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Bamboo Palace: Discovering the Lost Dynasty of Laos

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In Search of Laos - revealing new details of the fate of one of Asia's oldest monarchies. ∗ A new and updated edition of Kremmer's award-winning title. twenty years after the Indochina wars, Christopher Kremmer visited Laos - at the crossroads of change in Southeast Asia. He started his journey in the tranquillity of Luang Prabang, once the royal capital. But despite its a ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 27th 2003 by HarperCollins - AU
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Dec 03, 2008 Thaths rated it really liked it
The second edition to Kremmer's 'Stalking the Elephant King'. A lot more anti-communist that I recall. I understand not being sympathetic to the system that killed the subject of the book, but widely denouncing everything that the LPDR stands for is a overly harsh and judgmental.

Still, a good brisk read.
I first came across Christopher Kremmer in Uni. I had a friend who forced his book,The Carpet Wars: From Kabul to Baghdad: A Ten-Year Journey Along Ancient Trade Routes, on me.

Pete, the friend, wore an Akubra all the time and constantly played the harmonica. He was the stereotypical Aussie farm boy who was doing a degree in Middle Eastern politics and Arabic. He once turned up at my house trying to apologise to my Mum as he thought she had taken offence to something he had said or done, by brin
Apr 15, 2012 Helen rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a marvellous read, especially as I did this just prior to leaving for my first-ever visit Laos, a country that has only begun to open up to tourism and 'the west' over the past two or so years. It's not the kind of book you can buy in Laos, and would be censorred if it was. What starts of as a travel log adventure, becomes a serious investigation into the disappearance of Laos' ruling monarch (ruling, but not crowned, so not technically 'king'). This is the kind of gem that mo ...more
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Apr 06, 2016 Ann Tonks rated it really liked it
I bought this book at Luang Prabang airport as I was leaving Laos. I was curious to find out what had happened to the last King of Lao because both of the guides I'd had there had said that no-one knew. That the royal family had been taken up North and never heard of again. Interesting that English-speakers could buy the book and find out but that the locals haven't been told/don't know.

The book itself is an interesting combination of travelogue and the story of the Lao gulags. Well worth a read
Dec 15, 2010 Charisse rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-time-faves
Lyrical, well-written, an engaging real-life exploration of the Laos' lost royalty. (While reading this book, on a trip from Laos to Thailand, I even met one of the members of that royal family, totally by coincidence!!!).
Apr 02, 2011 Tracy rated it really liked it
I recommend as a great read - but be wanred you will want to visit Laos.

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