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

Michael Palin

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 orangutans, 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.

Brunei (Borneo)

India (Ladakh)




Malaysia (Borneo)


North Korea

Sri Lanka






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.

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

The Times

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!

Books on Asia

Articles on Asia