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Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand

Reading and Travel Guide
Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude. We have updated the original package. These are the current recommendations.
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Item EXSEA388. Buy these 6 items as a set for $108 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.
$33.95

What the Buddha Taught

SEA41
Walpola Sri Rahula
Grove Press
1994
151
0802130313
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
A classic introduction to Buddhism by a respected monk and scholar from Sri Lanka. Provides translations from original texts with explanations for Western readers. A good foundation for anyone interested in understanding the foundations of Buddhism.
$16.00

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

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Bangkok

TLD112
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2014
128
1465410430
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This slim guide, geared for visitors on a short stay, features color photographs and maps.
$14.00

Eyewitness Guide Vietnam and Angkor Wat

VNM102
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2017
304
1465457143
PAPER
Guidebook
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

Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia Map

SEA75
Nelles
Nelles Maps
2016
1
3865745482
MAP
Reference
0
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

Bangkok Map

TLD70
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2010
2
3866091311
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A handy laminated, folded walking map of Bangkok at a scale of 1:14,000.
$8.95

Culture Smart! Thailand

TLD79
Roger Jones
Kuperard
2014
168
1857336917
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with practical travel advice and a short overview of the land and people.
$9.95

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

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.
$17.99

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

Phnom Penh, A Cultural History

CBD58
Milton Osborne
Oxford University Press
2008
256
0195342488
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
As a one-time resident of Phnom Penh and an authority on Southeast Asia, Milton Osborne provides a colorful account of the troubled history and appealing culture of Cambodia's capital city.
$18.95

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

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

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

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 Cat from Hue, A Vietnam Story

VNM67
John Laurence
Hachette
2002
864
1586481606
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Journalist John Laurence's detailed and haunting account of Vietnam War combines his first hand experiences as a correspondent with a historical overview of the war. The cat in the title is Meo, a Vietnamese stray he adopted along the way.
$24.99

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
0
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

Sightseeing, Stories

TLD68
Rattawut Lapcharoensap
Grove Press
2006
247
0802142346
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Lapcharoensap's remarkable debut collection of seven stories includes sharp, funny portraits of contemporary Thailand and its generation gap.
$16.00

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

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

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Dispatches

VNM03
Michael Herr
Everyman's Library
2009
296
0679735259
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
7/31/2017
0
0
0
0
Herr’s impressionistic memoir of his time as a war correspondent in Vietnam is a modern classic, and not for the faint of heart. Drawing high praise from the New York Times, the Washington Post and many others, it’s been called the best book ever written
$25.00

Anna and the King of Siam

TLD09
Margaret Landon
HarperCollins
2000
395
0060954884
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.99

Shadows and Wind

VNM43
Robert Templer
Penguin Putnam
1999
398
0140285970
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A British journalist based in Vietnam, Templer cuts through myth and legend to offer a lively, opinionated portrait of contemporary Vietnam.
$17.00

Letters from Thailand, A Novel

TLD45
Botan, Susan Fulop Kepner (Translator)
2002
350
9747551675
PAPER
Literature
0
0
1
0
A prize-winning novel first published in 1969 and newly translated into English. Taking the form of a series of letters back home to his mother, it 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.
$19.95

Phra Farang: An English Monk in Thailand

TLD60
Phra Peter Pannapadipo
Gardners Books
2005
356
0099484471
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Phra Peter Pannapadipo (AKA Peter Robinson) writes with candor and humor of his transformation from London businessman to novice Buddhist monk.
$16.00

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Southeast Asia

SEA39
Morten Strange
Gardners Books
2014
400
0804844518
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A compact photographic guide to almost 700 species of birds in the region, featuring concise descriptions and distribution maps.
$24.95