Suggested Reading List
Author: Dawn Rooney
Description: A site plan and pocket guide to the city of Angkor at a scale of 1:40,000.
Angkor, Heart of an Asian Empire
Author: Bruno Dagens
Description: An excellent guide to the site, this shirt-pocket encyclopedia of discovery features hundreds of color photographs, illustrations and maps.
Art & Architecture of Cambodia
Author: Helen Ibbitson Jessup
Description: 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.
History of the Philippines, The Biography of a Country
Author: Luis Francia
Description: Spanning from the first colonial settlement in the 16th century to the present, this book provides an in-depth introduction tailored for the curious traveler.
Hot Sour Salty Sweet, A Culinary Journey Through Southeast Asia
Author: Jeffrey Alford, Naomi Duguid
Description: From Salsas to Street Foods, Noodles to Desserts, dishes from different cuisines within Southeast Asia appear side by side in this magnificently illustrated cookbook and cultural guide to the mighty Mekong and the foods of the region from Southern China to Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
Insight Guide Philippines
Author: Bill Williams (Editor)
Description: A volume in the award-winning Insight series, this guide is noted for its wonderful photography, superb production and informative short essays. It is a thoroughly illustrated, comprehensive guide to the history, culture and nature of the Philippines.
Letters from Thailand, A Novel
Author: Botan, Susan Fulop Kepner (Translator)
Description: 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.
Lonely Planet Bangkok
Author: Andrew Burke
Description: This comprehensive, practical guide includes a good overview of history and attractions, dozens of color maps, and even a section on Thai language.
Phnom Penh, A Cultural History
Author: Milton Osborne
Description: 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.
Playing With Water: A Passion and Solitude on a Philippine Island
Author: James Hamilton-Paterson
Description: In this altogether wonderful memoir, Hamilton-Paterson writes with unusual warmth of his time among the villagers -- and under the water -- on a small Filipino island.
Southeast Asia Map
Description: A clear, double-sided map of all of Southeast Asia at a scale of 1:4,500,000.
Southeast Asia, A Concise History
Author: Mary Somers Heidhues
Description: A highly readable, illustrated history of Southeast Asia, covering politics, economics, society and culture. With 131 black-and-white illustrations and 11 maps.
Southeast Asia, An Introductory History
Author: Milton Osborne
Description: Osborne (The Mekong) traces social, political and economic change in the region since the 18th century in this standard text. 10th edition.
Temple of a Thousand Faces
Author: John Shors
Description: Cenetered on Prince Jayavar and his favorite wife Ajadevi, Shors sets his sixth novel amid the sprawling complex of temples at Angkat the height of Khmer power in 12th-century Cambodia. The title comes from Bayon, the temple in the heart of Angkor Thom, known for its intricately carved faces of the king..
The Malay Archipelago
Author: Alfred Russel Wallace
Description: A contemporary of Darwin, the great British naturalist describes his wanderings throughout Borneo, Java, Bali, Lombok, the Moluccas, New Guinea and remote islands from 1854 to 1862 in this classic of natural history and travel.
The Mekong, Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future
Author: Milton Osborne
Description: 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.
Vanishing Treasures of the Philippine Rain Forest
Author: Jacinto Regalado, Jr., Lawrence Heaney
Description: A richly illustrated account of the diversity, wildlife and threats to the rain forest of the Philippines.
Wild Asia, Spirit of a Continent
Author: Mark Brazil, Art Wolfe (Photographer)
Description: Organized by bioregion, this lavishly illustrated survey covers plants, animals, habitats and landscapes from the Himalayas to India, Indonesia, Korea, Japan and the Russian Far East.
Wild Borneo, The Wildlife and Scenery of Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimantan
Author: Nick Garbutt, Cede Prudente, David Attenborough (Photographer)
Description: This beautiful oversized book of 250 color photographs and accompanying essays on Borneo's habitats, wildlife, history and conservation (including a chapter on the Heart of Borneo project), published in association with the World Wildlife Fund, is an excellent overview of the natural history of the island.