Top Asia Travel Ebooks

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The Travels of Marco Polo (Vol. 1&2) - Marco Polo, Rustichello of Pisa & Henri Cordier Cover Art

The Travels of Marco Polo (Vol. 1&2)

The Travels of Marco Polo (Vol. 1&2) Complete Edition by Marco Polo, Rustichello of Pisa & Henri Cordier

The Travels of Marco Polo is a 13th-century travelogue written down by Rustichello da Pisa from stories told by Italian explorer Marco Polo, describing Polo's travels through Asia between 1271 and 1295, and his experiences at the court of Kublai Khan. The Travels is divided into four books. Book One describes the lands of the Middle East and Central Asia that Marco encountered on his way to China. Book Two describes China and the court of Kublai Khan. Book Three describes some of the coastal regions of the East: Japan, India, Sri Lanka, South-East Asia, and the east coast of Africa. Book Four describes some of the then-recent wars among the Mongols and some of the regions of the far north, like Russia. Polo's writings included descriptions of cannibals and spice-growers.

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Hindoo Holiday - J. R. Ackerley & Eliot Weinberger Cover Art

Hindoo Holiday

Hindoo Holiday by J. R. Ackerley & Eliot Weinberger

In the 1920s, the young J. R. Ackerley spent several months in India as the personal secretary to the maharajah of a small Indian principality. In his journals, Ackerley recorded the Maharajah’s fantastically eccentric habits and riddling conversations, and the odd shambling day-to-day life of his court. Hindoo Holiday is an intimate and very funny account of an exceedingly strange place, and one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century travel literature.

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DK Eyewitness Thailand - DK Eyewitness Cover Art

DK Eyewitness Thailand

DK Eyewitness Thailand by DK Eyewitness

Discover Asia's most idyllic islands - Thailand! The heartbeat of Southeast Asia awaits your next adventure. Whether exploring the Phi Phi islands, immersing yourself in Bangkok's culture and street life, taking a hike through Khai Hai National Park or enjoying traditional Thai cuisine, there are plenty of reasons to love Thailand. Take the new lightweight Thailand travel book wherever you go. Inside the pages of DK Eyewitness Thailand, you'll find: - Our pick of Thailand's must-sees, top experiences and hidden gems. - The best spots to eat, drink, shop and stay.Detailed maps and walks to make navigating the country easy. - Easy-to-follow itineraries.Expert advice: get ready, get around and stay safe. - Color-coded chapters to every part of Thailand, from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, the Mekong River Valley to the Deep South. Your Thailand travel guide ensures you experience everything this paradise country has to offer. Thailand is as diverse as it is beautiful. The extensive coastline and idyllic islands offer the opportunity to dive through vibrant coral reefs, chill out on pristine sand or enjoy a cocktail with a view. Meanwhile, buzzing cities promise a fascinating blend of ancient and contemporary culture with bustling markets, raucous nightlife and impressive monuments. Experience the best of Thailand in incredible detail with photographs on almost every page, and hand-drawn illustrations that place you inside the country's stilted buildings and breathtaking neighborhoods. This guidebook sections this bit of paradise into easily navigable adventures with expert local knowledge, trusted travel advice and comprehensive maps. Why stop here? Take even more trips, with Eyewitness DK Eyewitness is the most up-to-date travel guide series following the COVID-19 outbreak. Each guide includes expert-led insights into the world's most famous countries and cities, things to do, and places to stay. Want the best of Southeast Asia in your pocket? Try our Eyewitness Malaysia or Eyewitness Cambodia and Laos .

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Shanghai, China: Shanghai History, Tourism, Business Travel, and Vacation Guide - Roman Reynolds Cover Art

Shanghai, China: Shanghai History, Tourism, Business Travel, and Vacation Guide by Roman Reynolds

Shanghai, China. Shanghai History, Tourism, Business Travel, and Vacation Guide. Shanghai is home to the world's second-tallest tower and a host of other neck-craning colossi. But it's not all sky-scraping razzmatazz. Beyond the crisply cool veneer of the modern city typified by Pudong, you can lift the lid to a treasure chest of architectural styles. The city's period of greatest cosmopolitan excess the 1920s and 1930s left the city with pristine examples of art deco buildings, most of which survived the 20th-century vicissitudes assailing Shanghai. And there's more: from Jesuit cathedrals, Jewish synagogues and Buddhist temples to home-grown longtang (laneway) and shíkùmén (stone gate) housing, Shanghai’s architectural heritage is like none other. Cuisine: Thirty years ago Shanghai's dour restaurant scene was all tin trays and scowling waiting staff, with international food confined to the dining rooms of 'exclusive' hotels. Today the mouth-watering restaurant scene is varied, exciting and up to the minute and Shanghai has its own Michelin dining guide in 2017, proving just how far the city has come. Food is the hub of Chinese social life. It’s over a meal that people catch up with friends, celebrate and clinch business deals, and spend hard-earned cash. Some of your best memories of the city could be culinary, so do as the Shanghainese do and make a meal of it. Shopping: Bearing in mind that Chinese shoppers constitute up to 47% of the global luxury-goods market, shopping is rarely done in half-measures in Shanghai. Retail therapy is one way of spending new money and the Shanghainese aren't called'little capitalists') by the rest of China for nothing, especially at the luxury end of things. But it's not all Prada, Gucci and Burberry. There are pop-up boutiques, bustling markets, cool vintage shops and young designer outlets. Beyond clothing you're also spoiled for choice, whether you're in the market for antiques, ceramics, art, Tibetan jewellery…whatever is on your shopping list. Entertainment & the Arts: Běijīng often hogs the limelight as China’s cultural nexus but, for what is essentially a town of wheelers and dealers, Shanghai is surprisingly creative. Many art galleries are exciting, offering a window onto contemporary Chinese concerns, while nightlife options have exploded. Acrobatics shows are always a favourite and you might grab the chance to catch some Chinese opera. Shanghai’s music and club scene is vibrant: from unpretentious jazz and indie venues to all-night hip-hop and electro dance parties, the city swings with the best of them

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DK Eyewitness Japan - DK Eyewitness Cover Art

DK Eyewitness Japan

DK Eyewitness Japan by DK Eyewitness

Konnichiwa from one of the most fascinating countries on earth. Whether you want to see cherry blossoms in Kyoto, speed through the countryside aboard a shinkansen , or shop til you drop in futuristic Shibuya, your DK Eyewitness travel guide makes sure you experience all Japan has to offer. Japan is a land of contrast - think tranquil zen gardens and peaceful pagodas, neon-lit cities and robot restaurants. Our annually updated guide brings the country to life, transporting you there like no other travel guide does with expert-led insights and advice, detailed breakdowns of all the must-see sights, photographs on practically every page, and our and our hand-drawn illustrations which place you inside the country's iconic buildings and neighbourhoods. - Our pick of Japan's must-sees , top experiences , and hidden gems - The best spots to eat , drink , shop , and stay - Detailed maps and walks which make navigating the city easy - Easy-to-follow itineraries - Expert advice : get ready, get around, and stay safe - Color-coded chapters to every part of Japan, from Tokyo to Kyoto, Okinawa to Osaka Planning a city break? Try out DK Eyewitness Tokyo or our pocket friendly DK Eyewitness Top 10 Tokyo .

