Asia Travel Guides
Bangladesh is a lush, green country situated on the fertile Ganges delta, adjacent to the Indian state of West Bengal. Although there are hilly areas in the northeast, this densely populated country is mostly flat, and criss-crossed by many rivers. Much of its coastline forms part of the world's largest mangrove forests, the Sundarbans, home to the Royal Bengal tiger and many other flora and fauna. Bangladesh is young country with an ancient history. The province of Bengal was divided when India became independent in 1947, and its mainly Muslim eastern part became East Pakistan. This was followed by years of upheaval, and in 1971, after a freedom movement and a war, the east Bengali people finally gained independence as the People's Republic of Bangladesh. Most Bangladeshis live in rural areas, and the majority are Muslims. Historically they have lived in harmony with many other faiths. Bengali, or "Bangla," is the lingua franca, and there are several regional dialects. Once the hub of the southern Silk Route, the Bengal delta region has a long and rich cultural tradition. Over the centuries it has been influenced by Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity. It is a land of writers, saints, scientists, thinkers, composers, painters, and film-makers. It is famous for its music, dance, and drama; arts and crafts; folklore; languages and literature; philosophy and religion; festivals and celebrations; and its distinctive cuisine and culinary tradition. Bangladesh has been regularly hit by floods and cyclones, but, contrary to what the world usually hears about natural disasters and poverty, there is positive economic growth and the country is one of southeast Asia's largest exporters of garments to Western markets. Despite the hardships they endure the Bangladeshis are resilient, friendly, and hospitable, and welcome all visitors with a warm smile. This book introduces you to the people beyond the headlines, and offers invaluable advice on what to expect and how to behave in different situations, whether you are a tourist or traveling on business.
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The Rough Guide to Nepal is the most passionate and knowledgeable guide to this inspiring country. Discover Nepal's highlights with stunning photography, itineraries and colour-coded maps, and detailed, up-to-date descriptions of the country's best restaurants, lodges, shops and hotels, for all budgets. There's solid practical advice on what to see and do, from rooftop bars in Kathmandu to meditation retreats in Boudha, and from riverside adventure resorts on the Bhote Koshi to tiger-spotting safaris in Chitwan and Bardia national parks. All the finest Himalayan treks are covered in detail, from the Annapurna Sanctuary and Everest Base Camp treks to the less-trodden trails of the Upper Mustang. Dedicated chapters are devoted to mountain biking and whitewater rafting, and there is unrivalled detail on Buddhism, Hinduism and the many ethnic groups that make Nepal a unique destination.
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With over three thousand kilometres of tropical coastline, Thailand boasts an abundance of perfect white-sand beaches. The Rough Guide to Thailand's Beaches and Islands is the ultimate travel guide to Thailand's greatest natural attractions, and will help you uncover the very best that's on offer - whether you want to party under a full moon or find your own desert-island idyll. Rough Guides' knowledgeable authors have carried out extensive research to provide you with insider reviews of the very best places to stay, eat and drink - no matter what your budget - with expert information on venturing beyond the beaches and getting around Thailand. Boasting full coverage of Bangkok and an indispensible guide to underwater Thailand, The Rough Guide to Thailand's Beaches and Islands will help you get the most out of your visit to this fascinating country.
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The DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Delhi, Agra and Jaipur will lead you straight to the best attractions Delhi, Agra and Jaipur have to offer. The guide includes unique cutaways, floorplans and reconstructions of the stunning architecture found in each city, plus 3D aerial views of the key districts to explore on foot. You'll find detailed listings of the best hotels, restaurants, bars and shops for all budgets in this fully updated and expanded guide, plus insider tips on everything from where to find the best markets and nightspots to great attractions for children. The uniquely visual DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Delhi, Agra and Jaipur also includes in-depth coverage of all the unforgettable sights and comes complete with pull-out city maps, clearly marked with sights from the guidebook and an easy-to-use street index. The maps has detailed street views of all the key areas, plus there are transport maps and information on how to get around each city, and there's even a chart showing the distances between major sights for walkers. The DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Delhi, Agra and Jaipur shows you what others only tell you.
