Joe Cummings : short travel tips
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?
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.