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Thailand Travel Guide - Lonely Planet Cover Art

Thailand Travel Guide

Thailand Travel Guide by Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet: The world’s number one travel guide publisher*  Lonely Planet’s Thailand’s Islands & Beaches is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Learn to cook authentic Thai dishes in Chiang Mai; rock-climb the limestone karsts (or watch from the sugar-white beaches) of Railay; trek through dense jungle and stay in tree-top bungalows in Kanchanaburi; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Thailand and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet’s Thailand :  • Colour maps and images throughout • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, people, music, landscapes, wildlife, cuisine, politics • Over 85 maps   • Covers Bangkok, Central Thailand, Ko Chang, Chiang Mai Province, Northern Thailand, Hua Hin, Southern Gulf, Ko Samui, Lower Gulf, Phuket, Andaman Coast The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet’s Thailand, our most comprehensive guide to Thailand, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.  Looking for just the highlights? Check out Pocket Bangkok and Pocket Phuket , handy-sized guides focused on the can’t-miss sights for a quick trip. Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet’s Thailand’s Islands & Beaches and Bangkok guides for a comprehensive look at all those regions have to offer. eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones) • Downloadable PDF and offline maps prevent roaming and data charges • Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews • Add notes to personalise your guidebook experience • Seamlessly flip between pages • Bookmarks and speedy search capabilities get you to key pages in a flash • Embedded links to recommendations’ websites • Zoom-in maps and images  • Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, and Anita Isalska, Austin Bush, Tim Bewer, Celeste Brash, David Eimer, Damian Harper, Andy Symington.  About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world’s number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we’ve printed over 145 million guidebooks and phrasebooks for 120 languages, and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You’ll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, 12 international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more, enabling you to explore every day. Lonely Planet enables the curious to experience the world fully and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves, near or far from home. Follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/lonelyplanet), Twitter (@lonelyplanet), Instagram (Instagram.com/lonelyplanet) and Snapchat (@lonelyplanet).   TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category ‘Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.’ – New York Times ‘Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.’ – Fairfax Media (Australia) *Source: Nielsen BookScan: Australia, UK, USA, 5/2016-4/2017

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Etiquette Guide to China - Boyé Lafayette De Mente Cover Art

Etiquette Guide to China

Etiquette Guide to China Know the Rules that Make the Difference! by Boyé Lafayette De Mente

This essential guide to Chinese etiquette will make embarrassing social blunders a thing of the past! Whether you're traveling to China for business or pleasure, whether your stay will be long or short, your visit will be more pleasurable and effective if you understand your host culture and how to work within it. This updated and expanded edition of the best-selling Chinese etiquette guide on the market addresses not just the puzzling protocols relating to name cards, bowing or shaking hands, bathrooms and public baths—but also what to do when entertaining Chinese dinner guests, attending a Chinese tea ceremony, taking the subway, and much more! It also provides the latest etiquette in mobile phone manners, texting, social media and other forms of digital communication. The glossary at the back of the book has been revised to include the latest technology-related words and expressions used in China today. Two new chapters address the changing role of foreigners in the workplace and the contemporary business style and etiquette used by the younger generation of China who are now increasingly cosmopolitan—but still very Chinese! Etiquette Guide to China includes everything you need to know to be a successful, courteous traveler: Hand gestures and body language How to address the Chinese Dining and restaurant manners Gift giving and celebration in China Entering into and understanding business relationships How to behave in professional situations Dealing with China's political culture The Chinese way of negotiating

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Understanding Thai Culture Through American Eyes - William Drake Cover Art

Understanding Thai Culture Through American Eyes

Understanding Thai Culture Through American Eyes by William Drake

There is so much that is so different for an American seeking to understand and adapt to Thai ways, but everything can be brought into focus rather quickly if you work diligently at learning the language, and if you don’t succumb to the temptation to remain the eternal tourist. Whether you are just visiting or staying for a while, or perhaps for a lifetime, you’ll adapt quickly and easily in this welcoming society, as long as you make a determined effort to meet and befriend real Thais living real Thai lives, rather than clinging to the lovely and sensual illusions that are offered to you generously and easily at every turn of the road. It’s said that culture is like water to a fish – the fish can’t understand the objective nature of water, even though water is its entire existence until it finds itself caught and pulled onto dry land and into a universe of air. It is virtually impossible for us to understand the cultural values, norms, beliefs and assumptions that make up our own cultural ‘water’ until we find ourselves washed up on a foreign shore. There we find ourselves in a culture where everyone is immersed in the everydayness and the naturalness of ‘the way things are’ for them. It is literally as natural to them as the air they breathe, just as we are in our own home culture. But now we are immersed in Thai culture. Everyday life will seem strange and even exotic because of the contrast with all the “cultural cloud” that we carry with us – a kind of fog you walk around in when you are new to a culture. It takes a few weeks to burn off, but eventually it does and you begin to see things for what they are. Once you get to know Thais as people rather than exotic strangers, and once you are beginning to understand the language and communicate in broken but much-admired Thai, you’ll soon also find yourself occasionally thinking “mai pen rai” when things aren’t going the way you like. That’s then you’ll know that you’ve officially arrived in Thailand.

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Korea - Culture Smart! - Culture Smart! & James Hoare Cover Art

Korea - Culture Smart!

Korea - Culture Smart! The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture by Culture Smart! & James Hoare

Don't just see the sights—get to know the people. Divided along the 38th parallel, modern Korea is the subject of two very different political, social, and economic experiments. Today the military might of the Marxist-Leninist North confronts the soft power and prosperity of the uber-capitalist South. Yet family and cultural ties bind the peoples of both Koreas, and reunification remains a cherished goal. Culture Smart! Korea helps you to navigate your way through the complexities of life in these non-identical twin societies, where, even in the affluent westernized South, sensitive issues can cause misunderstanding. By introducing visitors to the Koreans at home and at work, their customs, attitudes and values, this book paves the way for an incomparably more engaging experience, whatever your reason for traveling. Have a richer and more meaningful experience abroad through a better understanding of the local culture. Chapters on history, values, attitudes, and traditions will help you to better understand your hosts, while tips on etiquette and communicating will help you to navigate unfamiliar situations and avoid faux pas.

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The Line of Lanka - Sunela Jayewardene Cover Art

The Line of Lanka

The Line of Lanka by Sunela Jayewardene

Sit back and let yourself be swept along in Sunela Jayewardene's intrepid journeys across Lanka's lush countryside. Join her and rediscover myth & legend, history & heritage as she adroitly describes nature's enduring beauty and oft forgotten traditions that pulse to the beat of an unseen drum. Line of Lanka is a brilliant and unusual portrayal of a country and its people that will change your perception of Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka - Lonely Planet, Bradley Mayhew, Iain Stewart, Anibar Mahapatra & Ryan Ver Berkmoes Cover Art

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka by Lonely Planet, Bradley Mayhew, Iain Stewart, Anibar Mahapatra & Ryan Ver Berkmoes

"Spiagge sconfinate, antiche rovine, gente cordiale, elefanti, onde irresistibili, prezzi economici, incredibili viaggi in treno, té pregiati e piatti saporiti: benvenuti in Sri Lanka" (Ryan Ver Berkmoes, Autore Lonely Planet). Esperienze straordinarie: foto suggestive, i consigli degli autori e la vera essenza dei luoghi. Personalizza il tuo viaggio: gli strumenti e gli itinerari per pianificare il viaggio che preferisci. Scelte d’autore: i luoghi più famosi e quelli meno noti per rendere unico il tuo viaggio. In questa guida: i sapori dello Sri Lanka; parchi nazionali e safari; il té e le piantagioni; le antiche città.

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Sri Lanka Travel Guide - Lonely Planet Cover Art

Sri Lanka Travel Guide

Sri Lanka Travel Guide by Lonely Planet

#1 best-selling guide to Sri Lanka* Lonely Planet Sri Lanka is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Laze on a pristine, undiscovered beach, wander lost cities and ancient ruins, or hit the markets for a rainbow of exotic fruits and rich spices; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Sri Lanka and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet Sri Lanka Travel Guide:   Full-colour maps and images throughout Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, culture, politics, religion, beaches, landscapes, wildlife, environmental issues, cuisine, tea, festivals, events. Over 50 colour maps Covers Colombo, Galle, Kandy, Arugam Bay, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Jaffna, Uda Walawe National Park, Bundala National Park, hill country, ancient cities, and more eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones) Downloadable PDF and offline maps prevent roaming and data charges Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews Add notes to personalise your guidebook experience Seamlessly flip between pages Bookmarks and speedy search capabilities get you to key pages in a flash Embedded links to recommendations’ websites Zoom-in maps and images  Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Sri Lanka , our most comprehensive guide to Sri Lanka, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.  About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, gift and lifestyle books and stationery, as well as an award-winning website, magazines, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in. TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category   ‘Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.’ – New York Times   ‘Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.’ – Fairfax Media (Australia)

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Bali: A Paradise Created - Adrian Vickers Cover Art

Bali: A Paradise Created

Bali: A Paradise Created by Adrian Vickers

From the artists and writers of the 1930's to the Eat, Pray, Love tours so popular today, Bali has drawn hoards of foreign visitors and transplants to its shores. What makes Bali so special, and how has it managed to preserve its identity despite a century of intense pressure from the outside world? Bali: A Paradise Created bridges the gap between scholarly works and more popular travel accounts. It offers an accessible history of this fascinating island and an anthropological study not only of the Balinese, but of the paradise-seekers from all parts of the world who have invaded Bali in ever-increasing numbers over the decades. This books shows how Balinese culture has pervaded western film, art, literature and music so that even those who've never been there have enjoyed a glimpse of paradise. This authoritative, much-cited work is now updated with new photos and illustrations, a new introduction, and new text covering the past twenty years.

