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Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.
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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

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

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

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

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

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, 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 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

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

Vietnam Now, A Reporter Returns

VNM47
David Lamb
Hachette
2003
288
1586481835
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
An insightful portrait of contemporary Vietnam by a Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent and National Geographic writer. Lamb interweaves stories of Vietnam today with his own experiences and memories as a young reporter for UPI during the war.
$17.00

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

Walking

WLK04
Henry David Thoreau
HarperCollins
1994
92
0062511130
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Slip this pocket edition of Thoreau's meditations on the spiritual benefits of this most civilized form of travel in your daypack for inspiration.
$9.99

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

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
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 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 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

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

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

More Books

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

A History of Laos

LAO06
Martin Stuart-Fox
Cambridge University Press
1997
256
0521597463
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive, scholarly history of the country, focusing on the modern period and emergence of Laos as a contemporary nation state. With chapters on the early kingdoms and French Laos.
$52.00

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

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

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

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

CBD62
Sichan Siv
HarperCollins
2009
320
0061375411
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.99

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

For Kids

Buddha Stories

ASA16
Demi
Henry Holt and Company
1997
32
0805048863
HARD COVER
Religion
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Intended for ages 4 to 8, this book tells 10 of the author's favorite "jakatas," or moral tales of the Buddha. She has sumptuously illustrated the volume in gold printed on deep, dark blue (in the tradition of an ancient Buddhist text).
$25.99

Chinese Fairy Tales and Fantasies

CHN146
Moss Roberts
Pantheon Books
1980
258
0394739949
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
Moss Roberts combed 2,500 years of the Chinese folk tradition for this excellent, family-friendly anthology, decorated with woodcut illustrations throughout.
$16.95

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

Children of the Dragon, Selected Tales from Vietnam

VNM53
Trina Schart Hyman (Illustrator), Sherry Garland
Pelican Publishing Company
2012
32
1455617091
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Six beautifully illustrated Vietnamese legends. This collection records the stories that have been passed down for generations including the pourquoi tale of how the tiger got its stripes and the myth of Vietnam's creation.
$16.99

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