Mar 21 2011

Best secondhand bookstore in Bangkok

Published by at 2:17 pm under Shopping


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.

Dasa's entrance

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.

Fiction section on the first floor

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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  1. Rachon 29 Mar 2011 at 11:00 am

    This is a great recommendation thank you! I am on exchange at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and am always on the hunt for some great secondhand reads as AsiaBooks is too expensive. I’ll try this out after class tomorrow!

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  3. Ben Keeneon 27 Apr 2011 at 6:54 am

    Elite Book House (http://eliteusedbook.com/Index.html) is another good bet.

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  5. Chris Wottonon 08 Aug 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Made it here today – what a gem of a place – thanks for the heads-up!

  6. N8Sandon 12 Jan 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I love this bookshop. It has three floors packed with ever-changing selections. And, outside and on the 3rd floor, you can find discount books for 9-19B. No where else can you find that deal!

  7. Maryon 29 Nov 2012 at 4:55 am

    Unfortunately, I had a very bad service there. I was in front of the farang owner for 10 minutes as he “evaluated” my books and he did not speak to me. Not even a greeting. Might have a nice selection of books but I will not go back because of the bad service. It didn’t feel good at all!

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