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Country Driving - Peter Hessler Cover Art

Country Driving

Country Driving A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory by Peter Hessler

“Hessler has a marvelous sense of the intonations and gestures that give life to the moment.” —The New York Times Book Review From Peter Hessler, the New York Times bestselling author of Oracle Bones and River Town, comes Country Driving, the third and final book in his award-winning China trilogy. Country Driving addresses the human side of the economic revolution in China, focusing on economics and development, and shows how the auto boom helps China shift from rural to urban, from farming to business.

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Oracle Bones - Peter Hessler Cover Art

Oracle Bones

Oracle Bones A Journey Between China's Past and Present by Peter Hessler

A century ago, outsiders saw China as a place where nothing ever changes. Today the country has become one of the most dynamic regions on earth. In Oracle Bones, Peter Hessler explores the human side of China's transformation, viewing modern-day China and its growing links to the Western world through the lives of a handful of ordinary people. In a narrative that gracefully moves between the ancient and the present, the East and the West, Hessler captures the soul of a country that is undergoing a momentous change before our eyes.

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Beijing, China: Illustrated Travel Guide, Phrasebook and Maps (Mobi Travel) - MobileReference Cover Art

Beijing, China: Illustrated Travel Guide, Phrasebook and Maps (Mobi Travel)

Beijing, China: Illustrated Travel Guide, Phrasebook and Maps (Mobi Travel) by MobileReference

This guide is designed for optimal navigation on eReaders, smartphones, and other mobile electronic devices. It is indexed alphabetically and by category, making it easier to access individual articles. Articles feature information about attractions, landmarks, districts, transportation, cultural venues, dining, history and much more. Addresses, telephones, hours of operation and admissions information are included. The guide is complemented by clearly marked maps that are linked to city attractions. An interlinked phrasebook as well as a pronunciation guide are included. This travel guide also features an itinerary with our suggestions for your travel route. Itineraries include links to individual attraction articles. NEW FEATURE: The attraction articles now include links to Google Maps. On a dedicated electronic reader with a slow connection and a primitive browser, Google Maps will display the attraction on the map along with metro stations, roads, and nearby attractions. On an internet-enabled device such as the iPhone and the iPad, Google Maps will even show you the route from your current location to the attraction you want to go to. Table of Contents: Essentials: Mandarin Phrasebook | Cantonese Phrasebook | Eat | Drink | Sleep | Stay Safe | Cope | Units Conversion 1. General: History | Politics | Economy | Demographics | Climate 2. Maps: China | Central Beijing | Districts | Forbidden City | Subway | Fortifications | Great Wall 3. Transport: Get in | Get around | Roads | Railway | Subway 4. By Area: Geography | Districts | Streets & Squares | Get out 5. Attractions: Top 10 | Itinerary | Do | Buy | Amusement parks 6. Culture: Architecture | Music Venues | Education 7. Landmarks: Museums | Buildings & Structures | Parks & Gardens | Forbidden City | Great Wall Essentials: Mandarin Phrasebook | Cantonese Phrasebook | Eat | Drink | Sleep | Respect | Cope | Stay healthy | Stay Safe | Units Conversion 1. General: History | Politics | Economy | Demographics | Climate 2. Maps: Central Beijing | Districts | Forbidden City | Subway | Fortifications | Great Wall | China 3. Transport: Get in | Get around | Roads | Railway | Subway 4. By Area: Geography | Districts | Streets & Squares | Get out 5. Attractions: Top 10 | Itinerary | Do | Buy | Museums | Buildings & Structures | Parks & Gardens | Forbidden City | Great Wall 6. Culture: Architecture | Music Venues | Education 7. China: Do & See | Buy | Contact

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Panda - Tony Xu Cover Art

Panda

Panda by Tony Xu

Watching giant panda eating, playing and sleeping through pictures and videos taken from China. Learn panda in detail from many colorful pictures in this book.

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City of Djinns - William Dalrymple Cover Art

City of Djinns

City of Djinns A Year in Delhi by William Dalrymple

Peeling back the layers of Delhi’s centuries-old history, City of Djinns is an irresistible blend of research and adventure. Sparkling with irrepressible wit, City of Djinns peels back the layers of Delhi's centuries-old history, revealing an extraordinary array of characters along the way-from eunuchs to descendants of great Moguls. With refreshingly open-minded curiosity, William Dalrymple explores the seven "dead" cities of Delhi as well as the eighth city—today's Delhi. Underlying his quest is the legend of the djinns, fire-formed spirits that are said to assure the city's Phoenix-like regeneration no matter how many times it is destroyed. Entertaining, fascinating, and informative, City of Djinns is an irresistible blend of research and adventure.

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A Thousand New Beginnings - Kristin Addis Cover Art

A Thousand New Beginnings

A Thousand New Beginnings Tales of Solo Female Travel Through Southeast Asia by Kristin Addis

This is the story of a 26-year-old girl who left her old life with a steady job and boyfriend behind in order to travel through Southeast Asia completely on her own. Over the course of the next year and thousands of miles, hundreds of new beginnings and new friendships, she found that more than traveling the world outside, she traveled the world within. This book is a collection of excerpts from her diary and blog during that time in which she found that traveling alone made all the difference in the world.

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Rice, Noodle, Fish - Matt Goulding Cover Art

Rice, Noodle, Fish

Rice, Noodle, Fish Deep Travels Through Japan's Food Culture by Matt Goulding

Finalist for the 2016 IACP Awards: Literary Food Writing An innovative new take on the travel guide, Rice, Noodle, Fish decodes Japan's extraordinary food culture through a mix of in-depth narrative and insider advice, along with 195 color photographs. In this 5000-mile journey through the noodle shops, tempura temples, and teahouses of Japan, Matt Goulding, co-creator of the enormously popular Eat This, Not That! book series, navigates the intersection between food, history, and culture, creating one of the most ambitious and complete books ever written about Japanese culinary culture from the Western perspective. Written in the same evocative voice that drives the award-winning magazine Roads & Kingdoms, Rice, Noodle, Fish explores Japan's most intriguing culinary disciplines in seven key regions, from the kaiseki tradition of Kyoto and the sushi masters of Tokyo to the street food of Osaka and the ramen culture of Fukuoka. You won't find hotel recommendations or bus schedules; you will find a brilliant narrative that interweaves immersive food journalism with intimate portraits of the cities and the people who shape Japan's food culture. This is not your typical guidebook. Rice, Noodle, Fish is a rare blend of inspiration and information, perfect for the intrepid and armchair traveler alike. Combining literary storytelling, indispensable insider information, and world-class design and photography, the end result is the first ever guidebook for the new age of culinary tourism.

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Tokyo Sights - MobileReference Cover Art

Tokyo Sights

Tokyo Sights A Travel Guide to the top 30 Attractions in Tokyo, Japan by MobileReference

This illustrated Travel Guide is a part of the Mobi Sights series, our concise guides that only feature the most essential information on city attractions. This guide is designed for optimal navigation on eReaders, smartphones, and other mobile electronic devices. Inside you will find a locator map and a list of top attractions linked to individual articles. Addresses, telephones, hours of operation and admissions information are included where possible.  Please search for " Travel Tokyo ," part of the Mobi Travel series, if you are interested in the complete travel guide that includes more maps and attractions with additional articles on history, cultural venues, transportation, districts, dining, accommodations, units conversion, and a phrasebook.  NEW FEATURE: The attraction articles now include links to Google Maps. On a dedicated electronic reader with a slow connection and a primitive browser, Google Maps will display the attraction on the map along with metro stations, roads, and nearby attractions. On an internet-enabled device such as the iPhone and the iPad, Google Maps will even show you the route from your current location to the attraction you want to go to.

