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22 Walks in Bangkok: Exploring the City's Historic Back Lanes and Byways
 
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22 Walks in Bangkok: Exploring the City's Historic Back Lanes and Byways [Format Kindle]

Kenneth Barrett

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Take a series of unforgettable strolls down the back lanes of historic Bangkok!

Bangkok is one of the world's greatest cities and a leading tourist destination, visited by millions each year. But it can be a bewildering place also. First-time visitors, not knowing what to expect, encounter endless boulevards connected by a vast maze of tiny side streets. A stroll down any of these lanes can reveal fascinating surprises—beautiful palaces and mansions, shophouses and shrines, restaurants and markets. But how to find your way through the maze?

22 Walks in Bangkok helps you discover hidden gems found throughout the city by presenting each neighborhood as a distinct village—explaining how it evolved, and describing its historic landmarks in detail. Author Ken Barrett is a long-time Bangkok resident and experienced journalist, and he introduces the important temples, churches, shrines and mosques in loving detail, sketching their history and distinctive features. The reader is skillfully guided through the old neighborhoods of Bangkok from the center to the periphery, along narrow lanes and byways rarely seen by foreigners.

22 Walks in Bangkok leads the visitor on a unique journey of discovery and enables you to appreciate this fascinating city in new and exciting ways.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 322 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0804843430
  • Editeur : Tuttle Publishing (18 février 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00HTQ34UG
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Brilliant intro to Bangkok 1 avril 2014
Par Derek - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
I bought this book for my first visit to Bangkok and read most of it as a travelogue before I even arrived - and I'm glad I did! Ken Barrett obviously has a great love for the city and his research is obviously based on many years walking its streets as well as reading its history. Possibly it might have benefited by having the numbers on the maps repeated in the body of the text, but this isn't your Lonely Planet style of guide (thankfully!) where those who simply want to see the 'hot spots' are led by the hand, (and I suspect the person who said that it needed dotted lines is exactly one of those), but a tantalizing wander through places you might never visit, backed up with anecdotes (many of them pleasantly tongue-in-cheek) and excellent information. Does it really matter if you get a bit lost occasionally (which I did), because the maps are perfectly good enough to get you back on track, and often getting lost lets you make your own discoveries. I highly recommend buying this book before you arrive as a major appetite whetter.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good writing, horrible editing 18 juillet 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
First off, I think this book caters more to Bangkok residents and/or history buffs. I have the feeling the casual reader will not enjoy this book that much. Since I am both the book is in principal perfect for me and I enjoyed reading the book very much! I actually thought the narrative was brilliant since I was captivated as if I were reading a novel. So why do I give this book only three stars? Well, the problem are the inconsistency what is depicted on the maps and what is written in the text. In Part I (Thonburi) everything is still fine: The text describes the points of interest on the map in numerical order and the points of interest are laid out in the form of a walking tour. I have no problem that the points of interest are not connected, since everybody who lives in Bangkok knows how difficult it is to describe how to find your way through those back alleys etc. However, somewhere in the middle of Part II (Bangkok) all the organization falls apart: The narrative doesn't follow the numerical order of the points of interest on the map any longer, Also, the points of interest don't seem to follow a walking tour any longer. There are points of interest that are not mentioned in the text and other buildings are explained in the text that can not be found on the map... it is a really frustrating experience. My feeling, however, is that this is not Kenneth Barrett's fault, but somehow this "scrambling" happened in the editorial process. As I said: Beautiful written, interesting storyline, but as a walking guide in parts either unusable or it needs thorough preparation and a good map beyond what the book has to offer. Another complaint is that the b/w photos in this book simply look horrible. It seems somebody was trying to increase the visibility by enhancing the contrast, but now they resemble a big mess with a certain (bad) HDR quality to them. Thankfully, the color photos are unaffected and very nice to look at.
Unfortunately, I can give only give three stars, BUT the book has the potential to be worthy of five stars with some editing of the maps and the photos. If you are only interested in the narrative - highly recommended.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Bangkok backstreets 22 mars 2014
Par David - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
I've been a frequent visitor to Bangkok for donkeys years and have always enjoyed wandering around the city's backstreets and markets. It maybe a huge, frantic city but between the glitzy malls and the traffic jams lies an intriguing collection of villages each one with it's own history and character.

Until now there has been very little written, at least in English, that tells you anything about these places. 22 Walks in Bangkok changes all that. The book is packed with information that simply can't be found anywhere else and surprised me with detail about places that I thought I already knew pretty well.

Although the book is arranged as a collection of walks the author doesn't frog-march you along rigid corridors with a list of sights that need to be checked as you go. Instead he defines a district, describes some of it's key features and often introduces us to some of the characters that have helped shape its past and make the area what it is today.

While he offers directions for getting from one place to another Barrett never loses sight of the fact that the real joy of wandering around these places is simply to get lost and wallow in the atmosphere, stopping for an occasional bowl of noodles as we go.

This book is an excellent companion for anyone who likes to get off the beaten track.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Better Read Than Walked 23 mars 2014
Par Fred Armentrout - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
This has both the strengths and weaknesses of using "old hand" authors. Sorting this confusing city into district walks, measured mostly in 1-3 hour unhurried modules, shows the insight only an old hand would have. Bangkok is a hot and humid, crowded and confusing place. Small excursions are far preferable to grand tours here.

And only an old hand would have taken the hours to scan old newspaper reports about what are now arcane events, for the sake of the curious back-stories of notable people and places, and accuracy in describing the large local significance of small landmarks.

It takes an experienced writer to weave so much cultural and historical information into the casual patter of a guidebook and, in key senses, that's its limitation -- it's a great read in need of street sense.

Why? Maps without cross-referencing to text eliminates both's value as guides. That may be the publisher's fault, but it limits the book to being a reader's rather than walker's guide. The book's maps are merely place markers, without reference to or within the text. That said, it will make a good companion to the maps adventurous travelers may have to purchase separately to make any street sense of these walks.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Bangkok Uncovered 18 avril 2014
Par Garry Behling - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
I've lived in Bangkok for almost five years and have been to most of the main tourist sights. I thought I knew my way around. I bought a copy of this book when I was browsing at a local bookshop. Suddenly I am seeing the city in a new way, and reading about places I had never heard of.

So far I have been into three of the districts covered, and the detail and the stories are fascinating. It is written in a way that brings everything to life. I have planned several weekends ahead to do more exploring. These are not step-by-step walks, they set out an area for walking rather than a route, but it is easy to find your way and the maps, although very much simplified, are accurate in my experience.

For anyone with the time and interest to explore Bangkok, I don’t think there is anything to compare.

Garry Behling
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