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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

Lonely Planet Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei, A Travel Survival Kit
By Peter Turner, Chris Taylor, et al.
Lonely Planet Publications Pty., Ltd., Victoria, Australia, 2001

The crossroads of Asia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei offer a travel experience unlike any other. Go fast, go slow, hit the streets or get off the beaten track--this insiders' guide shows you how. The guidebook contains helpful insights to light your way in deepest, darkest Borneo; more than 80 maps, plus a full-color regional map; advice on where to climb high, dive deep, shop till you drop, and eat till you pop; hundreds of accommodation listings, from budget dorms to luxurious hideaways; and directions to help you get around by trains, planes and automobiles, buses, bikes, boots, and boats. There's also a user-friendly Malay language chapter. Top

Lonely Planet Malaysia, Singapore, & Brunei
By Simon Richmond, Marie Cambon, et al.
Lonely Planet Publications Pty. Ltd., Oakland, CA, 2004

Experience the jungle-frontier excitement of Malaysian Borneo or the sleek sophistication of Kuala Lumpur, sip gin slings amid colonial grandeur in Singapore or hot tea at a tea station in the Cameron Highlands, watch light playing on the domes of a stunning mosque in Brunei or the sun rippling on the water at Pulau Perhentian--this comprehensive guide covers all this and much more.

Use the Outdoors section to trek the magnificent Taman Negara, climb the majestic Mount Kinabalu, or raft the mighty Batang Rejang; slurp noodles at bustling Penang hawker stalls or brightly lit night markets in Singapore using the Food & Drink chapter; get around with 122 detailed maps, including customised itineraries and walking tour maps; talk the talk with the Malay language chapter; and get the background on the region's environmental, political, and economic issues. This is a comprehensive guide for worldly-wise travelers. Top

Rough Guide to Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei
By Rough Guides
Rough Guides, London, U.K., 2003

The Rough Guide to Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei provides detailed accounts of Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, plus Penang, Melaka, Kuching and all the other cities and main towns; up-to-the-minute reviews of the best places to eat and stay, in every area and for every budget; evocative coverage of the area's landscapes, from the national parks and Mount Kinabalu to a host of offshore islands; knowledgeable background on history, wildlife, the environment, religion, music, and cuisines; plus full-color photos and 90 maps. 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.

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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