So you have finished that book you were reading on the beach?
I know, you can get more online but it's a shame to take that brand new Kindle and drop it in the sand!
So where do you go to find something to read?
Foreign language books are on sale in most of Phuket's department stores but they are expensive and tend to be centred on travel, language and Thai cookery. There are several second hand book shops scattered around Phuket but if you are staying in Nai Harn or Rawai, or simply passing through on your way from somewhere else, take a stop at The Book Cafe, it is more than just a book shop.
Run by expat Beverley Sangsuwan it is a friendly little community centre in itself where tourists and expats go to exchange not only books but all the latest news and tips. Most of the books are in English but her collection is expanding and there are other languages too. You can simply go to buy a book but if you take an old book then a discount for exchange is offered. They hold regular Community Events, covering a variety of topics from health to handicrafts and rent out a room for anyone wanting to hold their own workshop. You can see more about the latest events at their website.
Bev makes some wonderful cakes, just turn up and see what she baked that morning, I was lucky to arrive on the day of Date and Banana Cake, wow was that good! She serves a selection of fruit juices, teas and smoothies, so it's a great place to relax and look for a book without going thirsty.
There are a selection of gifts for sale too, as well as health products and, of course, Books!
The Book Cafe is located on the Soi Kata/ Sai Yuan road from Rawai to Kata Beach (see map) and there is parking space in front.