If you haven’t seen it in newspaper or TV, the Bangkok International Book Fair 2005 is being held at the National Convention Center. I was there on Saturday and it is as huge as any other year. The plenary hall and all exibition areas are jam packed. There’re more people than COM-MART the week before, if that helps you visualize. I don’t know why there were study saying thais only read 8 lines a day.
The deals are pretty good, but if you don’t read thai, the selections are more limited. Still, my mom is going tomorrow morning because she has depleted all books in the house with her sleeping difficulty of late. International books are in the plenary hall, but I expect she’ll find it difficult to contain my dad there when the rare books are in Zone C2.
Watch out for the traffic around the convention center & surrounding (Rama 4, Asoke & Sukumvit), I wouldn’t recommending passing by the area, especially in the evening. The Book Fair opens everyday until this coming Sunday, 10am-9pm.