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Best Travel Books of 2015
Looking for some book recommendations for 2016? As you begin planning you travels for the New Year, don't miss the top ten travel books of 2015. Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye. When her American father passes away, Marie Mutsuki Mockett seeks consolation in her mother's home country of Japan. Her relatives own a Buddhist temple near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and after the 2011 tsunami, radiation levels prohibit the burial of her grandfather.
A Quiet Refuge in the Heart of Rangoon
Kindly contributed by Rena Pederson, author of The Burma Spring, Aung San Suu Kyi and the Struggle for the Soul of a Nation. The award-winning journalist delivers an inspiring biography of the charismatic Aung San Suu Kyi, whose life and work served as inspiration for Burma's first steps toward democracy. Drawing on exclusive interviews with Suu Kyi since her release from a 15-year house arrest, Pederson sheds new light on the hardships Suu Kyi and her people endured in their ongoing struggle for liberty.
  Burma -- renamed Myanmar by military rulers -- is a beguiling corner of the world.
Burma's Historic Elections
Many travelers' eyes were trained on Burma (Myanmar) Sunday for an election that has been seen as the most democratic in years. The National League for Democracy party, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, gained a sweeping victory, winning a parliamentary majority. To understand the impact of these events, read more about "The Lady" and her country's journey toward democracy. For more even more recommendations, click here. Letters from Burma.
The Shwedagon of Yangon
Managing editor Jodie Vinson traveled to Yangon, Myanmar where she discovered a favorite spot in the golden glow of the Shwedagon Pagoda.

 

The Shwedagon of Yangon, Myanmar has been a favorite spot for over 2000 years, ever since eight strands of the Buddha’s hair were brought by merchants to King Okkalapa and enshrined beneath the a golden bell-shaped pagoda. Since 600BC the kings and queens of Burma have been adding gold and gems to the shrine, increasing their merit, as well as the merits of the Shwedagon as a destination that attracts travelers from around the world. Not only is the pagoda a place of pilgrimage and worship, the site is also a favorite place for locals to congregate for events ranging from pleasant picnics to political rallies.
The Burma Spring
Award-winning journalist Rena Pederson delivers an inspiring biography of the charismatic Aung San Suu Kyi, whose life and work has served as inspiration for Burma's first steps toward democracy. Drawing on exclusive interviews with Suu Kyi since her release from her 15-year house arrest, Pederson sheds new light on the hardships Suu Kyi and her people endured in their on-going struggle for liberty. The insightful biography opens with Pederson's secret interview with "The Lady" in 2003, revealing an intimate side to Burma's pro-democracy leader.
The Golden Lands
Weighing in at nearly 4 ½ pounds, Golden Lands is a hefty book, but don’t let that scare you – it’s a gentle giant! Vikram Lall’s insights into the religious architecture of Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam are invitingly well written and worth every ounce. Lall begins his treatment at Southeast Asia’s architectural beginning – as a humble chain of trading posts between India and southern China in which Buddhism spread and shrines were built as early as the 5th century. It wasn’t long before the stupas got taller, the pagodas got wider, more roofs appeared atop the wats and sprawls of Buddhist monuments blossomed in the deep jungle.