Insight Guides: Laos & Cambodia

Insight Guides: Laos & Cambodia

Paperback(Third Edition)

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Insight Guide Laos and Cambodia is the only full color travel guide to these two fascinating countries, and its lively narrative and stunning images provide both inspiration and information to plan a memorable trip to Indochina. The Best Of section shows you the unmissable sights and experiences – Angkor, the region’s most spectacular sight, as well as the two contrasting capitals: laid-back, French-influenced Vientiane in Laos and Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s animated capital on the banks of the Mekong River, plus markets, temples, relaxing beaches and islands. Lively features focus on the two countries’ history and culture, while the Places chapters show you where to go in Laos and Cambodia, with beautiful photography, insightful descriptions of all the main attractions, and detailed, full color maps for easy orientation. The Travel Tips section provides practical information for planning a trip and getting around once you’re there, plus our independent reviews of selected hotels and restaurants lead you to the most authentic establishments, full of local character.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780051376
Publisher: Apa Publications
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Series: Insight Guides Series
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Andrew Forbes graduated in Chinese Studies from the University of Leeds before completing an MA in Islamic Studies and a Ph.D. in Central Asian History. He lectured in East African History at the University of Khartoum (1977-78) and in Islamic Studies at the University of Aberdeen (1982-88). He has traveled extensively in Asia and Africa and has worked with Insight on more than 30 guides. Currently he is editor of Crescent Press Agency and of Pictures From History, an online image library specialising in historical images of Asia.

David Henley is a professional photographer and travel writer based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he has lived with his wife and family for more than 20 years. He has worked with Insight on more than 30 guides, as well as writing and providing images for a wide range of other publishing houses and publications. He has traveled extensively in Asia, and is currently Managing Director of CPA Media Ltd (Crescent Press Agency) and of Pictures From History, an online image library specialising in historical images of Asia.

Adam Bray has contributed to more than 25 books on travel in Southeast Asia and has reported on his discoveries of ancient Hindu temples and jungle adventures with lost tribes for the likes of CNN, CNNGo, the BBC and National Geographic Traveler. Travels further abroad have taken him to visit Rwanda’s mountain gorillas and report from New Zealand’s Hobbit holes for SyFy. Adam currently resides in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Simon Stewart is an English freelance writer based in Bangkok, who has lived and worked in Southeast Asia for 10 years ¬– stints in Cambodia and Laos included. He divides his time between university lecturing and travel writing and has written for a variety of publications, on topics ranging from cycling and backpacking to adventure and high-end tourism within Southeast Asia.

Table of Contents

Best of Laos and Cambodia
The Lay of the Land
The Kingdom of Lan Xang
Colonialism and Independence
Population, society, economy
Culture, Art and Architecture
Lao Food
The Secret War
Neighbourly Relations
Ethnic Minorities
French Influence
Mysterious Jars
The Mekong River
Vientiane Environs
Luang Prabang
Northeastern Laos
Northwestern Laos
The Mekong Valley
Southern Laos


An environment under threat
The rise and fall of the Khmer
From Colonialism to the Killing Fields and beyond
Population, Society, Economy
Culture, Art and Architecture
Cambodian Food
Royal Ballet of Cambodia
Angkor Architectural Styles
Tonle Sap
Pol Pot
The Krama
Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh Environs
Siem Reap and Battambang
Central and Northeast Cambodia
Preah Vihear
The Cambodian Coast

Travel Tips for Laos and Cambodia
Eating Out
A-Z of Practical Information

Customer Reviews