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Angkor Archaeological Park Sights - MobileReference Cover Art

Angkor Archaeological Park Sights

Angkor Archaeological Park Sights a travel guide to the top 35 sights in Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia. Includes Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat, Bayon, Siem Reap by MobileReference

This illustrated Travel Guide is a part of the Mobi Sights series, our concise guides that only feature the most essential information on city attractions. This guide is designed for optimal navigation on eReaders, smartphones, and other mobile electronic devices. Inside you will find a locator map and a list of top attractions linked to individual articles. Addresses, telephones, hours of operation and admissions information are included where possible.  Please search for " Travel Cambodia ," part of the Mobi Travel series, if you are interested in the complete travel guide that includes more maps and attractions with additional articles on history, cultural venues, transportation, districts, dining, accommodations, units conversion, and a phrasebook.  NEW FEATURE: The attraction articles now include links to Google Maps. On a dedicated electronic reader with a slow connection and a primitive browser, Google Maps will display the attraction on the map along with metro stations, roads, and nearby attractions. On an internet-enabled device such as the iPhone and the iPad, Google Maps will even show you the route from your current location to the attraction you want to go to.

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Finding George Orwell in Burma - Emma Larkin Cover Art

Finding George Orwell in Burma

Finding George Orwell in Burma by Emma Larkin

A fascinating political travelogue that traces the life and work of George Orwell, author of 1984 and ANIMAL FARM, in Southeast Asia Over the years the American writer Emma Larkin has spent traveling in Burma, also known as Myanmar, she's come to know all too well the many ways this brutal police state can be described as "Orwellian." The life of the mind exists in a state of siege in Burma, and it long has. But Burma's connection to George Orwell is not merely metaphorical; it is much deeper and more real. Orwell's mother was born in Burma, at the height of the British raj, and Orwell was fundamentally shaped by his experiences in Burma as a young man working for the British Imperial Police. When Orwell died, the novel-in-progress on his desk was set in Burma. It is the place George Orwell's work holds in Burma today, however, that most struck Emma Larkin. She was frequently told by Burmese acquaintances that Orwell did not write one book about their country - his first novel, Burmese Days - but in fact he wrote three, the "trilogy" that included Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four . When Larkin quietly asked one Burmese intellectual if he knew the work of George Orwell, he stared blankly for a moment and then said, "Ah, you mean the prophet!" In one of the most intrepid political travelogues in recent memory, Emma Larkin tells of the year she spent traveling through Burma using the life and work of George Orwell as her compass. Going from Mandalay and Rangoon to poor delta backwaters and up to the old hill-station towns in the mountains of Burma's far north, Larkin visits the places where Orwell worked and lived, and the places his books live still. She brings to vivid life a country and a people cut off from the rest of the world, and from one another, by the ruling military junta and its vast network of spies and informers. Using Orwell enables her to show, effortlessly, the weight of the colonial experience on Burma today, the ghosts of which are invisible and everywhere. More important, she finds that the path she charts leads her to the people who have found ways to somehow resist the soul-crushing effects of life in this most cruel police state. And George Orwell's moral clarity, hatred of injustice, and keen powers of observation serve as the author's compass in another sense too: they are qualities she shares and they suffuse her book - the keenest and finest reckoning with life in this police state that has yet been written.

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Radio Shangri-La - Lisa Napoli Cover Art

Radio Shangri-La

Radio Shangri-La What I Discovered on my Accidental Journey to the Happiest Kingdom on Earth by Lisa Napoli

Lisa Napoli was in the grip of a crisis, dissatisfied with her life and her work as a radio journalist. When a chance encounter with a handsome stranger presented her with an opportunity to move halfway around the world, Lisa left behind cosmopolitan Los Angeles for a new adventure in the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan—said to be one of the happiest places on earth.   Long isolated from industrialization and just beginning to open its doors to the modern world, Bhutan is a deeply spiritual place, devoted to environmental conservation and committed to the happiness of its people—in fact, Bhutan measures its success in Gross National Happiness rather than in GNP. In a country without a single traffic light, its citizens are believed to be among the most content in the world. To Lisa, it seemed to be a place that offered the opposite of her fast-paced life in the United States, where the noisy din of sound-bite news and cell phones dominate our days, and meaningful conversation is a rare commodity; where everyone is plugged in digitally, yet rarely connects with the people around them.   Thousands of miles away from everything and everyone she knows, Lisa creates a new community for herself. As she helps to start Bhutan’s first youth-oriented radio station, Kuzoo FM, she must come to terms with her conflicting feelings about the impact of the medium on a country that had been shielded from its effects. Immersing herself in Bhutan’s rapidly changing culture, Lisa realizes that her own perspective on life is changing as well—and that she is discovering the sense of purpose and joy that she has been yearning for.   In this smart, heartfelt, and beautifully written book, sure to please fans of transporting travel narratives and personal memoirs alike, Lisa Napoli discovers that the world is a beautiful and complicated place—and comes to appreciate her life for the adventure it is.

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Beyond the Sky and the Earth - Jamie Zeppa Cover Art

Beyond the Sky and the Earth

Beyond the Sky and the Earth A Journey into Bhutan by Jamie Zeppa

Jamie Zeppa was 24 when she left a stagnant life at home and signed a contract to teach for two years in the Buddhist hermit kingdom of Bhutan. Much more than just a travel memoir,  Beyond the Sky and the Earth is the story of her time in a Himalayan village, immersed in Bhutanese culture and the wonders of new and lasting love. Whether you're travelling to Bhutan, looking for the best travel writing around, or wishing to be transported to a culture, mindset, and spiritual ethos wonderfully different from your own, Beyond the Sky and the Earth is a joyous and lush memoir that will transform the way you think of faith, Western life, and love.

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Cambodia: Temples of Angkor (2022 Travel Guide by Approach Guides with Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and more) - Approach Guides, Jennifer Raezer & David Raezer Cover Art

Cambodia: Temples of Angkor (2022 Travel Guide by Approach Guides with Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and more)

Cambodia: Temples of Angkor (2022 Travel Guide by Approach Guides with Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and more) Travel Guide to Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon, and More by Approach Guides, Jennifer Raezer & David Raezer

RECENTLY UPDATED FOR 2022! With insightful profiles for 23 of Angkor's top temples and nearly 200 high-resolution images, this is the definitive travel guide to Angkor, Cambodia's premier World Heritage destination. Angkor — the capital of the Khmer empire that thrived for 500 years from 802-1327 — is one of the most magnificent sites in Southeast Asia. The ancient city’s temples inspire with their innovative architectural designs, world-class narrative reliefs and Hindu-Buddhist iconography. Still infused with their historical magic, they are yours to discover. What’s in this guidebook: ★ Context. We begin by laying out basic features of the Khmer civilization that are particularly relevant for understanding Angkor: the global factors that took the Khmer empire from a fragmented, trade-based society to a centralized, agriculture-based powerhouse; its early cultural exchange with India; the rationale underlying the establishment of the capital in Angkor; and the nature of interactions with southeast Asian neighbors. ★ Comprehensive look at Angkor’s art and architecture. We examine the distinctive Khmer style of art and architecture, isolating key features that you will see again and again on your temple visits; we tell you what makes them unique and what they symbolize. To make things come alive, we have packed our review with high-resolution images. ★ Detailed temple profiles. This guidebook provides detailed profiles for twenty-five of the premier religious monuments in Angkor. For each, we provide information on its history, a detailed plan that highlights its most important architectural and artistic features and a discussion that ties it all together. ★ Advice for getting the best cultural experience. This guidebook supplies logistical advice, maps and links to online resources. Further, to help plan and prioritize your temple touring itinerary, we rank temples based on the quality of their art and architecture and offer brief summaries of each temple’s highlights, so you can focus in on what most interests you. Finally, we give our personal tips for getting the most from your experience while on location. ★ Information the way you like it. As with all of our guides, this book is optimized for intuitive, quick navigation; information is organized into bullet points to make absorption easy; and images are marked up with text that explains important features. ★ NEW! Customers can now print this guidebook with our new PDF-on-Demand service. See the final chapter in the book for details. This guidebook includes profiles of the top sites in Angkor (Siem Reap), Cambodia: Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat, Bakong, Baksei Chamkrong, Banteay Kdei, Banteay Samre, Banteay Srei, Baphuon, Bayon, Beng Mealea, Chau Say Tevoda, East Mebon, Lolei, Neak Pean, Phnom Bakheng, Prasat Kravan, Preah Khan, Preah Ko, Pre Rup, Ta Keo, Ta Prohm, Ta Som and Thommanon. ABOUT APPROACH GUIDES Travel guidebooks for the ultra curious, Approach Guides reveal a destination’s essence by exploring a compelling aspect of its cultural heritage: art, architecture, history, food, or wine. PRAISE FOR APPROACH GUIDES Compulsive (and compulsively informed) travelers, the Raezers are the masterminds behind the downloadable Approach Guides, which are filled with a university course-worth of history and insights for 62 destinations worldwide. WHY WE LOVE IT: The Raezers share our desire for deep, well-researched information on the wonders of the world. - Travel + Leisure

