Includes Madurai, Chettinad, Thanjavur, Puducherry
Author: David Stott
Publisher: Footprint Travel Guides
Explore one of Tamil Nadu’s many grand Hindu temples, stopping to savour the smell of jasmine garlands piled up before carved granite gods. Crane your neck to see the top of these towering pyramid-like temples adorned with the statues of deities, warriors and dancers. Escape the heat by following the footsteps of the British colonialists into the charming hill stations, or go surround yourself by nature in the blue Nilgiri mountains. Featuring detailed coverage of this wonderfully diverse region, Footprint Focus Chennai & Tamil Nadu will prove an invaluable companion. • Essentials section with practical tips on getting there and around. • Background section with fascinating information on the region’s unique history, culture & cuisine. • Comprehensive listings of where to eat, sleep & play including festivals and horse riding. • Detailed street maps for important cities and towns. • Slim enough to fit in your pocket. Loaded with advice and information, this concise Footprint Focus guide will help you get the most out of Tamil Nadu without weighing you down. The content of the Footprint Focus Chennai & Tamil Nadu guide has been extracted from Footprint’s India Handbook.
Understand Thailand’s important symbols, icons, and social practices Thailand’s culture is unlike any other. Travelers attempting to fully immerse themselves in all that this tourist destination has to offer find it essential to become culturally sensitive. Thailand Tourism provides readers with an indispensable overview of this remarkable land of contrasts. This invaluable text reveals the South East Asian country, its history, its culture, and its people’s fun-loving perspective of life. The importance of Thai symbols and their meaning, icons and social practices, its proud history of its constitutional monarchy, and its numerous religious temples are examined in detail. This book offers tourists and students of tourism an informative, realistic view of the people, food, entertainment, and scenery of one of the most exotic lands in the world. Thailand was never colonized by a foreign power. Because of the lack of outside influence, this South East Asian nation has fostered a culture thrillingly different from others. Thailand Tourism offers a rare, in-depth look at this unique country and provides the information travelers need to know to easily move about and make their trip memorable. The guide includes helpful typical tourist itineraries illustrating what to expect when booking plans. The Thai viewpoints on sexuality, marriage, and societal changes are analyzed in detail. The issue of violence is discussed, including its ingrained presence in everyday life. Helpful tables detail demographic information from several countries to shed light not only on where travelers originate, but also to study the contrasts with the Thai culture. The book also presents a primer on the semiotics of tourism, and then discusses significant signs and symbols infused in Thai culture including Thai smiles, the royal kingdom of Thailand, Buddhist monks, Buddha statues, and Wats (temples). The importance of elephants in modern Thailand is explored, as well as the importance of the nation’s ethnic tribes and the cultural significance of the Wai. Thai food, the Thai sex industry, and a comparison between Thailand and America are also examined. The final section presents author Arthur Asa Berger’s own notes of his travels throughout Thailand with cogent perspectives of the country as a ’monoculture’. Topics in Thailand Tourism include: a theoretical discussion of tourism statistical data on tourism in Thailand typical tourist itineraries in Thailand perceptions of Thailand in travel literature violence in Thai society analysis of Thai culture such as Thai smile, Wats, Buddha statues Discover an exotic, spiritual, sensual country like no other. Thailand Tourism is a must read for anyone planning to visit Thailand, students of tourism, and students of Thailand’s culture.
- Fully revised edition with the latest information on all of Thailand's must-sees- Contains comprehensive coverage of where to eat and stay, with a wide range of dining options and accommodations- Covers river rafting, trekking, and exploring in the north
Whether you want to experience the hustle and bustle of Hanoi, feel the eeriness of the Plain of Jars, gaze at the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat or head down the Mekong on a slow boat, you can do all this and more with Footprint's totally revised and updated 4th edition Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos Handbook. With in-depth coverage of all three countries this guidebook is perfect if you are planning a trip to this stunning region. Extensive, thoroughly researched information which will help you plan your trip as well as advise you on the ground. *Including an extensive planning section and suggestions for getting off the beaten track * Eating, sleeping and drinking listings for every budget * Features information on how to get there and how to get around plus carefully planned itineraries to help you have the best possible experience whether you're travelling for one week or one month *The heart of the guide is divided by country with each section offering an overview map, local information on how to get around with transport and street maps where relevant * Each section has an overview map, local information on how to get around with transport and street maps where relevant, a short history of the region, thorough advice on what to see and do and a directory of key local information on banks, embassies, internet cafes, medical and services * Full-colour mini atlas to help you get your bearings and plan your journeys From the vivid rice paddies of Vietnam to Phnom Penh, the fascinating modern day capital of Cambodia, to laid-back Laos and its picture-postcard gilded temples, Footprint's fully updated 4th edition will help you get to the heart of this exquisite region and charming people.
