Geek In Thailand, A: Discovering The Land Of Golden Buddhas, Pad Thai And Kickboxing by Houton, Jody
A Geek in Thailand is a light-hearted but perceptive look at one of the world's most visited countries from the viewpoint of a young foreign resident. More than just a Thai travel guide, it offers a concise but insightful take on Thailand for tourists, expats, would-be expats, and others-anyone, in fact, with an interest in visiting or learning about the Land of Smiles. Subjects range from the touchstones of Thai culture and history, such as its politics and economy, Buddhism and folklore, to chapters on traditional Thai design and craftsmanship, including its highly acclaimed architecture and fine silk textiles.
Kyoto Unhurried by Tay, Janice
Change comes slowly in Kyoto, a city of wooden houses, ancient temples and shops in business for centuries. Kyoto Unhurried is a resident's introduction to the city, with a focus on lesser-known places and events, showing readers where to go at different times of the year. But this is more than a travel guide. Pulling present-day encounters together with tales of poets and samurai, Kyoto Unhurried charts an atmospheric journey through one of the world's most romantic cities. It does not simply tell travellers what to see; it shows them why in the first place they should go.
Finding India In China: Travels To The Lesser Known by Anurag Viswanath
Finding India in China whisks the reader on a whirlwind journey through China's margins. In part an intellectual travelogue, the voyage equally mixes in humorous anecdotes, oddball encounters, and thoughtful reflections on the vastness that is China. With her distinct Indian perspective, Anurag Viswanath slices through preconceptions and shibboleths in her interactions with a motley set of characters-from Muslim housewives in Xinjiang to Mongols dressing up for tourism, from academics to party officials to migrant workers.
Lost Guides: Bali - A Unique, Stylish And Offbeat Travel Guide To Bali by Chittenden, Anna
From Secret beaches, boutique retreats, gorgeous villas, cool cafes, foodie favourites, surf spots, traditional artisans - here's your guide to the best of Bali. What: An A5, full colour 144 page soft cover book filled with tried and tested travel recommendations for Bali, illustrated with original photography. Where: Focusing on five happening neighbourhoods - Bukit Peninsula, Seminyak, Canggu, Ubud and Nusa Lembongan, the book contains highly curated recommendations for the stylish nomad gathered from extensive experience and a network of locals in the know including chefs, fashion designers, architects, surfers and photographers.
Walking Tour Singapore, A: Sketches Of The City's Architectural Treasures Journey Through Singapore's Urban Landscape by Bracken, G. Byrne
Singapore is a cosmopolitan city with towering skyscrapers and state-of-the-art building technology. Nestled within its modern built environment are vestiges of its British colonial past and its cultural history. From its spanking new waterfront to its quaint shophouses and from its temples to its mosques and churches, Singapore is as multifarious architecturally as it is culturally. Architect G. Byrne Bracken captures with his sketches the unique diversity that defines Singapore. In this 5th edition: 8 new illustrations, including the beautifully restored Capitol Theatre, the new South Beach complex, and the Parkroyal on Pickering Hotel; refined walking routes; and fully updated information on all the latest developments in this fast-changing metropolis.
Nathaniel's Nutmeg: How One Man's Courage Changed The Course Of History by Milton, Giles
Chronicles the exploits of Nathaniel Courthope and his band of seafaring adventurers in the Spice Islands of the early seventeenth century, where they faced down the Dutch navy - and sundry profiteers - on behalf of the budding British Empire.
Rum Shrinks Elephant: Travels In Southeast Asia by Spencer, G. M.
Rum Shrinks Elephants is a series of travel stories. G M Spencer's account of his amateur exploration through forests up and down the mountains of Malaysia and Indonesia is told with humour and self-deprecation.
Midnight In Siberia: A Train Journey Into The Heart Of Russia by Greene, David
Far away from the trendy cafés, designer boutiques, and political protests and crackdowns in Moscow, the real Russia exists. Midnight in Siberia chronicles David Greene's journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway, a 6,000-mile cross-country trip from Moscow to the Pacific port of Vladivostok. These travels offer a glimpse of the new Russia - a nation that boasts open elections and newfound prosperity but continues to endure oppression, corruption, a dwindling population, and stark inequality. Midnight in Siberia is a lively travel narrative filled with humor, adventure, and insight.
