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1. Posted by andy_d (Budding Member 40 posts) 7y

these countries? I'd like to take with me a couple of books for all the flights I'll be on.

Vietnam - already ordering the Quiet American
Thailand - I had one in mind but I forget the name
Cambodia
Indonesia

Probably won't be bring 4 with me but still would like to read up on anything popular even after I get back

2. Posted by jumpybongo (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y

bangkok 8 / tatoo/haunts by john burdett

suiperb trilogy that captures bkk/thai mindset perfectly

enjoy

3. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 7y

the Beach for Thailand definitely if you've not already read it...

4. Posted by andy_d (Budding Member 40 posts) 7y

Thanks!

itenerant - I actually saw the movie. I assume it's the same actually. I liked it but would prefer reading other things seeing that I'll know the general plot already

jumpybongo - ordered bangkok 8 to go along with quiet american :)

5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3712 posts) 7y

For Vietnam check out 'Catfish and Mandala' - a great read by Andrew X Pham.

For Cambodia I would recommend 'First they killed my father' by Loung Ung.

I'd agree with the suggestion about Bangkok 8 for Thailand as it was a really good read.

6. Posted by andy_d (Budding Member 40 posts) 7y

Thanks bex! I'll definitely look into the suggestions

7. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 7y

Quoting andy_d

itenerant - I actually saw the movie. I assume it's the same actually. I liked it but would prefer reading other things seeing that I'll know the general plot already

The book is much better though ;)

i read "If i die in a combat zone" by Tim O'Brien in Vietnam and quite liked it, its a small book so if you want a shorter reading on the war then maybe you can check it out...

8. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 7y

Quoting itenerant

Quoting andy_d

itenerant - I actually saw the movie. I assume it's the same actually. I liked it but would prefer reading other things seeing that I'll know the general plot already

The book is much better though ;)

I agree with itenerant. The Beach is a brilliant novel, a page-turner for me. The movie wasn't anything to shout about.

9. Posted by andy_d (Budding Member 40 posts) 7y

Ok ok I'll check it out after I get back :) Trying to keep it to be just 1 book per country though more than likely I may just get a chance to go through two. Appreciate the suggestions!

10. Posted by joffre (Respected Member 157 posts) 7y

I liked the following;
Vietnam - One Crowded Hour
Cambodia - Highways to War, The Gate
Indonesia - Year of Living Dangerously