Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap

Sightseeing

Rattawut Lapcharoensap

An entertaining and witty collection of stories that provides an insight into the everyday life of Thai teenagers, amongst others. Perfect reading for those heading to Thailand on holiday and for anyone else who enjoys short stories.

Extract

A pink neon sign blinked in the tinted window. CAFE LOVELY, it said in English .... The place smelled of mothballs. There was an old juke-box in the corner. A couple of girls in miniskirts and tanktops and heavy makeup danced and swayed with two balding, middle-aged local men. The men looked awkward with those girls in their arms, feet moving out of time, their large hands gripping the girls' slender waists. In a dark corner, more girls were seated at a table, laughing. They sounded like a flock of excited birds. I'd never seen so many girls in my life.

Parallels
  • Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by Z Z packer
  • Traveler's Tales: Thailand by James O'Reilly & Larry Habegger