3. Candide Books (Bangkok, Thailand)
They say that nothing worth having comes easy, and here’s proof. To reach Candide Books, one must walk through a maze of stalls in a crowded market. Once you’ve made it through, you will find the Jam Factory and inside is a wonderful little bookstore. With its picturesque environment and beautiful decorations, the bookstore lives up to its reputation as an oasis. Cement floors, black steel and the perfect amount of exposed ceiling— Candide Books is a crowd favorite, especially among students.
Don’t expect to get too much reading done unless you love the hustle and bustle sounds of everyday life. Duangruethai Esanasatang, the co-owner of Candide Books, believes that a bookshop should never be quiet; it needs vibrancy and noise. She’s a writer and publisher so let’s take her word for it.