The Khao San Road, Bangkok--first stop for the hordes of rootless young Westerners traveling in Southeast Asia. On Richard's first night there, in a low-budget guest house, a fellow traveler slashes his wrists, bequeathing to Richard a meticulously drawn map to "the Beach."
i read it ages before watching the movie. <br />i really liked it, there's a thrill in it that never fades, but always grows. i could not stop reading it! and, by the way, i think the movie is very good, as well :D