Another Bangkok

Another Bangkok

Author: Alex Kerr

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141987187

Category: Travel

Page: 336

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From the author of Another Kyoto and Lost Japan, a rich, personal exploration of the culture and history of Bangkok, and an essential guide for anyone visiting the city Alex Kerr has spent over thirty years of his life living in Bangkok. As with his bestselling books on Japan, this evocative personal meditation explores the city's secret corners. Here is the huge, traffic-choked metropolis of concrete high-rises, slums and sky trains; but also a place of peace and grace. Looking afresh at everything from ceramics to Thai dance, flower patterns to old houses, Kerr reveals one of Asia's most kaleidoscopically complex cities. Another Bangkok will delight both those who think they know the city well and those visiting for the first time.

Another Bangkok

Another Bangkok

Author: Alex Kerr

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 9780141987170

Category: Travel

Page: 0

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From the author of Another Kyoto and Lost Japan, a rich, personal exploration of the culture and history of Bangkok, and an essential guide for anyone visiting the city Alex Kerr has spent over thirty years of his life living in Bangkok. As with his bestselling books on Japan, this evocative personal meditation explores the city's secret corners. Here is the huge, traffic-choked metropolis of concrete high-rises, slums and sky trains; but also a place of peace and grace. Looking afresh at everything from ceramics to Thai dance, flower patterns to old houses, Kerr reveals one of Asia's most kaleidoscopically complex cities. Another Bangkok will delight both those who think they know the city well and those visiting for the first time.

Bangkok Burning

Bangkok Burning

Author: Robin Newbold

Publisher: eBook Partnership

ISBN: 9781839781551

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 122

'Bangkok Burning' is a brilliantly unsettling thriller about the dark side of desire. It is also something of a warped love letter to a place teeming with a rogues' gallery of characters, for this is not just about one man's struggle but a portrait of a whole city on the brink. Closeted forty-year-old Graham Floyd, trapped by anxiety issues and an abusive marriage, finally escapes, running away from his lifeless existence on a smile and a whim, swapping dreary south London for the brutal chaos of Bangkok. He soon finds himself prey not only to Natasha, the transsexual nightclub schemer he loses his heart to, but in thrall to the slimy American millionaire Svengali who owns her. In a place where Graham is at last true to himself, will he triumph in a fight to the death to get what he really wants?

Bangkok

Bangkok

Author: William Warren

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781861894441

Category: Travel

Page: 160

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William Warren’s Bangkok is an informal portrait of this most vibrant and perplexing of modern cities. Divided into two parts, the first is a selective history, showing how Bangkok has developed over the last 200 years, while the second explores the contemporary face of the city through a series of personal impressions. The author explains how the charms of Bangkok and its people outweigh the disadvantages of pollution, traffic and stifling heat. He also introduces celebrities, such as the early kings of Thailand’s present dynasty and Anna Leonowens, heroine of The King and I, as well as Jim Thompson, the US-born silk entrepreneur and art collector who mysteriously vanished in the jungles of Malaysia. Bangkok provides a much needed history of the city, but is also imbued with the warmth of Warren’s love affair with its frenetic way of life.

Bangkok

Bangkok

Author: Barry Bell

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1861891571

Category: Photography

Page: 186

View: 225

Cities today, especially those undergoing rapid growth and transformation, seem to defy traditional principles of urbanism and urban analysis. Bangkok, the City of Angels, the capital of Thailand, and an international metaphor of development gone wrong, presents an extreme version of this condition. Indeed, Bangkok, a barely stable setting for its (approximately) twelve million inhabitants, challenges our perceptions of what a city is, or should be. Yet in spite of its chaotic state Bangkok also presents moments of arresting beauty and social intensity. These fragments suggest a potential other city, resting latent within the cacophonous distractions of daily life. The resultant urban mirage is a compelling provocation. Bangkok: Angelic Allusions uses the tangible artifacts of the city, its topography, streets and monuments, as vehicles for speculating on Bangkok and its central mythologies. Significant in themselves, these physical objects or categories also bring structure to other more perceptual observations and speculations. Ultimately the book links the city’s hectic urban sensibility to its more elusive and mysterious character, the dream of Bangkok which lurks within its physical reality.

