October 9, 2016

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By Lawrence Osborne

Travelers come to Bangkok for plenty of purposes: an evening of affection, a remain in a luxurious inn, or just to vanish for your time. Lawrence Osborne comes for the inexpensive dentistry, after which remains while he unearths he can stay off quite a few funds an afternoon. Osborne's Bangkok is a colourful, instinctual urban jam-packed with contradictions. He wanders the streets, eating on bugs, trawling via forgotten neighbourhoods, decayed temples and sleazy bars. excess of a commute ebook, Bangkok Days explores either the little-known, amazing urban and the lives of a handful of doomed ex-patriates dwelling there, 'as bright a suite of liars and losers as used to be ever invented through Graham Greene' (New York Times).

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