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African Odyssey, An - 300 Days On The Back Roads Of AfricaAfrican Odyssey, An - 300 Days On The Back Roads Of Africa by Cohen, Andre P.

This is the adventure of an ordinary family who left the trappings of modern existence behind them to embark on an extraordinary voyage through the backroads of Africa. Andre and Laura gave up a comfortable expatriate life in Asia, pulled their children out of school, and took off for Africa armed with four bags, a few guidebooks and an insatiable amount of curiosity. Travelling by car, bus, boat, aeroplane and even camel, they covered 30,000km through deserts, jungles, plains, highlands, lakes and rivers. Along the way, they came across a cast of characters, mysterious and eccentric, who brought the world around them to life. They lived with the last survivors of near-extinct tribes, met with hunters and conservationists, soldiers and bandits, kings and voodoo priests. Most of all, they encountered ordinary people going about their lives in often difficult circumstances, whose small acts of kindness helped them get through the tough days, and make the good days truly special.

Culture Shock! Thailand - A Survival Guide To Customs And EtiquetteCulture Shock! Thailand - A Survival Guide To Customs And Etiquette by Cooper, Robert

CultureShock! Thailand is the complete guide for those who wish to make sense of the fascinating, manifold and often contradictory aspects of this ancient kingdom.

Grand Hostels, The: Luxury Hostels Of The WorldGrand Hostels, The: Luxury Hostels Of The World by Gestalten & Kash Bhattacharya

Travel in style on a budget with these fun design hostels around the globe. Hostels are more fun! Would you like to explore cities with like-minded people when you travel? Live the local life, and take part in communal activities? A new wave of hostels is emerging that offer just that, with an extra shot of service and comfort. The Grand Hostels will provide you with insights beyond just price and location. The hostels featured are perfect for foodies, outdoors-types, and digital nomads alike, as well as for short city breaks.

New Outsiders, The: A Creative Life OutdoorsNew Outsiders, The: A Creative Life Outdoors by Gestalten & Bowman, Jeffrey Bowman (Eds.)

The New Outsiders celebrates outdoor creativity. Fresh ideas, adventurers and sustainable entrepreneurs inspire a new outdoor generation to live a life less ordinary under the open sky.

Bon Voyage: Boutique Hotels For The Conscious TravelerBon Voyage: Boutique Hotels For The Conscious Traveler by Gestalten & Clara Le Fort (Eds.)

Make a difference when you travel. Excellent hospitality and sustainable journeys can go hand in hand. New getaways offer amazing design, delicious food and extraordinary experiences while committing to an eco-friendly -experience for travellers and locals alike. From a remote lodge in the Namibian desert made from shipwrecks that protects endangered wildlife, to a restored hotel in downtown Hong Kong that draws on local tradition, or a guesthouse in Beirut where Lebanese women teach cooking and pass on family recipes for local dishes: no matter where or how, all these hotels combine the highest standards of hospitality with the smallest ecological footprint. Bon Voyage gives a privileged insight into the shift towards eco-conscious getaways.

Mountain That Eats Men, TheMountain That Eats Men, The by Izagirre, Ander

From the 16th century, the mines of Potosi, perched high in the Andes, bankrolled the Spanish empire. During those years immense wealth allowed the city to grow larger than London at the time and the mountain was quickly given the epithet Cerro Rico - the 'rich mountain'. But today, Potosi's inhabitants are some of the poorest in South America while the mountain itself has been so greedily plundered that its summit is on the verge of collapsing. So many people have died in the mines that the Cerro Rico is now called the 'mountain that eats men'. In this captivating, moving tale of harrowing bravery and wistful beauty Ander Izagirre tells the story of the mountain and those who risk their lives in its shadow through the eyes of Alicia - a 14-year-old girl working in the dark, dangerous mines to support her family.

Mr Hudson Explores: The Gay Man's Travel CompanionMr Hudson Explores: The Gay Man's Travel Companion by Mr Hudson & Gestalten (Eds.)

Based on Mr Hudson's identity, the book is featuring destinations for gays, but not necessarily gay destinations. It is about travelling in style for everyone who is looking for something different and special - no matter if men or women, travelling solo or as a couple. Mr Hudson Explores shows that every part of a trip is an incredible experience. The core content of the book will consist of 20 cities in the Northern Hemisphere and showcases the very best the destination has to offer. Each guide will give a general introduction to the city and, if applicable, its relevance for the gay community. It showcases various locations on culture and art, the most inspiring museum to visit, traditional and upcoming food places, best shopping experiences, music and nightlife.

Great Alone, The: Walking The Pacific Crest Trail by Voors, Tim & Gestalten (Eds.)

Time is precious. The world is waiting. Rediscover yourself. The Great Alone is the epic adventure of a relatable explorer. Tim Voors takes us through the physical, mental and spiritual journey he experienced on this epic hike.

