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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 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)

Eyewitness Guide Thailand

Eyewitness Guide Thailand

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

A compact illustrated guide featuring color photographs, excellent maps and a regional overview of Thailand's natural and cultural attractions. (TLD26, $25.00)

Thailand Adventure Map

Thailand Adventure Map

by National Geographic Society

  • 2011
  • MAP

A detailed relief map at a scale of 1:1,300,000. (TLD24, $11.95)

 
Groovy Chiang Mai Map

Groovy Chiang Mai Map


by Groovy Map Co.

  • 2012
  • MAP

An easy-to-use, laminated map/guide to Chiang Mai. Includes maps and insets of Greater Chiang Mai, the city center and Nimmanhaemin Road, plus helpful listings. (TLD65, $8.95)

Fodor's Bangkok's 25 Best

Fodor's Bangkok's 25 Best


by Sylvie Franquet | Anthony Sattin

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

This slim guide to Bangkok includes an excellent pullout map of the center of the city along with essential information on its highlights. (TLD40, $11.99)

Insight City Guide Bangkok

Insight City Guide Bangkok


by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 259 PAGES

This delightful guide, with 600 color photographs, features maps, not-to-be-missed attractions and a comprehensive street atlas. (TLD73, $19.99)

Lonely Planet Hill Tribes Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Hill Tribes Phrasebook


by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

This handy pocket phrasebook includes pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for Lahu, Akha, Lisu, Mong, Mien and other languges in the borderlands of Thailand, Vietnam, China and Laos. (TLD94, $8.99)

Lonely Planet Pocket Bangkok

Lonely Planet Pocket Bangkok


by Lonely Planet Publications

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

With a section of not-to-be-missed highlights, pullout map, and a calendar of annual events. (TLD77, $13.99)

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)

Lonely Planet Thailand

Lonely Planet Thailand


by Joe Cummings

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 800 PAGES

A comprehensive practical guide to Thailand geared for independent travelers, by one of Lonely Planet's best writers. (TLD17, $29.99)

Thailand, A Short History

Thailand, A Short History


by David K. Wyatt

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A concise, readable introduction to the history of the country from prehistory up to the 21st century. (TLD01, $28.00)

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)

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)

Anna and the King of Siam

Anna and the King of Siam


by Margaret Landon

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 395 PAGES

The enduring, fanciful tale of a governess in mid-19th century Siam, which is the basis for the hit musical production The King and I. (TLD09, $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)

Bangkok 8, A Novel

Bangkok 8, A Novel


by John Burdett

  • MYSTERY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 318 PAGES

Burdett explores the criminal underworld of Bangkok -- and mysterious deaths by snakebite. (TLD72, $15.00)

Killed at the Whim of a Hat

Killed at the Whim of a Hat


by Colin Cotterill

  • MYSTERY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 374 PAGES

First in the Jimm Juree mystery series. Cotterill trades in Laos -- and the elderly Dr. Paiboun -- for Jimm Juree, "a feisty Thai lady journalist with relatives that make the Adams family look like Alexander McCall Smith characters," for this wry book set in a dusty resort along the Gulf of Siam. (TLD100, $14.99)

Sightseeing, Stories

Sightseeing, Stories


by Rattawut Lapcharoensap

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 247 PAGES

Lapcharoensap's remarkable debut collection of seven stories includes sharp, funny portraits of contemporary Thailand and its generation gap. (TLD68, $12.00)

The Godfather of Kathmandu

The Godfather of Kathmandu


by John Burdett

  • MYSTERY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Sonchai Jitpleecheep, the tenacious Thai police detective, is put to the test as both a cop and as a Buddhist in Burdett's latest, wickedly entertaining mystery, fourth in the series. (TLD93, $14.95)

Elephant Reflections

Elephant Reflections


by Dale Peterson | Karl Ammann

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

A glowing tribute to the elephant, this book combines 133 photographs from noted wildlife photographer Karl Ammann with insightful text on recent field research and the animal's natural history and conservation status. (BST131, $39.95)

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)

Birds of Thailand

Birds of Thailand


by Craig Robson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A compact, comprehensive guide with 128 color plates by a team of illustrators. Robson is also the author of the authoritative Birds of Southeast Asia. (TLD41, $35.00)

Thailand, Traveller's Wildlife Guide

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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