- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Periplus Editions; 1 edition (2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 079460174X
- ISBN-13: 978-0794601744
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.9 x 12 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #897,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Asia's Legendary Hotels: The Romance of Travel Hardcover – 2007
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The accomodation, the theme of this book, is absolutely one of the few ways left for those who are interested to savour the good old and short-lasting colonial era on their own today.
Unlike South Korea which has struggled, since its depature from the Japanese rule, to stamp out the Japanese influence both materially and mentally, most of the Asian countries have retained the Western colonial stamp and have learned to utilise it as one feature of tourism.
This book covers most of the internationally- famed hotels in both South and South-East Asia dating back to the colonial era.
Every page is beautifully coloured looking like they have been freshly and directly from the authors' camera.
Each hotel's visual introduction is accompanied by a detailed commentary on the history of the hotels.
Hotels featured here range from Peninsula in Hong Kong, the Strand in Burma to top-tier hotels in both Vietnam and Cambodia.
My conclusion is this is not merely a picture guide of old hotels but a highly detailed, academic and entertaining encyclopaedia of colonial hotels with a cornucopia of tips on travelling.
I highly recommend this book for the above reasons, but not 5-star evaluation due to the book's rather bulky size and heavy weight(If the book were much more compact it would be a perfect addtion to your list of things to take with you on your trip.