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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)

 
Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand Map

Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand Map


by Periplus Maps

  • 2006
  • MAP
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

With detailed city maps of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, a Northern Thailand regional map and map of the Golden Triangle. (TLD65, $8.95)

Culture Smart! Thailand

Culture Smart! Thailand


by Roger Jones

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with practical travel advice and a short overview of the land and people. (TLD79, $9.95)

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)

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 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)

Marco Polo Phuket

Marco Polo Phuket


by Wilfried Hahn

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 124 PAGES

This unique pocket guide is full of insider tips on where to stay, eat, drink, and sight-see. Includes a handy street atlas and a pull-out map. (TLD121, $9.99)

Thailand, The Cookbook

Thailand, The Cookbook


by Jean-Pierre Gabriel

  • FOOD
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 608 PAGES

With depth and dexterity, Gabriel explains ingredients and authentic techniques for 500 authentic Thai snacks, drinks, curries, stir fry, desserts and more. (TLD122, $49.95)

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)

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)

The Golden Lands, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand & Vietnam

The Golden Lands, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand & Vietnam


by Vikram Lall

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 280 PAGES

The product of 25 years of research into Buddhist architecture, this survey by Vikram Lall takes us from the monastic complexes of India to the dzongs of Bhutan, inside the wats of Southeast Asia and through the simple wooden shrines of Japan. Lall celebrates the architectural innovations and spiritual significance of each inspired style. Gorgeously illustrated throughout with color photography and 3-D renderings. (SEA88, $95.00)

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)

Phra Farang: An English Monk in Thailand

Phra Farang: An English Monk in Thailand


by Phra Peter Pannapadipo

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 356 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

Phra Peter Pannapadipo (AKA Peter Robinson) writes with candor and humor of his transformation from London businessman to novice Buddhist monk. (TLD60, $16.00)

The King Never Smiles, A Biography of Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej

The King Never Smiles, A Biography of Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej


by Paul M. Handley

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 512 PAGES

A balanced biography of Thailand's powerful king, a constitutional monarch who came to the throne of his country from the United States in 1946. (TLD69, $45.00)

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)

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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