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Insight Guide Thailand

Insight Guide Thailand

by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

This handsome guide brings Thailand to life in hundreds of color photographs and vividly written essays by a team of experts. Panoramic in scope, the book takes us from the crowded streets of modern Bangkok to the beaches to the rural north. (TLD16, $23.99)

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)

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)

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)

 
Cambodia Map

Cambodia Map


by Gecko Maps

  • 2005
  • MAP

A full color map of Cambodia (1:750,000), featuring useful inset maps of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Angkor on the reverse. (CBD17, $18.95)

Angkor Map

Angkor Map


by Dawn Rooney

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER

A site plan and pocket guide to the city of Angkor at a scale of 1:40,000. (CBD16, $12.95)

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)

The Treasures of Angkor

The Treasures of Angkor


by Marilia Albanese

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2006
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 288 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide to the history, art and architecture of Angkor. With suggested itineraries, site plans and notes on visiting individual temples. (CBD48, $24.95)

A Traveller's History of Southeast Asia

A Traveller's History of Southeast Asia


by J.M. Barwise | Nicholas J. White

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A compact history of the region, including the Khmer and the various ancient kingdoms that produced Borobudur, Angkor and other architectural marvels. (SEA36, $14.95)

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 Civilization of Angkor

The Civilization of Angkor


by Charles Higham

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 207 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A concise history of the origins, development and rise of the kingdom of Angkor by a leading archaeologist. It's an up-to-date, accessible overview of the civilization from prehistory through the fall of Angkor in 1431. (CBD26, $24.95)

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)

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)

Angkor, Heart of an Asian Empire

Angkor, Heart of an Asian Empire


by Bruno Dagens

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 191 PAGES

An excellent guide to the site, this shirt-pocket encyclopedia of discovery features hundreds of color photographs, illustrations and maps. (CBD01, $15.95)

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)

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)

Golden Bones, An Extraordinary Journey from Hell in Cambodia to a New Life in America

Golden Bones, An Extraordinary Journey from Hell in Cambodia to a New Life in America


by Sichan Siv

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Siv shows determination and hope in this gripping memoir of his family and idyllic childhood in Pochentong, terrors of the Khmer Rouge and escape to freedom in America. (CBD62, $16.99)

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 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)

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)

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Southeast Asia

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Southeast Asia


by Morten Strange

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

A compact photographic guide to almost 700 species of birds in the region, featuring concise descriptions and distribution maps. (SEA39, $24.95)

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Thailand

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Thailand


by Michael Webster

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A slim pocket guide to 252 of the most conspicuous birds of Thailand, featuring color photographs, brief descriptions and range maps. (TLD18, $15.95)

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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