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Taiwanese culture preserves the best of ancient traditions, while embracing the newest in high-tech modernity, and nowhere is this better exemplified than in the country's dynamic capital, Taipei. Whether you want to admire Taipei 101's architecture, discover precious Chinese artefacts at the National Palace Museum or indulge in feast of street food at Shilin Nightmarket, Insight City Guide Taipei will ensure that you have the quintessential Taipei experience. This book features by local writers delve into topics including the arts scene, Taipei residents' love of sports and shopping, and traditional remedies, while evocative accounts of the city's districts bring Taipei to life, from Ximending's youth culture and Datong's Chinese heritage to the east's skyscrapers juxtaposed with hillside tea plantations. Full-colour photography and maps help you navigate with ease and our detailed Travel Tips give you all the practical information you need to plan your trip. Discover this fascinating city with Insight City Guide Taipei.
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Now in full colour throughout, The Rough Guide to Seoul is the ultimate travel companion to the Korean capital, one of Asia's most intriguing and energetic cities. Comprehensive listings sections detail the very best places to eat, drink, shop and unwind in Seoul; includes everything from the luxurious cafes, restaurants and clothing boutiques of Apgujeong to Hongdae's snack stands, barbecue halls and hole-in-the wall bars, all shown on detailed maps. The Rough Guide to Seoul enables readers to dive into modern art, live music and other lesser-known facets of this fascinating city's culture. In addition, royal fortresses, secluded temples, enchanting islands and the world's most visited national park all lie within day-trip distance of Seoul - The Rough Guide to Seoul contains all the information a traveller could possibly need to reach all these, and more.
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Although it focuses on Tokyo and Kyoto -- the two Japanese cities that most tourists want to visit -- Frommer's EasyGuide to Japan also examines the Japanese locations to which most tourists make day-trips or longer excursions from the two must-sees. Enjoying a far more favorable exchange rate than in recent years, the now-moderately-priced Japan is enjoying a major upswing in its incoming tourism, and our experienced author of many previous guidebooks to Japan has made it even easier to enjoy, easier to understand, easier to tour, in a concise "Easy Guide" designed to fit into pocket or purse.
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Though one of the smallest islands of the Indonesian archipelago, Bali has miles of world-famous beaches, perfect for sunbathers and surfers alike. But Bali also has extraordinary inland attractions, including picturesque rice terraces, the towering Kintamani volcano, the holy forest with its wild monkeys and the romantically sited water temple of Ulun Danu. The island has a rich cultural heritage with over 20,000 temples and numerous colourful festivals and ceremonies. A drive through the small country roads will take you through many artisan villages specialising in stone and wood carving; jewellery making and ikat weaving. Bali is also an ideal destination for families with its many child-friendly attractions, such as rafting, cycling, elephant rides and the Bali Bird Park.
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"Fleximap Guangzhou" is a laminated, tear-resistant map which includes indexed maps of the city (1:16 000), the Guangzhou area (1:100 000), the Pearl River Delta (1:600 000) and Southern China (1: 8 000 000). Places of interest, religious sites, parks, public buildings and selected hotels are clearly shown and named (on the city map, the names are in both English and Chinese characters). Each map is accompanied by a separate index which is categorized for ease of use. A handy diagram of the Guangzhou Metro is conveniently located on the back cover of this Fleximap. In addition to the mapping, "Fleximap Guangzhou" also gives a list - with descriptions and some photographs - of 17 recommended sights, divided by theme and linked to the mapping by numbered markers. There is also a handy information section with concise details on getting around, tourist offices, money, tipping, opening times, public holidays, telecommunications, emergency telephone numbers and climate.
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Japan is often thought of as a place where the modern world and ancient traditions meet in surprising and fascinating ways. The rapid pace of technological, social and cultural change throughout the 20th century propelled the country forward but left countless establishments, industries and entire towns deserted. Through his photography Jordy Meow explores these forgotten places and sheds light on a lost world that was thriving just a few decades ago. Abandoned Japan documents famed ruins (haikyo in Japanese) such as Gunkanjima, the island featured in the Bond movie Skyfall, which once had a population of over 5,000 but is now completely abandoned, and the Disneyland-inspired Nara Dreamland theme park. Beyond these well-known sites, Jordy Meow also takes us on a journey through every aspect of a rapidly disappearing past: from schools and hospitals to industrial sites and nightlife, including strip clubs and love hotels. The ruins captured here range from the quaint and serene to the dark and nightmarish. Some have an atmosphere reminiscent of the animation films of Studio Ghibli while others seem almost dystopian. These places show that people can leave a lasting mark on their environment but, given the chance, nature finds its way back."
