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    1. Lonely Planet Indonesia, Seventh
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    2. A First Course in Scientific Computing:
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    3. Lonely Planet Bali & Lombok
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    4. Fodor's Southeast Asia, 22nd Edition
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    5. Into the Heart of Borneo (Vintage
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    6. Jakarta Inside Out
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    7. Stranger in the Forest : On Foot
    8. Culture Shock: Indonesia (Culture
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    9. The Rough Guide to Bali and Lombok,
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    10. Ordinary and Partial Differential
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    12. Shooting the Boh : A Woman's Voyage
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    13. The Rough Guide to Indonesia,
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    14. The Dive Sites of Indonesia
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    16. Insight Guide Bali (Insight Guides
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    17. An Underwater Guide to Indonesia
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    18. Diving Southeast Asia: A Guide
    19. At Home in Bali
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    20. Eat Smart in Indonesia: How to

    1. Lonely Planet Indonesia, Seventh Edition
    by Patrick Witton, Mark Elliott, Paul Greenway, Virginia Jealous, Etain O'Carroll, Nick Ray, Alan Tarbell, Matt Warren
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    Asin: 1740591542
    Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
    Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
    Sales Rank: 96212
    Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Island-hop Indonesia - the ultimate adventure. Explore cobalt-blue volcanic lakes, steaming rainforests and dreamlike coral reefs. Immerse yourself in the archipelago's unique spectrum of cultures. Experience it all with this indispensable guide.

    • 219 detailed and easy-to-read maps
    • thousands of accommodation and restaurant options
    • detailed info on Indonesian crafts, including ikat, gold and silver jewellery, and pottery
    • colour section on climbing and surviving Indonesia's 129 volcanoes
    • mini-guide to the best surf breaks
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    Reviews (5)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but Could Be Better
    This is currently the best overall guide to Indonesia for independent travellers. It covers enough attractions to keep people occupied for months, and is more than enough for those with an average interest in the country.
    As usual with this series, it is strong on practical details like prices, public transport and city maps, though one should never forget that prices in particular will have changed by the time one gets there - this 7th edition was researched in 2002, and reflects the situation as it was then.
    There is also more than enough background information about culture and history for most readers.
    Note however that coverage of remoter, less-visited regions is poorer - the chapter on Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) is nearly useless, and the one on Papua (Indonesian New Guinea) is little better.
    Those with a deeper interest in Indonesia, or with an interest in a particular region, might want more detailed guides to those areas - Lonely Planet has great guides to Java and Nusa Tenggara, while Periplus has eight separate ones to all parts of the country, though the Periplus ones are best backed up with this book for practical details.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Starting Point, Reference Material
    This is a good guidebook and fairly accurate. In a country like Indonesia, however, things change quickly so use this book as a reference not as a bible. Do you own research and talk to other travellers. Since LP Indo is the default travellers' guide to this region, most of the restaurants and hotels are not the best values. Many get a steady stream of customers just because of a good review and never bother to maintain the facilities. The best deals require a lot of footwork and bargaining! Also, bus/boat schedules always change. So don't plan a rigid itinerary based on the data in this book. I know a couple that lost a week because they planned a trip around a ferry described in this book but didn't actually exist! Be prepared to wait if you're going off the beaten path. Some boat services are infrequent between the islands.

    Learning some bahasa indonesia always helps bargaining. The language section is adequate but the phrasebook is much better.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Way cool book
    This is the most detailed book for a big place like indonesia. Indonesia (outside of Jakarta/Bali) is a perfect match of lonely planet's specialty in off the beaten track and/or budget traveling. Every part of Indonesia is covered, except for the small islands between Sumatra and Kalimantan that might be cool to check out. Its not the Riau - that's covered in detail. It has minimal coverage of the Natuna islands. I'm interested in the islands further south - Tambeian Islands, Dadas Isalands, and Pulau Pejantan. Once they add coverage to these islands then this book will be perfection. This book also a lot of information on Indonesian culture, about a 40% overlap with the culture shock indonesia book.

    So far I plan a 2 month trip to indonesia. Fly to hong kong, spend 1-2 nights there. Then fly to malaysia or jakarta (whichever is cheaper). Then take a boat to Pontianak, spend some time there and sinkawang (probably a week). Check out the islands between kalimantan and sumatra (1-2 weeks). Then go to the todgean islands, getting their via ujung padang to ambon and then spend the rest of the time (probably a month) chillin and snorkeling / scuba diving. Then go back trhough jakarta or malaysia, spend another 1-2 nights in hong kong, and then come home.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Indon - easier !
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    This is a valuable text for the economical traveller who wishes to enjoy the people,customs and natural beauties of this country.

    It has all the usual features many have come to expect from the 'Lonely Planet' guides.Good area/city maps,travel details, pointers for the culinary delicacies of particular areas,good information on inexpensive places to stay,as well as fascinating sights,places and people to visit,a brief introduction to the(amazingly simple and easy to learn)language,and interesting cultural,religious and other useful notes.

    This edition and it`s excellent predecessors have played a major part in assisting me in all of my travels to Indonesia,in both the planning and research stages,and during the travel itself.I am certain that I would not have travelled to some of the unique and rarely visited places that I was privileged to see without the aid of this weighty and at times indispensible tome.

    However,the most important thing to take with you is an open mind and heart,a friendly nature,and a desire to get to know the people and their customs.(Language is a great help too.)These ingredients(and the book !)tend to make for a most memorable and enjoyable stay. Bon Voyage !

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    5-0 out of 5 stars All you need for travelling
    On planning a trip to indonesia I found this guide book from the Lonely Planet Series. I was attracted by the clear concept of the book that makes it easy to find the information, that you need. It provides all the necessary information for a traveller who wants to get of the beaten trak, but also includes the "must see" sights. Specially the Places to Stay and Places to Eat sections are clear and give good and reliable information. It made my trip to indonesia easy and worth a while. I strongly recomend a Lonely Planet book if you like to travel and you want to see as much as possible. ... Read more

    2. A First Course in Scientific Computing: Symbolic, Graphic, and Numeric Modeling Using Maple, Java, Mathematica, and Fortran90
    by Rubin Landau
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    Asin: 0691121834
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-11)
    Publisher: Princeton University Press
    Sales Rank: 410755
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    This book offers a new approach to introductory scientific computing. It aims to make students comfortable using computers to do science, to provide them with the computational tools and knowledge they need throughout their college careers and into their professional careers, and to show how all the pieces can work together. Rubin Landau introduces the requisite mathematics and computer science in the course of realistic problems, from energy use to the building of skyscrapers to projectile motion with drag. He is attentive to how each discipline uses its own language to describe the same concepts and how computations are concrete instances of the abstract.

    Landau covers the basics of computation, numerical analysis, and programming from a computational science perspective. The first part of the printed book uses the problem-solving environment Maple as its context, with the same material covered on the accompanying CD as both Maple and Mathematica programs; the second part uses the compiled language Java, with equivalent materials in Fortran90 on the CD; and the final part presents an introduction to LaTeX replete with sample files.

    Providing the essentials of computing, with practical examples, A First Course in Scientific Computing adheres to the principle that science and engineering students learn computation best while sitting in front of a computer, book in hand, in trial-and-error mode. Not only is it an invaluable learning text and an essential reference for students of mathematics, engineering, physics, and other sciences, but it is also a consummate model for future textbooks in computational science and engineering courses.

