Reading list inspiration for travel
Books & eBooks
- Brother Number One: A Political Biography of Pol PotView on Amazon The book explores Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge, fundamental to an understanding of the Cambodian tragedy and the country today. By David P Chandler
- Guide to the Temples of AngkorView on ApproachGuides.com* A comprehensive background and tour itinerary for the temples of Angkor.
- In the Shadow of the BanyanView on Amazon The novel tells the story of a seven-year-old girl who survives the Khmer Rouge's killing fields. By Vaddey Ratner.
- Lands of Charm and Cruelty: Travels in Southeast AsiaView on Amazon The author profiles five Southeast Asian neighboring countries, revealing their underlying contradictions: Burma, Singapore, Laos, Cambodia and Borneo (Indonesia/Malaysia/Brunei). An enlightening, politically savvy, exotic journey of discovery. By Stan Stesser.
- Masterpieces of the National Museum of CambodiaView on Amazon A review of the excellent collection at this Phnom Penh institution. By Helen Jessup and John Gollings.
- Phnom Penh: A Cultural HistoryView on Amazon The author provides an insider's view on the cultural and literary history of this enigmatic capital city. By Milton Osborne.
- The Lost ExecutionerView on Amazon Tells the story of how Comrade Duch, a seemingly ordinary man from one of the poorer parts of Cambodia, could turn into one of the worst mass murderers of the twentieth century. By Nic Dunlop.
- Theravada BuddhismView on Amazon A comprehensive look at this destination's unique flavor of Buddhism. By Richard F Gombrich.
- To Cambodia with LoveView on Amazon A collaboration, containing personal essays by more than fifty writers; each essay is paired with a practical fact file so that travelers can follow in the writer's footsteps. By Twefic El-Sawy.
- What the Buddha TaughtView on Amazon An excellent introductory text on the Buddha's teachings and one of the standard texts used in colleges and universities around the world. By Walpola Rahula.
Articles & Academic Papers
- “A Voice From The Killing Fields”View on theguardian.com Most of Cambodia's musicians were among the two million slaughtered by Pol Pot. By chance Nik Cohn heard the songs of one - and, seduced, began a quest to find out what became of her. By Nik Cohn.
- “Cambodia’s Orphan-Industrial Complex”View on TheAtlantic.com The country's orphanages are brimming, but along with brighter opportunities for poor kids come signs of long-lasting attachment issues. By Chris Walker and Morgan Hartley.
- “City of Water: Architecture, Urbanism and the Floods of Phnom Penh”View on cityofwater.com This scholarly article records the architectural and urban conditions sustained by and subject to the cyclical floods of the city’s rivers and the challenges faced by Phnom Penh as it rapidly urbanizes in a flood plain. By Shelby Elizabeth Doyle.
- “Genocides, Remembered and Forgotten”View on NewYorker.com Trying those responsible for the Khmer Rouge's genocide. By George Packer.
- “In Cambodia’s Capital, an Infusion of Flavor”View on NYTimes.com The burgeoning restaurant scene in Phnom Penh. By Naomi Lindt.
- “Never Forget”View on GQ.com Visiting Cambodia, and a Khmer Rouge prison camp, 30 years after the genocide. By Michael Paterniti.
- “Out From Behind a Camera at a Khmer Torture House”View on nytimes.com He had a job to do, and he did it supremely well, under threat of death, within earshot of screams of torture: methodically photographing Khmer Rouge prisoners and producing a haunting collection of mug shots that has become the visual symbol of Cambodia’s mass killings. By Seth Mydans.
- “The Embassy of Cambodia”View on NewYorker.com The story of a young girl's relationship with the mysterious building. By Zadie Smith.
- “The Lost Future of Cambodia”View on RoadsandKingdoms.com Inside Phnom Penh's White Building. By Erin Hale.
- “The Story of Thaksin Shinawatra”View on London Review of Books Excellent insight into the workings of the Cambodian political system. By Richard Lloyd Parry.
- “Tonle Sap Fisheries”View on fao.org A detailed review of southeast Asia's largest lake's ecosystem.
Online Sources & Blogs
- Apsara & DevataVisit devata.org The Khmer temples of Angkor hold nearly 2000 carved reliefs of dancing women. This website is dedicated to the subject, an excellent source of scholarly information.
- Contemporary Artists in CambodiaView on theculturetrip.com A review of Phnom Penh's best art galleries. By Marian Shek.
- Cosmology & Architecture at AngkorVisit ApproachGuides.com* How cosmology shapes the design of temples in Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
- Google Maps Street View of AngkorVisit Google.com Get a Google Maps "Street View" of Angkor's temples.
- Khmer 440Visit Khmer440.com An informative expat guide to the country.
- Living in Southeast AsiaVisit AlfredMeier.me A good expat blog with a more political bent.
- Travelers’ Health | CambodiaVisit CDC.gov Get the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendations for vaccines and medicines.
- What are Japa Malas?Visit ApproachGuides.com* The use of prayer beads (aka japa malas).
- World Bank | CambodiaVisit worldbank.org A great resource for the country's quality of living indicators, economy and climate change data.
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Who to Follow
- Facebook: Angkor National MuseumFollow Angkor National Museum National museum in the town of Siem Reap.
- Twitter: Andrew RC MarshallFollow @Journotopia Southeast Asia Special Correspondent for Reuters • Pulitzer Prize Winner 2014 • Author of The Trouser People: Burma in the Shadow of the Empire.
- Twitter: Cambodia DailyFollow @cambodiadaily For the best review of Cambodian headlines in English.
- Twitter: Gran TourismoFollow @gran_tourismo Local experts on all things Cambodian. Very thoughtful posts.
- Twitter: Kevin DoyleFollow @Kevin_Doyle An Irish journalist resident in Phnom Penh.