Friday, 30 December 2016

Second hand bookshops in Pattaya

Second hand bookshops in Pattaya

There are currently 5 second hand bookshops in Pattaya that I know of: Canterbury Tales, Jagger's German Bookshop, J&K Books, Pattaya Second Hand Books, Star Books, and White Lotus in Huay Yai.

Over the years (2014-2016) I have been to all of them. Addresses and phone numbers from their websites or business cards.

Occasionally the subject comes up in forums:
http://gaybuttonthai.com/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=7599 (2016)
http://gaybuttonthai.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7135 (2015)
http://www.pattayatalk.com/forums/topic/50518-second-hand-book-shops-in-pattaya/ (2010-2013)
http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/117655-2nd-hand-book-shops-in-pattaya/ (2007-2011)

Canterbury Tales 
12.928933, 100.885401 = 12°55'44.2"N 100°53'07.4"E
in Soi Bua Khao / Chaloemprakiat Soi 25 (parallel to Soi Lengkee)
Call Dave : +66 (0)86 5754 966 or +66 (0)38 720 946 - Email : canterburytalescafe@hotmail.com
http://www.canterburytalescafe.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Canterbury-Tales-Cafe-Pattaya/178281188964565

Jagger's German Bookshop
12.919940, 100.894209 = 12°55'11.8"N 100°53'39.1"E
148/135 Moo 9 Sukhumvit 46/3 (Soi Batman) Pattaya Tai (South Pattaya) Chonburi 20260 Tel: 089-5201005  
(no website or facebook that I know of) 
only German language books

J&K Books 
12.917390, 100.908409 = 12°55'02.6"N 100°54'30.3"E
21/153 M.10 Chockchai garden home 2 Sukhumvit Road. soi watboonsamphan Pattaya 20150
http://www.facebook.com/pages/JK-book-Pattaya/387393914714015 

J&K Books have moved a few times: there was a shop about 100 m east of Dolphin roundabout where I have been in 2012 and which then closed, a shop in Photisan road in Naklua where I went around 2014 only to find out that they moved again, and there was a branch near Dolphin Roundabout (south-west corner, just behind the restaurant in the open space) that was closed when I went (and is gone now, information from owner 8dec2016). 

Second Hand Books
(check exact location on next trip) 
Second Hand Books South Pattaya Road Soi 20 http://pattayasecondhandbooks.com/

Update 31jan2017: the shop used to be here
12.924316,100.881042 = 12°55'27.5"N 100°52'51.6"E 
but is gone now. The shop next to it has their business cards (but don't know where they moved), website is offline, mobile phone number not registered.

Update may2017: I got the owner on Line, he will open a new shop somewhere sometime, and I ask every few months for details. 

Star Books 
12.920088, 100.913970 = 12°55'12.3"N 100°54'50.3"E
138/213 Moo 10 Soi Khao Noi (Boon Samphan) Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi 20150 
Phone - Thai: 087 605 4326  Phone - English: 081 636 8189
http://www.starbookworm.com/

White Lotus 
12.862220, 100.980116 = 12°51'44.0"N 100°58'48.4"E
145/3-6 Soi Huay Yai Chin, Huay Yai, Banglamung, Chonburi 20150 Thailand, Tel. (66)0-38239-883-4, 081-558-3234 (Sig)
(about 20 km by road from central Pattaya)
http://www.whitelotuspress.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Whitelotuspress/
This is actually a publishing house, but the owner deals in antiquarian books as well. This is not a shop, best call in advance to see if he is in. See here as well:
http://www.pattayadays.com/2015/12/southern-german-hill-tribe/

No name, maybe closed for good:
bookshop in Chayapruek Soi 1 near beach, old info from internet:
I know of two in Jomtien, 1 is on Beach road Soi 2 (It used to be on Soi 3 but moved to a similar position on Soi 2) and the other on Soi Chaiyapruek.---------------------
There is a second hand book shop on Chiaprook Rd. From Sukhumvit drive down towards the beach, past the new Harley place on the RHS and 500m before the sea its on your LHS.
If you see a sign for the German Bakery you have gone too far

Pattaya Beach Books Soi Buakhao is gone judging by streetview 2008: http://www.pattayaphotoguide.com/?ALuRUFuqkcFDKDaA
and 2012 on googlemaps: https://www.google.co.th/maps/@12.9261304,100.8818066,3a,55.7y,181.45h,92.26t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sqN-mZjLcW-oxLodxkIfmYA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1. When I walked Buakhao in Oct 2016 from South Pattaya to Canterbury Tales, I didn't see any book shop.

Thais4life Soi VC closed for good in 2015 (?). I saw many of their books at Second Hand Books shortly after closing.

Do my readers know better? I will look for those I haven't been yet and update.

Second hand bookshops elsewhere in Thailand:
http://www.deanbarrettthailand.com/english_language_bookstore_round.htm

Copyright 2016 ChristianPFC

2 comments:

  1. That's a super exact list! Thanks for putting that together. I've added it as a resource on this article on bookstores: https://www.thailandstarterkit.com/lifestyle/bangkok-bookstores/

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  2. j & k books is selling a part of its used books at Foodmart in Jomtien, Thappraya Road, next to the point where the bus to BKK Airport starts. German books are sold for 100 Baht.
    https://www.facebook.com/JKBookPattaya/

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