Aini's Railway Odyssey: An Exile's 18,200Km Journey Home From London To Kuala LumpurAini's Railway Odyssey: An Exile's 18,200Km Journey Home From London To Kuala Lumpur by Nooraini Mydin

In this beautifully illustrated book, Nooraini Mydin grabs you by the hand and takes you with her on a madcap rail adventure through 10 countries. She sleeps alongside 53 passengers in the open carriage of the Trans-Siberian train, traversing Siberia to take in the stunning views of Lake Baikal. She gets held up in a fake teashop in Beijing, climbs the Great Wall of China with a prosthetic knee, finds herself in a Shanghai brothel and samples the orgasmic food of Penang. Aini's Railway Odyssey, part autobiography, part travel writing, is the informative, entertaining, often hilarious account of a 50-year old down-at-heel wimp who decided to confront her demons and take a solo trip halfway round the world. This book will leave you trawling the internet for tickets to Timbuktu and beyond.

Flavours Of Singapore: Eat, Drink & TravelFlavours Of Singapore: Eat, Drink & Travel by George, Jonnette (Ed.)

Written for passionate cooks, culinary tourists, chefs, restauranteurs, and anyone with a grumbling stomach, Flavours of Singapore has encapsulated the best of what Singapore's culinary scene has to offer. This book being a practical guide to all things food, you will find our top picks for the latest restaurant hot spots, specialty coffee cafes and trendy bars to discover the latest creations in cuisine. Whether you keep this book on your kitchen bench or take it to the streets of Singapore, use this guidebook to explore over 55 destinations using different cuisines from all around the globe including many of Singapore's specialty dishes.

UndertourismUndertourism by Sim Jui Liang

A lot has been written about overtourism and how cities are inundated by unceasing waves of tourists that are causing strain to infrastructure and disruption to everyday life. For locals, their city is resembling less like a home and more like a hotel. Yet, even in the most popular of destinations, there exist tourist sights that are often out of tourists' sight. Based on fieldwork in nine relatively lesser known tourist sites across Asia, the book poses several questions: Why are these neighbourhoods, temples, museums and parks experiencing undertourism? And what does it say about the desires and motivations of tourists and travellers?

Ottoman Odyssey: Travels Through A Lost EmpireOttoman Odyssey: Travels Through A Lost Empire by Scott, Alev

Alev Scott's odyssey began when she looked beyond Turkey's borders for contemporary traces of the Ottoman Empire. Their 800-year rule ended a century ago - and yet, travelling through twelve countries from Kosovo to Greece to Palestine, she uncovers a legacy that's vital and relevant; where medieval ethnic diversity meets 21st century nationalism, and displaced people seek new identities. It's a story of surprises. An acolyte of Erdogan in Christian-majority Serbia confirms the wide-reaching appeal of his authoritarian leadership. A Druze warlord explains the secretive religious faction in the heart of the Middle East. The palimpsest-like streets of Jerusalem's Old Town hint at the Ottoman co-existence of Muslims and Jews. And in Turkish Cyprus Alev Scott rediscovers a childhood home. In every community, history is present as a dynamic force.

Eastern Horizons: Hitchhiking The Silk RoadEastern Horizons: Hitchhiking The Silk Road by Wood, Levison

Award-winning TV adventurer and travel writer's enthralling account of his youthful expedition to Central Asia.

Inside The House Of The RajaInside The House Of The Raja by Comas, Xavier

Forgotten in Thailand's troubled Deep South, on the border of Muslim Malaysia, stands a dilapidated wooden palace once home to a Malay ruler, the last of his dynasty. Locals call it the House of the Raja, a place suffused with loss and solitude, laden with the region s glorious past and tragic present. Intrigued by this demonised, yet little-known borderland, Xavier Comas chanced upon this mysterious house. Crossing the doorway, he fell under its spell and felt compelled to delve into its past. The caretaker, a Muslim shaman who held rituals inside, invited the author to stay and initiated him into its hidden dimensions. As he builds a bond of trust with the inhabitants of the house, the missing pieces of its history gently fall into place, revealing an ancient culture long hidden and the building s ties to the centuries-old struggles in this contested region. Comas evocative story take us into a realm of hauntings, mystic powers and fading memories. His first-hand account enthralls the reader with vivid descriptions in which the real and the magical entwine. Inside the House of the Raja provides a missing key to controversial issues of legacy, belief and identity in Thailand s Muslim South.

Playing In Luxury: South And Southeast Asia's Top Family Hotels by Rai, Mandira

Playing of Luxury, a high end, hardcover, exquisitely illustrated coffee table book is intended to serve as a pictorial guide to some of the most luxurious family-friendly hotels/resorts in Asia (South and South East) that welcome both adults and kids alike. Whether it be world-renowned names or hidden gems (the book has both), this book proves that luxury travel and families are not mutually exclusive. This beautiful piece of art to adorn coffee tables would double as a handy guide for the travelling family that is used to luxury. From bed to pool slides to horse riding over waves on the beach; pirate cruises in the open seas to kids' clubs your little ones never want to leave; private butlers that teach your kids to learn to ride a bicycle to free for all chocolate rooms; adult only pools to private islands parents can picnic at; these hotels have them all and you need to see them now!

