Books for the road

When I travel I always have a book with me. The books I read while traveling are usually about the country I am in. When I traveled around in Southeast Asia I read a lot of great books about the region and I felt it enriched my experience.

Here is a list of my suggestions


This very famous novel was written by Gregory David Roberts , a convicted Australian bank robber who escaped from prison and fled to India where he lived for 10 years. The book gives us an insight into the lives of some of the poorest people in India .

White Tiger
White Tiger was written by the Indian author Aravind Adiga. The book is about Balram Halwai. A young man who lives in a poor village in India. His life changes when he starts working as a private chauffeur for a rich family business with connections to the Indian government . A small, exciting, easy to read book that is perfect for a long train ride or a day at the beach.


First they killed my father
Loung Ung, a Cambodian author and survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime has written this book about her very personal and tragic story. This book taught me a lot about Cambodian history and culture. It was a great book to have whilst traveling threw the country.


The Beach
You probably remember seeing a movie called The Beach with Leonardo Dicaprio. That film was based on the book The Beach, written by Alex Garland. This book is perfect for a beach vacation in Thailand.


The girl in the picture
The Girl in the Picture is an autobiographical story about the life of Phan Thi Kim Phúc during the Vietnam War. The book is written by Denise Chong, but the story is seen through the eyes of Phan Thi Kim Phúc and her mother. In my mind a perfect read if you are traveling in Vietnam.

Indonesia, Italy, India

Eat, Pray, Love
For me this is the ultimate, easy to read , "girly" book. It was written by Elizabeth Gilbert. The story is about her journey through three very different countries with three completely different motives for each destination. Briefly, she travels to Italy to eat, drink wine and learn Italian. She travels to an Ashram in India to learn how to meditate and then finally she ends her trip in Bali.

If you have any good recommendations please comment below. You can never have too many books to read on the road :)