    • A broad spectrum of computing tools and examples that can be used throughout an academic career
    • Practical computing aimed at solving realistic problems
    • Both symbolic and numerical computations
    • A multidisciplinary approach: science + math + computer science
    • Maple and Java in the book itself; Mathematica, Fortran90, Maple and Java on the accompanying CD in an interactive workbook format
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    3. Lonely Planet Bali & Lombok (Lonely Planet Bali and Lombok)
    by Ryan Ver Berkmoes, Lisa Steer-Guerard, Jocelyn Harewood
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    Asin: 1740596811
    Catlog: Book (2005-06-30)
    Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
    Sales Rank: 16139
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    Treat yourself to an invigorating mandi lulu massage, breathtaking sunsets from cliff-top temples, an underwater world alive with vividly colored fish, and the simplest island pleasures of golden sun and fresh seafood.Go on, you deserve it!Pamper, party, play and plunge into Bali's rich and hospitable culture - our bestselling guide tells you how.

    • CONNECT WITH CULTURE - lively, authoritative Architecture and Culture chapters are your invitation into an exotic and inspiring new world

    • GET ACTIVE - dive, snorkel, surf or trek with insider tips for every outdoor activity under the sun (or sea!)

    • REST EASY - from castaway island huts to blissful boutique hotels, we show you the best places to lay your head

    • LOAD UP - on paintings, carvings, weaving, jewelry, sarongs, t-shirts and toys.Our shopping sections are full of tips and listings that will ensure you exceed your baggage limit

    • GO BEYOND BALI - detailed coverage of Lombok and the famed Gili islands ... Read more

    4. Fodor's Southeast Asia, 22nd Edition : Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand (Fodor's Gold Guides)
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    Asin: 0679000984
    Catlog: Book (1999-03-30)
    Publisher: Fodor's
    Sales Rank: 121931
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    "Fodor's can't be beat." -- Gannett News Service

    "Packed with dependable information." -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    "An admirable blend of the cultural and the practical." -- The Washington Post

    Experienced and first-time travelers alike rely on Fodor's Gold Guides for rich, reliable coverage the world over.Completely up-to-date, Fodor's Gold Guides are essential tools for any kind of traveler.If you only have room for one guide, this is the guide for you.

    The best guide to Southeast Asia, completely updated
    Golden palaces, ancient temples, and tribal communities
    Jungle treks, smoldering volcanoes, and pristine beaches
    Where to shop -- colorful bazaars, gracious artisan villages, stylish urban megamalls

    Where to stay and eat, no matter what your budget
    Beachside bungalows, mountaintop villas, palatial high-rises
    Grand dining rooms, garden bistros, and seaside cafés with Asian and international fare, colonial tea salons and expat pubs, classic noodle stands and hawker centers

    Fresh, thorough, practical -- from writers you can trust
    Costs, hours, descriptions, and tips by the thousands
    All reviews based on visits by our own savvy correspondents

    73 pages of maps, vacation itineraries, and more

    Important contacts, smart travel tips - Fodor's Choice - What's Where - Festivals - Vocabulary - Background essays - Comprehensive index

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Asia on Internet Time
    I love the Rough Guides, Moon Guides, and Lonely Planet. The only problem is, they often assume you're going for 3 weeks or 6 months. I can seldom get away for more than 8-10 days at a time. Fodor's doesn't just dump a lot of destination info on you. They help you prioritize by listing "must-see" sights and presenting multiple alternative itineraries for trips of different lengths, etc.

    Last December, Fodor's SE Asia guide helped me figure out that the Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore odyssey we wanted just wouldn't fit comfortably into 10 days. So we postponed that trip until someday when we have at least 2 or 3 weeks. Instead, we simply flew into Bangkok and immediately booked a 3-day Phnom Penh/Angkor tour. In all, we did 3 days each in Cambodia and Bangkok and 4 days in Tokyo. It was a fabulous trip.

    This time I'm using Fodor's Japan, together with the Moon and Rough Guides (and of course the Internet), to plan a 10-day solo trip to Hokkaido. From Fodor's I get the highlights, along with a good idea of what I can expect to fit into 10 days. From the other two I get obscure (but equally important!) details, such as the fact that the little farming town of Furano (not mentioned in Fodor's) gets a lot of Japanese tourists because it was the setting for the long-running TV drama Kita no Kuni Kara (From the North Country). I've only seen a few early episodes of that show, but it's enough that now I want to see Furano too.

    To sum up, I use Fodor's as my starting point, then read other guides to get extra details. I've done 2 Asia trips this way, and I'll be doing the 3rd one very soon.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A concise and easy-to-use guide
    As Fodors does like no one else, this pleasing digestible guidebook gives practical information to the traveller for an incredibly large and diverse region. A great starting point for trip planning in southeast Asia. ... Read more

    5. Into the Heart of Borneo (Vintage Departures)
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    Asin: 0394755405
    Catlog: Book (1987-09-12)
    Publisher: Vintage
    Sales Rank: 43119
    Average Customer Review: 4.05 out of 5 stars
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    "Ye Gods, old man--don't do it!" you're bound to shriek on page 1 of this hilarious travelogue, on which the author lists the hazards that may befall him--vipers, cholera, crocs, ticks, tuberculosis, malaria, rabies, and 1,700 types of parasitic worms among them. After all, portly, over-the-hill London Times literary reviewer Redmond O'Hanlon hasn't done anything more aerobic than flip the pages of a book for decades; he wasn't even a Boy Scout. It's hardly reassuring that his colleague, poet James Fenton--who had the big idea to trek in Borneo--was a Boy Scout. He hated it, and besides, aged, balding Fenton, whom O'Hanlon describes as rather worm-like, sounds like he's a likely lunch for a swooping black eagle.

    But on they trod--with the much-needed help of three Iban natives and an unseen, though oft-quoted river god--through jungle, across rivers whose height may rise seven feet overnight, and via native villages (where they often have late-night parties), with one goal in mind: seeing the fabled Borneo rhino. Fenton is nearly swept away in a whirlpool, they subsist on jungle-worm gruel, and ripping off sucking leeches is a near-daily occurrence, but cultural and natural insights and adventures abound in this rip-roaringly funny and deftly written travelogue that will have you chortling out loud. --Melissa Rossi ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This book is a treasure
    There are three things you should know about Redmond O'Hanlon's Into the Heart of Borneo: it's very educational, it's very funny, and it's a heckuva good adventure. The premise is that two middle-aged British academics, poet James Fenton and naturalist Redmond O'Hanlon, are dispatched to Borneo in search of the rare mountain Rhinoceros. Whatever their ultimate goal, after two pages you're hooked by O'Hanlon's clever writing and self-deprecating wit as he describes the preparations for their epic journey.
    You can learn a lot from this book. For example, did you realize that Borneo is the world's third largest island? that over 1,700 different species of parasitic worm can infest your bloodstream? that a bite from a Wagler's Pit Viper will lead to nothing worse than near-death? On the more substantive side, you will also learn about Borneo's history, native cultures, geography, flora, and fauna-especially its amazing birds! And funny? the education you'll receive about Borneo is a bonus because the book could carry itself quite successfully on O'Hanlon's hilarious writing. Imagine two English intellectuals travelling by foot and canoe through remote rainforest with three Iban tribesman; one of whom, Leon, could host the Letterman Show.
    I giggled continually throughout this book. One passage describing how Redmond and the Iban planned to "take Jam's head" upon returning to camp where a nervous but unsuspecting James was waiting had me laughing with glee.
    As a fellow middle-aged, balding, and slightly pudgy man, this book gave me great hope that I too could travel to Borneo and survive such an adventure. Read it to learn about Borneo. Read it to laugh. Just read it! You won't be disappointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars At times screamingly funny
    This the fifth book I've read on traveling in Borneo, and in certain ways it rivals my favorite (Eric Hansen's "A Stranger in the Forest"). O'Hanlon is not only literate and well-informed on the subject (Borneo) but he's one of those highly educated writers who doesn't take himself (or his elderly, unathletic) traveling companion (a famous poet) seriously. Part of the screamingly funny parts are when O'Hanlon is either making fun of himself or the Borneo natives are making fun of his ineptness. O'Hanlon is fat and out-of-shape and his small, powerfully strong, local guides never let him forget it for a minute! O'Hanlon is able to write characters so well, one feels as if you are on the boat with them; the three guides are lovingly drawn. For those with an interest in the ecology of Borneo, birds, or river journeys, there is much to learn through this engrossing read. I recently saw a documentary that filmed the "remote" areas where O'Hanlon's journey took place and I am sad to say, it has been totally deforested by the Indonesian timber industry; huge corporations that are destroying the Borneo rainforest due to graft and a lack of enforcement by the Indonesian goverment... subjects that O'Hanlon writes about in this book. Think twice about buying teak furniture, much of it comes from poached wood that is illegally cut from Borneo's rainforest, a sad coda to this funny book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars All Around Great Reading
    If a book has Redmond O'Hanlon's name on it, buy it. While reading this book, when I wasn't laughing out loud (and I never laugh out loud) I was enthralled with the subject matter. I hate to compare writers, but think Paul Theroux (but not mean), David Quammen and throw in a little Tim Cahill for good measure and you come close to Redmond O'Hanlon. I've read a quite a few travelogues and Redmond O'Hanlon represents the very best of the genre.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Off to see the lizard.
    Long before Bill Bryson set out to take his walk in the woods, London Times' literary reviewer, Redmond O'Hanlon, and his friend, poet James Fenton, trekked deep into the heart of Borneo in search of a rare, albino rhinoceros, accompanied by three Iban natives, Dana, Leon, and Inghai. Romping through jungles, traveling by river, and doing the seven-step disco in late-night villages, the two aging academics tried their best to avoid 1,700 different species of parasitic worms, snakes, wild-boar ticks, leeches, amoebic and bacillary dysentery, yellow and blackwater and dengue fevers, malaria, cholera, typhoid, rabies, hepatitis, tuberculosis and crocodiles. O'Hanlon writes with a naturalist's eye for detail, noting the various birds, insects, trees and critters he encountered along the way. Equal parts travelogue and memoir, and with a generous measure of Monty Python-like humor, INTO THE HEART OF BORNEO relives O'Hanlon's 1983 quest into "the heart of twilight, the home of 'old mankind'" (p. 129). For me, life couldn't be much better, sitting in a Boulder coffeehouse, reading about O'Hanlon's adventures in Borneo.

