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Our Asia travel books and guides will help you make the most when you visit this beautiful continent. They're packed with tips and advice on where to stay, eat and visit and even cover those places that are off the beaten track.

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Asia Travel Guides

Our Asia travel books and guides will help you make the most when you visit this beautiful continent. They're packed with tips and advice on where to stay, eat and visit and even cover those places that are off the beaten track.

  • Kerala

    David Stott

    Product Code: APKOO
    Paperback
    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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  • Berlitz: Kuala Lumpur Pocket Guide

    Product Code: AQHXK
    Paperback
    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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  • Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra

    Victoria McCulloch

    Product Code: APKON
    Paperback
    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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  • Abandoned Japan

    Jordy Theiller

    Product Code: APIHV
    Hardback
    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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  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Delhi, Agra & Jaipur

    Product Code: APIFX
    Paperback
    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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  • Lonely Planet Goa & Mumbai

    Lonely Planet

    Product Code: APHQM
    Paperback
    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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  • The Rough Guide to Nepal

    Product Code: AOGXU
    Paperback
    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: Taipei City Guide

    Product Code: AOGOQ
    Hardback
    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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  • Bangalore & Karnataka

    David Stott

    Product Code: AMYAN
    Paperback
    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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  • Angkor

    Andrew Spooner

    Product Code: AMWAH
    Paperback
    Angkor is one of the architectural treasures of Southeast Asia. Surrounded by mysterious jungle, the hub of the region is charming colonial town of Siem Reap with its bustling market. Footprint's Angkor covers all the unmissable sights within this spectacular and gargantuan complex, plus lesser-known sights off the beaten track. Provides recommendations on where to eat, sleep and relax, as well as the low-down the fascinating history of the ancient temple city. * Essentials section with practical advice on getting there and around. * Highlights map so you know what not to miss. * Comprehensive listings including where to eat, sleep and have fun. * Detailed street maps for Siem Reap and maps of the key temples within the complex * Slim enough to fit in your pocket. Loaded with advice and information, this concise Footprint guide will help you get the most out of Angkor without weighing you down.
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  • Enchanting Phuket, Samui & Krabi

    Mick Shippen

    Product Code: ALUXJ
    Paperback
    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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  • Bangladesh - Culture Smart!

    Urmi Rahman

    Product Code: ALURI
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    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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  • Insight Guides: Explore Shanghai

    Insight Guides

    Product Code: AKVSL
    Paperback
    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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  • Bangladesh

    Belinda Meggitt

    Product Code: AEWXQ
    Paperback
    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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  • Insight Guides: Explore Bangkok

    Insight Guides

    Product Code: AJBPV
    Paperback
    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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  • Presenting Cambodia

    Mick Shippen

    Product Code: AILZY
    Hardback
    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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