TRANSPORTATION AND TOURS
The XIScape Workshop Planning Committee welcomes participants and wants to do what we can to ensure that participants experience the wonders of Bangkok and Thailand to the fullest extent possible. To that end, we list some pre-workshop readings and post-workshop tour companies for those interested.
For participants who would like to make the most of their experiences at the first Linguistic Landscape Workshop ever to be held in Asia, we provide you here with some suggested pre-workshop readings to help you better understand and appreciate the environment in which you will find yourself:
Some General Tour Guide Books:
Archipelago Guides, Thailand, Alfred A. Knofp Inc.
A typical Archipelago guide, which in addition to the expected sections on Bangkok and the four major regions of the country, also includes informative sections on nature, history, arts and traditions, architecture, and Thailand as seen by painters and writes. Complete with maps, illustrations and photographs.
Kenneth Barrett, 22 Walks in Bangkok: Exploring the City’s Historic Back Lanes and Byways, Tuttle.
This excellent book provides twenty-two very detailed descriptions of walks through most of the myriad interesting and historical neighborhoods of this very diverse world capital, all laid out such that most ambulatory adults (I don’t think the book makes accommodation for wheelchair-bound and less mobile individuals) can navigate the streets and backways of Bangkok with aplomb.
Mark Beales et al. and Austin Bush, Lonely Planet Thailand (Travel Guide), Lonely Planet.
These well-known best-selling guides to Bangkok and Thailand contain up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, including nightlife, World Heritage temple ruins and the best beaches. They also include color maps, photos, images and suggested itineraries.
Some Light Readings on Life in Bangkok and Thailand:
Philip Cornwel-Smith and John Goss, Very Thai: Everyday Popular Culture, River books.
A beautifully written and illustrated compendium of the artifacts in Bangkok’s semiotic landscape that, without the aid of this book might leave casual tourists still scratching their heads as the board the plane home.
Alex Kerr, Bangkok Found: Reflections on the City, River Books.
Short essays on Bangkok as seen by an American expat who at the age of 12 moved to Japan with his military family, has become an expert on Asian art and has been living in Bangkok and working to preserve traditional Thai art for several decades.
Australian-New Zealand Women’s Group, Bangkok Guide: The Essential Guide to Living in Bangkok.
The first edition of the Bangkok Guide: Essential Guide to Living in Bangkok was published in 1971 and now in it's 20th edition, it has become the 'Bangkok Bible' for all newly-arrived residents, but might also prove useful for those expecting to spend additional time in Thailand after the workshop Veritas Graphics.
William Warren, The Truth about Anna … and Other Stories, Archipelago Press.
This collection of short, sometimes very humorous anecdotes by the late William Warren, a sixty-year-plus resident of Bangkok from Albany, Georgia, former lecturer of English at Chulalongkorn University, author of numerous books on Thai culture, and dean of the English language literati of Bangkok reflects his warmth toward Thailand, its people and culture.
A Very Readable Short (174 pages, plus notes and references) but Comprehensive History of Thailand:
Thongchai Winichakul, Siam Mapped: A History of the Geo-Body of a Nation, University of Hawai’i Press.
This international award-winning historian is emeritus professor in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who as an undergraduate political activist at Thammasat University was arrested and spent three years in a Thai prison. His book traces the history of Siam/Thailand through a fascinating study in cartology, from the earliest cosmological maps to those reflecting Thailand’s current borders.
POST-WORKSHOP TOUR AGENCIES
For Workshop participants who would like to explore more of Thailand after the workshop, we have identified several tour agencies that offer one-day and multiple day guided tours to any part of the country and beyond. Clearly there are many more such agencies and inclusion here is not an endorsement of these over others by the Workshop Planning Committee. However, if there is a critical mass of participants interested on one or another of these tours, the Transportation and Tour Sub-committee would be happy to facilitate the tour.
General Thailand Tours
Arts and Craft Tours