Footprint Thailand Handbook

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-10-01
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill
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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.

Author Biography

Joshua Eliot has a long-standing interest in Asia. He was born in India, brought up in Hong Kong and spent a year living in a small town in northeast Thailand in the early 1980s. Since then he has visited the country two or three times a year, partly for academic research and partly to update the new editions of this Handbook. He has written academic and children's books about the country and advised businessmen, given radio broadcasts and lectured on cruise liners. Jane Bickersteth first visited Thailand in 1980. She has since returned on numerous occasions to research and write about the country. As an artist, Jane has a particular interest in the material cultures of Thailand, and especially the Khmer art and architecture of the northeastern region.

Table of Contents

A foot in the doorp. 7
Highlightsp. 8
Bangkokp. 11
Buddhist Thailandp. 14
Essentialsp. 17
Planning your tripp. 19
Before you travelp. 21
Getting therep. 24
Touching downp. 26
Where to stayp. 34
Getting aroundp. 34
Keeping in touchp. 42
Food and drinkp. 44
Shoppingp. 50
Holidays and festivalsp. 51
Healthp. 52
Travelling with childrenp. 63
Further readingp. 65
The Internetp. 69
Bangkokp. 73
Backgroundp. 76
Sightsp. 85
Getting aroundp. 85
The Old Cityp. 85
The Golden Mount, Giant Swing and surrounding watsp. 95
Chinatown and the Golden Buddhap. 98
Wat Arun and the Khlongsp. 100
Dusit areap. 105
Other Sightsp. 107
Excursionsp. 111
Toursp. 115
Essentialsp. 117
Sleepingp. 117
Eatingp. 131
Entertainmentp. 138
Shoppingp. 142
Festivals and major eventsp. 148
Transportp. 149
Directoryp. 151
The Central Plainsp. 155
Backgroundp. 158
Ayutthayap. 160
Around Ayutthayap. 175
Routes north to Si Satchanalaip. 185
Phitsanulokp. 187
Sukhothaip. 194
Routes north to Mae Sotp. 214
Kamphaeng Phetp. 214
The Northern Regionp. 231
Backgroundp. 234
Lampang to Chiang Maip. 235
Lampangp. 235
Lamphunp. 241
Chiang Maip. 244
The western loop: Mae Sariang, Mae Hong Son and Paip. 277
Mae Hong Sonp. 280
North to Kok Riverp. 293
Chiang Rai, Mekong and Golden Trianglep. 297
Chiang Raip. 298
Eastern highlands of the northp. 323
Phraep. 323
Nanp. 328
Hilltribes and trekkingp. 335
The Northeastern Regionp. 351
Backgroundp. 354
Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat)p. 357
Phimaip. 370
The route east: Surin to Ubonp. 374
Ubon Ratchathanip. 383
The heartland of the Khorat Plateaup. 395
North from Korat to Udon Thanip. 404
Khon Kaenp. 406
West from the northeast to Phitsanulokp. 412
Udon Thaip. 413
The northern Mekong River routep. 418
Nong Khaip. 428
The southern Mekong River routep. 436
The Eastern Regionp. 449
Chonburi to Pattayap. 452
Pattayap. 457
Pattaya to Koh Sametp. 470
Koh Sametp. 472
Chantaburip. 478
Chantaburi to Koh Changp. 484
Koh Changp. 487
Chonburi to Pattayap. 452
Pattayap. 457
Pattaya to Koh Sametp. 470
Koh Sametp. 472
Chantaburip. 478
Chantaburi to Koh Changp. 484
Koh Changp. 487
The Western Regionp. 495
The regionp. 498
Nakhon Pathomp. 498
Kanchanaburip. 501
Sangkhlaburi and Saam Ongp. 514
Southern Thailandp. 519
Backgroundp. 522
Southern Peninsula: Phetburi to Chumphonp. 524
Phetburip. 524
Hua Hinp. 531
The West Coast: Chumphon to Phuketp. 544
Phuket Islandp. 552
North from Patongp. 577
Phuket to Phattalungp. 582
Koh Phi Phip. 597
The East Coast: Chumphon to Phattalungp. 614
Koh Samuip. 620
Koh Phanganp. 642
South to Phattalung: Nakhon Si Thammaratp. 658
The Far Southp. 670
Hat Yaip. 670
Songkhlap. 679
Turatao National Park and the Adang-Rawi Archipelagop. 703
Backgroundp. 707
Historyp. 710
Prehistoryp. 710
Mon, Srivijayan and Khmer influencesp. 710
The Taip. 712
Sukhothaip. 713
Ayutthayap. 715
Bangkok and the Rattanakosin periodp. 719
Land and environmentp. 731
Geographyp. 731
Climatep. 733
Flora and faunap. 736
National parksp. 744
Art and architecturep. 747
Culturep. 760
Peoplep. 760
Religionp. 769
Language and literaturep. 775
Dance, drama and musicp. 779
Textilesp. 780
Craftsp. 783
Modern Thailandp. 785
Politicsp. 785
Economyp. 800
Footnotesp. 811
Glossaryp. 813
Food glossaryp. 818
Fares and timetablesp. 819
Shortsp. 824
Indexp. 827
Map indexp. 832
Coloured mapsp. 841
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