David Stanley

David Stanley
Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (7 of 8)
Location: Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
In My Own Words:
David Stanley is the author of Moon Handbooks South Pacific, Moon Fiji, and Moon Tahiti, published by Avalon Travel Publishing of Berkeley, California. If you'd like to get in touch, use the "Contact Us" button on my website SouthPacific dot ORG.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,670,510 - Total Helpful Votes: 7 of 8
Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, &hellip by Bradley Mayhew
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I cannot imagine anyone visiting Central Asia without this guide. I used it on a one-month trip around Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan and found most of the information to be remarkably complete and accurate. The authors obviously did not travel overland between Khojand and Osh via Batken but even the few sketchy references were enough to see me through. I saved $20 by only hiring a taxi to Kyzyl-Kiya rather than right through to Osh, a tactic they will probably include in the next edition. In Dushanbe, the Vakhsh Hotel has tripled their prices but all of the other hotel listings I used were right on. The good news is that tourists no longer need to bother with OVIR registration in… Read more
Shangri-La: A Travel Guide to the Himalayan Dream &hellip by Michael Buckley
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary Places, 26 May 2009
If American novelist James Michener invented Bali Hai, Shangri-La was created by British novelist James Hilton, author of the 1933 novel Lost Horizon. Now Vancouver-based travel writer Michael Buckley has produced Shangri-La: A Travel Guide to the Himalayan Dream, published by Bradt Travel Guides. The scoop of the book is impressive, covering a 12-country oblong rectangle bounded by Kabul (Afghanistan), Kashgar (China), Chongqing (China), and Bangkok (Thailand). I have been to many of the legendary cities covered in the guide, including Leh, Lhasa, Kathmandu, and Thimphu. and I share Michaels passion for the region. My trip to Nepal was incomplete and this book has given me the urge to… Read more
Solomon Time: An Unlikely Quest in the South Pacif&hellip by Will Randall
This book tells the rather self-deprecatory tale of an English school teacher who becomes a volunteer in the Solomon Islands. A chance meeting with an ex-colonial identified as "the commander" sends Will Randall to Rendova Island in the Western Solomons with the vague intention of helping the local villagers create some sort of income-generating project. Randall's first weeks are spent acclimatizing to the slow pace of Solomons life, until a divemaster in nearby Munda suggests he help the villagers set up a chicken farm to supply meat to the local guest houses. Despite the ethnic conflicts raging in the capital Honiara, Will Randall manages with difficulty to locate the correct breeding… Read more