Chasing fine dining by precarious means

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 November, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 11 November, 1994, 12:00am

LIFE in the fast lane for travel writer Peter Finkbeiner-Zellmann means riding pillion on a precariously speeding motorbike through Bangkok's notorious traffic and trying to catch a flight to Hong Kong.

But he still missed his plane and arrived here yesterday a day late and in something of a fluster, although in time for the cocktail that was held to launch his latest oeuvre - Business and Pleasure - The Best of Asia.

The book is a kind of snob's guide to consummate consumption - in the finest style, of course.

Thumbing through the well-researched book which talks about the most luxurious hotels and the foremost restaurants in 23 Asian countries, it was immediately obvious to us that the project required a lot of hard and tireless work on the part of Finkbeiner-Zellmann.

'Quite right,' responded the German author, when we put that point to him.

'When I jumped off from the back of an elephant at Tiger Tops in Nepal in order to photograph a water buffalo, I ended up on the ground in absolute agony with a bone in my ankle sticking out of my flesh.

'I spent the next five weeks hobbling around on crutches. So you're right, it is terribly hard work.' It wasn't exactly the line we were pursuing. But never mind.