Botan, Susan Fulop Kepner (Translator)
Letters from Thailand, A Novel
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.
Southeast Asia, An Introductory History
Now in its 11th edition, this lively and accessible guide to Southeast Asia written by one of the world’s preeminent historians of the area remains a classic in its field. Osborne focuses on the social, political and economic changes since the 18th century and also covers the art and literature of the region.
Eyewitness Guide Thailand
A compact illustrated guide featuring color photographs, excellent maps and a regional overview of Thailand’s natural and cultural attractions.
National Geographic Society
Thailand Adventure Map
A detailed relief map of Thailand , with index, at the scale of 1:1,1,300,000. Printed on tear-resistant, waterproof paper. Two Sides. 20×31 inches.
A site plan and pocket guide to the city of Angkor at a scale of 1:40,000.
Berndtson & Berndtson
A handy laminated, folded walking map of Bangkok at a scale of 1:14,000.
Groovy Map Co.
Groovy Chiang Mai Map
An easy-to-use, laminated map/guide to Chiang Mai. Includes maps and insets of Greater Chiang Mai, the city center and
Nimmanhaemin Road, plus helpful listings.
Angkor, Heart of an Asian Empire
An excellent guide to the site, this shirt-pocket encyclopedia of discovery features hundreds of color photographs, illustrations and maps.
Culture Smart! Thailand
A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with practical travel advice and a short overview of the land and people.
The Mekong, Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future
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.
A Traveller’s History of Southeast Asia
A compact history of the region, including the Khmer and other ancient kingdoms that produced Borobudur, Angkor and other architectural marvels. The authors include the history of diverse nations from Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia, to Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
Walpola Sri Rahula
What the Buddha Taught
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.
Anna and the King of Siam
Some say the tale is more fanciful than true, but it certainly has endured. The classic account of a governess in mid-19th century Siam, upon which “The King and I” is based. The book has seen a surge in popularity with both a revival of the musical and a Hollywood movie.
The River’s Tale, A Year on the Mekong
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.
Bangkok 8, A Novel
Witnessed by a throng of agape spectators, a charismatic Marine sergeant is murdered under a Bangkok bridge inside a bolted shut Mercedes Benz. Among the witnesses are the only two cops in the city not on the take, but within moments one is murdered and his partner, Sonchai Jitpleecheep — a devout Buddhist and the son of a Thai bar girl and a long-gone Vietnam War G.I. – is hell-bent on wreaking revenge.
This second installment in Nesbo’s bestselling Harry Hole series finds the inspector in Thailand’s red light district uncovering the mysterious murder of the Norwegian ambassador. Feeling that there is more at play than a random act of violence, Hole wanders the streets of Bangkok with the foreboding feeling that for every cockroach he sees, hundreds more are hidden.
Helen Ibbitson Jessup
Art & Architecture of Cambodia
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.
The Golden Lands, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos,
Myanmar, Thailand & Vietnam
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 photography and 3-D renderings.
Birds of Thailand
A compact, comprehensive guide with 128 color plates by a team of illustrators. Robson is also the author of the authoritative Birds of Southeast Asia.