Item description for Thailand, 6th (Footprint - Travel Guides) by Andrew Spooner...
The tropical land where buddhism meets hedonism. Serene golden Buddhas watch over high-powered shoppers in Bangkok, the hilltribes of the north continue their age-old traditions, while Full Moon partygoers dance all night in the south. Footprint's Thailand guide is ideal for independent travellers who want to explore further, getting away from the crowds to discover more of the culture and see the sights that are off the beaten track. It is packed with detailed, thoroughly researched information from expert authors who know the country intimately. The perfect companion if you want to visit Thailand and tread your own path.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.19" Width: 4.88" Height: 1.1" Weight: 1.41 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2007
Publisher Footprint Handbooks
ISBN 1904777945 ISBN13 9781904777946
Availability 0 units.
More About Andrew Spooner
Andrew Spooner is a feature, travel and sports writer and photographer. His work appears regularly in The Independent on Sunday, The Independent, CNN Traveller, The Guardian, the Observer, GQ and Bike. 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
Reviews - What do customers think about Thailand, 6th (Footprint - Travel Guides)?
Superior to Lonely Planet guides. Apr 7, 2008
I took this book with me on my trip to Thailand and I was glad I did. Its tone is much less that of the wannabe-hipster and more of the seasoned realist. To me, that was very fitting for this country in particular.
Much of the subjective criticism within the book was accurate and helpful, such as the honest appraisal of Chiang Mai's night bazaar. Even better were the excellent essays on a the dizzying array of Thai history and culture. They perfectly enhanced what I witnessed firsthand and were not overbearing; I never felt as though I was being spoonfed conclusions.
My only issue is with some of the things that were left out or glossed over. Two cases in point: A person should be aware that cons and criminal activity go on ALL OVER Bangkok. I caught a kid trying to pickpocket me on the Skytrain and it was not a pretty scene. That is a very serious crime and could have really ruined my trip -- so I think in any guide to Thailand this issue needs to be made crystal clear and more attention needs to be given to precautionary measures a traveller can take. Also, although this guide just tells you to casually "bargain" with vendors, one should be aware that the process is not always a smooth one no matter how polite or respectful you are. Most Thais that I encountered were surly when I started bargaining with them and acted quite rude. This is ofcourse all part of the give and take but it is not particularly a fun-filled experience as so many guidebooks would have you believe. You have to be really aggressive and yet finesse the deal, which most Americans are not comfortable doing in their own language much less Thai.