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Rum Shrinks Elephant: Travels In Southeast AsiaRum 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 RussiaMidnight 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.

Living In Chiang MaiLiving 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 ModernityChina 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 KazakhsHunting 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 JourneyRemains: 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 JapanManabeshima 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.

Siam Through The Lens Of John Thomson 1865-66, Including Angkor And Coastal ChinaSiam 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.

Expatriate In Myanmar: A Guide For NewcomersExpatriate 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 ChinaAll 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. CookFrom 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.

Cambodia And Laos (Dk Eyewitness Travel)Cambodia And Laos (Dk Eyewitness Travel) by D'souza, Karen Faye; Shreya Sarkar (Eds.)

This fully updated guide includes unique cutaways, floorplans and reconstructions of the must-see sites, plus street-by-street maps of all the fascinating cities and towns. The new-look guide is also packed with photographs and illustrations leading you straight to the best attractions on offer. It will help you to discover everything region-by-region; from local festivals and markets to day trips around the countryside. Detailed listings will guide you to the best hotels, restaurants, bars and shops for all budgets, whilst detailed practical information will help you to get around, whether by train, bus or car. Plus, insider tips and essential local information will help you explore every corner of Cambodia & Laos effortlessly.

7 Days In Myanmar7 Days In Myanmar by Falconer, John; Denis Gray Et Al

This is a unique photographic celebration of the rich culture, stunning landscapes and diverse peoples of Myanmar. Here is the new Myanmar as seen over a single week by a team of thirty famous photographers from eleven different countries. Their mission? To capture the life and spirit of Myanmar from every angle in every corner of the country. Through the downtown streets of Yangon and the handicraft centres of Mandalay, above the temple-dotted plains of Bagan and on the waters of Inle Lake, inside border towns and hilltribe villages and all the way to the furthest reaches of the north and south.

On The Grand Trunk Road: A Journey Into South AsiaOn The Grand Trunk Road: A Journey Into South Asia by Coll, Steve

This is an revised and updated account of Steve Coll's journeys in conflict-ridden India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Afghanistan as a bureau chief for The Washington Post. On the Grand Trunk Road reveals a little-seen area of the world where violence, corruption, and greed have had devastating effects on South Asians from all walks of life.

Exploring Bangkok: An Architectural And Historical GuidebookExploring Bangkok: An Architectural And Historical Guidebook by Ward, Robin

This book has eight tours, some walkable, others by skytrain, metro and Chao Phraya riverboat, which make sense of the city's complexity and reveal its variety of outstanding buildings, from the breathtaking to the bizarre. This is the perfect companion for curious visitors, architectural enthusiasts, designers and residents.

Scenes Of Thailand: A Watercolour AlbumScenes Of Thailand: A Watercolour Album by Hsu, Edric

This new collection of watercolours offers readers a visual tour of Thailand's buildings and neighbourhoods as well as scenes from daily life. Artist Edric Hsu has captured in vibrant colour the rich culture and heritage of Thailand. From the ancient city of Ayutthaya to the modern skyscrapers of Bangkok; from the unique floating markets to popular weekend haunts such as Chatuchak; from Thai massage to Muay Thai boxing and the colourful Tuk-tuk taxis; from Bejarong porcelain to Thai silk and other craft; you can find it within the pages of this book along with dishes such as Pad Thai, Som Tom and Tom Yum Kung. This is a veritable A-to-Z gallery of all things Thai, presented in an attractive watercolour format. The handy size makes it an ideal souvenir for tourists and visitors of their trip to Thailand or a beautiful gift for those back at home.

22 Walks In Bangkok: Exploring The City's Historic Back Lanes And Byways22 Walks In Bangkok: Exploring The City's Historic Back Lanes And Byways by Barrett, Kenneth

Take a series of unforgettable strolls down the back lanes of historic Bangkok! This book helps you discover hidden gems found throughout the city by presenting each neighborhood as a distinct village--explaining how it evolved, and describing its historic landmarks in detail. Ken Barrett introduces the important temples, churches, shrines and mosques in loving detail, sketching their history and distinctive features.

Okinawa And The Ryukyu Islands: The First Comprehensive Guide To The Entire Ryukyu Island ChainOkinawa And The Ryukyu Islands: The First Comprehensive Guide To The Entire Ryukyu Island Chain by Walker, Robert

Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands is the first comprehensive guide to the 150 sub-tropical island chain that stretches across 600 miles from Japan to Taiwan. Experienced author Robert Walker tells you how to get there, where to go, where to stay and what to do. It also includes a large fold-out map of Okinawa and the Ryukyu chain with insets for the major islands and cities.

Japan's World Heritage Sites: Unique Culture, Unique NatureJapan's World Heritage Sites: Unique Culture, Unique Nature by Dougill, John

In Japan's World Heritage Sites, readers are introduced to the temples, gardens, castles and natural wonders for which Japan is so justly renowned - all of those now declared to be Unesco World Heritage Sites. Author John Dougill describes each site in detail, stating why they were singled out by Unesco, the current number and types of sites, the application process, how the sites have been selected, and how difficult it is to be given the special status of a World Heritage Site.

Images Of IndonesiaImages Of Indonesia by Von Holzen, Heinz; Fabian Von Holzen

The Republic of Indonesia is an archipelago comprising over 17,508 islands. Indonesia was the centre of early international trade routes and since the 7th century, locals have absorbed foreign cultural, religious and political beliefs. The country also has a rich cultural history being home to many distinct ethnic groups. Covering a vast sprawling area, Indonesia boasts amazing natural beauty with volcanoes, waterfalls and many other natural features. Images of Indonesia visits the key attractions of the country and captures its people and their lifestyles. It is the perfect introduction for visitors, and an excellent keepsake for tourists, locals and anyone with an eye for culture brought to life through the camera lens.