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A Gaijin's Guide to Japan - Ben Stevens Cover Art

A Gaijin's Guide to Japan

A Gaijin's Guide to Japan An alternative look at Japanese life, history and culture by Ben Stevens

An alternative look at Japanese life, history and culture Your Rough Guide or Lonely Planet book can tell who where to stay or what to see, but how do you really get under the skin of Japan? In this book Ben Stevens explores the serious and the frivolous, the history and the obsessions of a fascinating nation. Taking an A-Z walk through Japanese culture, A Gaijin's Guide To Japan looks at everything from akachochin bars to chikan (the weird blokes who touch you up on trains), geisha, inari shrines, karaoke, omikuji (sacred lottery) and ending up at zen. With a fair sprinkling of celebrity mentions - from David Beckham to soap opera star Yong-sama - and handy guides to kanji and sushi this is the perfect book for the Japanophile in all of us. Ideal for readers planning a visit to Japan but also to armchair fans of Japanese culture. About the author Ben Stevens splits his year between homes in Japan and London. He has been fascinated with Far Eastern culture all his life and his first book, From Lee To Li, a guide to martial arts heroes is published in spring 2009

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Indonesia, Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation - Elizabeth Pisani Cover Art

Indonesia, Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation

Indonesia, Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation by Elizabeth Pisani

"A spectacular achievement and one of the very best travel books I have read." —Simon Winchester, Wall Street Journal Declaring independence in 1945, Indonesia said it would "work out the details of the transfer of power etc. as soon as possible." With over 300 ethnic groups spread across over 13,500 islands, the world’s fourth most populous nation has been working on that "etc." ever since. Author Elizabeth Pisani traveled 26,000 miles in search of the links that bind this disparate nation.

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China Travel Guide - Lonely Planet Cover Art

China Travel Guide

China Travel Guide by Lonely Planet

#1 best-selling guide to China* Lonely Planet China is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Try dumplings in Beijing, visit the Great Wall or cruise down the Yangzi River; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of China and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet China :   Colour maps and images throughout Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - customs, history, art, religion, cinema, calligraphy, architecture, martial arts, landscapes, cuisine Over 190 maps Covers Beijing, Tianjin, Shandong, Shanghai, Fujian, Jiangsu, Liaoning, Zhejiang, Jilin, Shanxi, Anhui, Jiangxi, Hunan, Hong Kong, Macau, Guangdong, Hainan, Sichuan, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Tibet and more eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones) Downloadable PDF and offline maps prevent roaming and data charges Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews Add notes to personalise your guidebook experience Seamlessly flip between pages Bookmarks and speedy search capabilities get you to key pages in a flash Embedded links to recommendations’ websites Zoom-in maps and images  Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet China , our most comprehensive guide to China, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled. About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, gift and lifestyle books and stationery, as well as an award-winning website, magazines, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in. TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category   ‘Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.’ – New York Times   ‘Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.’ – Fairfax Media (Australia) *Best-selling guide to China. Source: Nielsen BookScan. Australia, UK and USA

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Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Northern Thailand Travel Guide - Lonely Planet Cover Art

Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Northern Thailand Travel Guide

Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Northern Thailand Travel Guide by Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet: The world’s leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Northern Thailand is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Visit Bangkok, one of Southeast Asia’s most buzzing cities, sail past the limestone peaks of Halong Bay, or experience the transcendent tranquillity of Angkor Wat; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Northern Thailand and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Northern Thailand Travel Guide:   Full-colour maps and images throughout Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience – history, religion, art, cuisine, wildlife, environment, architecture Over 70 maps Covers Hanoi, Halong Bay, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Vientiane, Luan Prabang, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Golden Triangle and more eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones) Downloadable PDF and offline maps prevent roaming and data charges Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews Add notes to personalise your guidebook experience Seamlessly flip between pages Bookmarks and speedy search capabilities get you to key pages in a flash Embedded links to recommendations’ websites Zoom-in maps and images  Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Northern Thailand , our most comprehensive guide to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Northern Thailand, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled. Looking for a guide focused on the individual countries included in this destination? Check out Lonely Planet Vietnam guide, Laos guide, Cambodia guide or Thailand guide for a comprehensive look at all these countries have to offer; or Lonely Planet Best of Thailand or Best of Vietnam , photo-rich guides to the countries’ most popular attractions. Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet.  About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

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Autumn Light - Pico Iyer Cover Art

Autumn Light

Autumn Light Season of Fire and Farewells by Pico Iyer

Returning to his longtime home in Japan after his father-in-law’s sudden death, Pico Iyer picks up the steadying patterns of his everyday rites: going to the post office and engaging in furious games of ping-pong every evening. But in a country whose calendar is marked with occasions honoring the dead, he comes to reflect on changelessness in ways that anyone can relate to: parents age, children scatter, and Iyer and his wife turn to whatever can sustain them as everything falls away. As the maple leaves begin to turn and the heat begins to soften, Iyer shows us a Japan we have seldom seen before, where the transparent and the mysterious are held in a delicate balance, and where autumn reminds us to take nothing for granted.

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Japan Travel Guide - Lonely Planet Cover Art

Japan Travel Guide

Japan Travel Guide by Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet: The world’s leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Japan is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore a bamboo grove in Arashiyama, marvel at Shinto and Buddhist architecture in Kyoto, or relax in the hot springs of Noboribetsu Onsen; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Japan and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet Japan Travel Guide:   Colour maps and images throughout Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, festivals, hiking, onsen, cuisine, architecture, sport, traditional accommodation, geisha, visual arts, performing arts, literature, music, environment, cinema Free, convenient pull-out Tokyo map (included in print version), plus over 140 maps Covers Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Nikko, Narita, Kamakura, Hakone, Nagoya, Gifu, Kanazawa, Nagano, Kyoto, Kansai, Hiroshima, Okayama, Osaka, Kobe, Nara, Matsue, Sapporo, Shikoku, Tokushima, Fukuoka, Okinawa and more eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones) Downloadable PDF and offline maps prevent roaming and data charges Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews Add notes to personalise your guidebook experience Seamlessly flip between pages Bookmarks and speedy search capabilities get you to key pages in a flash Embedded links to recommendations’ websites Zoom-in maps and images  Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Japan , our most comprehensive guide to Japan, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled. Looking for a guide focused on Tokyo? Check out Lonely Planet Tokyo guide for a comprehensive look at all the city has to offer; Best of Japan, a photo-rich guide to the country’s most popular attractions; or Pocket Tokyo a handy-sized guide focused on the can’t-miss sights for a quick trip. Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet. About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

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Vietnam Travel Guide - Lonely Planet Cover Art