Sepetang Di TokyoSepetang Di Tokyo by Ahmad Bid Abdul

Sejak kecil lagi saya didedahkan dengan kartun Jepun dan budaya popular Jepun yang lain. Saya pernah bercita-cita untuk ke Jepun tetapi tidak berkemampuan. Apabila sudah dewasa, saya sudah pun lupa akan cita-cita saya itu sehinggalah Karen menjemput saya untuk pergi ke Jepun. Semua cita-cita zaman kecil saya kembali hidup dan saya rasa saya perlu melaksanakannya. Tokyo merupakan bandar yang dahulunya saya hanya mampu lihat di televisyen. Kini saya sudah tiba di Tokyo dan pemikiran saya juga sudah bertukar seperti anak-anak kecil. Saya mahu cuba semua perkara dan merasai budaya Jepun di Tokyo! Perancangan perjalanan? Saya bukan pelancong. Saya tidak akan tahu apakah yang akan melanda saya pada setiap hari di Tokyo.

Sepetang Di JakartaSepetang Di Jakarta by Ahmad Bid Abdul

Apakah yang berlaku apabila anda gabungkan tiga orang lelaki yang mempunyai ciri-ciri ini: 1) Seorang yang ada gout, 2) Seorang yang takut serba-serbi, 3) Seorang yang cepat stres dan cepat penat. Dan, bawa mereka bertiga ke satu percutian berbajet rendah, tanpa perancangan perjalanan yang baik, serta tidak berminat untuk pergi melawat tempat tumpuan pelancong. Tujuan utama untuk datang ke kota Jakarta hanyalah untuk melihat persembahan daripada kumpulan yang terdiri daripada anak-anak kecil (dan besar) yang memakai baju yang comel-comel. Perjalanan ke kota Jakarta ini pastinya sangat berbeza daripada perjalanan pelancong yang tipikal. Mungkin, langsung tidak layak pun untuk digelarkan sebagai aktiviti pelancongan. Mohon maaf kepada semua warga Jakarta yang terlibat dengan kekalutan yang dicetuskan oleh tiga orang lelaki ini.

Sepetang Di HaeundaeSepetang Di Haeundae by Ahmad Bid Abdul

"One shot! One shot! One shot!" Hanya Tuhan sahaja yang tahu bagaimana perasaan saya ketika itu. Tangan saya sudah memegang gelas berisi soju, dan kini semua orang sedang bersorak menunggu saya minum. Saya jadi panik, dan semua muzik yang dipasang di padang besbol itu tidak lagi masuk ke dalam gegendang telinga saya. Inilah perkara yang terjadi apabila saya cemas. Saya tahu bahawa saya tidak boleh minum soju, tetapi bagaimana harus saya beritahu mereka yang sedang bersorak-sorak gembira ini? "Masyeora! Masyeora! Masyeora! (Minum! Minum! Minum!)" Sepetang di Busan yang lepas, saya telah mengalami jatuh dan bangun dalam hidup. Kini, perkara itu berulang lagi. Bermastautin di negara asing mendedahkan diri kepada pelbagai cabaran dan rintangan yang sukar dijangkakan. Dalam membuat satu-satu pilihan, sentiasa akan membawa kepada akibat yang kadangkala tak termampu untuk dikawal. Saya terpaksa bekerja keras dan beradaptasi demi kelangsungan hidup di sini. Saya tidak mampu pulang ke negara asal kerana berhutang dengan kerajaan Korea. Dan jika saya gagal dalam ujian ini, saya telah membazirkan hayat saya selama satu tahun dengan sia-sia sahaja. Sekarang, pilihlah. Mahu jadi lebih hebat, atau mati dalam kegagalan.

Monocle Guide To Hotels, Inns And Hideaways, The A Manual For Everyone From Holidaymakers To Hoteliers. We Sidestep The Humdrum Haunts In Favour Of Stays With SubstanceMonocle Guide To Hotels, Inns And Hideaways, The A Manual For Everyone From Holidaymakers To Hoteliers. We Sidestep The Humdrum Haunts In Favour Of Stays With Substance by Monocle

Monocle's latest book will tell you where to find a top hotel - and also how to design or run your own. Both inspirational and packed with insight, it will be a must-have guide for the globally minded. In this brand-new book, Monocle reveals not only its 100 favourite hotels but also how you could start number 101 on its list with a wealth of advice and insight into what owning and running a perfect establishment involves. From stunning photography and illustration to snappy essays and sharp observations, this book delivers a complete review of everything from escapists' boltholes to third spaces for entrepreneurs.

Singapore Dreams And Other Adventures Travel Writings From An Asian JourneySingapore Dreams And Other Adventures Travel Writings From An Asian Journey by Hesse, Hermann

In 1911, Hermann Hesse sailed through southeastern Asian waters on a trip that would define much of his later writing. Hesse brings his unique eye to scenes such as adventures in a rickshaw, watching foreign theater performances, exploring strange floating cities on stilts, and luxuriating in the simple beauty of the lush natural landscape. Even in the doldrums of travel, he records his experience with faithful humor, wit, and sharp observation, offering a broad vision of travel in the early 1900s. With a glimpse into the workings of his mind through the pages of his journals, poems, and a short story - all translated into English for the first time - these writings describe the real-life experiences that inspired Hesse to pen his most famous works.