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1. Posted by andy_d (Budding Member 40 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

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 Star this if you like it!

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 Star this if you like it!

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

4. Posted by andy_d (Budding Member 40 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

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 3821 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

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 Star this if you like it!

Thanks bex! I'll definitely look into the suggestions

7. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

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 Star this if you like it!

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 Star this if you like it!

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 Star this if you like it!

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