Smart Travel Tips Offered In ‘Bangkok And Chiang Mai On A Rope’ The Third Guidebook In The On A Rope Series
Traveling to new places can be both exciting and overwhelming, especially when exploring faraway lands where everything—the food, language, currency, and culture—is foreign. In his new book, ‘Bangkok and Chiang Mai On a Rope,’ well-traveled author Larry Stein outlines the planning process that he follows, and documents the details of the trip itself—including specifics about lodging, costs, shopping, dining, and transportation.
‘Bangkok and Chiang Mai On A Rope’ by Larry Stein
Stein explains how to do all of this affordably (‘on a rope,’ not a shoestring) while still enjoying comfortable accommodations, good food, and realistic travel options between destinations. Stein’s style is conversational, friendly, witty, and honest. His own photographs—over one hundred of them—enhance his engaging story. Covering only two cities, this guidebook is shorter and more narrowly focused than the other two books in the series, ‘Southeast Asia on a Rope: Thailand and Laos,’ and ‘Southeast Asia on a Rope: Cambodia and Myanmar.’
The first part of ‘Bangkok and Chiang Mai On a Rope’ provides a thorough overview of how to plan and prepare, including: researching flights; vaccinations and traveler’s insurance; dealing with insects; acquiring a visa; what to pack; and managing jet lag and long flights. The rest of Stein’s book provides information on where to stay, eat, shop, and sightsee in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
Stein shares details about his satisfaction (or not) with his hotel rooms and meals (he provides photos of both), and he is not shy about his proclivity for the abundant food offered by street vendors. His itineraries include stops at cultural and historical sites, and his photographs—temples, landscapes, city skylines, monks, pagodas, street markets, and local people— illustrate the beauty and history he encounters along he way. “Pictures are worth more than a thousand words—they are key for me in deciding destinations and accommodations,” says Stein. “I culled through my many photos to provide a useful resource for my readers.”
Unique among travel books, Stein wanted to share the knowledge he has gained in his forty years of trip planning and cover ground that other sources seem to be lacking. This is the same formula he used in his recent books, ‘Southeast Asia on a Rope: Thailand and Laos,’ and ‘Southeast Asia on a Rope: Cambodia and Myanmar.’ “In tailoring my own vacations, I found glitzy magazines aimed at the ‘cost is no object’ traveler, and a suitcase full of books for backpackers and flash packers,” explains Stein. “The ‘traveler on a rope’ fits neatly between these two extremes. Anyone considering a trip to Southeast Asia will benefit from the tips and insights in this book.”
Review copies of ‘Bangkok and Chiang Mai On a Rope,’ are available to media contacts upon request. Author Larry Stein is available for interviews.