    G. Merritt

    5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite travel book
    Naturalist and adventurer Redmond O'Hanlon's first travel tome is a timeless classic. His well-observed descriptions of nature are charmingly lyrical and his dry wit (and that
    of fellow traveller, reknowned poet James Fenton) will leave you laughing on every page. Think Bill Bryson meets Charles Darwin and you might approximate O'Hanlon's writing style.

    I have read all three of his travel books - this one twice - and though "No Mercy" - his Congo odyssey, is the most breathtakingly ambitious and epic in scope, "Borneo", a lighthearted romp, remains my sentimental favorite.

    The reader should have a healthy taste for nature and anthropology to fully appreciate any of O'Hanlons works. Birds, insects and trees share equal billing with the human cast. But
    O'Hanlon's infectious enthusiasm for flora and fauna, his deprecating humor, his gift of hyberbole and capacity for capturing the nuances of character are enough to keep anyone
    glued to the page.

    Also in this book (and even more so in the ribald "No Mercy"), there is a surprising amount of sexuality, as the libidinous habits of the Ibans are often as frankly observed as the mating
    habits of the Hornbills,Kingfishers and rhinos, adding voyeur to O'Hanlon's talents as naturalist and humorist. ... Read more

    6. Jakarta Inside Out
    by Daniel Ziv
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    Asin: 9799589878
    Catlog: Book (2002-09-21)
    Publisher: Equinox Publishing
    Sales Rank: 546883
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    A teeming metropolis of ten million, Jakarta remains one of the least understood cities in Asia. Here for the first time, the veil (and sometimes the sarong!) is lifted, exposing the city’s idiosyncrasies with irreverent prose and striking photography. From love hotels to ladyboys, sweatshops to soap opera celebrities, pigeon racing to piracy, Jakarta Inside Out leads readers on an illuminating pop culture exploration of Indonesia’s frenzied capital. This book is an essential tool for residents, visitors or anyone wishing to understand what makes Jakarta tick. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Illuminating
    It's rare to come across a book that truly is valuable for novice and expert alike, that informs about serious matters while entertaining the reader, and that can be read quickly and yet is a "keeper" for one's library. In Jakarta Inside Out, Daniel Ziv has written one of the best insider's guides to the dirty, messy, smelly, and yet fascinating Indonesian capital. In a series of one and two page essays on various categories peculiar to Jakarta, Ziv gives the reader new to things Indonesian a great introduction to the capital and country, and yet the long-time expert will also find much of value--not the least of which is Ziv's style. His text is a hoot, and the photographs he has chosen capture all the wackiness of Jakarta. Let's hope Ziv changes jobs frequently, allowing him similar sojourns in various Asian capitals and opportunities to produce more essential guides like Jakarta Inside Out. ... Read more

    7. Stranger in the Forest : On Foot Across Borneo (Vintage Departures)
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    Asin: 0375724958
    Catlog: Book (2000-11-14)
    Publisher: Vintage
    Sales Rank: 189901
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Masterful story telling
    I read this unforgettable book several years ago and recommended it to one of the reviewers in your home page! I remember the unusually captivating style that transports you right there in the seething rainforest with Eric, Bok and Weng. His descriptions of the language and culture are accurate and helped me see the linguistic and cultural connections between Borneo and a certain Filipino tribal group (Pampangos) I never realized before. Truly an adventurous experience that I have rarely enjoyed with other books. Eric Hansen is one of very few present day writers that I enjoy. A must read for those who enjoy a break from this concrete jungle and sometimes mean-spirited world we call civilization. That jungle will seem more civilized than some places you've been to in times past.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Little More Than Sensationalist Fiction
    I read this book when I was actually in Borneo where I spent over a year, visiting many of the places described in the book.
    I found it plainly ridiculous!
    The real Borneo is nothing like the "deepest- darkest" fantasy described in this book, nor was it even when those travels were supposedly taking place...
    It is amazing that this book got such good marks from other readers and probably the best proof of how many lies one can get away with about places where most readers haven't been. :-)
    A more realistic description of the same places on a similar trip could be read in "A Stroll Through Borneo" by James Barclay.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent read!
    Eric Hansen's a fantastic writer and an intrepid traveler. He doesn't actually travel the whole distance on foot (he does jump in river boats here and there) but that doesn't matter. It doesn't even matter if he made up the stories he narrates although I don't think he did. It's a great book. I finished Stranger in the Forest and I just picked up Motoring with Mohammed. I searched Amazon and noticed that he's only written a few travel books. I've very disappointed, I was hoping that he could provide me with at least a dozen wild and interesting travel tales.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fools rush in where angels fear to tread
    Walking across Borneo? I mean, what?? Eric Hansen truly travels where few others would even want to. My favorite of his several very wonderful books will always be Motoring with Mohamed, but this one is a close followup.
    An epic adventure through a world of extraordinary people, going about what they consider ordinary lives, Stranger in the Forest takes us step by step through the portals into an unimaginable world. Thank all the travel gods that Eric Hansen was the first white man that many of those living in these remote and inaccessible villages had ever seen. I can't imagine a better ambassador for a much-maligned America.
    Excellent on all levels.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Anyone who likes this topic should read Panjamon!
    Panjamon is an older story of a similar journey told by an incredible storyteller,Jean Yves Domalain. ... Read more

    8. Culture Shock: Indonesia (Culture Shock! Indonesia)
    by Cathie Draine, Barbara Hall
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    Asin: 1558680578
    Catlog: Book (1991-07-01)
    Publisher: Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company
    Sales Rank: 452253
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    You'll never feel intimidated and awkward about the customs and etiquette of another country again. With the insights provided in this CULTURE SHOCK! Guide, you'll learn to see beyond the stereotypes and misinformation that often precede a visit to a foreign land. Whether you plan to stay for a week or for a year, you'll benefit from such topics as understanding the rules of driving and monetary systems, religious practices and making friends. There are tips on political traditions, building business relationships, and the particular intricacies of setting up a home or office.Great for the business traveler, the foreign exchange student, or the tourist who makes a sincere attempt to cross the bridge into a new and exciting culture. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Easy-to-read guide for traveler or expat
    Indonesian culture? A bit like saying Western culture... a rather broad term. But this book acknowledges that right away and does an admirable job of isolating the most important manners for visitors to know and use.