Vietnam Travel Guide

Vietnam Travel Guide by Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet: The world’s number one travel guide publisher*  Lonely Planet’s Vietnam is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Kayak around towering limestone peaks into grottoes and lagoons in Halong Bay; wander the warren-like lanes of Hoi An’s Old Town; and sample the freshest, tastiest local specialities (and learn to cook them yourself). All with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Vietnam and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet’s Vietnam :  Colour maps and images throughout Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss Cultural insights provide a richer, more rewarding travel experience - covering history, people, music, landscapes, wildlife, cuisine, politics Over 93 maps for easy navigation Covers Hanoi, Northern Vietnam, Central Vietnam, Southeast Coast, Southwest Highlands, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Siem Reap & the Temples of Angkor The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet’s Vietnam is our most comprehensive guide to Vietnam, and is designed to immerse you in the culture and help you discover the best sights and get off the beaten track.  Travelling farther afield? Check out Lonely Planet’s Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Northern Thailand for a comprehensive look at all the region has to offer. eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones) Downloadable PDF and offline maps prevent roaming and data charges Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews Add notes to personalise your guidebook experience Seamlessly flip between pages Bookmarks and speedy search capabilities get you to key pages in a flash Embedded links to recommendations’ websites Zoom-in maps and images  Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, and Iain Stewart.  About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world’s number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we’ve printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You’ll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, nine international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, eBooks, and more.    TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category ‘Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.’ – New York Times ‘Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.’ – Fairfax Media (Australia) *Source: Nielsen BookScan: Australia, UK, USA, 5/2016-4/2017

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Culture Briefing: Japan - Your Guide to Japanese Culture and Customs - Bob Martin Cover Art

Culture Briefing: Japan - Your Guide to Japanese Culture and Customs Culture Briefings by Bob Martin

Culture Briefing Japan provides current, in-depth information found in no other single publication to help you understand the culture, customs, values and beliefs of the Japanese people. Whether traveling to Japan, working on a class paper or doing business with the Japanese, you'll find Culture Briefing: Japan an invaluable resource. If you're traveling to the country, supplement your travel guide with Culture Briefing: Japan. It will let you enrich your trip, gaining knowledge about Japanese etiquette and traditions — and more financial success when traveling on business. You'll also receive the information you need to help you feel comfortable in what might otherwise be a strange environment, including a list of do's and don'ts. You'll gain the wisdom necessary to talk intelligently with the Japanese, discussing the life they live, deciphering and interpreting how they think and behave. No longer will you run the risk of embarrassment when in conversation with the Japanese people because you brought up a taboo subject, couldn’t comment on an aspect of local life or knew nothing of their form of government. With Culture Briefing: Japan you'll discover the character, values, beliefs and customs of the Japanese. You'll learn of their artistic endeavors and political ways. You'll find out about their home, family and religious life as well as how they make a living, educate their children and spend their leisure time. You'll also discover the problems the Japanese people face and see how they handle them.

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Singapore Travel Guide - Lonely Planet Cover Art

Singapore Travel Guide

Singapore Travel Guide by Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher   Lonely Planet Singapore is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Shop til you drop along Orchard Road, explore futuristic gardens and a world-class zoo, and sample some of the best hawker food in Asia; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Singapore and begin your journey now!  Inside Lonely Planet Singapore Travel Guide:  Full-colour maps and images throughout  Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests  Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots  Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices  Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss  Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - food, shopping, architecture  Over 30 colour maps  Covers Colonial District, the Quays, Marina Bay, Orchard Road, Sentosa Island, Little India, Chinatown, Holland Village and more  eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones)  Downloadable PDF and offline maps prevent roaming and data charges  Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews  Add notes to personalise your guidebook experience  Seamlessly flip between pages  Bookmarks and speedy search capabilities get you to key pages in a flash  Embedded links to recommendations' websites  Zoom-in maps and images  Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing  The Perfect Choice: : Lonely Planet Singapore , our most comprehensive guide to Singapore, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.  Looking for just the highlights of Singapore? Check out Pocket Singapore, a handy-sized guide focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip. Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei guide for a comprehensive look at all the region has to offer.  About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and phrasebooks for 120 languages, and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, 12 international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more, enabling you to explore every day. Lonely Planet enables the curious to experience the world fully and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves, near or far from home. TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category  'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times  'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)  Note: The digital edition of this book may be missing some of the images found in the physical edition

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China A to Z - May-lee Chai & Winberg Chai Cover Art

China A to Z

China A to Z Everything You Need to Know to Understand Chinese Customs and Culture by May-lee Chai & Winberg Chai

A practical and accessible guide to an ancient but rapidly changing culture—now revised and updated   Perfect for business, pleasure, or armchair travelers, China A to Z explains the customs, culture, and etiquette essential for any trip or for anyone wanting to understand this complex country. In one hundred brief, reader-friendly essays alphabetized by subject, this  fully revised and updated edition provides a crash course in the etiquette and politics of contemporary China as well as the nation’s geography and venerable history. In it, readers will discover:   ·        How the recently selected President and his advisors approach global relations ·        Why China is considered the fastest growing market for fashion and luxury goods ·        What you should bring when visiting a Chinese household ·        What’s hot in Chinese art ·        How recent scandals impact Chinese society   From architecture and body language to Confucianism and feng shui, China A to Z offers accessible and authoritative information about China.

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Fodor's Essential Japan - Fodor's Travel Guides Cover Art

Fodor's Essential Japan

Fodor's Essential Japan by Fodor's Travel Guides

Written by locals, Fodor’s Essential Japan is the perfect guidebook for those looking for insider tips to make the most out their visit to Tokyo, Kyoto, and beyond. Complete with detailed maps and concise descriptions, this Japan travel guide will help you plan your trip with ease. Join Fodor’s in exploring one of the most exciting countries in Asia. Japan offers something for every traveler, with opportunities to try outstanding cuisine, experience nature, and immerse yourself in art, nightlife, and adventure. The country continues to draw visitors to experience its exquisite beauty. In stunning full-color, Fodor’s Essential Japan illustrates the country’s eternal draws, from ancient temples and gardens and the deliberate pace of the tea ceremony, to the dizzying, frenetic pulse of its high-tech cities. Fodor’s Essential Japan includes: •UP-TO-DATE COVERAGE: Fully updated, including fresh reviews on new hotels in Kyoto, to a closer look at the increasingly popular Okinawa prefecture, plus the latest in culture, dining, and art. •ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES GUIDE: A spectacular color photo guide captures the ultimate unmissable experiences and attractions throughout Japan to inspire you. •DETAILED MAPS: Full color and full-size street maps throughout will help you plan efficiently and get around confidently. •GORGEOUS PHOTOS AND ILLUSTRATED FEATURES: Full color photos will help inspire you. Stunning magazine-style color features highlight must-have experiences, including Japan’s history and cuisine, shopping in Tokyo, gorgeous sites like Mount Fuji and temples in Kyoto and Shikoku, the art of Monozukuri, a walking tour through Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park, and more. •ITINERARIES AND TOP RECOMMENDATIONS: Sample itineraries will help you plan and customize your own itinerary so you can make the most of your time. Includes tips on where to eat, stay, and shop as well as information about nightlife, sports and the outdoors. “Fodor’s Choice” designates our best picks in every category. “Fodor’s Choice” designates our best picks in every category. •INDISPENSABLE TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: Fodor's Japan features a beautifully illustrated Japanese Cultural Primer, with the lowdown on everything from etiquette to the tea ceremony to the Japanese obsession with baseball. Money-saving tips help travelers make the most of their yen. Each individual chapter has its own planner section with all visitors need to know about regional transportation and accommodation. •JAPANESE CHARACTERS AND TRANSLITERATIONS: This edition includes Japanese characters and transliterations across our listings for hotels, restaurants, sights and more, making the guide indispensable for solo exploring. •SPECIAL EVENTS COVERAGE: Information on experiencing the Cherry Blossom Festival which takes place from March to May (or February in Okinawa). •COVERS: Tokyo, Kyoto, Mount Fuji, Okinawa, Sapporo, Hiroshima, and more. ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts. Fodor’s has been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for over 80 years. Looking for a more in-depth look at Japan’s capital city? Check out Fodor’s Tokyo .