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Rajasthan offers huge variety to travellers, from impressive palaces and temples to glimpsing tigers in the misty hills. This Footprint Handbook provides invaluable information on transport, accommodation, eating and entertainment to ensure that your trip includes the best of this magnificent destination. * Essentials section with useful advice on getting to and around Rajasthan. * Comprehensive, up-to-date listings of where to eat, sleep and play. * Includes information on tour operators and activities, from the navigating the craziness of Delhi to the absorbing the calm of sacred temples. * Detailed maps for Rajasthan and its key destinations. * Slim enough to fit in your pocket. With detailed information on all the main sights, plus many lesser-known attractions, Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra Footprint Handbook provides concise coverage of one of India's most traditional regions.
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With its glittering pagodas, timeless countryside and gracious people, Myanmar (Burma) is an extraordinarily beautiful destination, but one that was isolated from the rest of the world until very recently. With tourism growing rapidly and ongoing development as the country opens up, there has never been a better time to explore Myanmar. Following on from our best-selling, award-nominated re-launch in 2013, the 2015 Insight Guide Myanmar (Burma) has been comprehensively updated by an expert author to help inspire and inform travellers wanting to discover this fascinating country. After an inspirational best Of Myanmar section, the country's rich past and cultural heritage are described in a series of lively essays. Contemporary aspects of Burmese life - the changing political situation, the economy, food, architecture, wildlife - are also covered in depth. The places chapters describe all the sights that should be seen - from the incomparable temples of Bagan, serene Inle Lake, the lost world of Mrauk U and the beaches along the Bay of Bengal to the fascinating cities of Yangon and Mandalay. Detailed, high-quality maps throughout will help you get around and travel tips give you all the essential information for planning a memorable trip, including our independent selection of the best hotels and restaurants. Discover this most exciting of destinations with Insight Guide Myanmar (Burma).
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Given the splendours of Angkor Thom together with another 90 temple sites within the Angkor Archaeological Park, it is no wonder that Cambodia is dubbed the 'Kingdom of Wonder'. In its listing, UNESCO described Angkor as 'an exceptional testimony to a lost civilization'. But Cambodia is also a revitalized modern country with new infrastructure and many living traditions, as well as stunning countryside and quiet beaches. Mick Shippen's informative and entertaining text illustrated by his distinctive and highly personal photography present a wide-ranging introduction to the many facets of Cambodia for resident and visitor alike. The main text is accompanied by sidebars or box stories that highlight details of particular interest, provide anecdotal information and give a lively and reader-friendly look to the book. The book is divided into two parts, the first part giving an overview of the landscapes, people, history, modern economy and culture of Cambodia, and the second looking in detail at the five main regions: Phnom Penh and Around; the North-west; Siem Reap and Angkor; the South Coast and the East.
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This full-color guide to Vietnam includes vibrant photos and helpful planning maps. Travel writer and Saigon resident Dana Filek-Gibson guides travelers through Vietnam--whether they're spending the day on the beaches of Nha Trang or visiting the embalmed remains of Ho Chi Minh, the country's most respected national hero. Along with her in-depth coverage, Filek-Gibson shares unique trip ideas, including Exploring Vietnam's War History and The Best of Vietnam: Down the Dragon's Spine. From wandering the thousand-year-old city of Hanoi to experiencing the breathtaking wonder of Ha Long Bay, Moon Vietnam gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
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The enormous area now known as China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region came to prominence with the rise of the Silk Road two millennia ago. For centuries its nomadic peoples and city-states were subject to both religious and economic influences from India, Greece, Persia and of course China, resulting in a land rich with archaeological and cultural treasures. However, Xinjiang's appeal extends beyond its Silk Road legacy. Occupying one-sixth of China's territory, this Alaska-size province is home to 13 distinct nationalities, one of the world's harshest but most bewitching desert regions, and little-explored mountain ranges to delight the most seasoned traveller. In essence, Xinjiang still offers today what it did 2,000 years ago - a chance for adventurous souls to explore a faraway land filled with wonders. This book will help you take your first step on that exciting journey.It describes the riches of the Silk Road's ancient oasis cities. It covers the Altai mountains - a new adventure playground; Kashgar and beyond - China's Wild West; Urumqi - western China's hub for business and tourism; Turpan - grapes and grottoes in the Land of Fire; and, Southern Silk Road - lost cities and cross-desert highways in the Taklamakan.