Footprint's Thailand Handbook is the most informative and practical guidebook available to this fascinating, and sometimes perplexing, country where McDonald's and mobile phones sit side by side with saffron-clad monks and Brahmanic rites. Comprehensive coverage of accommodation and restaurants in Bangkok and other key destinations. Insider information on how to get off the well-mapped 'routes' to little known destinations in regions like the distinctive Northeast. Illuminating background information on Thailand's history and culture, the archaeological and artistic heritage and present-day politics and economics. Book jacket.
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.
Roam ancient ruins, immerse yourself in the thriving modern metropolis of Bangkok, or find your very own piece of paradise on the tropical islands of the south, the Kingdom of Thailand offers travellers this and much more. Footprint's 8th edition guide has been fully updated to help you navigate through the land where Buddhism meets hedonism; hike the mountains of Mae Hong Son, dive the unspoilt Similian islands or spend your nights partying in Koh Phangan. Comprehensive listings, whether you want to go trekking in the north, learn how to cook the best pad thai or get some well-earned R&R Fantastic background and history section to help you really get to know this culturally rich and beautiful destination Eating, sleeping and drinking listings for every budget Features information on how to get there and how to get around plus carefully planned itineraries to help you have the best possible experience whether you’re traveling for one week or one month The heart of the guide is broken in to the key regions of Thailand and gives you comprehensive information on each of these regions Each regional section has an overview map, local information on how to get around with transport and street maps where relevant, a short history of the region, thorough advice on what to see and do and a directory of key local information on banks, embassies, internet cafes, medical and services Full-color mini atlas to help you get your bearings and plan your journeys From the hill peoples and forested highlands of the north to the glorious islands in the south, Footprint’s fully updated 8th edition will help you get to the heart of the ancient kingdom of Thailand.
The colorful, long-running series for adventure-loving travelers offers detailed, up-to-date information on a host of exotic locales throughout the world, providing background trivia on every town and landmark, a host of money-saving tips, advice on health precautions, and anecdotes about local history, customs, and culture.
Explore gorgeous, cobbled colonial streets, take in a raucous and mesmerising carnival, hike in the mountains that overlook Rio de Janeiro or explore the emerald-green bays that bejewel the coast. Spot all manner of rare wildlife along the waterways of the Pantanal and explore the lush forest and waterfalls of the Goias Cerrado. Footprint's eighth edition of the Brazil Handbook is perfect for the adventurous traveller wanting to get off the beaten track and explore South America's largest and most diverse country. This guide is jam-packed with information about the country's eclectic festivals, passionate sporting events, vast biodiversity and spectacular scenery. • Great coverage of Amazonia and the adventure travel scene including caving, canoeing, scuba-diving, hang-gliding, paragliding and many more • Loaded with information and suggestions on how to get off the beaten track, from dune-trekking in Olinda to birdwatching in Minas Gerais • Includes comprehensive listings from the Mardi Gras celebrations in Rio to the traditional parades and hippy festivals in Cidade de Goiás and Bahia • Plus all the usual accommodation, eating and drinking listings for every budget • Full-colour planning section to inspire travellers and help you find the best experiences Fully updated, Footprint’s Brazil Handbook is packed with all the information you’ll need to get the best out of Brazil.
Laos is a little tranquility in the heart of Southeast Asia, sandwiched between Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand this is where travellers come to get away from it all. Footprint’s 6th edition Laos Handbook has been completely revised and updated and provides everything needed to make the most of this peaceful and beautiful country. Hire bikes and explore the 4,000 islands in the south, go high-speed down the Mekong in a rubber tube, seek out some amazing French bakeries in Vientiane or trek deep into the mountains. With fantastic listings on how to do all these, plus the necessaries on where to eat, sleep and drink this guidebook is essential for anyone wanting to escape the crowds and discover this beautiful country for themselves.