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The Best of Southeast Asia

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

Essential Reading

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A Dragon Apparent, Travels in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam

A Dragon Apparent, Travels in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam

by Norman Lewis

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 358 PAGES
  • FAVORITE
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

A classic account of travels and adventure during the last years of French Indochina, strong on atmosphere with wonderfully detailed descriptions of local cultures and archaeological treasures. First published in 1951. (SEA40, $33.95)

Odyssey Guide Myanmar

Odyssey Guide Myanmar

by Caroline Courtauld

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 312 PAGES

Refreshingly direct and engaging, Caroline Courtauld covers Burma's culture, long history and religion with grace in this richly illustrated guide with fine color maps. (BMA16, $26.95)

Footprint Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos

Footprint Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos

by Jack O'Tailan | Claire Boobbyer | John Colet | Andrew Spooner

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 576 PAGES

With practical information on attractions, transportation, food, activities and lodgings. Includes Bangkok. (SEA52, $25.95)

Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia Map

Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia Map

by Nelles

  • 2013
  • MAP

A great folded map of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia at a scale of 1:1,500,000. With inset maps for Central Vientiane, Hanoi, Luang Prabang, Phnom Penh, and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Two sides. 19.5 x 31 inches. (SEA75, $13.95)

 
Myanmar (Burma) Map

Myanmar (Burma) Map


by Nelles

  • 2011
  • MAP

A convenient double-sided map of Burma at a scale of 1:1,500,000, with an inset of Rangoon. Two sides. 20 x 31 inches. (BMA02, $13.95)

Ancient Pagan

Ancient Pagan


by Donald Stadtner | Michael Freeman

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 286 PAGES

An authoritative guide to the art and culture of the ancient Buddhist city on the Irrawaddy, organized by temple group and featuring 250 color photographs, site plans and maps. (BMA43, $25.00)

Angkor Map

Angkor Map


by Dawn Rooney

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER

A site plan and pocket guide to the city of Angkor at a scale of 1:40,000. (CBD16, $12.95)

Lonely Planet Myanmar (Burma)

Lonely Planet Myanmar (Burma)


by Joe Cummings | Michael Clark

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 424 PAGES

Featuring maps, travel information and a good overview of society, culture, history and politics. (BMA20, $29.99)

Odyssey Guide Angkor

Odyssey Guide Angkor


by Dawn Rooney

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

The sixth edition of Rooney's indispensable guide to Khmer culture and history. Includes monuments, temple plans, color photographs and practical information about Siem Reap. (CBD05, $27.95)

A History of Cambodia

A History of Cambodia


by David Chandler

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 312 PAGES

An excellent, scholarly history from early civilization through the rise of Angkor, French colonial period, Vietnamization of Cambodia, Khmer Rouge and Coup de Force of 1997. (CBD27, $40.00)

A History of Laos

A History of Laos


by Martin Stuart-Fox

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A comprehensive, scholarly history of the country, focusing on the modern period and emergence of Laos as a contemporary nation state. With chapters on the early kingdoms and French Laos. (LAO06, $45.00)

Cambodia's Curse, The Modern History of a Troubled Land

Cambodia's Curse, The Modern History of a Troubled Land


by Joel Brinkley

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joel Brinkley returns to Cambodia a generation after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime to report on the country's continuing struggle to recover from its past. (CBD70, $17.99)

Fire in the Lake

Fire in the Lake


by Frances FitzGerald

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

A classic historical, political and cultural portrait of the Vietnam War, seen through the eyes of the Vietnamese. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, FitzGerald, a staff writer at the New Yorker and a reporter in Vietnam, presents a vivid image of a revolution and a clear-sighted case for why the U.S offensive was doomed from the start. (VNM12, $18.99)

Letters from Burma

Letters from Burma


by Aung San Suu Kyi

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 244 PAGES

A collection of about 50 candid and moving mini-essays on Burmese culture, daily life and politics written by the country's iconic Nobel Prize-winning human-rights leader who was held under house arrest by the military junta for many years. (BMA49, $16.00)

Southeast Asia, An Introductory History

Southeast Asia, An Introductory History


by Milton Osborne

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

In the 11th edition of this classic, Osborne (The Mekong) traces social, political and economic change in the region since the 18th century. (SEA73, $26.95)

The Mekong, Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future

The Mekong, Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future


by Milton Osborne

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A cultural history of the great river from prehistory to European exploration, colonial tensions and modern challenges. It's an engaging introduction to the history of Southeast Asia. (SEA28, $16.00)

The River of Lost Footsteps, Histories of Burma

The River of Lost Footsteps, Histories of Burma


by Thant Myint-U

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER

In this stimulating and important book, Myint-U (grandson of the late UN Secretary General U Thant and author of The Making of Modern Burma) uses Burmese history as a lens for understanding Myanmar today. (BMA51, $16.00)

Understanding Vietnam

Understanding Vietnam


by Neil Jamieson

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 428 PAGES

Jamieson's ambitious primer addresses politics, social history, village life, structural renewal, literature and the arts, illuminating the Vietnamese worldview with insight and depth. It's a terrific introduction to Vietnam. (VNM01, $31.95)

What the Buddha Taught

What the Buddha Taught


by Walpola Sri Rahula

  • RELIGION
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 151 PAGES

A classic account of Theravada Buddhism by a respected monk and scholar from Sri Lanka. Provides translations from original texts with explanations for Western readers. A good foundation for any visitor to Southeast Asia. (SEA41, $14.95)

Arts of Southeast Asia

Arts of Southeast Asia


by Fiona Kerlogue

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

A handsome guide to the art, architecture, textiles and crafts of Southeast Asia. (SEA45, $16.95)

Temples of Cambodia, The Heart of Angkor

Temples of Cambodia, The Heart of Angkor


by Helen Ibbitson Jessup

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

Jessup provides the accompanying essays to this oversized portfolio of dazzling color images by Barry Brukoff, who has photographed the monuments of Cambodia since 1963. (CBD73, $65.00)

The River's Tale, A Year on the Mekong

The River's Tale, A Year on the Mekong


by Edward Gargan

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A personal, probing chronicle of a 3,000-mile journey on the river from its source in China through Tibet, Burma, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. (SEA33, $16.95)

The Coroner's Lunch

The Coroner's Lunch


by Colin Cotterill

  • MYSTERY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

The first in Colin Cotterill's wonderful Dr. Siri Paiboun mystery series follows the septuagenarian national coroner of Laos as he navigates both the criminal underworld of communist Laos and the spiritual world of his ancestors. (LAO21, $15.95)

The Headmaster's Wager

The Headmaster's Wager


by Vincent Lam

  • LITERATURE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 441 PAGES

A forgotten segment of modern Vietnam's history is intriguingly brought to life in this novel about the fall of a powerful headmaster of an English academy in 1960s Saigon. (VNM162, $15.00)

Vietnam, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Vietnam, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by John Balaban | Nguyen Qui Duc

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 239 PAGES

From rainforest to city, these 17 stories from Vietnam's finest writers explore its landscapes, myths and changing traditions. (VNM04, $14.95)

Birds of Southeast Asia

Birds of Southeast Asia


by Craig Robson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

This authoritative, masterfully illustrated guide, featuring 140 color plates covering 1,270 species throughout the region, also includes Malaysia, Burma, Borneo and Indonesia. (SEA49, $37.50)

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