Journey to Angkor

HRH Prince Damrong Rajanubhab

Translated from นิราศนครวัด by Bruce Evans

Edited by Peter Skilling and Chris Baker

HRH Prince Damrong Rajanubhab
978 616 451 089 0
H210 x W142 mm
No. of pages
184 Pages
Paperback, 46 b/w photographs & 2 maps


In 1924, the eminent Thai historian and administrator, Prince Damrong Rajanubhab, journeyed to Angkor Wat with his three daughters and the French historian, George Cœdès. Prince Damrong recorded everything, including their ten days visiting the monuments of Angkor, entertainment at the court of King Sisowath in Phnom Penh, his enquiries into Khmer Buddhism, observations on French colonial rule, relations between the dynasties of Siam and Cambodia, the excitements of travel by car and boat, and even the opening of a department store in Saigon. This account, written up from his daily journal and originally distributed to his inner circle, became an instant classic, constantly reprinted ever since. Here it is translated into English for the first time, with thirty photographs taken by Prince Damrong’s party and their French hosts.