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With its fabled urban landscape and vibrant Chinese culture, Hong Kong is one of the world's most exciting cities. Whether you want to take a bay cruise on the Star Ferry, eat and shop your way around Kowloon or find peace at an atmospheric temple, Insight City Guide Hong Kong will make sure you have the quintessential Hong Kong experience. Features by local writers delve into topics including the city's dim sum tradition, Chinese medicine and the local love of horse racing, while evocative accounts of Hong Kong's districts bring the city to life, from the dramatic vistas of the Peak to the shops and bars of lively Wan Chai and Causeway Bay, and the beaches and monasteries of the outlying territories and islands. Full-colour photography and maps help you navigate with ease, while the detailed Travel Tips directory gives you all the practical information and travel advice you need when planning what to do on your trip, including selective listings for hotel and restaurants. Whether you are new to the city or a repeat visitor, Insight City Guide Hong Kong will help you discover the very best of this fantastic destination.
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Phuket and Krabi Islands in the Andaman Sea and Samui in the Gulf of Thailand offer an idyllic combination of a sunny climate, stunning beaches, lively nightlife and extraordinary natural beauty. The west coast of Phuket, the largest island in Thailand, has the most beautiful beaches including Patong, Karon, Kata and Surin, all with azure waters and white sand. Most of the island's resorts and night-time entertainments are to be found here. The east coast has excellent marinas, where sailors competing in the prestigious annual Phuket King's Cup Regatta drop anchor. Inland, Phuket Town has a charming historic centre with well preserved examples of Sino-Portuguese shophouses and mansions now serving as elegant guesthouses, boutiques and restaurants. Krabi, with its fabulous beaches, clear waters, picturesque limestone outcrops, tropical rainforest and protected national parks has a well-deserved reputation as one of the world's most beautiful places. Koh Samui with its exotic resorts offering serious spa pampering is also the ideal destination for sun-worshippers. For those seeking to explore the undersea life, the region has world-class dive sites. And throughout, the region's bountiful and varied catch of seafood provides the ingredients for the delicious cuisine. Enchanting Phuket, Samui & Krabi takes an illustrated tour of the region introducing the best inland sites to visit and the most exciting beaches, both for those who want to chill out and those who want to party.
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Take a rice boat tour of Kerala's lyrical backwaters; endlessly intersecting rivers, streams and lagoons that flood the plains between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats. Watch the sun set from the ramshackle port city of Fort Kochi before heading inland to see the monkeys and macaques at Periyar National Park. From winding waterways to colourful festivals, Footprint's Kerala Handbook will prove an invaluable companion. * Essentials section with practical tips on getting there and around. * Background section with fascinating information on the region's unique history and culture. * Comprehensive listings of where to eat, sleep & play including fishing and birdwatching. * Detailed street maps for important cities and towns. * Slim enough to fit in your pocket. Loaded with advice and information, this concise Footprint Handbook will help you get the most out of Kerala without weighing you down.
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Goa & Mumbai is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore Mumbai's Victorian colonial-era architecture, poke around the boutiques and book shops of Panaji, or tour one of Ponda's spice farms; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Goa and Mumbai and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet Goa & Mumbai 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 - including customs, history, art, literature, cinema, music, dance, architecture, politics, wildlife, and cuisine *Over 35 neighbourhood maps *Covers Mumbai (Bombay), Anjuna, Panaji, Ponda, Palolem, Arambol, Mandrem, Mapusa, Old Goa, Loutolim, Chandor, Galgibag, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, Colva, Chaudi, Polem, Pilar, and more The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Goa & Mumbai , our most comprehensive guide to Goa and Mumbai, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled. * Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out our Lonely Planet India 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.
