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Joe Cummings : short travel tips

Catherine Vanesse

14 January 2017

Musician, writer, great traveler and former major contributor to the famous Lonely Planet guide, Joe Cummings knows Thailand like the back of his hand – or nearly so! Latitudes met up with the author between two of his adventures, following the release of The Hunt Bangkok guide. 

What’s your favorite place in Thailand?

I like north, south, I like all the places in fact but if I have to name one, it’s Bangkok. About smaller towns, I love Trang and Prachuap Khiri Khan.

What’s your favorite island?

Koh Kradang, there is still no motorcycles there, maybe a little bit too quiet, so Koh Phayam is a better choice.

What’s your favorite restaurant in Bangkok?

My favorite right now is Sri Trat, a new eastern Thai food restaurant.

What’s your favorite bar?

Definitely, Smalls

A perfect day in Bangkok when some of your friends come to visit the capital?

I will start with a stop at Eiah-Sae, the oldest café in the city for a cup of thick Hokkien-style coffee and maybe have some food at a curry shop not far from there, Gek Puay.
After I like to go to Kudichin neighborhood. Nang Lang Market is also fantastic, I’m still surprised that only a few people go there. Then, of course, take a boat on the river and the canals to visit Baan Silapin or Koh Kret if I have time.

And if people are interested in Sak Yant, the sacred Thai tattoo, I will take them to a master in Bangkok or in Ayutthaya.

For people who want to know more about Thailand, can you recommend:

A book?
Bangkok Daze by William Sparrow and Red Bamboo (Pai Daeng – ไผ่ แดง) by Kukrit Pramoj.
A film? Monrak Transistor by Pen-ek Ratanaruang, everything you want to know about Thailand is in this movie.
Music? I like everything on ZudRangMa Records, but if I really have to pick one, that’ll be The Sound of Siam vol. 1.

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