So you’re planning a trip to Laos? Why not indulge in some of the country’s finest literature and most representative cinematic pieces before you go? Here are my recommendations:
Books About Laos
I’m a big fan of John Keay’s work. I find him easy to understand and he goes into enough detail for the layman. This book is the story of a 19th century voyage up the Mekong and through many South-East Asian countries.
An exploration of the country at the crossroads of change after the Indochina wars, the author looks for the lost royal family.
A heartbreaking autobiographical tale of one man’s struggle to survive when he becomes a political prisoner under the communist regime.
Films About Laos
A girl moves to the capital to look after her sister who has gone blind but who can now communicate with the dead.
Sabaidee Luang Prabang/Good Morning, Luang Prabang
A romantic drama set between Thailand and Laos, and the first privately funded film shot in Laos since the adoption of communism in 1975.