Passage To Burma by Stulberg, Scott
Get lost in the timeless beauty of a country in transition. For more than ten years Scott Stulberg has made multiple pilgrimages to Burma to capture this sense of magic with his cameras. The result of those pilgrimages is captured here in a collection of images that display the heart and soul of this magnificent country. This second edition of Passage to Burma includes new photographs from Stulberg's latest travels abroad to this remarkable place.
Living In Chiang Mai by Gunn, Alexander
After moving from the safety of middle class rural life in England, Alex and his family come to terms with living in Chiang Mai. It's a little bit different. Well, to be honest with you, it's about as different as having a nice quiet country walk and then deciding to see what it's like to go ten rounds in the Saturday Night No Holds Barred Cage Fight Slaughterhouse Rumble hosted by the Creative Breaking legend Iron Knuckles Kane. It is excruciatingly different, and anybody who tells you otherwise is simply lying or well adjusted. Alex bumbles through another year treading prawns into the British Ambassadors carpet, unwittingly befriending The Triads, getting mixed up with the shadowy underworld of Chiang Mai's Water Bandits and ending up in Chiang Mai's police station.
China 1973-2013 By Bruno Barbey, Magnum Photographer: From Mao To Modernity by Fenby, Jonathan (Foreword); Jean Loh (Intro)
Magnum photographer Bruno Barbey first discovered China when he accompanied President Pompidou of France on an official visit there in 1973. It was a country in transition, although still under the influence of the Cultural Revolution. Some years later, Barbey returned and saw the effects of Deng Xiaopings invitation to the people to Get Rich. Barbey returned to China many times and noted on each visit, with his photos as evidence, the profound changes that were transforming the country. This book comprises a selection of the photographs he has taken over the past 40 years. It is a portrait of a country on the move from post-revolutionary state to world economic superpower.
Hunting With Eagles: In The Realm Of The Mongolian Kazakhs by Mohan, Palani
For many hundreds of years Kazakh nomads have been grazing their livestock near the Altai Mountains in western Mongolia. The Altai Kazakhs are unique in their tradition of using golden eagles to hunt on horseback. In this book, which comprises an introductory essay and 90 dramatic duotone images, Mohan explains how the burkitshis are slowing dying out. Rather than endure the brutal winters, their children choose to move to the capital, Ulan Bator, for a better way of life.
Remains: A Singapore Journey by Ikonomopoulos, Kostas
The mausoleum of a Muslim saint stands next to an elevated coastal expressway. The Latin inscribed tombstones of Christian missionaries lay half-buried and forgotten between bungalows and a childcare centre. A quarantine station and detention facility is turned into a series of dormitories for tourists. And then there is the improbable shrine to a German girl turned goddess of luck.
Remains is an unorthodox travelogue, a journey through graveyards, stations, and assorted remnants of Singapore's past. It is also an effort to document locations and preserve stories in an island-city that shape-shifted from colonial backwater to glistening business hub at breakneck speed. The book attempts a look at another Singapore, which is almost a neglected twin to the one everyone knows. It reconstructs a cultural past which is falling victim to a unique, if unavoidable,
vanishing act; a past barely preserved in the form of faded gravestones, crumbling aluminium watchtowers, repainted barracks, barricaded hospitals, neglected theme parks and dismantled rail tracks. At the same time, Remains is a meditation on the policies of development and heritage preservation and a deeply personal account of the history and the aesthetic appeal of the decayed, the forsaken and the bizarre in Singapore.
Manabeshima Island Japan by Chavouet, Florent
More than just a Japan travel guide, Manabeshima Island Japan paints a colorful and entertaining picture of a particular place and time in Japan. Japan is made up of thousands of sacred islands, artificial islands, industrial islands, resort islands, wild islands and exploding islands…but artist Florent Chavouet had only ever visited two of them. This graphic novel is the story of one summer when he decides to get to know one more-the tiny island of Manabeshima. This speck of dirt in the Inland Sea, off the coast of Osaka, has a total population of 300, and he sets himself the task of recording everything and everyone he meets there in quirky detail on the pages of his sketchbook.
