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The following list of books, DVDs, CDs, videos, newspapers, etc., are media that we can recommend to you if you are contemplating a visit to this country. We have tried to identify three books, including at least one guidebook, that we would most strongly recommend you read or at least browse before you go. If you have more time and interest you can get as deeply involved as you like. You may find some of these materials more relevant when you come back and want to get answers to questions that developed in-country. We also like to recommend various DVDs with films or documentaries that you should find educational. They will also give you a glimpse of the country before you actually arrive. Most of these items have a link to Amazon where you can purchase them if you like, but some materials are not available at Amazon (is that really possible?) and have links to other sites. We hope you find this list helpful.

Travel Guides
A Traveller's History of Southeast Asia
By J. M. Barwise and N. J. White
Interlink Books, New York, NY, 2002

From the early Christian era in Europe, Southeast Asia was known as the "Land of Gold." It is a region blessed with a rich diversity of cultures, peoples, and scenery. A Traveller's History of Southeast Asia is a lucid and concise introduction to the histories of the modern states of Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Singapore, Brunei, and East Timor, providing an essential guide for tourists and general readers alike.
The book spans the history of the region from "Java Man" some one million years ago to the development of the high-tech, skyscraper cities of the new millennium. It journeys through the classical kingdoms that produced such architectural marvels as Borobudur in Java and Angkor Wat in Cambodia, then explores Southeast Asia's growing trade with the outside world from 1500 to its colonization in the 19th and 20th centuries by European imperial powers. Next, the region's struggles for independence in the last century are discussed in detail, as are the dramatic and tragic events of the post-independence era such as the Vietnam War and the Cambodia genocide. The book's final chapter highlights the remarkable successes and failings of the region due to recent economic development. A Traveller's History of Southeast Asia shows how the region's soul has been preserved despite tremendous external pressures. Top
 

Indonesia Handbook--Footprint Handbooks
By Joshua Eliot, Jane Bickersteth, et al.
NTC/Contemporary Publishing Company, 1998

The Indonesia Handbook explores all that this diverse country has to offer, island by island, from Sumatra in the west through Java and Bali, Sulawesi and Nusa Tenggara to Maluku, the group of 'spice islands' in the east. The authors' knowledge of the vast region is unsurpassable and features comprehensive background information covering every aspect of Indonesia's heritage. Top
 

Let's Go: Southeast Asia
By Let's Go Publications
Let's Go Publications, Cambridge, MA , 2004

Completely revised and updated, Let's Go: Southeast Asia puts forty-five years of travel savvy at your fingertips, with helpful commentary and plenty of listings to get you where you need to be. From cosmopolitan Singapore to the most remote villages of Laos, the new edition delivers expanded cultural information, plus more study and volunteering opportunities--the tools that will help you hit the road like a seasoned traveler, not just a tourist. Whether you'd rather tempt Lady Luck at a five-star casino on the Thai-Cambodian border or watch fireflies flit off into the night in Malaysia, Let's Go's intrepid researchers ensure that you're in tune with this quickly changing region. Top
 

Lonely Planet Indonesia
By Patrick Witton, Mark Elliot, et al.
Lonely Planet Publications Pty., Ltd., Victoria, Australia, 2003

Discover a kaleidoscope of cultures, find surfing nirvana on a palm-fringed island, or get up-close to orangutans in Borneo's jungle--plan the Indonesian adventure of a lifetime with this comprehensive guide. Included are over 200 detailed, easy-to-read maps to guide your travels; thousands of accommodation and restaurant options; tips on idyllic beach getaways and crystal-clear snorkeling spots; a section on climbing and surviving Indonesia's 129 volcanoes; a spice-lover's guide to Indonesia's classic cuisine; detailed info on Indonesian crafts, including ikat, gold and silver jewelry; a comprehensive language guide and glossary--know your kraton from your kretek; plus up-to-date advice on security issues and visa regulations. Top
 

Southeast Asia--Insight Guides
By Heidi Sopinka, Editor, et al.
APA Publications, Singapore, 2003

This 430-page book includes a section detailing Southeast Asia's history and covers aspects of Southeast Asian life and culture, ranging from Malaysia's ancient rainforests to delicious Thai cuisine. It also contains a country-by-country visitor's guide to the sights; a comprehensive "Travel Tips" section packed with essential contact addresses and numbers; plus many amazing photographs and 23 maps. --Amazon.com

Thailand, Burma, Laos & Cambodia, Viertnam, Malasia, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines are all illuminated through the guide's evocative photography, insightful text, and incisive evaluations. Top
 

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