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Whilst this travelogue follows the usual backpacker circuit of Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, (the standard destinations for those 'doing Asia'), Down and Out stands out in that it takes you well off of the culinary beaten track and the staple dishes that feature in your Lonely Planet guide food section. Your taste buds tingle from the exotic flavours and street foods that Lenny seeks out with sweaty determination, tempting even the most seasoned traveller to want return to take a braver step in their digestive exploration of this part of the world.
But as always, the longer you stay, the more you see and Lenny has his mettle tested in this seemingly exotic idyll by its less attractive underbelly made up of a strange collection of misfits who have long since lost their grasp of reality and in some cases, their moral compass, if they ever had one.
This is no hippie-dippie 'how I found myself in Asia' travelogue: Alex shows us the darker, grittier side of life in another world, generously spiced with well-researched helpings of real Vietnamese and Cambodian cooking.
I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Asian food or travel.
Most recent customer reviews
Promised so much, location, dream and passion. But almost no structure, lazy editing means it reads how it was originally written, disconnected diary notes. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Juan Vecino
Read it while on holiday in Cambodia and Vietnam. Alex visits the same places and eats some of the same things. Easy reading, enjoyed it.Published on 31 Dec. 2013 by B
Anyone who appreciates good writing and food must surely get this! Humorous, emotional and utterly engaging, Alex paints a personal and interesting picture of his travels in S.E. Read morePublished on 25 Jun. 2013 by Kenneth Soh
An education in a few areas of South East Asia which I have yet to visit. Shocking and educational in equal parts. Read morePublished on 16 Jun. 2013 by tehbus