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Book review: Myanmar, Burma in Style, by Caroline Courtauld

Book review: Myanmar, Burma in Style, by Caroline Courtauld

Myanmar is the kind of guidebook you read before embarking on a trip, more than the kind you carry with you as a real-time reference book.

Monday, 18 February, 2013, 3:59pm

Walking your own walk

If you think the best way to travel is on guided tours, think again. More and more Hong Kong people prefer to set off on their own.

While they may still stick to the recommendations of guidebooks, many like exploring destinations on their own initiative.

9 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

City guides going mobile

Pocket city guides are giving way to mobile apps, but the printed version continues to have advantages.

'We felt it was time to offer our guides in mobile format,' says Andrea Seifert, marketing and business development manager of LUXE Asia, publisher of the LUXE City Guides series.

22 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Inside story

Grant Thatcher

British-born Grant Thatcher moved to Asia more than a decade ago and founded the Luxe City pocket guides in 2002. These stylish travel guides cover more than 30 destinations. Thatcher usually spends two to three weeks at each destination he reviews.

Favourite destination? The return journey home.

6 May 2011 - 12:00am

Travellers' checks

Town and country

3 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Agency expelled over bogus guide

The Travel Industry Council yesterday terminated the membership of a tour agency which hired a bogus tour guide. Unless overturned on appeal, this will effectively shut the agency.

Tour companies must be members of the council, which acts as the tourism industry watchdog, to do business in the city.

20 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Tours may get price limit

The Travel Industry Council is considering setting minimum prices for all inbound tours, but concedes the system will be difficult to monitor.

The proposal, by Yu Lihua, chairman of the Hong Kong Professional Tourist Guides General Union, is designed to better protect travel agencies and guides, and to quash the compulsory-spending problem that seems to be reviving.

12 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Watchdogs act to rein in dodgy travel agencies

Hong Kong and mainland tourism authorities have agreed to clamp down on dodgy travel operators and agents, including using secret inspectors to pose as tourists.

4 Jun 2010 - 12:00am



Lonely Planet


'Emerald seas', 'breathtaking views', 'astounding variety' - welcome to the cliche-rich, hype-heavy world of the modern backpack guidebook.

Somebody should impose a ban on gushing.

2 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Travellers' checks

Step back in time

28 May 2006 - 12:00am

Illegal guides 'stealing business'

Licensed tourist guides said the government must take steps to deal with illegal guides stealing their business, but tourism chiefs doubted it was a big problem.

6 May 2006 - 12:00am

Pick Your Brains About ... guidebooks

Pick Your Brains About ... guidebooks

(Cadogan Guides)

19 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Travel Writing

Travel Writing

by Don George and Charlotte Hindle

Lonely Planet $148

1 May 2005 - 12:00am

Journey through time

If you had a personal time machine that could take you backwards into history, where would you choose to go?

Would you be curious and brave enough to go back right to the beginning of Earth when life started? Dare you travel back through the dark mists of time and explore a world of blazing heat and crashing meteorites?

25 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Nothing blue in this novelistic travelogue

IT was in a Lonely Planet guidebook (India 1985 edition, my first) that I read the advice that real travellers tear out the pages of their novels. The theory was that backpack weight was so critical that those pages would make a difference, so obediently I left bits of War And Peace all over the subcontinent that summer.

23 May 1999 - 12:00am