Welcome to the newest issue of Perceptive Travel, the home of great travel stories from book authors, travel book reviews, and the latest notable world music CDs. Here's what we've got in store for you this time:
The Backpackers' Pilgrimage: Ko Phangan - Joel Carillet
A former Perceptive Travel photo contest winner and noted narrative writer stays alert enough during Thailand's Full Moon Party to document the carnage.
Journey Through the Land of the Maya - Michael Shapiro
With an excerpt from a new coffee table book on Guatemala, Shapiro provides insight into local festivals and the Maya descendants through words and pictures.
Hijacking the Shangri-la Brand - Michael Buckley
Tourist destinations now brand themselves like sodas or chocolate bars. What happens when the legend of Shangri-la is co-opted to pump up a Chinese province?
Subdued by Street Vendors - Darrin DuFord
Riding buses and wandering the town square in developing countries leads to an array of street food and unique local drinks. Darrin DuFord opens wide and tastes it all while touring Nicaragua.
Officially a Woman in Mexico - Stephanie Elizondo Griest
The author of Mexican Enough visits a blow-out fiesta for a girl who becomes a woman at 15, no matter how much the transformation might cost.
Plus World Music Reviews
Acoustic Arabia, Spanish singer Buika, a woman named Dingding, and a second release from Bombay Dub Orchestra.
Napoleon's Privates, Next Stop Magic Kingdom, Marco Polo Didn't Go There, and Ultimate Adventures.
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