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I was excited to finally get this book after I ordered it, and I ended up reading it all in one day. It gives you information you need to plan an inexpensive trip to the Asian countries. There is a lot of other helpful information like what time of year to go to dodge the rainy season, and gives ideas for things to do when you are in the country. Cheaper here than it was in Barnes & Noble! I'll probably read it another two or three times to make sure I soaked up all of its knowledge before I actually set out on my trip, though! (The reviewer was compensated for posting this review. However, the opinion stated in the review is that of the reviewer and the reviewer alone. Further, the reviewer independently selected this product to review and has no affiliation with the product maker/distributor, Amazon or the review requester.)
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Wow, shocked that there are only 3 reviews for this stunning book ! My brother Doug bought me this as a gift shortly before my 1st trip to Asia....I cannot tell you how many times I have read this book ! Especially love the country sections...Ok this book DOES NOT COVER every concern one might have--such as issues around stray dogs or how go about being successful dating women overseas..and the book left out Burma and North Korea due to travel related boycotts due to theit repressive governments...but still a great book ! It also leaves out the Eastern half of New Guinea..IMHO this IS part of SE Asia..Also Russia, the 'Stans and all of Central, Northern and Western Asia all the way out to Israel and Turkey are omitted...for practical reasons....An excellent primer to Asia and global travel !
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As an armchair traveler, I've visited Asia often. But never in person. The noise, heat, crowds, poverty, distances, languages, food, sanitation, topped off by my wish for solitude and a low profile when on the road, discourage me.
Leslie Reader and Lucy Ridout encourage. They offer over two-hundred lively pages--speckled with equally well-written and entertaining or dire sidebars by those who have been there, done that--about "the Big Adventure." Planning proves the theme. This is less a book to take with you (although I'd imagine it should be, as nobody can recall the massive amount of sage advice herein on the go) than to use to work out the details. Visas, flights, insurance follow, and then when to visit. (Whenever that is, they advise to land in daylight with time to get out of the chaotic airport into what can be a hectic city via a challenging commute, perhaps full of logistical and linguistic and currency barriers.)
Costs, guidebooks and resources, what to take, "the first night," jet lag (one snippet to cope from their list: "Switch on Star TV, the less-than-riveting Asian cable station."), and culture shock follow. Acting responsibly, dealing with unpleasant realities, getting around, customs, health, communicating with folks back home, crime and personal safety, and coming home--with help on volunteering and other ways to contribute to the betterment of the region you've left behind, conclude. It's geared in its style and slang to a British audience, but this for me only adds to its charm, and all prices have dollar/sterling equivalents.
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