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The Burma Road: Kunming to Rangoon

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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.

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Letters from Burma

Letters from Burma

by Aung San Suu Kyi | Heinn Htet

  • 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)

In Buddha's Land

In Buddha's Land

by Moe Min

  • RELIGION
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 128 PAGES

This beautiful, illustrated portrait of monuments, monasteries and rituals is both a striking visual overview of Buddhism as practiced in Burma and a splendid introduction to the country. (BMA52, $30.00)

Burmese Days

Burmese Days

by George Orwell

  • LITERATURE
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 287 PAGES

Orwell, a veteran of the colonial police force in Rangoon, writes with irony and insight in this sharp novel of politics, folly and the British. (BMA03, $14.00)

Odyssey Guide Yunnan

Odyssey Guide Yunnan

by Jim Goodman

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 624 PAGES

This comprehensive introduction to the history, culture and attractions of the Yunnan Province features 200 color photographs and 29 maps. (CHN44, $29.95)

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. 20x31 inches. (BMA02, $13.95)

 
China South Map

China South Map


by Nelles

  • 2013
  • MAP

A detailed travel map of Southern China, from Taiwan to Hong Kong and the Yunnan Province, at a 1:1,500,000 scale. (CHN27, $13.95)

Historical Walks in Yangon, A Myanmar Heritage Trust Guide Map

Historical Walks in Yangon, A Myanmar Heritage Trust Guide Map


by Silkworm Books

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • MAP
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

This innovative map lays out three walking tours through Yangon that guide visitors to landmarks, gardens and architectural points of interest. (BMA66, $15.00)

Lonely Planet Burmese Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Burmese Phrasebook


by Lonely Planet

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES
  • COMING IN NOVEMBER

A palm-sized dictionary and guide to the Burmese language with common phrases for travelers. (BMA36, $8.99)

Lonely Planet Myanmar (Burma)

Lonely Planet Myanmar (Burma)


by Joe Cummings | Michael Clark

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 424 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

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

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)

Burma, Rivers of Flavor

Burma, Rivers of Flavor


by Naomi Duguid

  • FOOD
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 364 PAGES

A culinary adventurer, Duguid presents the food, local markets, people and culture of Burma in this exceedingly informative (not to mention beautiful) cookbook and cultural guide. The 125 recipes are interspersed with tales and photographs from her many travels in the region. (BMA77, $35.00)

A History of Myanmar Since Ancient Times, Traditions and Transformations

A History of Myanmar Since Ancient Times, Traditions and Transformations


by Michael A. Aung-Thwin

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 333 PAGES

Aung-Thwin takes us from the sacred stupas of the Bagan plains to the grand colonial-era British mansions in this tale of Burma's storied 3,000-year history and rich culture. (BMA72, $29.00)

Passage to Burma

Passage to Burma


by Scott Stulberg

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

Stulberg presents the teak and bamboo forests, temples and especially the people of Burma in hundreds of full-page color photographs in this illustrated journey. (BMA80, $45.00)

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)

Finding George Orwell in Burma

Finding George Orwell in Burma


by Emma Larkin

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

An American journalist fluent in Burmese, Emma Larkin (a pseudonym) masterfully interweaves her travels in the footsteps of the British colonial officer and writer with interviews and an astute, moving history of modern Burma. (BMA40, $16.00)

From the Land of Green Ghosts, a Burmese Odyssey

From the Land of Green Ghosts, a Burmese Odyssey


by Pascal Khoo Thwe

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

The young Burmese author, a member of a remote hill-tribe in the Shan hills, captures the traditions and challenges of the Padaung people in this astonishing memoir. (BMA29, $13.99)

The Burma Chronicles

The Burma Chronicles


by Guy Delisle

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Posted to Burma with his Doctors Without Borders wife and young son, Delisle captures the absurdities, challenges and routines of everyday life in Burma in bold black-and-white panels in this droll graphic travelogue, his third. (BMA58, $16.95)

The Lady and the Peacock, The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi

The Lady and the Peacock, The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi


by Peter Popham

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 334 PAGES

Peter Popham's timely biography follows the arc of Suu Kyi's life from her childhood in Rangoon, formative years in India and Oxford, marriage to Michael Aris and her return to Burma, where she has become a potent symbol for the Burmese people. The British journalist doesn't dodge from Suu Kyi's moral decision to remain in Burma, even as her husband was dying in 1999, and her children Alexander and Kim remained behind in Britain. (BMA79, $16.95)

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, Cambodia to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. (SEA33, $16.95)

South of the Clouds, Tales from Yunnan

South of the Clouds, Tales from Yunnan


by Lucien Miller

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 342 PAGES

Featuring memorable tales from throughout the Yunnan Province, this book showcases 54 wonderfully insightful and entertaining stories. (CHN45, $32.95)

Birds of Myanmar

Birds of Myanmar


by Kyaw Nyunt Lwin | Khin Ma Ma Thwin | Aung Thant

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 165 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

A slim field guide to 350 birds of Burma, featuring 74 full-color plates, descriptive information and a comprehensive checklist. (BMA42, $37.95)

Chinese Wildlife

Chinese Wildlife


by Martin Walters

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

This compact introduction to birds, mammals, reptiles, insects and plants found from the Tibetan plateau to the deserts, tropical forests and mountains includes 200 color photographs. (CHN440, $26.99)

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