Bangkok Connection

Bangkok Connection

Author: Ron Chepesiuk

Publisher: Maverick House

ISBN: 9781905379927

Category: Drug dealers

Page: 422

View: 307

'The Bangkok Connection' chronicles the story of Leslie 'Ike' Atkinson, charismatic former U.S. army master sergeant, career smuggler, card shark and doting family man whom law-enforcement agencies code-named Sergeant Smack. His criminal activities sparked the creation of a special DEA unit code-named Centac 9.

The Concise Garland Encyclopedia of World Music

The Concise Garland Encyclopedia of World Music

Author: Garland Encyclopedia of World Music

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136095948

Category: Music

Page: 651

View: 458

The Concise Garland Encyclopedia of World Music comprises two volumes, and can only be purchased as the two-volume set.To purchase the set please go to:http://www.routledge.com/9780415972932.

Mapping Tourism

Mapping Tourism

Author: Stephen P. Hanna

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 0816639558

Category: Social Science

Page: 252

View: 988

At first glance, the relationships among tourists, tourism maps, and the spaces of tourism seem straightforward enough: tourists use maps to find their way to and through the sites of history, culture, nature, or recreation represented there. Less apparent is how tourism maps and those using them construct such spaces and identities. As the essays in Mapping Tourism clearly demonstrate, the extraordinary interaction of work with leisure and the everyday with the exotic makes tourism maps ideal sites for exploring the contested construction of place and identity. Construction sites in the "New Berlin, " Alabama's civil rights trail, Quebec City, a California ghost town, and Bangkok's sex trade are among the spaces the essays examined. Taken together, these essays allow us to see tourist space as it truly is: contested, ever changing, and replete with issues of power.

Bangkok & Beyond Travel Adventures

Bangkok & Beyond Travel Adventures

Author: Christopher Evans

Publisher: Hunter Publishing, Inc

ISBN: 9781588437440

Category: Travel

Page: 150

View: 609

Here is a guide to the most amazing city in Thailand, perhaps in all of the Far East - Bangkok - and to all the surrounding sites. This is based on sections extracted from the more comprehensive Hunter guide to the number-one tourist destination in Southeast Asia. The finest hotels, with impeccable service, cost a fraction of what you would pay elsewhere, and shoppers will never tire of the vast selections, from silk scarves and designer gowns to exotic jewelery. Try elephant trekking, sea canoeing or Thai massage. Taste the exquisite cuisine, explore mystic temples (30,000 of them!) and sail to unspoiled islands. "The Adventure Guides" are about living more intensely, waking up to your surroundings and truly experiencing all that you encounter. The regional chapters take you on an introductory tour, with stops at museums, historic sites and local attractions. Places to stay and eat; transportation to, from and around your destination; practical concerns; tourism contacts - it's all here! Detailed maps feature walking and driving tours. Then come the adventures - both cultural and physical - from canoeing and hiking to taking dance or cooking classes. This unique approach allows you to really immerse yourself in the local culture.

Phnom Penh for Shy Guys

Phnom Penh for Shy Guys

Author: Central Information Services, LLC

Publisher: Central Information Services, LLC

ISBN: 9780978994310

Category: Travel

Page: 170

View: 452

Go to Phnom Penh alone! Don't join a group or follow friends. You, too, can enjoy what the city can offer without getting into trouble. Get the right information. Go to Phnom Penh with confidence!

The Sacred Willow

The Sacred Willow

Author: Mai Elliott

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190870508

Category: History

Page: 496

View: 613

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Duong Van Mai Elliott's The Sacred Willow illuminates recent Vietnamese history by weaving together the stories of the lives of four generations of her family. Beginning with her great-grandfather, who rose from rural poverty to become an influential landowner, and continuing to the present, Mai Elliott traces her family's journey through an era of tumultuous change. She tells us of childhood hours in her grandmother's silk shop, and of hiding while French troops torched her village, watching while blossoms torn by fire from the trees flutter "like hundreds of butterflies" overhead. She makes clear the agonizing choices that split Vietnamese families: her eldest sister left her staunchly anti-communist home to join the Viet Minh, and spent months sleeping in jungle camps with her infant son, fearing air raids by day and tigers by night. And she follows several family members through the last, desperate hours of the fall of Saigon-including one nephew who tried to escape by grabbing the skid of a departing American helicopter. Based on family papers, dozens of interviews, and a wealth of other research, this is not only a memorable family saga but a record of how the Vietnamese themselves have experienced their times.