Bradt Guides are tight, focussed, expertly written and longer on local detail than any others.

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The continent of Asia encompasses landscapes as different as the dry steppes of Mongolia (with its camels and wild horses) and the lush jungles of Borneo (with its orang utans, proboscis monkeys and hornbills), the peace of a deserted beach and the roar of an overpopulated city. As ever, Bradt has traditionally focused on those areas under-represented on the book shelves. While now out of print, Bradt’s Vietnam was the first detailed guide to the country; at the time Vietnam was still perceived to be a warzone by many, but those few tourists who ventured there absolutely loved the place. And of course it’s now a very popular tourist destination. Burma has opened up in recent times too, but when we released a Burma guide in 1993 it was the only one to cover the country in detail, and we published the first guide to Laos in 1996.

Today our coverage of Asia includes Bangladesh, Kashmir, Tibet, Mongolia, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Borneo and several ‘stans’ (Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan). We even have a guide to North Korea!

Bradt has become very well-known for jumping straight in and publishing books about countries that are really off the beaten track.

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Issyk-Kul legends

Author Laurence Mitchell recounts the mythical tales of this mammoth alpine lake.


The Tsaatan

Author Jane Blunden discusses the lifestyle and history of the Tsaatan, the reindeer people of Mongolia.


Iran: then and now

With Iran's importance in the region becoming increasingly important, we relive Hilary Bradt's memories of the country in 1996 and ask Maria Oleinik for her impressions of the country today. 


The Great Game and Tajikistan

Bijan Omrani explains the role of Tajikistan in the ‘Great Game’.