Asia Travel Guides

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    Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Maldives is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Chat with the locals amongst brightly painted houses in Male, feed the Hammerhead sharks in Rasdhoo Atoll, or watch a bodu beru performance; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Maldives and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet's Maldives 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, music, dance, architecture, politics, wildlife, and cuisine *Over 22 local maps *Covers Male, Ari Atoll, Utheemu, Rasdhoo Atoll, Gan, Baa, South Male Atoll, North Male Atoll, Raa, Noonu, Addu Atoll, Haa Alifu, and more The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Maldives, our most comprehensive guide to Maldives, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled. 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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    The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia on a Budget is the ultimate guide for budget-conscious independent travellers visiting this fascinating region. Updated by a team of expert writers, this edition is packed with information to help you make the most of your time and money, including comprehensive transport information, suggested itineraries, full-colour maps and advice on local culture, food and language. Detailed listings give the low-down on the best hotels, hostels, bars and restaurants, while "treat yourself" suggestions provide inspiration for the odd splurge. Whether you want to take a slow boat down the Mekong, feast on dim sum in Hong Kong, kick-back on a white-sand beach in Thailand or explore the temples of Bagan in Myanmar, this guide is the ultimate companion to travel in Southeast Asia. Make the most of your time with The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia on a Budget.
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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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    Insight Guides: Inspiring your next adventure. The lure of golden sands entices visitors to Sri Lanka, but this Indian Ocean island is also home to ancient cities, diverse cultures and accessible wildlife. Be inspired to visit by the new edition of Insight Guide Sri Lanka, a comprehensive full-colour guide, and discover all that this beguiling tropical isle has to offer. Inside Insight Guide Sri Lanka: This fully-updated new edition of Insight Guide Sri Lanka features stunning, specially-commissioned photography that brings this beautiful country and its people to life; Our Best of Sri Lanka highlights the country's must-see sights, including the old world charms of Galle Fort and the dramatic rock-fortress of Sigiriya, while descriptive region-by-region accounts cover the whole country from bustling capital Colombo to the lush tea plantations of the Hill Country and the beaches of the south; and, 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 restaurants. About Insight Guides: Insight Guides has over 40 years experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides. We produce around 400 full-color print guide books and maps as well as picture-packed eBooks to meet different travelers needs. Insight Guides unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture together create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure. "Insight Guides has spawned many imitators but is still the best of its type." (Wanderlust Magazine).
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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 new-look Rough Guide to Cambodia - now in full colour throughout - is the ultimate travel guide to one of the world's most exciting destinations emerging in 2014. Discover Cambodia's highlights with stunning photography, colour-coded maps and more listings and information than ever before. You'll find detailed practical advice on what to see and do - from street food and nightlife in vibrant Phnom Penh through to the iconic ancient temples of Angkor - as well as up-to-date descriptions of the best hotels, bars, shops and restaurants for all budgets. Whether you have time to read through the detail of the chapters, or need fast-fix itineraries, author picks and "Things Not To Miss", along with 'Top 5 boxes' that pick out the unmissable highlights, The Rough Guide to Cambodia is an indispensable travel guide and companion.
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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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    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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    Historically profound yet dynamically modern - Vietnam is a fascinating country, blessed with varied and beautiful scenery, rich biodiversity, vibrant cities and a multi-layered culture. Be inspired to visit by the fully-updated new edition of Insight Guide Vietnam, a comprehensive full-colour guide to this Southeast Asian star. Stunning, specially-commissioned photography brings this intriguing country and its people to life, while the Best of Vietnam highlights the country's top attractions, including the natural and cultural splendors of Unesco World Heritage Sites Halong Bay and Hue. Descriptive region-by-region accounts cover the whole country from the charismatic capital of Hanoi to the lush canals of the Mekong Delta. 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 restaurants. Discover Vietnam with Insight Guides.
