I read From the Land of Green Ghosts
a while ago and found it fascinating.
The author grew up in what the guidebooks would call a hill-tribe village - animist with a veneer of Catholicism, living on jungle food as much as what they grew. He went to university in Mandalay but became involved in the war against the junta, ended up fighting on the Thai border. He was eventually rescued from that by quite an improbable chain of events and went to the UK. Merely as an eyewitness account of a completely alien-to-the-West upbringing it would be hard to beat, but It's also a vivid eyewitness account of a particularly brutal civil war.