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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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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)

Lonely Planet Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Northern Thailand

Lonely Planet Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Northern Thailand

by Nick Ray

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

This compact practical guide covers the entire Mekong region from the heights of Yunnan to Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. (SEA63, $27.99)

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)

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)

 
Footprint Cambodia Handbook

Footprint Cambodia Handbook


by Andrew Spooner

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

A compact, practical guide packed with history, sightseeing information and essential travel details. (SEA23, $24.95)

Lonely Planet India Phrasebook

Lonely Planet India Phrasebook


by Omkar Koul

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

A palm-sized handy guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (IDA538, $12.99)

Communion, A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam

Communion, A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam


by Kim Fay

  • FOOD
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 293 PAGES

Fay recounts in savory detail a five-week journey with two friends from Hanoi to Saigon in search of the traditions, rituals and pleasures of food from local markets and street foods to haute cuisine. (VNM147, $19.95)

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)

Confucius Lives Next Door, What Living in the East Teaches Us About Living in the West

Confucius Lives Next Door, What Living in the East Teaches Us About Living in the West


by T. R. Reid

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 276 PAGES

An appreciative portrait of East Asian culture that attributes high educational levels, low crime rates and other examples of a thriving society to Confucian values. (ASA59, $15.95)

Digging For The Truth: Angkor Wat: The Eighth Wonder


by Josh Bernstein

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2009
  • DVD

Host Hunter Ellis travels deep into the Cambodian jungle to explore the magnificent stone temple complex Angkor Wat built in the early twelfth century. The program was originally produced as an episode of the History Channel's Digging for the Truth in 2007 and features Damian Evans. (CBD85, $24.98)

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)

Popular Buddhist Texts from Nepal, Narratives and Rituals of Newar Buddhism

Popular Buddhist Texts from Nepal, Narratives and Rituals of Newar Buddhism


by Todd Thornton Lewis | Tuladhar, Laabh Ratna

  • RELIGION
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 236 PAGES

This scholarly work demonstrates how ritual texts and narratives have influenced the religious culture of the Newars of Kathmandu, the last surviving South Asian Mahayana Buddhist society. (REL82, $29.95)

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 Life of Hinduism

The Life of Hinduism


by John Hawley | Vasudha Narayanan

  • RELIGION
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 337 PAGES

A series of essays that present Hinduism as a vibrant and vital religion, with emphasis on the multifaceted world of Hindu worship and the identity issues of Hindus faced with globalization. (IDA374, $31.95)

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)

Vietnam, A History

Vietnam, A History


by Stanley Karnow

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 768 PAGES

This blockbuster book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author is history at its best: masterfully researched, well written and comprehensive. (VNM10, $23.00)

When the War Was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution

When the War Was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution


by Elizabeth Becker

  • HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 636 PAGES

One of the best and most comprehensive reports on the rise and fall of the Khmer Rouge, the brutal regime that killed a quarter of the Cambodian population in just four years. Includes a chapter on modern Cambodia. (CBD86, $25.00)

World Religions Today

World Religions Today


by John L. Esposito | Darrell J. Fasching | Todd Lewis

  • RELIGION
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 609 PAGES

A scholarly examination of the significance of religion in contemporary life and culture, this volume explores several major traditions including Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, East Asian Religions, indigenous religions and new religions, connecting contemporary religions to classical belief systems. (REL81, $89.95)

Angkor, Celestial Temples of the Khmer Empire

Angkor, Celestial Temples of the Khmer Empire


by John Sanday

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2002
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Handsomely produced and packaged in a slipcover, this portfolio of 240 striking color photographs by the accomplished Joe Ortner includes accompanying essays on the architecture, history and meaning of Angkor. (CBD31, $95.00)

Art & Architecture of Cambodia

Art & Architecture of Cambodia


by Helen Ibbitson Jessup

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Jessup includes not just Angkor Wat and Banteay Srei but also lesser-known recent discoveries in the surrounding jungle in this illustrated overview in the World of Art series. (CBD41, $16.95)

Masterpieces of the National Museum of Cambodia


by Helen Ibbitson Jessup

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 112 PAGES

A collection of 80 of Cambodia's sculptural treasures, with extended, multilingual captions for each work as well as a historical preface, a chronology and bibliography. Photographs are in full color. (CBD64, $25.00)

Sanctuary, The Temples of Angkor

Sanctuary, The Temples of Angkor


by Steve McCurry

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A selection of 100 stunning color photographs of the monks and the monuments of Angkor, the extraordinary carvings and the forest surrounding the temples by a popular Magnum photographer. (CBD28, $35.00)

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)

Vietnam Journeys

Vietnam Journeys


by Charles Fields

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

Photographer and traveler Charles Fields portrays the cultures and landscapes of Vietnam from the World Heritage Site of Hue and the Phung Hiep floating market to its forests and coastline in stunning color photographs. (VNM138, $50.00)

Earth and Water, Encounters in Vietnam

Earth and Water, Encounters in Vietnam


by Edith Shillue

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 234 PAGES

Shillue, an English professor, reflects on the people, culture and history of the country in this meditative account of experiences and encounters in Vietnam as a teacher and traveler in the 1990s. (VNM79, $24.95)

The Cat from Hue, A Vietnam Story

The Cat from Hue, A Vietnam Story


by John Laurence

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 864 PAGES

Journalist John Laurence's detailed and haunting account of Vietnam War combines his first hand experiences as a correspondent with a historical overview of the war. The cat in the title is Meo, a Vietnamese stray he adopted along the way. (VNM67, $21.99)

The Gods Drink Whiskey

The Gods Drink Whiskey


by Stephen T. Asma

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Asma writes with verve and wit in this eye-opening account of his yearlong stint teaching at the Buddhist Institute in Phnom Penh. His account is both an overview of Theravada Buddhism and a down-to-earth portrait of contemporary Cambodia. (CBD46, $14.99)

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)

A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain


by Robert Olen Butler

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 249 PAGES

Winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize, this collection of 15 short stories captures the spirit of Vietnam through a juxtaposition of American and Vietnamese perspectives and settings. (VNM21, $14.00)

Sugata Saurabha an Epic Poem from Nepal on the Life of the Buddha

Sugata Saurabha an Epic Poem from Nepal on the Life of the Buddha


by Chitta Dhar Hridaya | Todd Lewis | Subarna Man Tuladhar

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 404 PAGES

Sugata Saurabha is an epic poem, first published in 1947 in the Nepalese language, Newari, that retells the story of the Buddha's life with compelling artistry and nuance while communicating his basic teachings with simplicity and clarity. This rendering will appeal to scholars of Buddhism for its humanizing view of the Buddha while offering an introduction to his life and teachings. (NPL84, $36.95)

Vietnam, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Vietnam, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by John Balaban | Nguyen Qui Duc

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 239 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

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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