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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Old Man's Rules For Hitchhiking, An by Mcglynn, John Jr.
Populated with characters Mark Twain would have appreciated, McGlynn's tales of travels to Mexico, Indonesia, and other exotic ports of call are those of a modern-day Everyman, and are as recognizable to an American as they would be to an Indonesian about the common nature of man. His guide to hitchhiking, written after more than fifty years of experience on the road, displays a singular sense of wit and irony and provides remarkable insights into the foibles of mankind.
Lonely Planet: Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Northern Thailand by Bloom, Greg; Austin Bush; Iain Stewart; Richard W.
This is a bestselling guide to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Northern Thailand.
Lonely Planet: Cambodia by Ray, Nick; Greg Bloom
Lonely Planet Cambodia is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore the magnificent temples of Angkor, experience the best and worst of Cambodian history at the capital, or taste the subtle spices of Khmer cuisine; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Cambodia and begin your journey now!
Lonely Planet: Southeast Asia - On A Shoestring Big Trips On Small Budgets by Williams, China; Greg Bloom; Celeste Brash
Experience the magic of the temples of Angkor at dawn, experience Asia's colonial past in the steamy port island of Penang, or hang ten on classic Bali surf breaks; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Southeast Asia and begin your journey now!
Short Ride In The Jungle, A: The Ho Chi Minh Trail By Motorcycle by Bolingbroke-Kent, Antonia
The Ho Chi Minh Trail is one of the greatest feats of military engineering in history. But since the end of the Vietnam War much of this vast transport network has been reclaimed by jungle, while remaining sections are littered with a deadly legacy of unexploded bombs. For Antonia, a veteran of ridiculous adventures in unfeasible vehicles, the chance to explore the Trail before it's lost forever was a personal challenge she couldn't ignore - yet it would sometimes be a terrifying journey.
Setting out from Hanoi on an ageing Honda Cub, she spent the next two months riding 2,000 miles through the mountains and jungles of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Battling in hospitable terrain and multiple breakdowns, her experiences ranged from the touching to the hilarious, meeting former American fighter pilots, tribal chiefs,illegal loggers and bomb disposal experts.The story of her brave journey is thrilling and poignant: a unique insight into a little known face of Southeast Asia.
Walking Home From Mongolia: Ten Million Steps Through China From The Gobi Desert To The South China Sea by Lilwall, Rob
Starting in the Gobi desert in winter, adventurer Rob Lilwall sets out on an extraordinary six month journey, walking 3,000 miles across China. Along the way he and cameraman Leon brave the toxic insides of China's longest road tunnel, explore desolate stretches of the Great Wall and endure interrogation by the Chinese police. As they walk on through the heart of China, the exuberant hospitality of cave dwellers, coal miners and desert nomads keeps them going despite sub-zero blizzards and treacherous terrain. Rob writes with humour and honesty about the hardships of the walk, reflecting on the nature of pilgrimage and the uncertainties of an adventuring career, while also giving insight into life on the road amid the epic landscapes and rapidly industrialising cities of backwater China.
Snake Dance: Journeys Beneath A Nuclear Sky by Marnham, Patrick
The terrifying first use of nuclear weapons over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 was the most controversial act of warfare in history. Yet it was also the climax of a story that extends beyond Japan and Washington: the culmination of decades of scientific achievement and centuries of colonial exploitation. Snake Dance is the account of a journey that turned into a quest to discover how humanity reaches this point. Patrick Marnham travels from the opulent nineteenth-century palaces of King Leopold II of Belgium, built with riches plundered from the Congo, to the lethally derelict nuclear reactor of modern-day Kinshasa. He follows the shipment of Congolese uranium to the deserts of New Mexico for the Manhattan Project's secret test detonation. Here he uncovers the legacies of Robert Oppenheimer and Aby Warburg, two 'mad geniuses' who confronted the devastating power of twentieth-century science in very different ways. Faced with the catastrophe at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant in March 2011, scientific man, like the snake dancers, is faced with a power beyond his control. Spanning three continents and the history of civilisation, Snake Dance is at once an intrepid intellectual adventure and a wake-up call for mankind.