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Indochina (Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia)

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INDOCHINA (VIETNAM, LAOS & CAMBODIA). Buy these 5 items as a set for $100 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

A Dragon Apparent, Travels in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam

SEA40
Norman Lewis
Sickle Moon
2003
358
090787133X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
1
1
0
A classic account of travels and adventure during the last years of French Indochina, strong on atmosphere with wonderfully detailed descriptions of local cultures and archaeological treasures. First published in 1951.
$35.00

Angkor, Heart of an Asian Empire

CBD01
Bruno Dagens
Thames & Hudson UK
1995
191
0810928019
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
An excellent guide to the site, this shirt-pocket encyclopedia of discovery features hundreds of color photographs, illustrations and maps.
$15.95

Footprint Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos

SEA52
Footprint Guides
Footprint Handbooks
2015
576
1910120332
PAPER
Guidebook
7/22/2016
0
0
0
0
With practical information on attractions, transportation, food, activities and lodgings. Includes Bangkok.
$25.99

Moon Angkor Wat

CBD79
Tom Vater
Avalon Travel Publishing
2015
260
1631211412
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Drawing on his long association with Cambodia, Vater covers all the practicalities of visiting Angkor, Siem Reap, Battambang and Phnom Penh in this slim guide.
$17.99

Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia Map

SEA75
Nelles
Nelles Maps
2016
1
3865745482
MAP
Reference
1
0
0
0
A great folded map of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia at a scale of 1:1,500,000. With inset maps for Central Vientiane, Hanoi, Luang Prabang, Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).
$13.95

Insight Flexi Map Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos

SEA96
Insight Guides
Ingram Publisher Services
2016
1
1780058233
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
An accordion-folded map of Southeast Asia, laminated for protection from weather and wear. It features a clear map of the area, plus an index, recommended sights and some traveler's information. Scaled at: 1:800,000.
$9.99

Berlitz Southeast Asia Phrase Book & Dictionary

SEA95
Inc. Berlitz International
Berlitz
2015
224
178004450X
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
For travelers in Southeast Asia, this pocket-sized, multi-language phrasebook includes: Burmese, Thai, Vietnamese, Khmer and Lao. Features essential words and phrases organized by situation.
$8.99

Eyewitness Guide Vietnam and Angkor Wat

VNM102
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2017
304
1465457143
PAPER
Guidebook
1/17/2017
0
0
0
0
Featuring innovative site diagrams, local maps and hundreds of color photographs, this handy companion introduces the culture, history and attractions of Vietnam.
$25.00

Lonely Planet Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Northern Thailand

SEA63
Nick Ray
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
544
1786570300
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This compact practical guide covers the entire Mekong region from the heights of Yunnan to Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
$27.99

Lonely Planet Vietnamese Phrasebook

VNM20
Nguyen Xuanthu
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
256
1786571099
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
A handy palm-sized guide to pronunciation, grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
$9.99

Communion, A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam

VNM147
Kim Fay
ThingsAsian
2010
293
193415914X
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
Fay recounts in savory detail a five-week journey with two friends from Hanoi to Saigon in search of the traditions, rituals and pleasures of food from local markets and street foods to haute cuisine.
$19.95

A History of Cambodia

CBD27
David Chandler
Perseus
2007
312
0813343631
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An excellent, scholarly history from early civilization through the rise of Angkor, French colonial period, Vietnamization of Cambodia, Khmer Rouge and Coup de Force of 1997.
$45.00

A Traveller's History of Southeast Asia

SEA36
J.M. Barwise, Nicholas J. White
Interlink Publishing Group
2015
352
1566564395
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A compact history of the region, including the Khmer and the various ancient kingdoms that produced Borobudur, Angkor and other architectural marvels.
$14.95

Batik, Traditional Textiles of Indonesia, From the Rudolf Smend & Donald Harper Collections

INS138
Donald Harper, Rudolf Smend
Charles E. Tuttle Company
2016
176
080484643X
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Unraveling the great Javanese tradition of batik textile, two of the world's foremost collectors discuss the cloth-making tradition, using plenty of previosuly unpublished vintage photographs.
$29.95

Cambodia's Curse, The Modern History of a Troubled Land

CBD70
Joel Brinkley
Hachette
2012
416
1586487876
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joel Brinkley returns to Cambodia a generation after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime to report on the country's continuing struggle to recover from its past.
$18.99

Descending Dragon, Rising Tiger, A History of Vietnam

VNM171
Peter D. Sharrock, Vu Hong Lien
University of Chicago Press
2014
272
1780233647
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
This first English-language account of Vietnam’s often neglected, understudied history takes us through 10,000 years of outsiders, invaders and technological innovation.
$45.00