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Myanmar (Burma): Temples of Bagan (2022 Travel Guide by Approach Guides) - Approach Guides, David Raezer & Jennifer Raezer Cover Art

Myanmar (Burma): Temples of Bagan (2022 Travel Guide by Approach Guides)

Myanmar (Burma): Temples of Bagan (2022 Travel Guide by Approach Guides) Travel Guide by Approach Guides, David Raezer & Jennifer Raezer

RECENTLY UPDATED FOR 2022! With 120 high-resolution images, maps and a detailed tour itinerary, this is the definitive travel guide to Myanmar's ancient city of Bagan. Bagan, the ancient Buddhist capital in central Myanmar (Burma) that thrived from 850-1300, is one of the most magnificent and inspiring sites in Southeast Asia. It is yours to uncover. What’s in this guidebook ★ Comprehensive look at Bagan’s art and architecture. We provide an overview of Bagan’s art and architecture, laying out the two types of religious structures (temples and stupas) and the art forms used to decorate them (paintings and sculpture). To make things come alive, we have packed our review with high-resolution images. ★ A tour that goes deeper on the most important sites. Following our tradition of being the most valuable resource for culture-focused travelers, we offer a detailed tour of twenty-one of the premier sites. For each, we present information on its history, a detailed plan that highlights its most important architectural and artistic features, high-resolution images and a discussion that ties it all together. ★ Advice for getting the best cultural experience. To help you plan your visit, this guidebook supplies logistical advice, maps and links to online resources. Plus, we give our personal tips for getting the most from your experience while on location. ★ Information the way you like it. As with all of our guides, this book is optimized for intuitive, quick navigation; information is organized into bullet points to make absorption easy; and images are marked up with text that explains important features. ★ NEW! Customers can now print this guidebook with our new PDF-on-Demand service. See the final chapter in the book for details. ABOUT APPROACH GUIDES Travel guidebooks for the ultra curious, Approach Guides reveal a destination’s essence by exploring a compelling aspect of its cultural heritage: art, architecture, history, food, or wine. PRAISE FOR APPROACH GUIDES Compulsive (and compulsively informed) travelers, the Raezers are the masterminds behind the downloadable Approach Guides, which are filled with a university course-worth of history and insights for 62 destinations worldwide. WHY WE LOVE IT: The Raezers share our desire for deep, well-researched information on the wonders of the world. - Travel + Leisure

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Shanghai Travel Guide - Lonely Planet Cover Art

Shanghai Travel Guide

Shanghai Travel Guide by Lonely Planet

#1 best-selling guide to Shanghai* Lonely Planet Shanghai is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Get a feel for the latest trends in the French Concession, whizz down to Hangzhou on a high-speed train, or explore the city’s traditional laneways in Jing’an; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Shanghai and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet Shanghai Travel Guide:   Colour maps and images throughout Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, religion, architecture, cuisine, visual arts, literature, music, Chinese opera, cinema, fashion, martial arts, festivals Over 30 colour maps Covers The Bund, People’s Square, Old Town, French Concession, Jing’an, Pudong, Hongkou, Xujiahui, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Tongli, Zhujiajiao, Zhouzhuang, Sheshan and more eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones) Downloadable PDF and offline maps prevent roaming and data charges Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews Add notes to personalise your guidebook experience Seamlessly flip between pages Bookmarks and speedy search capabilities get you to key pages in a flash Embedded links to recommendations’ websites Zoom-in maps and images  Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Shanghai , our most comprehensive guide to Shanghai, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled. Looking for just the highlights of Shanghai? Check out Pocket Shanghai , a handy-sized guide focused on the can’t-miss sights for a quick trip. Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet China guide for a comprehensive look at all the country has to offer. Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet. About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves. *Best-selling guide to Shanghai. Source: Nielsen BookScan. Australia, UK and USA

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Myanmar (Burma) Travel Guide - Lonely Planet Cover Art

Myanmar (Burma) Travel Guide

Myanmar (Burma) Travel Guide by Lonely Planet

#1 best-selling guide to Myanmar (Burma)* Lonely Planet Myanmar (Burma) is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Be dazzled by Buddhist architecture in Yangon, explore Bagan’s amazing plain of ancient temples, or hike to the floating gardens and markets of Inle Lake; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Myanmar and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet Myanmar (Burma) Travel Guide:   Colour maps and images throughout Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, religion, politics, cuisine, environment, wildlife, architecture, responsible travel, festivals, sport, traditional crafts, dance, theatre, music, literature, cinema Over 60 maps Covers Yangon, Southern Myanmar, Bagan, Central Myanmar, Yangon-Mandalay Highway, Temples of Bagan, Eastern Myanmar, Inle Lake, Mandalay, Northern Myanmar, Lashio, Myitkyina, Western Myanmar and more eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones) Downloadable PDF and offline maps prevent roaming and data charges Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews Add notes to personalise your guidebook experience Seamlessly flip between pages Bookmarks and speedy search capabilities get you to key pages in a flash Embedded links to recommendations’ websites Zoom-in maps and images  Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Myanmar (Burma) , our most comprehensive guide to Myanmar, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.  Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet Southeast Asia on a Shoestring guide. Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet. About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves. *Best-selling guide to Myanmar. Source: Nielsen BookScan. Australia, UK and USA

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Sorcerer's Apprentice - Tahir Shah Cover Art

Sorcerer's Apprentice

Sorcerer's Apprentice by Tahir Shah

India is a land of miracles, where godmen an d mystics mesmerise audiences with wondrous feats of magic. In great cities and remote villages alike, these mortal incarnations of the divine turn rods into snakes, drink acid, eat glass, hibernate and even levitate. Some live as kings, their devotees numbering hundreds of thousands; while others - virtually destitute - wander from village to village pledging to cure the sick, or bring rain in times of drought.  As a child in rural England, Tahir Shah first learned the secrets of illusion from an Indian magician. Two decades later, he set out in search of this conjurer, the ancestral guardian of his great grandfather's tomb. Sorcerer's Apprentice is the story of his quest for, and initiation into, the brotherhood of Indian godmen. Learning along the way from sadhus, sages, avatars and sorcerers - it's a journey which took him from Calcutta to Madras, from Bangalore to Bombay, in search of the miraculous. In Calcutta, Shah is apprenticed to Hakim Feroze, a tyrannical master of illusion, who sets out to crush his student's spirit through gruelling physical trials. Eventually, his pupil's skin bruised and raw and his temper strained, the magician unlocks the door to his secret laboratory. The miracles of India's godmen are at last revealed one by one: how to swallow stones, to stop one's pulse, turn water into wine, and many more. Next, as a cryptic test, Shah is sent to ferret out the secrets of Calcutta's Underworld - entering the confidence of the city's ageing hangman, its baby-renters, and skeleton dealers. Then, just as Shah is making headway, Feroze announces that he's to pack his bags and set out at once, on a 'Journey of Observation'.  A quest for the bizarre, wondrous underbelly of the Subcontinent, Shah's travels lift the veil on the East's most puzzling miracles. The Journey of Observation leads him to a cornucopia of characters. Illusionists all, some are immune to snake venom, others speak through oracles, or have the power to transform ordinary water into petrol. Along the way Shah witnesses a 'duel of miracles', crosses paths with an impoverished billionaire, and even meets a part-time god. Revealing confidence tricks and ingenious scams, Sorcerer's Apprentice exposes a side of India that most writers never even imagine exists.

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Etiquette Guide to Japan - Boyé Lafayette De Mente Cover Art

Etiquette Guide to Japan

Etiquette Guide to Japan Know the rules that make the difference! by Boyé Lafayette De Mente

Farewell to faux pas! Minding your manners is an acquired skill, but what serves you well elsewhere could trip you up in Japan. Save yourself possible embarrassment with Etiquette Guide to Japan . An inside look at Japanese social graces, it answers all the questions of the thoughtful traveler. Extensive, specific information on Japanese business etiquette assists readers traveling to Japan for business. Although often overshadowed by a modern facade, long–standing traditional aspects of Japan's culture still influence the country and almost everyone in it. Concrete evidence of this traditional culture can be seen everywhere—in the ancient arts and crafts that are still important parts of everyday life, in the many shrines and temples that dot the nation, and in the modern comeback of traditional fashions such as kimono and yakata robes. To many Western visitors, however, the most obvious example of this traditional culture's strength is the unique etiquette of the Japanese. Like many nations, Japan has experienced vast political, social, and economic change over the past century. But enough of Japan's traditional etiquette remains to set the Japanese apart socially and psychologically and to make success in socializing and doing business with them a special challenge for Westerners. About this new version: This updated and expanded edition of the best-selling Japanese etiquette guide addresses not just the puzzling protocols relating to name cards, bowing or shaking hands, bathrooms and public baths—but also what to do when entertaining Japanese dinner guests, attending a Japanese tea ceremony, taking the subway, and much more! It also provides the latest etiquette in mobile phone manners, texting, social media and other forms of digital communication. The glossary at the back of the book has been revised to include the latest technology-related words and expressions used by Japanese today. Two new chapters address the changing role of foreigners in the workplace and the contemporary business style and etiquette used by the younger generation of Japanese who are now increasingly cosmopolitan—but still very Japanese!

