As I wrote after my last journey to Thailand, I am not a fan of travel guide books. Although they can be helpful I find most of them too subjective and prefer to rely on a good map,information desks, history books and the wonderfully dangerous way of learning by doing.
Prior to my departure from Switzerland this time my youngest daughter gave me a hard covered book as a going away present.My first thought was; Oh no, I’m already over the luggage allowance, and I would have liked to have left it behind. Of course I couldn’t do that,it would really have upset her,so something else was left and I took along ;
“In Buddhas Garden” by a Norwegian Journalist called Tor Farovik. A journey through,Vietnam,Cambodia,Thailand and Burma.
I have found it difficult to put the book down.
Thor Farovik has worked as a journalist abroad for 25 years.
He has now managed to write a travel book,that is as entertaining as any good novel, embroidered by many quotable quotes;
” We shall not cease from exploration.
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time”
and at the same time giving us the past and present history of the four Asian countries without it being the least bit boring.
He introduces us to the Buddhist Philosophy,and makes it understandable. Environmental and political problems are not left untouched,as neither are his encounters with the people of the individual countries and the tales they have to tell. Last but not least it is a transport guide for the travelers who can’t or don’t want to fly around these countries.
I read this book in the German version,I don’t Know whether it has been published in English,but I am sure it has been since it was first published in 2006 by Frederking & Thaler.
I think it a “must read “for all venturers,and otherwise to Indochina.