    The book's practical tips are especially useful, and these are organized with finger-tip simplicity (Do's and Don't's appendix is great), making this book easy to consult at a moment's notice. Business section and home help section ("Translating Needs into Action") are especially helpful.

    There are also meaty and interesting sections about Indonesian values, social structure, and food. It's a good read, will serve well the traveler or expat.

    Cultural quiz at the end, a test so silly no one could fail it, is the only negative to this guide.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for expatriates
    This was one of the first books I purchased when I discovered we were going to be posted to Jakarta, Indonesia. Now almost 3 years later, I find that I still enjoy reading this book and have found its examples of every day life to be accurate. The book is very informative and many of its stories are humerous which enables an easy read. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is planning a move to Indonesia and even to those who are just planning a trip.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Both humorous and informative
    Indeed a very helpful and informative book for understanding Indonesian people and culture. Haveing spent almost two years living and working in Indonesia I found myself referring to this book often. I found myself explaining to my fellow expatriates why certain things happened the way they do in this country often referring to things I read. From conducting business to accomplishing everyday tasks, this book offers excellent example and explantions. Definately a book for expatraites living in Indonesia, business travellers, but also beneficial to the traveller wanting to ascertain a deeper, more sincere understanding of Indonesian people and culture. ... Read more

    9. The Rough Guide to Bali and Lombok, Fourth Edition
    by Lesley Reader, Lucy Ridout
    list price: $17.95
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    Asin: 1858289025
    Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
    Publisher: Rough Guides Limited
    Sales Rank: 139239
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    The islands of Bali and Lombok are part of the Indonesian archipelago, a 5200-kilometre-long string of over thirteen thousand islands, stretching between Malaysia in the west and Australia in the east. Sandy beaches punctuate the dramatically rugged coastlines and world-class surf pounds both shorelines.

    Located just east of the island of Java, Bali has long been the primary focus of Indonesia’s tourist industry; its eastern neighbour, Lombok, has also recently grown in popularity. Both islands are small (Bali extends less than 150km at its longest point, Lombok a mere 80km), volcanic and graced with swathes of extremely fertile land, much of it – particularly on Bali – sculpted into terraced rice-paddies. Culturally, however, Bali and Lombok could hardly be more different. Bali remains the only Hindu society in Southeast Asia, and exuberant religious observance permeates every aspect of contemporary Balinese life; the Sasak people of Lombok, on the other hand, are Muslim, like the vast majority of other Indonesians.

    The tiny island of Bali (population three million) draws in more than one and a half million foreign visitors every year, plus around a million domestic tourists. As a result, it has become very much a mainstream destination, offering all the comforts and facilities expected by better-off tourists, and suffering the predictable problems of congestion, commercialization and breakneck Westernization. However, its original charm is still very much in evidence, its stunning temples and spectacular festivals set off by the gorgeously lush landscape of the interior. Meanwhile, Lombok (population 2.3 million) plays host to only 250,000 foreign visitors annually (and about the same number of domestic tourists), and boasts only a handful of burgeoning tourist resorts, retaining its reputation as a more adventurous destination than its neighbour. While there are established resorts on the coast and in the hill villages, Lombok still has extensive areas that have yet to be fully explored by visitors.

    Until the nineteenth century, both Bali and Lombok were divided into small kingdoms, each domain ruled by a succession of rajas whose territories fluctuated so much that, at times, parts of eastern Bali and western Lombok were joined under a single ruler. More recently, both islands endured years of colonial rule under the Dutch East Indies government, which only ended with hard-won independence for Indonesia in 1949. Since then, the Jakarta-based government of Indonesia has tried hard to foster a sense of national identity among its extraordinarily diverse islands, both by implementing a unifying five-point political philosophy, the Pancasila, and through the mandatory introduction of Bahasa Indonesia, now the lingua franca for the whole archipelago. Politically, Bali is administered as a province in its own right, while Lombok is the most westerly island of Nusa Tenggara province, which stretches east as far as Timor. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars bali made easy!
    an exceptionally practical guide to travel in bali and lombok. on a recent month holiday to bali, i used the book from cover to cover. the information is accurate and the maps came in very useful whilst negotiating the other road users in my rented jeep. i will certainly buy a roughguides for my next trip and have peace of mind that what is written is correct. ... Read more

    10. Ordinary and Partial Differential Equation Routines in C, C++, Fortran, Java, Maple, and MATLAB
    by H. J. Lee, W. E. Schiesser
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    Asin: 1584884231
    Catlog: Book (2003-11)
    Publisher: Chapman & Hall/CRC
    Sales Rank: 176207
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    Scientists and engineers attempting to solve complex problems require efficient, effective ways of applying numerical methods to ODEs and PDEs. They need a resource that enables fast access to library routines in their choice of a programming language.Ordinary and Partial Differential Equation Routines in C, C++, Fortran, Java, Maple, and MATLAB provides a set of ODE/PDE integration routines in the six most widelyused languages in science and engineering, enabling scientists and engineers to apply ODE/PDE analysis toward solving complex problems.This text concisely reviews integration algorithms, then analyzesthewidelyused Runge Kutta method ( since hyphenation is used here, I added it below; hyphenation could also be dropped since itis not used in the book). It first presents a complete code before discussing its components in detail, focusing on integration concepts such as error monitoring and control. The format allows you to understand the basics of ODE/PDE integration, then calculate sample numerical solutions within your targeted programming language. The applications discussed can be used as templates for the development of a spectrum of new applications and associated codes. ... Read more

    11. Moon Handbooks: Bali (2nd Ed.)
    by Bill Dalton
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    Asin: 1566910730
    Catlog: Book (1997-06-01)
    Publisher: Moon Travel Handbooks
    Sales Rank: 459162
    Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Bali Handbook
    Bill Dalton, internationally acclaimed American travel writer, tour leader, and founder of Moon Publications, wrote the bible of Balinese travel drawing on twenty-six years of Indonesian experience (thirty visits and a total of six years spent on the islands). Jam-packed with incredibly detailed information, the first 310 pages prepare you for the journey of a lifetime with chapters on the land (topography, environment, and climate), flora and fauna (domestic animals, birds, reptiles, sea life, endangered species, flowers, trees), history, government, the economy, and local industries. Dalton quenches your thirst for cultural knowledge with chapters on the people (the caste system, marriage, children, village life), the language (plus a glossary of words and short phrases in Bahasa Indonesia), and religion (priests, temples, cremation ceremonies). Balinese creativity is honored with additional units on traditional and modern art, crafts (woodcarving, maskmaking, stonecarving, textiles, plaiting and weaving, gold and silver works), music, and the performing arts (dance venues and schools and the wayang kulit shadow puppet theatre). Dalton gives you everything you ever wanted to know about Bali, from white raja Mads Lange to the toothfiling ceremony to shaggy Barong masks.
    In the second half of the tome, Dalton treks you all around Bali, regency by regency, highlighting the important sights, beaches, nightlife, shopping, restaurants, recreation, transportation, and accommodation at all levels from homestays (the thrust is here) to luxury. Dalton leaves no Balinese stone unturned with his treatment of festivals and events, sports (snorkeling, surfing), health issues and concerns (including folk remedies), and visa/money practicalities. The depth and breadth of research is mindboggling, the reservoir of knowledge and amount of information is encyclopedic. Both travel guide extraordinaire and total reference book, this is an astonishing achievement: the travel parts may lose their currency (until the next edition), but the cultural course work/input is timeless. Dalton does not let you travel alone deaf, dumb, and blind-read him and you will not only see, but understand the Balinese universe pulsating all around you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars BEST GUIDE BOOK EVER ON BALI!!!
    Having been to this magical place 5 times now and perusing many travel books on this land. I would place this as the number one book of choice for the area. The background of history and the covrage on the people make this the best trvel tome for this destination. It will give you a solid foundation and a good idea on what to expect when you arrive there. Even if you do not end up going there you would save alot of bucks by just vicariously experiencing it theough the shear reading of it!!!

