Here are my best picks of books on these two countries I visited in 2002.
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ON BOTH COUNTRIES
Gargan, Edward A.: "The River's Tale: A year on the Mekong" (New York: Knopf, 2002). One year savoring the beauty of the river.
Routard: Laos et Cambodge, le meilleur guide en français.
Swain, Jon: "River of Time" (London: Vintage, 1996). An account of the final years of the Vietnam war.
Road Map: Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Freytag & Berndt.
Gilboa, Amit: "Off the Rails in Phnom Penh", (Bangkok: Asia Books, 1998). Funny and not so funny anecdotes from the 1990s.
Sach, Anita: "Cambodia, Bradt Travel guide", (Bucks, England: Bradt, 2001). The best guidebook on Cambodia's culture.
Shawcross, William: "Sideshow: Nixon, Kissinger and the Destruction of Cambodia", (New York: Cooper Square, 2002).
Ung, Loung: "First they killed my father", (Edinburgh: Mainstream, 2001). The Khmer Rouge crimes seen through the eyes of a child.
Murphy, Dervla: "One Foot in Laos", (London: John Murray, 1999).An unusual travel on foot by a seasoned superleftist writer.
Footprint Guide: Laos Handbook, 2000, 2nd Edition. This was, at the time of my travel, the best guidebook available on Laos, but make sure you get the latest edition.