Posted by Andrew on 20 December 2007, 2:33 pm
Adding to the many available guidebooks on the bookstore shelves is a highly recommended home-grown book; Exploring Phuket and Phi Phi.
Published by Thai company Within Books and written by long-standing local resident Oliver Hargreaves, the guide is a refreshing new take on this popular tourist destinations and delves into cultural, historic and local details like no other.
This manageable, full glossy book is packed with pictures, maps and offbeat information about the development of the island and stories behind the people living here, offering a social conscience on issues that are untouched in regular guidebooks.
Exploring Phuket, which sells in all local bookshops for 850 baht ($24,99), offers all the usual tourist information, such as sightseeing suggestions, where to eat and stay and how to get there. It also has numerous maps and some 3D renditions of temple complexes and famous streets.
Author Oliver Hargreaves has extensively researched the background of Phuket, including archives in Thai script only, to give the traveller a far more comprehensive view of the island than standard mass tourism editions such as Lonely Planet and Rough Guides.
The book is part of a series that includes the popular and much recommended Chiang Mai City, Valley and Mountains. It offers a refreshing format for travellers who are interested in more than just beaches and sights, and gives visitors a more thorough understanding and experience of Phuket.
Other online guides to Phuket.