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Product Details

  • Series: To Asia with Love
  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: ThingsAsian Press (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934159069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934159064
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Goodman is a Lecturer in Music Culture at the School of Sciences, Media, and Cultural Studies at the University of East London, a member of the CCRU (Cybernetic Culture Research Unit), and the founder of the record label Hyperdub. He produces bass-driven electronic music under the name kode9 and is also a member of the sound art collective Audint.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Janet Brown on May 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
When the editor of To Myanmar With Love began to collect the essays that make up this new guidebook,one Myanmar citizen told him, "Show people that my country is not some sort of hell."

This book does does this so well and so vividly that readers will race through it, vicariously savoring noodles with Yangon gourmet Ma Thanegi, having a traditional teashop breakfast with Win Thuya in Bagan, and carbo-loading with Giles Orr before tackling the sightseeing glories of the Shwedagon Pagoda. With Robert Carmack they will explore the colonial glories of the Strand Hotel in Yangon, learn the pleasures of being derailed in Bago with Peter Walter and a friendly railway clerk, and watch the launching of fire balloons that are three stories high with Anne Marie Power in the Shan State town of Taunggyi.

Breakfast with 2,700 monks in the company of Morgan Edwardson,explore a forest where spirits reside with Hpone Thant, visit a market where not a single souvenir can be found with Guillaume Rebiere where "colors, fragrances, and sounds are all sewn together into a patchwork." Deep sea dive in the Myeik Archipelago with Graydon Hazenberg, find the elusive Ayeyarwady dolphins with Hpone Thant and learn how these extraordinary creatures help the local fishermen. Take a bicycle, a boat, a pony cart, a trishaw, or a slow, slow train. Learn the joys of chewing betel or the casual elegance of wearing a longyi or savor the sweetness of tamarind flakes dissolving on the tongue.

The two features that appear in every volume of the To Asia With Love series of guidebooks are particularly outstanding in this book.

Paying It Forward: Suggestions for giving back while you're on the road reminds readers that "a donation can include more than just money.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Tree on May 13, 2009
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A delightful and enjoyable experience. This is not an ordinary tour guide, although there are plenty of specific and detailed references to places and activities. Its editor invites you to imagine an invitation to a party of talented, diverse, and accomplished people who regale you with tales and divulge secret hideaways--who all happily compete in offering favorite views and all unite in a love for the people of Myanmar.

I will embellish this image with the feeling of a genial inclusion into a company of admirable people--opening a window into a place of no small enchantment.

The photos are art quality and the commentary covers a good range of subject. I found the section dealing with how to help the local people particularly thoughtful, and there are reading and language references as well. Very well done.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Donald E. Gilliland on August 8, 2009
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One person commented that they didn't discover anything new about "Burma" after reading this book. How is that possible? Did they really read the entire book? This travel guide is overflowing with information and new perspectives of looking at --- and enjoying your trip to --- Myanmar. It's such a shame that Myanmar (get over calling it "Burma" everybody; that's a name that the Colonialist British bestowed upon the country, and is no longer what most of the locals call their country) continues to be subject to sanctions and travel boycotts. Those who have visited Myanmar, including the contributors to this book, will tell you that the experience was profound. Looking beyond the politics, this is a country that is incredible. These are a people that are worthy of your time, worthy of visiting, and worthy of befriending. And I think that message resonates loud and clear in most of these essays. These stories are ostensibly about travel, but they transcend that; they are about life and generosity and kindness. And yes, believe or not travellers can find those things in Myanmar. This book is a real eye opener, and FULL of NEW insight and tips on where to discover new places and experiences. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By miki101.Michaela on December 30, 2012
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...from the Trampled Paths!
I give my conclusion here right at the beginning.
This is one of the most helpful guides I ever had the fortune to stumble over.
It contains all the informations a dedicated lover of Southeast Asian countries ever wanted to know, and never had my luck to find them...

It's a finely printed masterpiece put together by some people who had choosen to travel the regions of Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand stricktly OFF the trampled paths of those legions of backpackers, travellers "on a shoestring", only in search of the cheapest food and guesthouse and booze bars and beaches full of semi-naked tourists, etc. etc. etc....

You will find in this guide, like in all the others of this series, all but the facts I annoted in the chapter before...
All the counseling is made on the most personal base: The "counselors" have tried out everything by themselves, are often even of Burman or Asian descent.

You will come to know of food, hotels, trips, and yes - coiffeurs and massages (strictly NO sex business!!) etc. that don't cost much more that the "shoestring" version - but make a lot of a difference.
All the informations are backed up by wonderful websites You can find all around the globe. And that is more than some of the "Big Guides" can say from themselves...
AND - it does never claim to be "complete" - just different!
Read it before the voyage and take Your LP or Loose or what else with You.

You can read this guide just to give You the right "appetite" to plan a tour to this so fascinating country that is opening up for the travellers right now!
An exciting experience!
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