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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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    "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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    Berlitz Pocket Guide Kuala Lumpur combines lively text with vivid full-colour photography to highlight the very best that this vibrant city has to offer. The Where To Go chapter details all the key sights and places to visit in Kuala Lumpur, from the contrasting architecture of the dazzling KLCC district and the historic colonial core, to the bustling night markets of Petaling Street and the peaceful oasis of the Lake Gardens. Handy maps on the cover flaps help you to get around with ease. To inspire you, the book offers a rundown of the Top 10 Attractions in Kuala Lumpur, followed by an itinerary for a Perfect Day in the city. The What to Do chapter is a snapshot of ways to spend your spare time, from shopping and sports to live music and nightlife. You'll also be armed with background information, including a brief history of Kuala Lumpur and an Eating Out chapter covering its mouth-watering cuisine. There are carefully chosen listings of the best hotels and restaurants, and an A-Z to give you all the practical information you will need.
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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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    The tropical city-state of Singapore may be small, but it packs a punch with a wealth of dazzling modern attractions, while also being a unique melting pot of Asian and Western influences. Explore Singapore is part of a new series and is the ideal pocket companion when discovering this dynamic and atmospheric city: a full-colour guide containing 18 easy-to-follow routes which lead you from the colonial sights of the Civic District and the glamorous development at Marina Bay. To the colourful bustle of Kampong Glam and Little India, and out to Sentosa's white sands and theme parks, as well as the lesser-known corners of the island. Insight's trademark cultural coverage perfectly sets the routes in context, with introductions to Singapore's excellent cuisine, shopping and nightlife, as well as its history. The best places to eat and drink are highlighted in each route and in the directory section, which also contains a wealth of practical information, including our selection of hotels to suit all budgets. All routes are plotted on the useful pull-out map, and evocative photography captures the essence of this vibrant city.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    The Rough Guide to Korea is the ultimate travel guide to this fascinating peninsula. Discover Korea's highlights with stunning photography, thoughtful itineraries, colour-coded maps and comprehensive, up-to-date descriptions of Korea's best hotels, restaurants and bars, for all budgets. Find detailed practical advice on what to see and do, from the ancient palaces, hip art galleries and noraebang (singing rooms) of open-all-hours Seoul to the beaches of beautiful Jeju Island and the tombs of the Silla kings in Gyeongju - as well as the magnificent hiking trails and temples of Korea's many national parks. The country's wonderful cuisine - bibimbap, kimchi, barbecued meat and more - is covered in detail, and there's plenty of advice on how to make best use of Korea's excellent public transport system. The Rough Guide to Korea also includes a chapter on North Korea, explaining what to see and what to take with you, along with the dos and don'ts of the world's most intriguing country.
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    Berlitz Pocket Guide Thailand is a concise, full-colour travel guide that combines lively text with vivid photography to highlight the very best that the "land of smiles" has to offer. The Where To Go chapter details all the key places to explore, from bustling Bangkok to the cultural treasures of Chiang Mai, the ruined city of Ayutthaya and the magnificent beaches of the country's islands. Handy maps on the cover help you get around with ease. To inspire you, the book offers a rundown of the Top 10 Attractions in the country, followed by an itinerary for a Perfect Day in Bangkok. The What to Do chapter is a snapshot of ways to spend your spare time, from shopping in the many markets to enjoying a Thai dance performance or watching a muay Thai exhibition match. You'll also be armed with background information, including a brief history of the country and an Eating Out chapter covering Thailand's wonderful cuisine. There are carefully chosen listings of the best hotels and restaurants, and an A-Z to equip you with all the practical information you will need.
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    The Rough Guide to Thailand is the ultimate travel guide to one of Asia's most diverse and vibrant countries. The clear maps and detailed coverage will help you uncover the best that Thailand has to offer - from idyllic islands and atmospheric temples to fantastic street food and hill-tribe hikes. The Rough Guide to Thailand offers insider information on everything from night markets and noodles to exploring the jungle and finding the quietest beaches, plus insider reviews of the best places to stay, eat and drink for all budgets, all brought to life by stunning photography. Whether you want to snorkel in the turquoise waters of the Andaman, explore ancient ruins or delve into the country's frenetic capital, The Rough Guide to Thailand will make sure you make the most of your time in Thailand.
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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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    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.