This book takes you to the four Buddhist countries of Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Burma, from the greenest hills where the magnificent temples sparkle to the fragrance from the incense which lingers gently above the rooftops. Buddha preached the message of mercifulness. But like many others these countries have a past riddled with war and violence. And they are still struggling with the legacy of the past. The contrast between Buddha’s teachings and real life is often strikingly major. And yet, to travel through these countries is a real pleasure. You will encounter people and landscapes and remember them until your dying day. The journey starts in the noble, golden city of Hanoi and finishes in the far north in Burma, in the legendary Mandalay.
Torbjørn Færøvik (1948–) has a Master degree in Asian History and has published several critically acclaimed travel books, as well as books for young adults. He has received the Brage prize three times, for India (1999), for China (2003) and for Maos rike - En lidelseshistorie (2012). In 2006 he was awarded the Cappelen Prize for his distinguished authorship.