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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Cambodia & Laosby DK Publishing
Cambodia and Laos opened their doors to tourists in the late 80s and, while at first it was a destination frequented mostly by backpackers and thrill seekers, its appeal has grown much ever since. Blessed with stunning scenery, one of the best cultural sights in the world (Angkor), and their unbeatable combination of stunning temples and unspoiled countryside ideal
Cambodia and Laos opened their doors to tourists in the late 80s and, while at first it was a destination frequented mostly by backpackers and thrill seekers, its appeal has grown much ever since. Blessed with stunning scenery, one of the best cultural sights in the world (Angkor), and their unbeatable combination of stunning temples and unspoiled countryside ideal for hiking, water sports, bird watching, and mountain biking, both countries now attract cultural sight seekers and adventurous hikers.
Part of the award winning DK Eyewitness Travel series, this sumptuously illustrated guide leads readers to it all, from the majestic sight of the UNESCO listed ancient city of Angkor in Cambodia to the tranquil temples and boutique hotels of Luang Prabang in Laos. Whether enjoying a delicious meal and cold beer overlooking the Mekong or kayaking on the Nam Song River surrounded by limestone karsts, the Eyewitness Guide: Cambodia and Laos is indispensable.
Don't miss a thing on your vacation with the DK Eyewitness Travel guidebook to Cambodia and Laos.
Packed with photographs, illustrations, and maps
Cutaways and floor plans of all the major sights
3D aerial views of the city's most interesting districts
Huge selection of hotels, restaurants, stores, and entertainment venues
As with all "Eyewitness Travel" guides, this one on Cambodia and Laos provides colorful photographs, sample itineraries (e.g., a week in Northern Laos, two days in Phnom Penh, two weeks along the Mekong), regional information, and practicalities. Sections are divided by region and include overview information on religions, peoples, landscapes, architecture, and other cultural highlights. "Practicalities" address specifics on lodging and dining, language basics, detailed maps, as well as information on transportation and banking, personal health and security, and communications; this is useful not only for planning but also while traveling as Internet service can be unpredictable. This guide is good complemented with others such as those from Lonely Planet and Rough Guides, which typically have a bit more detail but are spotty on visuals. VERDICT For readers who intend to go to Cambodia and/or Laos, this guide provides a nice snapshot of the countries' look, history, and culture with some specifics for planning purposes and a compact size for portability.—Louise Feldmann, Colorado State Univ. Lib., Fort Collins
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