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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: Beijing will lead you straight to the very best on offer. Whether you're looking for the things not to miss at the top 10 sights, or want to find the best nightspots; this guide is the perfect companion. Rely on dozens of top 10 lists - from the top 10 museums to the top 10 highlights of the Great Wall of China - there's even a list of the top 10 things to avoid. The guide is divided by area with restaurant reviews for each, as well as recommendations for hotels, bars and places to shop. You'll find the insider knowledge every visitor needs and explore every corner effortlessly with DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: Beijing. DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: Beijing - showing you what others only tell you.
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Cosmopolitan Bangkok blends evocative street markets with glitzy modern malls, Buddhist philosophy with animism, and traditional reserve with lashings of fun. Explore Bangkok is a brand new guide and the ideal pocket companion when discovering the city: a full-colour guide containing 18 easy-to-follow routes, taking in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (containing Thailand's most revered religious artefact) and Wat Arun (one of the city's most important temples) to the backpacker hub of Khao San Road and the Bridge on the River Kwai. Insight's trademark cultural coverage perfectly sets the routes in context, with introductions to Bangkok's varied dining scene, abundant shopping opportunities, famed nightlife and key historical dates. Each route guides you through an interesting neighbourhood with clear directions, a detailed map and authentic places to eat and drink along the way. The directory section contains a wealth of practical information including a language guide and a range of carefully selected hotels to suit all budgets. All routes are also plotted on the pull-out map. Whether you are new to the city or a repeat visitor, and however long your stay, Explore Bangkok will help you discover the very best of this effervescent Thai city.
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Karnataka is home to high-tech metropolises, ancient Hindu temples, ornate Islamic palaces, charming British boulevards and a vast countryside where time stands still - for now, at least. Footprint Bangalore & Karnataka will take you from Karnataka's cultural wonders to its little-visited coastline, lush with river estuaries and mangrove swamps which rival Kerala's backwaters. This guide includes listings on the best places to eat and sleep, plus information on tours and activities. * Essentials section with useful advice on getting to and around Karnataka * Comprehensive, up-to-date listings of where is best to eat, sleep and relax * Includes information on tour operators and activities from fishing to yoga * Detailed maps for Bangalore and other key destinations * Slim enough to fit in your pocket With comprehensive coverage of all the main sights, plus information on activities to take you off the beaten path, Footprint Bangalore & Karnataka is the ideal companion to this intriguing region of India.
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This updated guidebook, with a focus on responsible tourism, offers greater coverage than any other to the Chittagong Hill Tracts where 13 different ethnic groups live, and to the world's largest mangrove forest at the Sundarbans. Personal insights and anecdotes guide trailblazing travellers to those aspects of the country that are almost unknown to visitors - dolphin and whale watching, winter bird - watching in the northern wetlands and golden Bengal's silk and archaeological highlights.
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Glamorous Shanghai is one of the most exciting cities in the world, where the remnants of a fabled history combine with the rapidly expanding skyline of a contemporary economic powerhouse. Explore Shanghai is part of a brand-new series and is the ideal pocket companion when discovering this dynamic and atmospheric city: a full-colour guide containing 15 easy-to-follow routes which lead you from the famous waterfront Bund and Old City's neighbourhoods to Pudong's glittering skyscrapers and out to the landscaped gardens of Suzhou and Hangzhou. Insight's trademark cultural coverage perfectly sets the routes in context, with introductions to Shanghai's fabulous cuisine, wealth of architecture and historical significance. Each route guides you through an interesting area with clear directions, a detailed map and authentic places to eat and drink along the way. The directory section contains a wealth of practical information and a range of carefully selected hotels to suit all budgets. All routes are also plotted on the pull-out map. Whether you are new to the city or a repeat visitor, and however long your stay, Explore Shanghai will guide you to the best of the Paris of the East.
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