By Ronald and Suzan Krannich
INDEFINITELY POSTPONED. Water, water, everywhere but where to go and what to do on limited time and money? Finally, the ultimate solution to water wanderlust: “Great Water Destinations,” a new travel guidebook series designed for water lovers or anyone seeking to put more exciting water experiences into their travel adventures!
Designed for travelers who love being near or on the water…or water lovers who enjoy traveling, this book, the second volume in the new “Great Water Destinations” series, offers a new perspective on traveling to some of the world’s most popular destinations. Each volume includes essential information on where to go, what to do, and how to best enjoy special adventures on the world’s great oceans, lakes, and rivers.
Great Water Destinations Southeast Asia explores the many waterways and activities found in seven of Southeast Asias most exciting and beautiful destinations for water lovers: Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Burma, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Indonesia.
Much of Southeast Asia is all about life on the water, from colorful fishing communities of coastal and inland Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and Burma to the increasingly congested sea lanes lying between Hong Kong and Singapore that simultaneously serve the shipping and recreational boating communities in those locations.
As the authors clearly note, each destination has it own unique mix of water activities and adventures. Beginning with the regional cruise ports of Hong Kong and Singapore, the book features the major luxury and educational cruise lines that explore the many exotic seaports and islands of mainland Southeast Asia, with special attention to smaller boutique cruise lines that include destinations not easily accessible by larger cruise ships, such as Bangkok and Rangoon.
For more adventuresome hands-on water lovers, the book also explores the many marinas that dot the major ports (Hong Kong and Singapore), islands (Langkawi, Phuket, Koh Samui, Bali), and sailing communities (Pattaya, Krabi, Koh Chang) throughout the region and which serve as key bases for transit and live-abroad sailors as well as centers for annual regattas and special water-related events.
Indeed, if you love sailing, chartering, and hanging around sailing communities, youll find many great destinations, marinas, and boating services for creating a very special holiday on the waters of Southeast Asia.
River boat enthusiasts will find several cruises, from luxury to budget, that explore the numerous rivers of Burma (Irrawaddy, Chindwin, Salween), Thailand (Chao Phraya), and Vietnam and Cambodia (Mekong). They may also enjoy boating and fishing in the large inland lakes, reservoirs, and dams that dot the countrysides of Cambodia (Tonlé Sap), Burma (Inle), and Thailand (numerous).
Much of the book serves as a lively directory to the many beautiful islands, beaches, and bays that host a rich selection of water-related activities and sports, including swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, jet-boating, kayaking, fishing, surfing, wind surfing, kite surfing, paddle boarding, attending water festivals, and visiting marine parks, aquariums, and museums.
Special features of the book include the best of the best hotels, resorts, restaurants, and shops for water lovers. The authors also include tips on everything from packing and transportation to chartering boats and selecting the best time of year to visit each destination. They also discuss both the short- and long-term environmental challenges facing many of Southeast Asias pristine water destinations.
Whether youre an active or passive water lover, or even a long-time visitor to Southeast Asia, Great Water Destinations Southeast Asia opens up a whole new perspective on visiting this part of the world. Anchored by the stimulating urban islands of Hong Kong and Singapore, much of this regions great travel experiences relate to water activities.
This book thus serves as an essential passport for discovering the rich water-related landscapes of seven great Southeast Asian destinations. Dont visit these countries without first learning what is so special about these unique water destinations.
Approximately 389 pages. 5¼ x 8¼. Softcover. $25.95
THE AUTHORS: Ronald L. Krannich, Ph.D., is one of Americas leading career and travel writers who has authored more than 100 books. Suzan Kiepper Krannich, MSW, is a seasoned sailor and boat owner who has spent over 40 years exploring the beautiful Chesapeake Bay, with special attention to her home bases in Annapolis, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. The Krannichs are avid boaters, sailors, and fishermen, who feel blessed always being near or on the water. In addition, they enjoy discovering great restaurants. They currently live along the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean in Savannah, Georgia. They are frequent travelers to some of the world’s great water destinations, be it the coasts and rivers of Maine, Florida, and Hawaii or the Caribbean, Mexico, Italy, France, Spain, Turkey, Dubai, India, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia, and Tahiti.