Fire in the Lake

VNM12
Frances FitzGerald
Back Bay Books
2002
496
0316159190
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A classic historical, political and cultural portrait of the Vietnam War, seen through the eyes of the Vietnamese. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, FitzGerald, a staff writer at the New Yorker and a reporter in Vietnam, presents a vivid image of a revolution and a clear-sighted case for why the U.S offensive was doomed from the start.
$19.00

Southeast Asia, A Very Short Introduction

SEA100
James R. Rush
Oxford University Press
2017
160
0190248769
PAPER
History
4/1/2018
0
0
0
0
Part of Oxford University's Very Short Introduction series, this brief narrative covers all of the nations of Southeast Asia, exploring the development of its contemporary character. Rush shows how religious and ethnic rivalries, feudal hierarchies, age-old trade patterns and more remain beneath the surface of the area's modern national governments.
$11.95

Southeast Asia, An Introductory History

SEA73
Milton Osborne
Trafalgar Square
2016
368
1760291684
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
In the 12th edition of this classic, Osborne (The Mekong) traces social, political and economic change in the region since the 18th century.
$23.95

The Mekong, Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future

SEA28
Milton Osborne
Grove Press
2001
320
0802138020
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

Understanding Vietnam

VNM01
Neil Jamieson
University of California Press
1995
428
0520201574
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Jamieson's ambitious primer addresses politics, social history, village life, structural renewal, literature and the arts, revealing the Vietnamese worldview with insight and depth. It's a terrific introduction to Vietnam.
$31.95

Viet Nam, A History from Earliest Times to the Present

VNM195
Ben Kiernan
Oxford University Press
2017
648
0195160762
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
Kiernan's sophisticated work of scholarship reveals a very old country with a long memory. His tome covers over 3,000 years of ethnic diversity, kingdoms, colonialism, independence and war.
$34.95

Vietnam, Rising Dragon

VNM134
Bill Hayton
Yale University Press
2011
272
030017814X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The veteran BBC newsman covers the tangled politics, rapidly changing economy, culture, history and people of Vietnam with great insight in this timely portrait of a nation in transition.
$24.00

Art & Architecture of Cambodia

CBD41
Helen Ibbitson Jessup
Thames & Hudson
2004
224
050020375X
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

Arts of Southeast Asia

SEA45
Fiona Kerlogue
Thames & Hudson
2004
224
0500203814
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A handsome guide to the art, architecture, textiles and crafts of Southeast Asia.
$16.95

Lost Kingdoms, Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia

SEA87
John Guy
Yale University Press
2014
317
030020437X
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This seminal work situates first-century Southeast Asian art in a wider historical and religious context. John Guy, a curator at the Met, explains the artistic and religious heritage of Southeast Asia through scholarly essays and 360 illustrations.
$65.00

Textiles of Southeast Asia: Tradition, Trade and Transformation

SEA86
Robyn Maxwell
Charles E. Tuttle Company
2014
432
0804844402
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Maxwell explores Southeastern Asian history through an impressive array of textiles, introducing readers to techniques, uses and the effects of outside influences. Features 580 photos.
$49.95

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

SEA88
Vikram Lall
Abbeville Publishing Group
2014
280
0789211947
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
The product of 25 years of research into Buddhist architecture, this survey 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. Gorgeously illustrated throughout with color photos and 3D renderings.
$95.00

The Eaves of Heaven, A Life in Three Wars

VNM120
Andrew X. Pham
Crown
2009
320
0307381218
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Pham recounts the story of his father's life during the French occupation, Japanese invasion and the American War, weaving such momentous events with anecdotes from his childhood and details of family, friends, food and daily life.
$16.00

The Gods Drink Whiskey

CBD46
Stephen T. Asma
HarperCollins
2006
288
0060834501
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Asma writes with verve and wit in this eye-opening account of his year-long 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.
$14.99

The River's Tale, A Year on the Mekong

SEA33
Edward Gargan
Vintage Books
2003
352
0375705597
PAPER
Travel Narrative
1
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

The Sacred Willow, Four Generations in the Life of a Vietnamese Family

VNM39
Duong Van Mai Elliott
Oxford University Press
2000
506
0195137876
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This vivid family saga, beginning with the author's great-grandfather, captures the momentous history of Vietnam over the last 100 years.
$24.99

The Quiet American

VNM08
Graham Greene
Penguin
2004
180
0143039024
PAPER
Literature
0
1
0
0
A classic, this is the most famous Western work of fiction on Vietnam. Greene writes of a love triangle between a war correspondent, his Vietnamese consort and an optimistic young American during the last days of French rule.
$17.00