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Trekking Nepal - Stephen Bezruchka M.D. & Alonzo Lyons Cover Art

Trekking Nepal

Trekking Nepal A Traveler's Guide by Stephen Bezruchka M.D. & Alonzo Lyons

"Any Nepal travel guidebook will give you details, details, details. But read Stephen Bezruchka's Trekking Nepal, the best for background and thorough trekking advice." -- Christian Science Monitor, on the 7th edition * Co-written by veteran Nepal trekkers with more than 60 combined years of experience in the region * New 8th edition reflects the most current political information and includes both popular and lesser-known trekking destinations After much political unrest, tourism to Nepal is again on the rise as a travel destination. New features of the 8th edition include: * Expanded coverage of areas outside of the primary trekking routes, as well as of less-traveled routes near major trailheads * New details on trekking in the Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang regions * New "DIY" information for independent exploring: how to make contact with villagers, use local maps, find porters and guides, understand pricing guidelines, and arrange travel necessities such as water purification and meals

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An Area of Darkness - V. S. Naipaul Cover Art

An Area of Darkness

An Area of Darkness by V. S. Naipaul

A classic of modern travel writing, An Area of Darkness is Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul’s profound reckoning with his ancestral homeland and an extraordinarily perceptive chronicle of his first encounter with India. Traveling from the bureaucratic morass of Bombay to the ethereal beauty of Kashmir, from a sacred ice cave in the Himalayas to an abandoned temple near Madras, Naipaul encounters a dizzying cross-section of humanity: browbeaten government workers and imperious servants, a suavely self-serving holy man and a deluded American religious seeker. An Area of Darkness also abounds with Naipaul’s strikingly original responses to India’s paralyzing caste system, its apparently serene acceptance of poverty and squalor, and the conflict between its desire for self-determination and its nostalgia for the British raj. The result may be the most elegant and passionate book ever written about the subcontinent.

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In Xanadu - William Dalrymple Cover Art

In Xanadu

In Xanadu by William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple’s award-winning first book: his classic, fiercely intelligent and wonderfully entertaining account of his journey across Marco Polo’s 700-year-old route from Jerusalem to Xanadu, the summer palace of Kubla Khan.    At the age of twenty-two, Dalrymple left his college in Cambridge to travel to the ruins of Kubla Khan’s stately pleasure dome in Xanadu. As he and his companions travel across the width of Asia—crossing through Acre, Aleppo, Tabriz, Tashkurgan, and other mysterious and sometimes hellish places—they encounter dusty, forgotten roads, unexpected hospitality, and difficult challenges. Stylish, witty, and knowledgeable about everything from the dreaded order of Assassins to the hidden origins of the Three Magi, this is travel writing at its best.

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Red-Light Nights, Bangkok Daze - William Sparrow Cover Art

Red-Light Nights, Bangkok Daze

Red-Light Nights, Bangkok Daze by William Sparrow

Sexy, entertaining, and thoroughly informative, this collection of reports offers a glimpse into what is enticing, insightful, and unknown about sex in Asia. It looks at the sex scenes and unseens in the ‘usual suspects’ of Thailand, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Japan as well as in less obvious countries such as Pakistan, China, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Covering the gamut of love, lust, passion, and pleasure across Asia, these articles offer unique insights into the sometimes shadowy world of the carnal pleasures on offer and the hypocrisies surrounding them. Gathered from the views of unrepentant ‘sexpats’, wayward tourists, and the locals themselves, in Red-light Nights, Bangkok Daze, you’ll find revelations about the varied experiences this huge cast of characters participates in. Succumb to the lights, and weather the daze; you’ll find yourself exhilarated and waking to a newfound awareness of the complex, interesting and yet confusing world of sex in Asia.

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Bali Travel Guide and Maps for Tourists with Tips, Weather, Prices and Hotels - hikersbay Cover Art

Bali Travel Guide and Maps for Tourists with Tips, Weather, Prices and Hotels Bali (Indonesia) a comprehensive guide for tourists. by hikersbay

Bali Travel Guidebook is your ticket to the most important tips for each traveler. The present guide provides an overview of the current informations about Bali - Indonesia. Much like a paper guidebook, provides detailed information like: - List of attractions with detailed descriptions, map and photos - Travel advices about journey to Bali - Indonesia - Information about climate, culture, traditions and other important data - Summary of accommodation options (hotels, hostels, guest houses) - Tables with a statement of prices and currency conversion Our guide contain maps of Bali  that you can use to plan your hiking or car trips. Maps works offline which means no hidden payments & no roaming charges! Maps: - Bali road map - South (S) Bali and Denpasar district road map - Denpasar detailed map - Northwest (NW) Bali road map - North (N) Bali road map - Southeast (SE) Bali road map map - South (S) Bali road map    Enjoy our guide! Bali Travel Guidebook make your journey to Bali - Indonesia easier the ever! Visit Bali with our guide, the famed Island of the Gods, stakes a serious claim to be paradise on earth. Its varied landscape of hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides provide a picturesque backdrop to its colourful, deeply spiritual and unique culture.

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Confessions of a Bangkok PI - Stephen Leather & Warren Olson Cover Art

Confessions of a Bangkok PI

Confessions of a Bangkok PI by Stephen Leather & Warren Olson

Two-timing bargirls, suspicious spouses and lesbian lovers - it was all in a day's work for Bangkok Private Eye Warren Olson. For more than a decade, Olson walked the mean streets of the Big Mango. Fluent in Thai and Khmer, he was able to go where other private eyes feared to tread. His clients included Westerners who had lost their hearts and life savings to moneyhungry bargirls. But he had more than his fair share of Thai clients, too, including a sweet old lady who was ripped off by a Christian conman and a Thai girl blackmailed by a former lover. The stories are based on Olson's case files, disguised to protect the innocent and the guilty by bestselling author Stephen Leather. Olson has now relocated to his native New Zealand with his Thai wife and daughter, but the agency that he founded is still open for business at www.thaiprivateeye.com.

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Foreign Babes in Beijing: Behind the Scenes of a New China - Rachel DeWoskin Cover Art

Foreign Babes in Beijing: Behind the Scenes of a New China

Foreign Babes in Beijing: Behind the Scenes of a New China by Rachel DeWoskin

“For a real insider’s look at life in modern China, readers should turn to Rachel DeWoskin.”—Sophie Beach, The Economist Determined to broaden her cultural horizons and live a “fiery” life, twenty-one-year-old Rachel DeWoskin hops on a plane to Beijing to work for an American PR firm based in the busy capital. Before she knows it, she is not just exploring Chinese culture but also creating it as the sexy, aggressive, fearless Jiexi, the starring femme fatale in a wildly successful Chinese soap opera. Experiencing the cultural clashes in real life while performing a fictional version onscreen, DeWoskin forms a group of friends with whom she witnesses the vast changes sweeping through China as the country pursues the new maxim, “to get rich is glorious.” In only a few years, China’s capital is transformed. With “considerable cultural and linguistic resources” (The New Yorker), DeWoskin captures Beijing at this pivotal juncture in her “intelligent, funny memoir” (People), and “readers will feel lucky to have sharp-eyed, yet sisterly, DeWoskin sitting in the driver’s seat”(Elle).

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Video Night in Kathmandu - Pico Iyer Cover Art

Video Night in Kathmandu

Video Night in Kathmandu And Other Reports from the Not-So-Far East by Pico Iyer

Mohawk hair-cuts in Bali, yuppies in Hong Kong and Rambo rip-offs in the movie houses of Bombay are just a few of the jarring images that Iyer brings back from the Far East.

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