Day 02 – Blog Challenge – Travel/ Vacation

Welcome to Day 02 of #BookReviewBlogChallenge. The theme for today’s book is Travel or Vacations.

For today’s prompt I am choosing the book “Thailand” which I received as an early reviewer copy from #NetGalley.

  • Title โ€“ Thailand
  • Author โ€“ Narisa Chakrabongse

I’ve always been fascinated by Thailand’s natural beauty after seeing Bond island and the gorgeous Phi-phi island which has been featured in movies galore. My sister-in-law and her family visited the country 2 years ago, and had such a great time that this immediately got added to my bucket list.

This book is a blend between a travel guide and a photography book, with breathtaking images from all corners of the country. Think Fodors meets National Geography. Once you read the book, you will fall in love! ‘

REVIEW SCORE = 5/5 *****

This book is amazing – and anyone reading it will feel compelled to visit the country to experience this beauty. The stunning images and detailed information about culture, important sites and history make it a fabulous read. I love hiking and visiting National Parks, and never knew Thailand had such gorgeous parks! This book just brought Thailand to the top of my travel list, so I can see all these items firsthand.

There is a lot more to Thailand, than just the glitzy streets of Bangkok, and this book catalogs those gorgeous vistas, and getaways. Its hard to pick, but I loved the images of the Buddha statue park, the 300-years-old Sai Ngam and Wat Non Kum temple in the Nakhon province.

For travelers who have never visited this country, this would be fantastic guidebook so they can make the most out of their visit. Others who have visited before, will want to read this to see what they’ve missed and plan a future trip!

So here is the Question of the Day (QOTD) – what is your dream destination? Honest answers please, your favorite travel destination can be completely irrelevant to the book you choose for today! ๐Ÿ™‚

Similar Works:

  • Books โ€“ โ€œLonely Planet Indiaโ€ . National Geographic Magazines.
  • TV Series โ€“ Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, Lonely Planet documentaries.
  • Genres โ€“ Travel, Travel Pictorial Guides, Southeast Asia travel guides

Until next time, happy reading!

17 Comments, RSS

  1. Finitha Jose April 22, 2020 @

    I took A Little Teashop in Tokyo by Julie Caplin for the prompt. The link is below :

    • Ann April 22, 2020 @

      Great Choice, Finitha! Loved your personalized notes on the hero’s flaws, it made the book so much more interesting!

  2. Finitha Jose April 22, 2020 @

    I love travel books with lots of pictures, after all, a picture can speak more than words. Will sure to check this one out.

    As for my dream destination, at present it is Spain. Wanted to visit ever since reading Dan Brown’s ‘Origin’.

    • Ann April 22, 2020 @

      I’ve heard great things about Spain, too! Hope you get to visit soon!

  3. Delia April 22, 2020 @

    Another great pick for a theme! Someday I hope to travel to Europe and take a horse backriding vacation through all the old Castles. But for today I enjoyed a fantasy romance novel as its own type of escape.

    • Ann April 22, 2020 @

      riding across European castles – What a wonderful travel dream!

      I liked the detailed review and Las Vegas is certainly an amazing travel destination. National parks and stunning scenery or glitzy casinos and nightlife, there is something for everyone’s tastes! โ˜บ

  4. Camila Arias April 22, 2020 @

    I wish I were on vacation! I’ll even take a staycation considering everything that is going on. I read We Are Okay by Nina LaCour, which takes place during winter break that our main character is spending in her dorm after having left her hometown to go to university across the country, leaving everyone from her old life behind.

    • Camila Arias April 22, 2020 @

      This might be cheesy but my dream destination would be anywhere I can go with someone I love. I am saving to go to Spain since my sister is planning on going there for her master’s, and once there I’d love to go to France.

      • Ann April 22, 2020 @

        Europe seems to be a fav destination for a lot of folks, including me!
        Love your review of the book and how it reminds you of incidents from your own life. Think it says a lot about how well the author writes to invoke such deep emotions! Great choice!

  5. Unidragonfrag April 22, 2020 @

    Thailand has been on my to travel list for a while! It’s so pretty but I do admit I don’t know a whole lot about it so maybe I’ll have to pick this book up!
    The place that’s on my tippy top want to travel list is Japan. I’m lowkey obsessed with going there ๐Ÿ˜…
    My blog post:

    • Ann April 22, 2020 @

      Japan is a very unique choice! I love the book on Portland that you chose; so few books talk about the good and the ugly parts of a travel destination!

  6. Isabella April 22, 2020 @

    My dream destination is Ireland. Honestly, anywhere green will do: Scotland, Ireland, or Iceland. All the “lands.” Anyway, the prompt was a bit of a challenge for me, considering I only read YA Fantasy typically. But I chose The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare since the setting is in another dream destination of mine: New York!

    • Ann April 22, 2020 @

      Ooh, I’ve always wanted to visit Scotland after reading about it in so many Victorian romances!

      The Mortal series seems quite engaging, especially because it is set in amazing New York! Been a couple of years since I visited, but it always gives me the vibe of a city where dreams come true! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Niru April 24, 2020 @

    My book is called Indian Superfoods by Rujuta Diwekar. It was bought while traveling and my post is an entire discussion on how this book is true to the spirit of todaysโ€™s theme of Travel and Vacation :

  8. Ann April 24, 2020 @

    Writing the date and place of book purchase- what a lovely tip!
    Food and travel, that is a great combination! ๐Ÿ˜‹thanks for that detailed review!

  9. Svetlana Libenson May 7, 2020 @

    I chose Japan for this prompt, in particular the Aosawa Murders by Riku Onda, a story that takes place in Japan in Kanto region.

    • Ann May 10, 2020 @

      Sounds like a plot twister!

      @Svetlana, you do read quite extensively – stories from Jamaica, Japan and America! Super! ๐Ÿ‘

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