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SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS

Bali to Bangkok

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

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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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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)

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)

Eyewitness Guide Bali and Lombok

Eyewitness Guide Bali and Lombok

by Jean Couteau

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 240 PAGES

A highly visual guide to the history, culture, arts and attractions of Bali with hundreds of photographs, excellent maps and select hotel and restaurant listings. (BAL20, $23.00)

Southeast Asia Map

Southeast Asia Map

by Nelles

  • MAP

A clear, double-sided map of all of Southeast Asia at a scale of 1:4,500,000. (SEA12, $13.95)

 
Bali Lombok Map

Bali Lombok Map


by Nelles

  • MAP

This double-sided shaded relief regional map of Indonesia (1:180,000) shows Bali on one side and Lombok on the reverse. (INS36, $13.95)

Bangkok Map

Bangkok Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2006
  • MAP

A handy laminated, folded walking map of Bangkok at a scale of 1:14,000. (TLD70, $8.95)

Culture Smart! Singapore

Culture Smart! Singapore


by Angela Milligan

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people. (SGP16, $9.95)

Eyewitness Guide Malaysia & Singapore

Eyewitness Guide Malaysia & Singapore


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 367 PAGES

A visually stunning guide to Singapore and surroundings, featuring hundreds of photographs and illustrations, detailed city maps, and information on history, culture and attractions. (SGP12, $25.00)

A History of Malaysia

A History of Malaysia


by Leonard Y. Andaya | Barbara Watson Andaya

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 392 PAGES

This scholarly yet readable work tracks Malaysia's sociopolitical development from the appearance of the famed Malay empire Srivijaya to its transition into the 21st century. This is a panoramic historical overview of a multicultural society that supports one of the most dynamic economies in Asia. (MSA25, $29.00)

Island of Bali

Island of Bali


by Miguel Covarrubias | Adrian Vickers

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 417 PAGES

First published in 1937, this classic portrait of Bali captures the life, traditional culture and customs of the Balinese people. (BAL03, $25.00)

The Balinese

The Balinese


by John Stephen Lansing

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 148 PAGES

An excellent, brief survey of the geography, prehistory and modern culture and people of Bali. (INS69, $64.95)

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)

South Southeast

South Southeast


by Steve McCurry

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2001
  • HARD COVER
  • 160 PAGES

A remarkable portfolio of striking photographs taken in and around Afghanistan, Burma, India, Pakistan and other sites in South and Southeast Asia over a long career. Saturated with color, light and evocative of daily life. (ASA34, $65.00)

Traditional Indonesian Textiles

Traditional Indonesian Textiles


by John Gillow | Barry Dawson

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

With 200 splendid full color examples of the ikats, batiks and other textiles of the region, artisans' techniques and the textiles' cultural significance. (INS22, $22.50)

A House in Bali

A House in Bali


by Colin McPhee

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 213 PAGES

A warm tribute to the people, culture and especially the music of Bali in the 1930s. It's a literary classic, originally published in 1944. (BAL15, $20.00)

The Skeptical Romancer, Selected Travel Writing

The Skeptical Romancer, Selected Travel Writing


by W. Somerset Maugham

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Pico Iyer introduces this choice edition of Somerset Maugham's razor-sharp travel writing, set in Spain, China, Burma and Southeast Asia, including a long excerpt from Gentleman in the Parlour, a vivid account of travels from Rangoon to Haiphong by canoe, riverboat, rickshaw and pony. Also included is The Land of the Blessed Virgin (Spain), On a Chinese Screen and The Partial View (diverse places). (TVL484, $15.00)

A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul

A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul


by Shamini Flint

  • MYSTERY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

The endearing Inspector Singh, lately of Singapore, is dispatched to Bali to look into a terrorist incident in this second book in the series, a handy opportunity for author Flint to explore global issues and challenges in Southeast Asia (as well as entertain). She has great fun sending Singh to luxury resorts and off into the countryside to experience village life. (BAL33, $14.95)

Collected Short Stories, Volume 4

Collected Short Stories, Volume 4


by W. Somerset Maugham

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

Maugham can evoke turn-of-the-century colonial Asia like no other. This collection of stories features many set in Malaysia, Borneo and other Southeast Asian locales, including the well-known tale "The Letter." (SEA01, $18.00)

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia


by Elizabeth Gilbert

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Gilbert chronicles in luminous prose a year-long odyssey not just to escape from an ugly divorce but also to discover the world and herself. The book, like her quest, is in three parts: Rome (eat), Mumbai (pray) and Bali (where she falls in love). (TVL107, $16.00)

This Earth of Mankind

This Earth of Mankind


by Pramoedya Ananta Toer

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 367 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

A coming-of-age story set in pre-revolution Indonesia, this novel captures the oral rhythms of a master storyteller. Its protagonist is a native high school student of royal Javanese birth, educated at the exclusive Dutch-language school. (INS04, $17.00)

The Malay Archipelago

The Malay Archipelago


by Alfred Russel Wallace

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 515 PAGES

A contemporary of Darwin, the great British naturalist describes his wanderings throughout Borneo, Java, Bali, Lombok, the Moluccas, New Guinea and remote islands from 1854 to 1862 in this classic of natural history and travel. (INS06, $25.00)

The Snorkeller's Guide to the Coral Reef, From the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean

The Snorkeller's Guide to the Coral Reef, From the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean


by Paddy Ryan

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

This take-along guide covers coral reefs, fish, invertebrates and plants of the Indo-Pacific and includes 200 color photographs. (DIV18, $21.99)

A Guide to the Mammals of Southeast Asia

A Guide to the Mammals of Southeast Asia


by Charles M. Francis

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 392 PAGES

This field guide and handbook features 72 full-color plates, detailed range maps and authoritative text on the ecology, behavior, taxonomy and conservation of 500 species. (SEA62, $55.00)

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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