    Good Luck!!


    If you do get there you must try the "soto ayam", the best chicken soup around; better than grandma's!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Bali Guide
    I was so excited about my first trip to Bali that I used 4 guides. By far, the Moon Guide helped me most to understand Bali and the Balinese. I was even able to impress the cab drivers with my new found understanding of Balinese religion, culture and customs. Although I disagreed with many of the hotel and restaurant recommendations - the real reason for visiting Bali is to get in contact with a culture that exists nowhere else in the world. This book will help you do that better than any other. The section on quick indonesian language is very helpful and the Balinese love tourists who try to adopt their language greetings. The maps are mediocre, but there are no good maps of Bali - most roads are nameless and unsigned.

    I was so impressed by Dalton's guide that I immediately looked for another moon guide for my next trip.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great historical overview,terrible info./maps
    This book made for a great read on the flight over. Being a history buff I really enjoyed it and it gave me a great sense of the place. But when I got to the island I found that the book was just about useless. I got lost all over the place, which for some is half the fun but not myself. People with the LP's-"southeast asia on a shoestring"fared much better than I at half the volume. I'm all for for making an effort at understanding the country you will visit, but a guidebook that can't guide me...

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Bali Guide
    I've read virtually every guide out there and Bill Dalton's Handbook is the most comprehensive and compact source of information on travel to and in Bali. If you are an armchair traveler in need of visual stimulation to spur the imagination, however, this book is not for you. Far apart from the Eyewitness/Knopf style high-gloss photography combined with very little travel info, this guide provides current, practical info on everything to do with Bali: history, geography, culture, places to go, how to go, when, where to eat.... You name it, it's in here. But if you're looking for full-color photos and a stunning layout, go elsewhere. ... Read more

    12. Shooting the Boh : A Woman's Voyage Down the Wildest River in Borneo (Vintage Departures)
    list price: $12.00
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    Asin: 0679740104
    Catlog: Book (1992-09-01)
    Publisher: Vintage
    Sales Rank: 130514
    Average Customer Review: 3.93 out of 5 stars
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    Some women seek adventure to test their mettle, suck down jolts of adrenaline, and prove they haven't grown old and indolent. In Shooting the Boh, journalist Tracy Johnston identifies other motivations for joining a group scheduled to raft down a previously uncharted section of the Boh river in Borneo. "I am by nature a passive person who likes excitement; a person with no magnificent obsessions who loves to participate in them," she says. And, too, if she agreed to write an article about it, the trip was free.

    So began an arduous, ill-conceived journey that started with her losing a duffle bag of top-notch river gear and swiftly ran up against treacherous rapids, foot rot, hot flashes, Tarzan-like leeches, clouds of sweat bees, and other nerve-racking flora and fauna. While traversing a section of steamy rain forest, Johnston says, "a quarter of the things I touched had thorns or sharp spines and the rest were covered with ants." She replays the highs and lows of the trip in Technicolor, summing up her fellow travelers and their wild ride in fluid, punchy prose.--Francesca Coltrera ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Shooting the Boh : A Woman's Voyage Down the Wildest River
    An "explorer" does not an author make, and this is certainly the case here. I was very disappointed in this book. The trip was certainly full of excitement, terror and sheer surprise on all the participants' parts, but what we mostly read about is the author's lame exploration into her suddenly having a natural life experience(the sudden and inexplicable onslaught of menopause at age 40 in the middle of a tropical jungle).

    She did not develope the characters on the trip, including herself, so that when something happened to any one of them it was a predictable yawn. I would love to read about this trip written by anyone of the others that were along for the ride of their lives - someone a little less shallow, a little more involved with the group, a lot less whiney. This author was the person that one will find on organized trips, and the one you spend time trying to avoid.

    Granted, she lost her luggage, but her personality type would be the one to have lost her luggage! If it wasn't centered around her, it wasn't worth a mention. I nearly threw the book down when she finally gets ahold of some foot powder (of which there was a very limited supply), and she proceeds to slather it on so generously that the person generous enough to offer it to her had to tell her to stop wasting it! At another point, her flashlight dead in the water due to battery failure, she finally begs some batteries, (again, in short supply), and proceeds to read in her tent with the thing lit! Absolutely clueless on what it takes to think ahead! Drove me nuts. I kept asking myself, what has she contributed to the group? Answer? You read it and see if you can figure it out.

    4-0 out of 5 stars River Wild
    I really enjoyed this book! I think it was well written and the story was very compelling. I feel as if I got just about as close as I care to get to the real thing. I know that the bees and bugs and mildew would have made me go mad. Having been on organized adventure trips, I think that she dealt very well with the various personalities of her travel companions. I think that they all did remarkably well under the circumstances. I don't think that it was their fault that they were so unprepared. As this had not been attempted before, they had no way of knowing the troubles they would encounter. This is a great read for any adventure lover or armchair traveler!

    3-0 out of 5 stars There are better Borneo adventure books to read...
    Unlike Redmond O'Hanlon's book on the same subject, which is hysterically funny, Shooting the Boh is midly funny and one that I think will appeal more to female readers (my husband found this to be quite dull) due to the self-confessed menopausal musings of the author on traveling down river with a boat full of men and a younger, svelte, pretty (French) woman whom Johnston claims seemed to be immune to sweating or even appearing the slightest bit wrinkled by their circumstances!

    Unlike O'Hanlon's interactions with the locals or his constantt making fun of himself (and his effete poet traveling companion), at times Johnston seemed to turn her narrative too much to her own neuroses (and internal observations of herself & the other travelers) and thereby lose the experience of going down a river in Borneo for the reader... which is why I read the book in the first place.

    Eric Hansen's STRANGER IN THE FOREST or O'Hanlon's book on Borneo are far superior.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favorites
    I've bought this book as a gift for at least five other people and will probably buy more in the future.
    Ms. Johnston uses the white-water rafting trip from hell as a metaphor for her voyage into menopause, lost youth, and self-discovery.
    Don't miss it!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Shooting the Shallows
    A band of adventure lovers tries to be the first to raft down the Boh River in Borneo. You'd think it would be a ripping good adventure story: they're out in the middle of nowhere with no rescue radios to call for help, on an uncharted river without good maps, riding in rafts that flip over when they hit the rocks wrong. They barely miss going over a waterfall, the three-day trip is on day nine, they're running out of food, and foot rot is making it really tough to walk.

    But incredibly, the author downplays all these dangers and instead gives us a book-length musing on her fading youth and beauty.

    She's endlessly fascinated with co-tourist Sylvie, a twenty-something fashion model whose reason for being on the trip is never adequately explained. She carefully documents Sylvie's laughing comments in French, the way she sleeps, her videotaped snapshots of the beautiful people on the trip, and her every mini-bikini and clean, dry shirt. With Sylvie around, says the author, "I could see that men were ignoring me and I didn't like it."

    She gives us every nuance of Sylvie's jungle romance with Mike the hunky boatman, from his initial attentions to their every disappearance later on. The pair could have been used to good advantage, giving the author a chance to reflect on her own marriage to a man who doesn't accompany her on adventures. Kelly Winters is frank about her personal life in WALKING HOME, because her personal life has everything to do with why she's on the trip.

