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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
 

Frommer's Singapore and Malaysia
By Jennifer Eveland
2005

Discover two of Asia's most intriguing destinations. Author Jennifer Eveland has scoured every inch of this region and shares her cultural insights and favorite discoveries.

In Singapore, you'll find the best places to stay, from high-tech business hotels to affordable finds, plus an amazing array of dining choices. Follow the author's fantastic walking tours, which introduce you to hidden gems in each ethnic neighborhood—you'll find Hindu and Buddhist temples and Islamic mosques mixed in with modern high-rises, colonial architecture, and even a real-live rain forest still growing at the edge of the urban area.

In Malaysia, travel beyond bustling Kuala Lumpur to discover beach resorts, the colonial architecture and amazing dining scene in Penang, idyllic islands, traditional villages, and great opportunities to shop for Malaysian handcrafts. Then visit Borneo, where rivers meander through dense tropical rain forests, beaches stretch for miles, and caves snake on for miles. In the many national parks that protect this spectacular jungle, you'll meet tiny deer, tinier owls, monkeys, and the increasingly rare orangutan.

Experience Singapore and Malaysia the way the locals do--experience the best they have to offer with Frommer's accurate information, practical advice, and useful maps. --Amazon.com Top
 

Independent Travellers Thailand, Malaysia & Singapore
By Sean Sheehan, Pat Levy
Thomas Cook Publishing, 2005

"This Independent Travellers guide concentrates on the most relevant and useful facts and tips on budget travel, accommodation and eating. As well as practical advice, the wealth of background information helps you to experience Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore, not just visit it. The guide sets out a series of routes that make the best use of all the transport options--trains, buses, car hire, flights--with detailed information on distances and timings. Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore are the most accessible countries in South-East Asia, with an excellent infrastructure for visitors and a long tradition of welcoming travelers on a budget. Yet alongside the bustling cities and sophisticated beach resorts they still offer many discoveries for the independent explorer, and the suggested routes in Independent Travellers Thailand, Malaysia & Singapore will help you experience to the full the cultural diversity of this fascinating region and enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities, from trekking on Mt. Kinabalu to scuba diving off the coast of Thailand." --Globepequot.com Top
 

Let's Go: Southeast Asia
By Let's Go Publications
Let's Go Publications, Cambridge, MA , 2004

Completely revised and updated, Let's Go: Southeast Asia puts forty-five years of travel savvy at your fingertips, with helpful commentary and plenty of listings to get you where you need to be. From cosmopolitan Singapore to the most remote villages of Laos, the new edition delivers expanded cultural information, plus more study and volunteering opportunities--the tools that will help you hit the road like a seasoned traveler, not just a tourist. Whether you'd rather tempt Lady Luck at a five-star casino on the Thai-Cambodian border or watch fireflies flit off into the night in Malaysia, Let's Go's intrepid researchers ensure that you're in tune with this quickly changing region. 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
 

Lonely Planet Singapore
By Simon Richmond
Lonely Planet Publications Pty., Ltd., Victoria, Australia, 2003

This comprehensive guide taps into the heart of Singapore to uncover a spicy blend of cultures, exotic indulgences from street food to day spas, and endless opportunities for fun. Included are walking tours through colonial Singapore, Little India, and Chinatown; a special section on Singaporean food--every gourmand's dream come true; unique accomodation options--restored "shophouses" and boutique hotels; excursions to Malaysia and Indonesia--it's a jungle out there; plus 19 detailed maps, including 9 full-color maps. 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
 

Rough Guide to Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei, The
By Rough Guides
Rough Guides, London, U.K., 2006

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Singapore--Eyewitness Travel Guides
By Kate Poole, Editor
Dorling Kindersley Publishing, Inc., New York, NY, 2003

Singapore includes an informative overview of the history and multi-cultural nature of this intriguing country; comprehensive coverage of Colonial Core and Fort Canning, Chinatown, the Financial District, Kampong Glam, Little India, Orchard Road, and the outer areas; spectacular photos; succinct text; invaluable tips and details; and many user-friendly maps. It is an invaluable reference for both seasoned and first-time visitors to this exotic destination. 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. --Amazon.com

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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