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Asia Overland [Paperback]

Mark Elliott , Wil Klass
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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April 1998 Trekking Guides
The most complete survival guide for budget travelers in 34 Asian countries and the Russian republics. A whopping 452 maps, town plans, and transportation routes--all in easy-to-use formats--makes this a definitive guide for a long-haul trip around Asia. Detailed visa information is given on hard-to-enter countries and the latest news on border crossings. 16 color photos.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Traveling with Asia Overland was a pleasure April 20 2000
By michael
I used Asia Overland for the first 8 months of a 13 month trip and found it to be excellent. It is written by two guys who are just travellers themselves and have an excellent idea of what is essential when arriving to a strange new place where you do not speak the language.
At the core of the book are simple schematic maps of each country/area with notes written on them which rate and describe destinations, give travel times and costs, and even give recommendations of guesthouses or restaurants. More detailed maps are provided for large cities or areas particularily dense with things of interest. The format is very easy to understand and allows planning at a glance rather than by reading through pages of cross-referenced text. Again their grasp of what information is essential was nothing short of incredible. The book also contains a dirth of border-crossing info and tells you which visas you will need and where you can acquire them. From their own accounts they understood the border rules better than the border guards did on a few occasions.
More than the information it provides Asia Overland is a well written quidebook. Mark and Wil are extremely upbeat writers. Their senses of humor and personal accounts really made me want to go to all the places they wrote about. In summary the book is informative, accurate, entertaining and inspirational. If you are planning a trip to Asia, one country in Asia, or just trying to think of some destinations to visit, I highly recommend reading this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book beats Lonely Planet! Feb. 26 1999
I have known Mark Elliott for seven years and can honestly say that the man knows what he's talking about. He is, in short, a "professional traveler", making his way from Brighton to Bishkek and back with little more than a cheap backpack, a harmonica, and a sure sense of how to find his way among the labyrinths of the Asian hinterlands. He always returns with several nights' worth of good stories (to be told over a pint or three) and a collection of painstakingly accurate notes and maps of his travels. I have used the materials he sent me through private correspondence and found them to be unfailingly helpful, pointing out cheapskate tips and sightseeing suggestions that I hadn't found anywhere else. If you're interested in being a modern-day traveler of the Old Silk Road, then by all means get this book. It will point your feet in the right direction and open your eyes to cultures far removed from anything you could imagine while logged on to a computer, shopping for books. My copy also doubled as a pillow after a night of beers and Dixie dancing in a little outdoor bar along the streets of Turfan (but that's another story ...)
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite travel book.... Feb. 3 2003
This book is fantastic for planning your trip between countries and used in conjunction with other travel books detailing the countries you're going to. I found myself relying more and more on it alone as a reference guide as I became more comfortable traveling, as it highlights the things to see / how to get there, and leaves the details to the traveler. I also found people fascinated by its hand-drawn maps (beware trying to get the book back from a crowd- including other travelers!). Now that I'm back, it's the only book that completed my journey with me, and resides in a place of honor on my bookshelf, tattered, dog-eared and stained.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where lonely planet doesn't go June 29 1999
By A Customer
This book is excellent and essential reading for those of us who want to do an epic journey but also like to have help overcoming transport and beauracratic obstacles. I think the optimal would be to use this book in concert with a lonely planet style book as they cover different topics. This book is mainly a transport and visa stratgy guide with some helpful hints on routing. The LP books get the finer details on the budget accomodation for more cities.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I know a good travel book when I see one May 24 2002
I have read and perused many a travel book in my time and I have to say this one is a model for which others should be judged by. I have used travel books extensively through the 100 or so countries I have been to and I wish more travel tomes could match the authors love, maps and general details in their work as these two young fellas have....
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