Mar 21 2011
While Thai cities further north seem to have got the memo that travellers flock to used bookshops, Bangkok is still dominated by pricey chain stores in hi-so malls or xeroxed pages on Khao San streets. Dasa, on Sukhumvit, is a rare diamond in the rough and a treat for those of us who like our bookstores with shelves packed to the ceiling and paperbacks tucked into every nook.
A cosy mom-and-pop feel gives Dasa a type of charm often impossible to find on Bangkok shopping ventures. With a tiny Coffee Corner on the first floor the shop is also a comfortable spot to settle in with tea and a book, or to just take refuge from the heat outside.
Impeccably organised, Dasa has a huge selection, rapid turn over rate and a nifty feature on the Dasa site letting you check to see which books are currently in the store and what new titles have just arrived. The shop’s floors are arranged conveniently by theme with a large children’s book selection on the second floor and a range of foreign language books on the third. The prices start as low as 20 baht in the bargain boxes and up to about 300 baht for bestsellers.
If you are looking to sell books, Dasa will happily buy them — very handy if you’ve had the same book in your backpack since Saigon.
The shop is an easy walk from the Phrom Phong BTS station and is located on Sukhumvit between sois 26 and 28.
Dasa is open daily from 10:00 until 20:00.
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