    But not Johnston. Not even the onset of hot flashes crack her. Proof that her childbearing days are over (even if she does survive the trip) provoke no thoughts on the choices she's made. We are given no information as to whether she has kids or not, or whether her career has worked out the way she'd expected. Menopause hits and she never once thinks about what might have been. She never once wonders if she's made the right choices.

    Indeed, her major annoyance is not her hot flashes (or the bees, leeches, or poisonous snakes) but the fact that Sylvie is consistently failing to loan her an air mattress. Of all the nerve, can you believe it? An air mattress, the one thing she cannot live without.

    And why doesn't Johnston have an air mattress? Well, her luggage never made it to Jakarta. She went out shopping for replacement supplies, but was apparently too jetlagged to remember anything that she'd spent months acquiring back at home. She only manages to buy tennis shoes ("too large"), a flashlight ("too powerful"), a towel ("the size of a doily"), a pair of shorts, and unsatisfactory flowered bedsheets.

    But sirrah! The intrepid adventurer doesn't turn back, she goes anyway...and spends the entire trip begging foot powder and flashlight batteries from everyone there, even the river guides who need them. She makes no attempt to adequately explain her problem to anyone, and when they react badly, she wants us to pity her.

    Oh, and she'd injured her back a month before the trip and can't do any heavy lifting.

    She was no more revealing about anyone else on the trip, either. Not once is anyone shown to be, for example, *afraid*. No one is described in any revealing detail. Her big revelation has nothing to do with death or life, but rather that Sylvie's constant body checking for blemishes, and her huge wardrobe packed in double plastic bags is a good set of living skills for the rain forest.

    Meanwhile, all the real dangers are waved away; they're the guides' problem. It's all too clear that this tourist has paid her money and will sit in the raft and be one with the rain forest and write in her journal until it's time to beg for stuff.

    An unsatisfactory adventure all around. ... Read more

    13. The Rough Guide to Indonesia, Second Edition
    by Stephen Backshall, David Leffman, Lesley Reader, Henry Stedman
    list price: $26.95
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    Asin: 1858289912
    Catlog: Book (2003-06-01)
    Publisher: Rough Guides Limited
    Sales Rank: 792279
    Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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    For sheer size, scale and variety, Indonesia is pretty much unbeatable. The country is so enormous that nobody is really sure quite how big it is; there are between 13,000 and 17,000 islands. It’s certainly the largest archipelago in the world, spreading over 5200km between the Asian mainland and Australia, all of it within the tropics and with huge areas of ocean separating the landmasses. Not surprisingly, Indonesia’s ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity is correspondingly great – the best estimate is of 500 languages and dialects spoken by around 200 million people.

    The largely volcanic nature of the islands has created tall cloud-swept mountains swathed in the green of rice terraces or rainforest, dropping to blindingly bright beaches and vivid blue seas, the backdrop for Southeast Asia’s biggest wilderness areas and wildlife sanctuaries. All of this provides an endless resource for adventurous trekking, surfing, scuba diving, or just lounging by a pool in a five-star resort. You’ll find that the Indonesians themselves are one of the best reasons to visit the country – despite recent troubles, people are generally very open and welcoming, whether they’re sophisticated city dwellers or remote island villagers. The ethnic mix is overwhelming: this is the world’s largest Muslim country, but with a distinct local flavour, and there are also substantial populations of Christians, Hindus and animists, whose forms of worship, customs and lifestyles have been influencing each other for centuries.

    Worryingly, it is this very religious and racial diversity that in recent years has threatened to unravel the very fabric of Indonesian society. Riots in many parts of the country have pitched Muslims against their Christian neighbours, with two of these battles – in the Maluku Islands and in Poso in Central Sulawesi – developing into full-scale civil wars. On Java and other islands, deep-rooted anti-Chinese sentiment surfaced in particularly bloody fashion in 1998 and continues to smoulder to this day. More localized ethnic violence has its source in the transmigration policies of the Indonesian government, whose aim was to settle far-flung areas such as Kalimantan with migrants from overpopulated regions including Java and Madura, often without local consultation and with little heed given to traditional land rights. Unsurprisingly, resentment and violence have sometimes boiled over. However, with a new and popular president, Megawati Sukarnoputri, in power, and the economy finally showing signs of recovery, it is hoped that – while further bloodshed is perhaps inevitable – the fury and frequency of these internecine battles may start to subside.

    Indonesia has also been badly battered in recent years by the separatist struggles of a couple of its provinces. Despite wide-ranging democratic reforms introduced by Megawati and her predecessor, Gus Dur, two disaffected provinces, Aceh in North Sumatra and West Papua (formerly Irian Jaya), tired of years of repression and corruption, unhappy that the new democratic reforms do not go far enough for their liking, and emboldened by East Timor’s successful secession (the former Indonesian province became the world’s newest country in 2001), began to clamour for their own autonomy, launching bloody uprisings that continue to this day. Whether their respective struggles prove successful – and what will happen to Indonesia if they are – remains to be seen, though with these two provinces lying at the geographical extremes of the archipelago, it’s tempting to think that any break from Indonesia will have little adverse effect on the rest of the country.

    The terrorist bomb attack in Kuta on Bali in October 2002, while seen by most observers as a tragic one-off, has shown that upheaval and tragedy can strike anywhere in the archipelago. Until this awful event, the targeting of foreigners in Indonesia was extremely rare, and while a few places have been virtually off-limits for a few years now, most of the country remains safe, and the vast majority of the Indonesian people extremely welcoming to visitors. However, it pays to keep abreast of the latest develoments within the country and take heed of any travel warnings issued by your own government. Keeping an ear to the ground for developments and acting with a degree of common sense and sensitivity should be enough to ensure that your own trip to the contry is a safe and enjoyable one.

    Travel across the archipelago is pretty unforgettable, in tiny fragile planes, rusty ferries and careering buses. Give yourself plenty of time to cover the large distances; if you only have a couple of weeks, you’ll have a better time if you restrict yourself to exploring a small area properly rather than hopping across 3000km to see your top ten sights. If you do have longer, try to plan a trip that doesn’t involve too much doubling back, consider an open-jaw international plane ticket, and try to intersperse lengthy journeys with a few days of relaxation in peaceful surroundings. Also, leave yourself some leeway – if you’re in a hurry with a vital plane to catch, something is bound to go wrong. Having said all this, the places which are hardest to reach are often well worth the effort, and some of the most rewarding experiences come when you least expect them. An enforced day’s malinger between transport in an apparently dull town might end with an invitation to watch an exorcism, or to examine a collection of ancestor skulls over coffee and cigarettes.

