu, sacred and profane. While modernizing apace and a myriad outside influences, the Thai capital draws equal vigor from its historical communities, cultural diversity and contemporary urban tribes. Author of Very Thai and Time Out Bangkok, Philip Cornwel-Smith takes an alternative look at the subcultures of his adopted town in this practical thematic handbook. With the aid of maps, listings and references, the visitor can engage with Bangkok’s contradictory character according to their mood or interest.

Explore the city’s contrasting environments, architectural fabric, ethnic patchwork and intertwined beliefs. Encounter distinct social scenes, where the hip or hi-so, local or bohemian and see how traditional roots infuse the current Thai flowering in arts and entertainments, fashion and food lifestyle and spas. Photography by Philip Cornwel-Smith and others enhances this insiders’ guide to a city like no other.

About the Author
Philip Cornwel-Smith is the author of Very Thai and Time Out Bangkok and contributes to a number of national and international newspapers and magazines. He lives in Bangkok.
River Books
25th Mar 2020
USA & Canada
6.5 in x 9.5 in
360 Pages
300 color
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