Books Set in Asian Countries That Would Take You on an Exotic Ride

The lush rice paddy fields, the exciting lights of Seoul, the busy streets of Vietnam, a delicious spread of Thai food, a secret life in Japan — everything you love about the exoticness of Asia, in written words. Enjoy!

- Almond: A Novel by Won-pyung Sohn, set in South Korea
- Convenience Store Woman, by Sayaka Murata, set in Japan
- The Henna Artist, by Alka Joshi, set in India
- A Single Swallow, by Zhang Ling, set in China
- Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, by Lisa See, set in China
- The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, set in Afghanistan
- Kept: An American Househusband in India, by Gregory E. Buford, set in India
- Imperial Woman: The Story of the Last Empress of China, by Pearl S. Buck, set in China
- The Ghost Bride, by Yangsze Choo, set in Malaysia
- Pachinko, by Min-Jin Lee, set in Japan and Korea
- The Painted Veil, by M. Somerset Maugham, set in China

- The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See, set in South Korea
- Human Acts by Han Kang, set in South Korea
- Kim Ji-young, born 1982, by Cho Nam-ju, set in South Korea
- Bangkok Wakes to Rain, by Pitchaya Sudbanthad, set in Thailand
- The Tea Planter’s Club, by Ann Bennett, set in India and Burma
- The Beekeeper of Aloppo, by Christy Lefteri, set in Syria
- These Violent Delights, by Chloe Gong, set in China
- The Orphan Master’s Son, by Adam Johnson, set in North Korea
- The Stationery Shop, by Marjan Kamali, set in Iran
- Life of Pi, by Yann Martel, set in India
- Art of Hearing Heartbeats, by Jan-Philipp Sendker, set in Burma

- The Amulet, by Ann Bennett, set in Singapore
- The Mountains Sing, by Que Mai Phan Nguyen, set in Vietnam
- If You Leave Me, by Crystal Hana Kim, set in South Korea
- A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea, by Masaji Ishikawa, set in North Korea and Japan
- This Earth of Mankind, by Pramoedya Ananta Toer, set in Indonesia
- Shogun, by James Clavell, set in Japan
- The Night Tiger, by Yangsze Choo, set in Malaysia
- Your Name, by Makoto Shinkai, set in Japan
- Haroun and the Sea of Stories, by Salman Rushdie, set in the Far East
- Darius the Great Is Not Okay, by Adib Khorram, set in Iran
- A Hero Born: Legends of the Condor Heroes, by Jin Yong, set in China

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