    Just as you should give yourself more time than you think you’ll need, allow yourself more than the rock-bottom budget – even if it means a shorter trip. Indonesia can be very economical, but there’s plenty to spend your money on: watching every last rupiah will detract from the enjoyment. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars 2nd editon worse than the 1st one
    While the first edition was very good, the 2nd one was updated by completely omitting one of the 8 major regions of the country (Maluku) just because there was some political trouble there around 1999-2000 (well over by the time this edition actually got published) - it is now worse than the Lonely Planet guide which, with all its mistakes, at least does cover the entire country.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Poor travelling companion
    I should have known once I looked at the first map and Vietnam was mislabelled as "China". Poor editing, unreliabale information, inconsistently updated. I chose this guidebook because it was recently published (Feb '03) - MISTAKE! For instance, some prices were up-to-date and some were out by a factor of 5 (if the prices were consistently low it would have been easier). Dates were wrong, telephone numbers quoted had changed in early 1990's, hotel listed were in the wrong towns, maps were difficult to follow. I have travelled with Rough Guides before, so I hope this is an exception, but DO NOT BE TEMPTED TO TRAVEL WITH THIS GUIDEBOOK. ... Read more

    14. The Dive Sites of Indonesia
    by Guy Buckles
    list price: $24.95
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    Asin: 0844248568
    Catlog: Book (1997-09-01)
    Publisher: NTC/Contemporary Publishing Company
    Sales Rank: 1172351
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Coverage of the Most Popular Dive Sites
    For most first timers, the areas covered in this book will be more than enough. While the Periplus guide "Diving Indonesia" covers more areas, this one has the plus of containing information for snorkellers as well.
    Practical details are a bit dated by now, though. ... Read more

    15. Knopf Guide: Bali (Knopf Guides)
    list price: $25.00
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    Asin: 0679755659
    Catlog: Book (1996-04-30)
    Publisher: International Thomson Publishing
    Sales Rank: 386863
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    "Jammed-to-its-endpapers with gorgeous white, gray, gold and silver pages; hundreds of full-color, sepia-toned, black-and-white and black-on-silver photographs, and pull-outs showing detailed drawings." -- San Francisco Chronicle

    A volcanic island just off the coast of Java (between the Java Sea and the Indian ocean), Bali is one of the world's most exotic and enchanting destinations. With its volcanic peaks, rice-field terraces, and some of the world's most stunning beaches, Bali's natural wonders and unique island culture have made this a destination for sun-worshippers and adventure-seekers (not to mention the rich and famous) for generations.

    Witness the glorious sunsets from the pagoda temple of Tanah Lot, watch a traditional dance, and explore the sacred Goa Gajah or "Elephant Cave" temple. Discover Balinese culture in the island's family compounds, traditional pavilions and palaces, and tour exotic temples such as Pura Luhur Uluwatu, situated on a dramatic limestone escarpment 825-feet above the Indian Ocean.

    Learn about Bali's customs and beliefs as well as its traditional medicine and rites of passage. A variety of iteneraries, including special tours for four- or ten-day stays, will show you the best of the island, from the bustle of Denpasar in the south to the raw beauty of the West Bali National Park to Gitgit waterfall in the north to the floating place and royal bathing pools in the east.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Concise book on Bali!!!
    Wonderful book covering all aspects of Bali from it's culture right through to the more popular destinations that are so sought after in Bali from the wonderful white beaches of Kuta through to the ancient village of the Bali Aga in Tenganan... what more can I say about this book. It sent shock waves through my head when I first read it. Everytime I read this book I feel that I need to see and explore Bali one day. Therefore just one of the great books ever produced on Bali alone... wonderful photographs and pictures as well as diagrams. Concise with every sections from the well known villages and areas that are off the beaten track. I give it the thumbs up for sure...

    5-0 out of 5 stars knopf guide bali
    A first rate guide...I know because i live in Bali

    5-0 out of 5 stars For those who want to learn from, not just visit, Bali!
    A rare and wonderful travel guide that goes much deeper than the regular where-to-find-hotels-and-restaurants type. Beautiful layouts of photography and artwork complement short essays on everything from detailed explainations of complex hindu ceremonies to food preparation. The information here is amazingly accurate, and well presented with cross references to basic tourist information. This would be a great book to kill the time while waiting for your ferry in Padangbai, or in the Losmen at night trying to learn more about the miracle of Bali! Enjoy! ... Read more

    16. Insight Guide Bali (Insight Guides Bali)
    by Scott Rutherford
    list price: $23.95
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    Asin: 1585732885
    Catlog: Book (2002-02-01)
    Publisher: Insight Guides
    Sales Rank: 517598
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    One of over 400 titles in the Insight series,

    Insight Guide Bali. This 320-page book includes a section detailing Bali's history, 13 features covering aspects of the island's life and culture, ranging from sacred trance dances to temple architecture, a region by region visitor's guide to the sights, and a comprehensive Travel Tips section packed with essential contact addresses and numbers. Plus more than 260 exciting photographs and 12 maps. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great travel guide
    I read the history background like a novel. The cultural information such as the drama, the dances, the religion, the art etc. is great. The photos are great too. I am back from Bali and I just take this book with me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Insight Guide Bali
    Insight Guide Bali is an exceptional travel guide. The history is well written and rich with interesting facts. I reads like a good novel. The maps are deteiled with plenty of cross references. There are plenty of travel tips from riding a bus to how to order food without MSGS. It appears that every possible travel issue has been addressed; from how not to get arrested to finding the swank resorts. The book is worth the price just for the exquisite pictures. I have never seen a travel book with photos as exceptional as these. Usually I purchase a couple of guide books before going to a new location, but this time I will only use the Insight Guide Bali. ... Read more

    17. An Underwater Guide to Indonesia
    by R. Charles Anderson
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    Asin: 0824823680
    Catlog: Book (2000-05)
    Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
    Sales Rank: 970440
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    "Too many divers and snorkelers pass their time in a daze, swimmingblindly from one big object to the next. They miss out on the myriad beautifuland fascinating small creatures that are there on show for anyone who takes thetime to look."

    The marine life of Indonesia is second to none in terms of both the number ofspecies and diversity of forms. There are more species of fish, coral, and moreof almost all marine life groups present in Indonesian waters than in any othercountry. Here is a colorful and scintillating introduction to an astoundingarray of marine life that will arouse the interest of marine enthusiasts,divers, and snorkelers alike.

    The guide includes more than 250 magnificent color photographs that explore thewonderous underwater world of the Indonesian archipelago; essential informationon the marine life of the Archipelago, from corals to marine reptiles, seasnails to lobsters, bottomhuggers to pufferfishes, starfish to sea slugs; acomprehensive marine life section that will help readers identify eachparticular species and its habitat. ... Read more

    18. Diving Southeast Asia: A Guide to Best Dive Sites in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand (Periplus Action Guides)
    by David Espinosa, Heneage Mitchell, Kal Muller, Fiona Nichols, John Williams
    list price: $24.95
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    Asin: 079460076X
    Catlog: Book (2003-02-01)
    Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
    Sales Rank: 334894
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    19. At Home in Bali
    by Made Wijaya, Isabella Ginanneschi
    list price: $50.00
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    Asin: 0789204673
    Catlog: Book (2000-04-01)
    Publisher: Abbeville Press
    Sales Rank: 442977
    Average Customer Review: 3.83 out of 5 stars
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    An insider's look at the exotic, decorative lifestyle of the"island of the gods."

    Since early this century, Bali's beauty and the remarkable spirit of its people have attracted a steady stream of artists, architects, anthropologists, mystics, and celebrities from all over the world. These new residents have interpreted traditional Balinese style with elegant, chic, eccentric, and inspiring results.

    Featured in this exquisitely illustrated volume are 23 of the most exceptional homes on the island, all shown in their lush tropical surroundings. They include houses in the traditional village style, the pondok pavilion dwellings of the rice fields, royal palaces, beach houses, and spectacular mountain residences. The book also features homes with magnificently designed gardens, as well as courtyard shrines and the public temples that play a role in Balinese life for both natives and newer residents.

    An international source list of Balinese wares completes this insider's tour of the island, making At Home in Bali the next best thing to being there.