The Sorrow of War, A Novel of North Vietnam

VNM07
Bao Ninh
Riverhead Books
1996
213
1573225436
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A powerful novel by a former North Vietnamese soldier, this short book captures the appalling conditions of war, alternating vivid scenes from the front lines with flashbacks from the protagonist's rural youth.
$16.00

The Stars, the Earth, the River: Short Stories

VNM181
Minh Khue Le
Curbstone Press
1997
231
1880684470
PAPER
Literature
1/1/2112
0
0
0
0
In her collection of 14 stories, former Vietnamese war correspondent Le Minh Khue examines the war-torn country, its suffering and its loss.
$16.95

The Things They Carried

VNM32
Tim O'Brien
Mariner Books
2009
246
0618706410
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
National Book Award-winner O'Brien captures the daily life of a soldier in Vietnam in this loosely structured, powerful collection of stories.
$15.99

Vietnam, A Traveler's Literary Companion

VNM04
John Balaban, Nguyen Qui Duc
Whereabouts Press
1996
239
1883513022
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
From rainforest to city, these 17 stories from Vietnam's finest writers explore its landscapes, myths and changing traditions.
$14.95

Birds of Southeast Asia

SEA49
Craig Robson
Princeton University Press
2005
304
0691124353
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This authoritative, masterfully illustrated guide, featuring 140 color plates covering 1,270 species throughout the region, includes Malaysia, Burma, Borneo and Indonesia.
$37.50

Pocket Photo Guide to the Birds of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos

SEA97
Peter Davidson
Bloomsbury USA
2017
144
1472932846
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
With clear color photographs and brief, authoritative descriptions Bloomsbury's field guide to Southeast Asia depicts 252 of the country's most common birds with clear color photographs and brief descriptions. The book easily slips in a pocket or daypack.
$16.00

Pocket Photo Guide to the Mammals of South-East Asia

SEA99
Charles Francis
Bloomsbury USA
2017
128
147293797X
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
With clear color photographs and brief, authoritative descriptions Bloomsbury's field guide to Southeast Asia depicts 192 of the country's most common mammals with clear color photographs and brief descriptions. The book easily slips in a pocket or daypack.
$16.00

Reef Fishes of South-East Asia

SEA98
Michael Aw, Elizabeth Wood
Macmillan
2017
144
147294058X
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Designed for quick identification, this compact field guide provides line drawings, color photos and concise descriptions of 270 species of fish, corals and invertebrates common to Southeast Asia's reefs.
$20.00

Southeast Asia Birds, A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species

SEA90
James Kavanagh
Waterford Press
2015
1583559612
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A laminated, pocket-sized reference to 140 birds common to Southeast Asian. Each is profiled with detailed illustrations and easy-to-read descriptions.
$7.95

Southeast Asia Wildlife, A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Animals

SEA91
James Kavanagh
Waterford Press
2015
1583559620
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A laminated, pocket-sized reference to 140 birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians common to Southeast Asian. Each is profiled with detailed illustrations and easy-to-read descriptions.
$7.95

Wildlife of Southeast Asia

SEA94
Susan Myers
Princeton University Press
2016
288
0691154856
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Designed for quick identification, this field guide covers the area's common fauna with descriptions, distribution maps and 500 color photos.
$22.95

For Kids

Children of the River

CBD30
Linda Crew
Laurel-Leaf Publishing
1991
213
0440210224
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
Although this young adult novel is set in Oregon, its characters are a family of refugees from Khmer Rouge-controlled Cambodia. The teenaged protagonist, Sundara, vividly remembers her flight from Pol Pot's army. Ages 12 and up.
$6.99

Water Buffalo Days, Growing Up in Vietnam

VNM51
Huynh Quang Nhuong
HarperCollins
1999
128
0064462110
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
As a child in pre-war rural Vietnam, the author relied on his water buffalo, named Tank, for protection, income and companionship. This spare memoir tells Tank's story -- and the family's -- up to the first signs of war. Ages 9-12.
$5.99

Goodbye, Vietnam

VNM54
Gloria Whelan
Random House
1993
135
067982376X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A story of hope, home and family in war-torn Vietnam. 13-year-old Mai must flee her home and embark on a dangerous journey to Hong Kong when the Vietnamese government threatens to arrest her grandmother. Ages 9-12.
$6.99

10,000 Days of Thunder: A History of the Vietnam War

VNM90
Philip Caputo
Atheneum
2005
128
0689862318
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
An excellent illustrated history of the Vietnam War from its origins to its lasting effects. Vietnam veteran Philip Caputo describes the politics surrounding the conflict, the major battles and the key figures, providing a lucent and informative introduction for young adults.
$25.99

Folk Stories of the Hmong, Peoples of Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam

