5 Things to Read and Watch Before Going to Laos!

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

Mad About The Mekong: Exploration and Empire in South East Asia by John Keay

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.

Bamboo Palace: Discovering the Lost Dynasty of Laos by Christopher Kremmer

An exploration of the country at the crossroads of change after the Indochina wars, the author looks for the lost royal family.

I Little Slave: A Prison Memoir from Communist Laos by Bounsang Khamkeo

A heartbreaking autobiographical tale of one man’s struggle to survive when he becomes a political prisoner under the communist regime.

Books about Laos, Films about Laos

Films About Laos

Dearest Sister

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.

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