Shelf of Harry Potter books in different languages

The hunt for Thai Harry Potter

It’s no secret I love books. Anybody that follows my Twitter will likely see me mentioning my “Read Around the World” challenge, and I always buy myself a book as a souvenir from every country. Whenever possible, I try and get a copy of Harry Potter in the local language – both because I love the books and because it’s been translated into so many languages. Naturally, this meant when visiting Thailand I had to get myself a Thai Harry Potter book.

As a result of this, it means whenever I travel I always end up visiting a bookshop – or two – I track down a copy. I thought finding a copy of the Thai Harry Potter would be quite simple, as a quick search showed plenty of bookshops.

The outside of Book Lovers Books
Book Lovers Books near Khaosan Road

First attempts at finding Thai Harry Potter

My hostel was near Khaosan road, and Google told me there were a few bookshops within walking distance. So first I started off with the nearby “Book Lovers Books”. As it was a second-hand shop, they didn’t have Harry Potter in Thai or in English. I went along to a couple more places and each time was unsuccessful in my search.

One lovely thing about visiting all these bookshops is that it’s a great way to explore a new place. I chose to walk between them, giving me a chance to see parts of the city I might not see. One of my favourite things I stumbled upon was the Democracy Monument. It was located right outside one of the bookshops I visited, and it is unlikely I would have visited if not for the bookshop.

It was starting to get late, and I’d no luck at all. Because all the shops I visited were all second hand shops, there was no guarantee they would have Harry Potter. I ended up asking the staff for help in the final shop, and they gave me the name of a store they thought would have it. It was too late to get there, so I walked back to my hostel for an early night.

Bangkok Democracy Monument at night
Democracy Monument at night

Second day, and success in my hunt!

The next day, I got up nice and early to make sure I had time for my search. The bookshop recommended was called Kinokuniya. They have three branches in Bangkok, so I decided to visit the largest branch first. It is located in Siam Paragon mall, right next to a Metro stop, making it very easy to get to.

Photo of Kinokuniya bookshop entrance
Kinokuniya Bookshop

The store was huge, with lots of English books. I dragged myself away from those and found the Thai childrens section which was huge. I had to resist the urge to buy all 7 books and just stick with the first one.

Bangkok was at the end of my S.E Asia trip, so I had just planned on resting before my flight home. If I hadn’t had to keep visiting more bookshops to find Thai Harry Potter, then I definitely wouldn’t have been able to explore the city so much. My plans of reading and resting didn’t quite happen, but it was a really fun experience. I love visiting bookshops in other countries and I got to visit so many!

Collection of Thai Harry Potter books
The selection of Thai Harry Potter books

Do you have any books in other languages? Is there anything you try and find in each country you visit? Let me know!

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