SEA84
Dia Cha
Greenwood
2000
135
0872878546
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
This book contains interpretations of the oral folk stories of the Hmong people, with photographs of the native dress and illustrations depicted in the style of Pa Ndau story cloth.
$40.00

The Cambodian Dancer, Sophany's Gift of Hope

CBD94
Daryn Reicherter
Charles E. Tuttle Company
2015
32
0804845166
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Written for ages 5 to 8, this children’s book is the true story of a Cambodian refugee who built a life in the US after surviving the Khmer Rouge. While counseling other refugees, she creates a dance school for children, teaching them about their culture and the land of their ancestors. Illustrated by award-winning artist Christy Hale.
$14.95

Listen, Slowly

VNM184
Thanhha Lai
HarperCollins
2016
288
0062229192
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
In this middle-grade novel, a first generation Vietnamese-American girl, Mai, travels with her grandmother to Vietnam, reluctantly exploring her heritage and finding out much more than she expected about Vietnam -- and about herself.
$6.99

More Books

The Lover

CBD09
Marguerite Duras
Pantheon Books
1998
117
0375700528
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A haunting tale of coming-of-age in Indochina during the 1930s, beautifully evoking its setting and the complex emotions of a young girl, her family and her wealthy Chinese lover.
$12.95

National Geographic Vietnam

VNM93
Jim Sullivan
National Geographic
2014
272
1426213638
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This guide to Vietnam, published in the National Geographic attractive visual style, features hundreds of photographs, full color maps and good information on history, nature, culture and travel in Vietnam.
$22.95

Curse of the Pogo Stick

LAO18
Colin Cotterill
Soho Press
2009
240
1569475903
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A pogo stick brings a curse on a Hmong village (which our hero, the septuagenarian national coroner Dr. Siri, is improbably asked to remove) in this thrilling fifth quirky mystery set in Laos.
$15.95

The Coroner's Lunch

LAO21
Colin Cotterill
Soho Press
2015
304
1616956496
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
The first in Colin Cotterill's wonderful Dr. Siri Paiboun mystery series follows the septuagenarian national coroner of Laos as he navigates both the criminal underworld of communist Laos and the spiritual world of his ancestors.
$9.99

The Road of Lost Innocence

CBD65
Somaly Mam
Gardners Books
2008
205
0385526229
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Sold into servitude by her grandfather, Mam recounts the experiences of her early life, her awakening as an activist and her work to rescue thousands of women and children in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos.
$13.00

The Last Unicorn, A Search for One of Earth's Rarest Creatures

SEA89
William Debuys
Little Brown and Company
2015
368
0316232874
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A simply-written, tender travelogue about a scientist's search for a rare, newly discovered animal in the mountain forests of Laos: the saola.
$18.00

Eating Viet Nam

VNM177
Graham Holliday, Anthony Bourdain (Foreword)
Ecco Press
2015
320
0062293060
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
While living in Vietnam, native Englishman Holliday penned this gastronomic tour that takes him from fancy dining tables to streetside vendors and everywhere in between. A genuine adventure through Vietnamese cuisine.
$15.99

Hunters in the Dark

CBD95
Lawrence Osborne
Penguin Putnam
2016
320
0553447343
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Evoking the heat and danger of Cambodia, Lawrence Osborne’s literary thriller is a critically acclaimed journey through the country’s haunted, seductive jungle. A 28-year-old teacher decides to quit his boring life by "going missing," walking behind the j
$16.00

Diving in Southeast Asia, A Guide to the Best Sites in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand

SEA93
Sarah Ann Wormald
Periplus Editions
2016
288
0804845948
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
With detailed information on local diving lore, site conditions, accommodations and transportation, plus 100 color photos, this guide to the warm waters of tropical Asia is ideal for planning a diving vacation.
$19.95

Vietnam: A New History

VNM191
Christopher Goscha
Perseus
2016
592
0465094368
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
Telling the story of contemporary Vietnam solely from the perspective of the Vietnamese, Goscha explains how Vietnamese expansion and foreign invasion have kept the nation in a state of unrest for the last 200 years.
$35.00

Moon Hanoi, Including Ha Long Bay

VNM216
Dana Filek-gibson
Hachette
2017
160
1631217127
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This compact guide combines an overview of the history, culture and nature of Hanoi, plus Ha Long Bay, with practical information for travelers. The book also features full-color photographs, maps and illustrations.
$14.99

Moon Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon

VNM215
Dana Filek-gibson
Hachette
2017
160
1631217135
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This compact guide combines an overview of the history, culture and nature of Ho Chi Minh City and Saigon with practical information for travelers. The book also features full-color photographs, maps and illustrations.
$14.99