Diving In Indonesia: The Ultimate Guide To The World's Best Dive Spots by Wormald, Sarah Ann
Diving in Indonesia is a fully comprehensive diving guidebook for exploring the most notable areas of Indonesia. A chapter is devoted to each of the following important regions in Indonesia for divers: Bali, North Sulawesi, Central, South and Southeast Sulawesi, Nusa Teggara, Raja Ampat and West Papua, and Maluku.
Siam Through The Lens Of John Thomson 1865-66, Including Angkor And Coastal China by Paisarn Piemmettawat, J Bautz Et Al (Text)
Legendary Scottish photographer and travel writer John Thomson (1837-1921) set off for the East in 1862 and over the next ten years undertook numerous journeys to various countries including Siam, Cambodia and China, becoming the first person to photograph Angkor Wat, Cambodia. The photographs from these journeys form one of the most extensive records of any region taken in the 19th century. These photographs form a unique archive of images documenting 19th century Asian landscapes, architecture, people and customs. The collection of over 600 glass plates travelled back with Thomson to Britain in 1872 and since 1921 has been housed and expertly preserved at the Wellcome Library, London. The 150-year-old glass negatives are in excellent condition allowing the exhibition to showcase very large prints, some life-size.
Lost Camels Of Tartary, The: A Quest Into Forbidden China by Hare, John
John Hare has made three expeditions to the Mongolian and Chinese Gobi deserts, the first in 1993 with Russian scientists and the second and third with Chinese scientists in 1995 and 1996. The book records the amazing adventures he has experienced on those expeditions and will record details of the 30-day walk on foot in the formidable Kum Tagh sand dunes in the spring of 1997. He is the first recorded foreigner to have crossed the Gashun Gobi from north to south. This is John Hare's magnificent account of a formidable feat of modern exploration.
Expatriate In Myanmar: A Guide For Newcomers by Merchant, Janice
This very useful and comprehensive guide contains over 360 pages of practical and timely information for those who want to learn more about Myanmar, its culture and expatriate life. There are accurate and up-to-date information to guide your move and stay in country. Each chapter has been well researched and fact-checked by in-country experts. With over 60 color photographs, country, cultural and business overviews, maps, tables and useful appendices.
All Agog In China by Mcdouall, Stuart
Stuart McDouall and his wife, Susanna, after each had retired, decided to go on a tour of China, beginning from the end of January 2012. It was an open-ended tour with a loosely-planned itinerary. In the event, it took five months. Here, they, they recount their journey in an impressionistic, episodic and selective way. He kept a hand-written diary of what he deemed to be noteworthy events and took over a thousand photographs to jog his memory. Many of them are included in this book.
From Peak To Peak: The Story Of The First Human-Powered Journey From The Summit Of Mt. Ruapehu In New Zealand To The Summit Of Aoraki/ Mt. Cook by Rawlinson, Grant 'Axe'
On 1 December 2013, two men set out on a unique journey between New Zealand's highest mountains. On a shoestring budget, and an equally tight time constraint, they traversed through some of the country's toughest and most rugged terrain, covering over 1400km with nothing more than a borrowed bicycle, some climbing gear, an inflatable kayak, and an incredibly slim chance of success. On day 22, they reached the summit of Aoraki / Mt Cook, the highest peak in the country.
From peak to peak tells the inspiring true story of mountaineers, Grant 'Axe' Rawlinson and Alan Siva's incredible human-powered journey, from the summit of Mt Ruapehu to the summit of Aoraki / Mt Cook. It is testament that it takes just one crazy idea - and a positive attitude - to get started on the adventure of a lifetime.
In an age of adventure which is all too packaged, sponsored, televised, and worse, 'guided' by experts. From peak to peak is a rare account of a refreshing attitude towards tackling the oceans and the mountains on their own terms. Rawlinson's adventure, where the eventual outcome was always in doubt until the final moments, is an inspiring read.