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Laos & Thailand: Rivers 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.

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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)

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)

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
  • COMING IN OCTOBER

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)

Lonely Planet Laos

Lonely Planet Laos

by Justine Vaisutis | Andrew Burke

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

This practical guide to Laos by Lonely Planet features maps, a 60-page overview of culture, history and nature and plenty of information on excursions, accommodations and sightseeing. (LAO02, $27.99)

 
Mekong River Map

Mekong River Map


by Odyssey Maps

  • 2012
  • MAP

This color map-guide shows the course of the Mekong from mountains to the sea on one side and a detailed map of Laos on the reverse. (LAO28, $14.95)

Angkor, Cities & Temples

Angkor, Cities & Temples


by Claude Jacques | Michael Freeman

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 239 PAGES
  • COMING IN DECEMBER

Organized geographically, this indispensable guide to the monuments, architecture, culture, religion and history of Angkor features hundreds of color photographs, site plans and maps. (CBD15, $25.00)

DK Eyewitness Travel Top 10 Bangkok

DK Eyewitness Travel Top 10 Bangkok


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

This slim guide, geared for visitors on a short stay, features color photographs and maps. (TLD112, $14.00)

Lonely Planet Lao Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Lao Phrasebook


by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

This handy pocket phrasebook includes pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary. (LAO25, $9.99)

Lonely Planet Thai Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Thai Phrasebook


by Joe Cummings

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 258 PAGES

A handy pocket phrasebook, covering pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler in Thailand. (TLD46, $8.99)

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 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)

Bangkok, A Cultural History

Bangkok, A Cultural History


by Maryvelma O'Neil

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

O'Neil illuminates a city rich in art, history, royal ceremony and tradition in this engaging portrait. (TLD87, $17.95)

In the Naga's Wake, The First Man to Navigate the Mekong, from Tibet to the South China Sea

In the Naga's Wake, The First Man to Navigate the Mekong, from Tibet to the South China Sea


by Mick O'Shea

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER

Upon first seeing its unforgiving rapids, 20-year-old traveler Mick O'Shea began dreaming of a solo expedition down the Mekong River, from its source in Tibet to the South China Sea. (SEA57, $20.95)

Theravada Buddhism

Theravada Buddhism


by Richard F. Gombrich

  • RELIGION
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 234 PAGES

Gombrich explores controversies over the date of the Buddha and current social and political developments in Sri Lanka in this book in the Library of Religious Beliefs and Practices. (REL75, $42.95)

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)

Buddhist Art and Architecture

Buddhist Art and Architecture


by Robert Fisher

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 216 PAGES

A wide-ranging, illustrated survey of Buddhist art, architecture and iconography in the excellent World of Art series. It includes examples from throughout Asia. (ASA30, $19.95)

River Road to China, The Search for the Source of the Mekong, 1866-73

River Road to China, The Search for the Source of the Mekong, 1866-73


by Milton Osborne

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 247 PAGES

An excellent modern account of a 19th-century French expedition 4,000 miles from Vietnam and Cambodia into unknown regions of China in search of the source of the Mekong. (SEA29, $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 and Cambodia to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. (SEA33, $16.95)

Letters from Thailand, A Novel

Letters from Thailand, A Novel


by Botan | Susan Fulop Kepner

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 350 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

A prize-winning novel, first published in 1969 and here newly translated into English. Taking the form of a series of letters back home to his mother, the novel follows the fate of Tan Suang U, a Chinese immigrant in Bangkok at the close of World War II, who marries, raises a family and runs a successful business. The novel, among its many pleasures, depicts daily life in Bangkok's thriving Chinatown. (TLD45, $19.95)

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)

Thailand, Traveller's Wildlife Guide


by David L. Pearson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 594 PAGES

Featuring full-color illustrations of 600 of Thailand's most common birds, mammals, reef fish, insects, amphibians and reptiles. (TLD83, $29.95)

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