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Southeast Asia Footprint Handbook Hardcover – 20 Jan 2012

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  • Hardcover: 1188 pages
  • Publisher: Footprint Travel Guides; 3rd edition edition (20 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907263519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907263514
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 3.3 x 18.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 812,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

. Expert authors Andrew and Paul know Southeast Asia inside out and have travelled extensively throughout the region researching this new edition. Comprehensive coverage of the main attractions, plus dozens of activities and adventures that will help you get off the beaten track. In-depth information about history, culture and politics. Inspirational trip-planning section with itineraries, plus maps and a special feature section on diving"

About the Author

Andrew Spooner is a feature, travel and sports writer and photographer. His work appears regularly in the British national newspapers Independent on Sunday, The Independent, The Guardian, The Observer as well as CNN Traveller, GQ magazine and Bike. Broadcast activity includes regular appearances as a Southeast Asia and travel expert for Sky News as well as reporting on breaking news stories in the region for the British media. He has also taught Media and journalism, part time, at the University of East London. In his previous life Andrew travelled through the underbelly of Europe with various punk rock bands and he still likes loud music played badly. After travelling to Thailand in 1989, Andrew developed a fascination with the country and now shares his time between Bangkok and London. Andrew is also the author of Footprint's Thailand and Cambodia guidebooks.

Paul Dixon has travelled extensively in Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Indian subcontinent. He has spent the last nine years living and working in Indonesia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and China as an English teacher. When not preparing his students for exams, Paul writes travel articles for several foreign magazines and travel websites, as well as helping to research and write guidebooks for Footprint. Paul is the author Footprint's Borneo and Malaysia & Singapore guidebooks.

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We will be visiting Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia and did not want to carry several volumes so this looked ideal and we didn't want just the budget-oriented approach that the other multi-country volumes seemed to be geared to. I had used the publisher's South American Handbook going back to the heydays of the 1970s and more recently, so hoped that the Southeast Asia volume would prove equally invaluable. First disappointment and surprise was that the section on Indonesia only covers the islands of Java, Bali/Lombok and Sumartra!! - Kalimantan, Sulawesi and the rest of the archipelago are totally ignored, not even a passing mention, and I could not find any explanation for this omission in the book. Hard to give it a rating under such circumstances but definitely would dock it 2 stars for such an inexplicable piece of publishing. As regards the content, the travel information looks good but it is obviously also geared to the budget end of the travel scale and only mentions the cheapest hotels and restaurants although it is not presented as a budget or shoestring guide. I guess a single volume on South East Asia for various levels of traveller was too much to expect.
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Good guide.
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HASH(0x99b663d0) out of 5 stars Regional encyclopedia is rich in historical and cultural contexts 28 Sept. 2014
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A lot about how you will feel about this book depends on how you approach it. If you expect a guide that offers the minute detail for each country, as an independent country guide would do, bound together into one book, you might be disappointed. If you expect, rather, a guide that includes encyclopedic coverage of the region with the necessary summary and omission to reduce the volume down to 1,200 pages so it can be easily handled, you'll be delighted.

Also, Footprint guides are all about content. No flashy color photography here. What you get is about 1,200 pages of selective content with the best historical and cultural contexts in the business. Footprint guides are for travelers who really want to learn about the places and cultures they visit. These books get you beyond the tourist destinations. More than anything, this book offers a traveling experience that is guaranteed to be authentic.

Coverage for each country is selective, and does not attempt to present every location. Listings are also selective, but they represent the best options for a wide range of travelers, from shoestring to luxury. Maps are very simply and practical. Important cultural and religious sights includes separate detailed diagrams. For me, the best things about the book are the historical and cultural contexts, which are presented as a "background" section for each country.

Specifically, the chapter for Indonesia is particularly good, while the material for Singapore is surprisingly thin. The book seems to perpetuate the image of Singapore as a boring, modern city-state, while reality proves otherwise. Singapore has more in common with, say, Sydney than Hong Kong, but you'd never know it from this book.

What you get here is a good, solid encyclopedia of the region, similar to Footprint's guide to South America. Buy it if your travel itinerary is regional rather than specific to any one country and you'll be more than satisfied.
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HASH(0x9a4d5ae0) out of 5 stars Climate information missing; also the description should tell you which countries are covered 13 Aug. 2013
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After looking and looking, I saw that there is nothing about climate, seasons, when to go, etc.
I emailed the website and they sent me that information.
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