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Tarts, Touts and Temples

Length: 96 pages1 hour


Southeast Asia just oozes exoticism, and has done for centuries. Why else did First World nations like Britain, the United States, France and others spend so much time and energy attempting to turn the region into a tropical version of their own backyard.

Nowadays, it attracts a huge number of travellers from all over the planet, all keen on testing their capacity to withstand stomach bugs, olfactory odours of a pungency not known since the last time they changed a babies nappies, and visual sights that have them thinking they really shouldn’t have experimented quite so liberally with illegal substances in their youth.

In Tarts, Touts and Temples, author Duncan Stearn recounts a series of trips and adventures to which many who have been to Southeast Asia can relate. All are true, even if some sound fanciful or a bit too true to be believed.

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