    260 illustrations, 250 in full color ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars At Home in Bali
    Australian-born landscape designer and architect Made Wijaya (ne Michael White), resident on Bali since 1973, takes us on a private, guided color photo tour of twenty-four exquisite dream dwellings of the rich and famous. This lush pictorial essay displays the diversity, romance, and mystery of Balinese architecture: gorgeous bamboo and coconut wood barn houses, traditional rice storage bungalows, sumptuous estate grounds, water buffalo hide canopies, extravagant plunge pools, modern beachfront compounds hidden away in pandanus thickets, and royal water palaces. The reader's memory fills in the exotic, background atmosphere of dimly lit, shadowy courtyards; languid open-air pavilions; lava stone shrine silhouettes; the night time tinkle of village gamelan music through the thick foliage--and the sweet Asian smell of heat, flowers, and fire.
    The concept of "home" in Bali is the "buana alit," a "small world," or microcosm of the greater world outside: lavish photo after photo transports us inside houses set like precious jewels in sculpted rice fields, rural villages, and isolated mountain eyries. This is where lucky strangers in paradise (painters, anthropologists, celebrities, rock stars, socialites, film makers, architects) have selectively carved out their own individual piece of an island paradise. Wijaya reminds us that the foreigners who came to Bali and fell in love with it designed these magnificent retreats as an extension of and as "an homage to that love." Photographer Ginanneschi uses a crisp, telling juxtaposition of interspliced color and black and white imagery to depict the contrasting spheres of east and west, and of native-born Balinese and their adopted, reborn-as-Balinese neighbors. The exceptional residences of the expatriates are recorded in brilliant splashy color while the everyday lives of the local people are shot in hazy, almost sepia-tone black and white. These muted snapshots capture the busy communal essence of Balinese life: readers are left to marvel at the sea of faces, families, and communities, and the elaborate pageantry of village markets, rituals, and religious ceremonies. For all their splendor and opulence, the glossy Architectural Digest showplaces appear deserted and surreal--compellingly isolated from the vibrant, teeming life swirling all around them. At Home in Bali has great appeal for devotees of fine homes and gardens and architecture buffs (note the Javanese, South Indian, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese styles and influences). Tourists to Bali will treasure this book as a special keepsake of the natural (and manmade) beauty they have savored during their eye-opening sojourn to the center of the archipelago.

    2-0 out of 5 stars low quality photography
    I agree with Mr. Chiu in one of the previous reviews. I was expecting great photography in this type of book, but instead the book is filled with small, grainy, blury pictures. A much better 'Coffee Table' book is 'Tropical Asian Style', in my opinion.

    5-0 out of 5 stars beautifully photographed book
    I would like to comment on a previous review, on this fine book, as a photographer i am happy to see Isabella Giananneschi work as different from the usual "sharp" "crispy" and predictable images, hers is very expressive and for someone who lives for 6 months in a year in Bali, she was able to capture the mood of the place beautifully. I also believed that she should be credited for bringing her work to a higher level of sophistication.this book is a must buy and 5 stars to the photographer and the author for thier efforts!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
    First my complaints.

    For what I consider to be a coffee table book, the quality of the photographs (on average 1-2 per page), was incredibly poor. They were simply very blurry and not sharp at all.

    The book also doesn't quite know whether it wants to be a book on architecture, interior design or Bali society gossip column. I especially hated the constant name dropping on "so and so" used to be the life of the Bali party scene and how extravagant the parties were (well, I guess that has gone away definitely since the Bali bombings). I don't mind a short blurbs on the owners, but enough is enough.

    Now to the good points.

    The author is a well known and accomplished landscape architect in Bali, so he obviosly knows what he is talking about and what the owner was trying to accomplish in creating these wonderful houses.

    But I think you can get the same thing from other recent books by the same author, which has much sharper and clearer photos.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Homes with Personality - Bali Style
    With an eye for style and a love of -make that obsession with- personality, Made Wijaya leads the reader on a glorious tour of Bali's most stylish homes.

    Text covers not only design sensibility but also the general history of homes, gardens, and sometimes whole villages. This attention to pedigree may irk that reader who's looking only for design tips or sources, but that's pure Wijaya. His unique descriptions are amusing and his name-dropping stays on the polite side of gossip. Reading this book, I became grateful to Wijaya for caring enough to record the architectural history of Batu Jimbar, Sayan, and other pockets of Bali chic. Just as the jungle can overgrow a garden in one rainy season, historical details can be lost as people die or move on... Wijaya's appetite for who's who has spawned this delightful record of what hands moulded the walls, seeded the gardens, and chose the accessories for any featured house.

    The vast majority of homes in the book are owned by expatriate designers and artists. This makes for a great array of styles and personalities, and although this book seems to concentrate on quirkiness and individuality, the lighting, atmosphere, and sensibility are definitely and purely Bali. A fine book richly illustrated with Ginanneschi's photographs. A better investment than the usual Periplus style books. ... Read more

    20. Eat Smart in Indonesia: How to Decipher the Menu Know the Market Foods & Embark on a Tasting Adventure (Eat Smart Series, No. 3)
    by Joan Peterson, David Peterson, S. V. Medaris
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    Asin: 0964116812
    Catlog: Book (1997-04-01)
    Publisher: Ginkgo Press
    Sales Rank: 383094
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    You may go to Indonesia for puppet theater and white beaches, but you'll return dreaming of nasi goreng (fried rice) and opor ayam (spicy coconut chicken). Still, there are so many Indonesian treasures that you might have tried, if only you'd known how to ask for them, and felt reasonably confident of the ingredients. Happily, Joan and David Peterson are masters of conferring culinary smarts. They provide regional specialties, food market aplomb, restaurant phrases, a glossary of ingredients, and the main course--an extensive list of Indonesian entries with English translations. I wish this book had been available when I visited Sumatra and Bali. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Essential for travelers and foodies
    This little book is essential for travelers to a country where food is riotously varied, delicious and, to most of us, utterly unfamiliar. It begins with a brief historical survey of the cuisine, citing the contributions of successive immigrant or colonial groups, then slices the other way, with sections on Indonesia's major culinary regions and their specialties and characteristics. Recipes, a listing of US sources for ingredients, then phrases in Indonesian all follow. Two alphabetical listings are the heart of the book: One is of menu items, with brief descriptions and notations; the other is of "foods and flavors" (and utensils, cooking methods and so on), in Indonesian, with English translations or explanations. The whole is thorough, information-packed and mouthwatering.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is a spectacular guide to Indonesian cuisine.
    For a country of 17,000 islands and 670 dialects, and complex traditions, religion and culture, no one-including Indonesians-can claim to know more about Indonesia's traditional food tastes than the authors of Eat Smart in Indonesia. Their guide is the first ever published with in-depth information about the unique and diverse food of Indonesia. -William W. Wongso, culinary educator, president of William F & B Management, Jakarta, Java

    5-0 out of 5 stars Well researched, accurate and very informative..
    The authors have written a series of Eat Smart books that no traveler to foreign countries should be without. Each book covers a separate country--Eat Smart in Turkey, Eat Smart in Brazil, Eat Smart in Indonesia and Eat Smart in Mexico--and is chock full of information that you won't find elsewhere within the covers of one easy-to-carry paperback. Individual chapters cover such topics as the history of the country's cuisine, regional foods, how to shop in the local markets, mail-order sources for suppliers of ingredients, and a collection of recipes for typical dishes found in that country. Especially useful is each book's extensive menu guide, listing menu terms alphabetically in the language of the foreign country, with a description of the dish in English. That section is followed by a chapter titled "Foods & Flavors"--listing the foreign terms for foods, spices, kitchen utensils and cooking techniques, with an English translation/description. These books are well researched, accurate and very informative. Highly recommended. --Sharon Hudgins, editor, Chile Pepper magazine

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Most Comprehensive and Readible Survey
    Soundly researched, clearly written, artistically illustrated, "Eat Smart in Indonesia" is the most comprehensive and readable survey of the whole scope of Indonesian gastronomy I have ever come across. It is equally valuable as a solid reference work for the scholar and as exotic inspiration for the chef or home entertainer. Bill Dalton, founder, Moon Travel Guides; author, "Indonesian Handbook"

    5-0 out of 5 stars An indispensable companion for travellers.
    This is a lovely book, full of knowledge and wisdom, a pleasure to read, an indispensable companion for travellers who care about what they're eating. If you are only thinking of going, cook some of these Indonesian recipes and taste the islands for yourself. I only wish there were a guidebook like this for every country where people still know how to eat well. -Sri Owen, author, Indonesian Regional Cooking ... Read more

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