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Enchanting series

This highly successful series of pictorial guides shows all the main sites that a tourist visiting for a week or a fortnight might expect to see. The stunning photographs of the places and the people, the architecture and the culture are accompanied by informative captions. The introductory section describes and illustrates the geography and climate, history, religion and beliefs, festivals and events, cuisine, arts and crafts.


Enchanting Australia

David Bowden

From deserts to rainforests, coral reefs to mountains, the empty Outback to the busy cities, Australia, the world’s largest island, is a land of fascinating contrasts. Facts about Australia contain many superlatives: there are an estimated 27,700 plant species, including living fossils such as the cycad palm, and brilliant wildflowers, such as the waratah, Sturt’s […]

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Enchanting Bali & Lombok

David Bowden

Enchanting Bali & Lombok cover

Though one of the smallest islands of the Indonesian archipelago, Bali has miles of world-famous beaches, perfect for sunbathers and surfers alike. But Bali also has extraordinary inland attractions, including picturesque rice terraces, the towering Kintamani volcano, the holy forest with its wild monkeys and the romantically sited water temple of Ulun Danu. The island […]

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Enchanting Bangkok

Mick Shippen

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Capital of Thailand and one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan and compelling cities, Bangkok is a vibrant mix of ancient and modern. It’s an intense city packed with people and a wealth of dazzling attractions. There are exotic temples, eclectic markets, gleaming palaces, ritzy shopping malls and, of course, the famous nightlife. Enchanting Bangkok captures the […]

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Enchanting Borneo (2nd edition)

David Bowden

Comprising the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, the independent Sultanate of Brunei, and the Indonesian state of Kalimantan, the island of Borneo is a treasure house of natural beauty and biodiversity. Described by Charles Darwin as “one great luxuriant hothouse made by nature for herself”, Borneo is home to a rich profusion of flora […]

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Enchanting Cambodia

Mick Shippen

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Cambodia, home of the great Khmer civilization which created the vast temple complex at Angkor Wat, is one of the most fascinating and distinctive countries in Southeast Asia. Most visitors come to see Angkor Wat, lost in the jungle for centuries, and now a renowned World Heritage Site. However, Cambodia has much more to offer […]

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Enchanting Chiang Mai & Northern Thailand

Mick Shippen

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Chiang Mai is the natural capital of the north, a fascinating destination in its own right but also a starting point for exploring the country’s most dramatic scenery with its remote hills, villages and mountain tribes. Chiang Mai itself is a moated and walled city retaining many ancient treasures but also rapidly evolving into a […]

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Enchanting Hong Kong

Martin Williams

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Hong Kong surely has few rivals worldwide for being a major city in an outstanding natural setting, surrounded by hills, islands, beaches, waterfalls, wildlife and South China village traditions. Enchanting Hong Kong reveals this multi-faceted destination for a broad spectrum of visitors ranging from those making a short business trip but with some spare time […]

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Enchanting Indonesia

David Bowden

The Republic of Indonesia is a vast archipelago presenting a kaleidoscope of sights for travellers. The range of activities available is equally sparkling with diving, surfing and sunbathing in and beside the coastal waters, and mountain climbing, trekking and paragliding on and over the land. Java is the home of the Jakarta, the bustling capital […]

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Enchanting Langkawi

David Bowden

Langkawi is the premier island destination in Malaysia. This beautiful tropical archipelago surrounded by an azure sea has an unbeatable combination of sun, surf and sand as well as international beachfront resorts, iconic restaurants and easy access by flight from Kuala Lumpur and Penang. There are also hidden charms to be explored by taking a […]

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Enchanting Laos

Mick Shippen

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Few countries conjure up such a sense of mystery and intrigue in the traveller’s mind as mountainous, landlocked Laos. Regarded as Southeast Asia’s sleepy backwater for many years, Laos’ communist government ensured that the country remained closed to the outside world. Unconcerned by neighbouring Thailand’s dash for modernity, Laos resolutely moved at its own pace. […]

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Enchanting Malaysia

David Bowden

Malaysia is a hugely diverse country and supreme holiday destination. Divided into Peninsular Malaysia and the island states of Sabah and Sarawak on Borneo, each offers a wealth of unique attractions. For travellers interested in history and culture, the capital city, Kuala Lumpur, as well as other major cities, such as Putrajaya, Melaka and George […]

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Enchanting Myanmar

Mick Shippen

Enchanting Myanmar

Myanmar is a fascinating and intriguing country, full of contrasts. Its people are warm, friendly and welcoming; it’s rich in archaeological sites and has areas of stunning natural beauty. Yangon, the gateway for most travellers, houses the awe-inspiring Shwedagon Paya, a gleaming gold zedi, and offers good examples of colonial-era architecture in a warren of […]

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Enchanting Penang

David Bowden

Penang is a world-renowned holiday destination, famous for its soft sandy beaches and regarded by many as the food capital of Malaysia. Many visitors check into one of the first-class hotels and spend a wonderfully relaxing holiday chilling out on the beaches. But as Enchanting Penang reveals, there are many other attractions to explore. Parts […]

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Enchanting Philippines

Nigel Hicks

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The Philippine archipelago, with over 7,000 islands set in the sparkling Pacific Ocean, is an exciting and intriguing destination full of contrasts. The intense, dark brooding green of the tropical vegetation, the blinding white coral sands of the beaches, and the aquamarine blue of the surrounding tropical seas make for a fizzing cocktail of colour. […]

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Enchanting Phuket, Samui & Krabi

Mick Shippen

Phuket Island and Krabi on the west coast of southern Thailand and Samui in the Gulf of Thailand offer an idyllic combination of a sunny climate, stunning beaches, lively nightlife and extraordinary natural beauty. The west coast of Phuket, the largest island in Thailand, has the most beautiful beaches including Patong, Karon, Kata and Surin, […]

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Enchanting Singapore

David Bowden

Singapore, a small island nation, offers a huge variety of experiences for holidaymakers of all kinds. This bustling cosmopolitan city has excellent shopping malls and fascinating museums; heritage trails and wildlife walks; a colourful nightlife and a huge choice of dining options. Much planning has been involved in maximising these attractions. Leading the way are […]

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Enchanting Spain

John MacDonald and Patricia Diaz Pereda

From Santiago de Compostela in the north-west to Granada in the south-east via Madrid in the centre, Enchanting Spain reveals the fascinating breadth and depth of this exuberant country. The Moorish Alhambra, Toledo’s Jewish quarter, the Roman amphitheatre at Mérida and Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia, the famously unfinished cathedral, each show a different aspect of Spain’s […]

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Enchanting Thailand

Mick Shippen

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A country of intrigue and adventure, Thailand’s exotic mix of glistening temples, extraordinary annual festivals, idyllic tropical islands, and genuinely hospitable people has made it one of the world’s most popular and rewarding travel destinations. The country is home to a distinctive culture that enables old traditions to sit comfortably within a prosperous and progressive […]

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Enchanting Trinidad & Tobago

Ivor Skinner

These two southernmost islands in the Caribbean are packed with attractions catering to all kinds of visitor, whether an ecotourist, a history buff, a party-goer, an activity seeker or a beach lover. The carnival in Port of Spain, Trinidad, is an explosion of music, fun and dance to which everyone is invited but the town […]

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Enchanting Vietnam

David Bowden

With a coastline dotted with beautiful beaches, breathtaking scenery, UNESCO-listed world heritage sites, dynamic cities and species-rich national parks, this long, narrow country offers an outstanding range of opportunities for visitors from Hanoi, the capital city, in the north to Ho Chi Minh City, the biggest city, in the south. The delicious cuisine, renowned for […]

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