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The Neither Authoritative Nor Concise Guide to Riding Bikes in Southeast Asia (It’s Free!)

June 10th, 2011 4 comments


The Neither Authoritative Nor Concise Guide to Riding Bikes in Southeast AsiaIf you’re going to ride your bicycle in Southeast Asia, here’s a free book that you absolutely have to read.

The Neither Authoritative Nor Concise Guide to Riding Bikes in Southeast Asia is the quirky, handwritten memoirs of a bicycle tour through Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. It was created by Melanie Swanson, a bike tourist from Oregon who is biking around the world, and turned into an eBook by Tyler & Tara.

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As soon as we opened the book, we couldn’t stop reading it. Melanie has a great talent for combining tales from the road with a surprising number of helpful tips that you’d only know if you’ve actually cycled in Southeast Asia.

Best of all, the book is funny! It held our attention from front to back and we laughed our way through every page.

Often, the information is helpful for general bike touring too. We particularly liked this page, which urges you to “leave your iThingy at home” and gives tips for things to think about while you ride:

The Neither Authoritative Nor Concise Guide to Riding Bikes in Southeast Asia

So take a look; learn about cycling in Southeast Asia and have a laugh at the same time. Thanks for making it Melanie, and good luck with the rest of your trip!

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4 Responses to “The Neither Authoritative Nor Concise Guide to Riding Bikes in Southeast Asia (It’s Free!)”

  1. Cathy Craighead Lambert says:

    I had the pleasure of reading this delightfully informative and entertaining ebook written by Melanie Swanson. It was sent to me by her sister, Beryl , who is also a great writer, and with good reviews. It truly is a page turner. Based on her writings, I anxiously await for her return to the States. I look forward to hearing more stories.

  2. Gary Jackson says:

    Great book, I’m living and riding in Thailand and loved her insight.

  3. PerVonge says:

    The link to Melanie’s book is broken. Did the book move to another location?

  4. Gary Jacksonry says:

    I have been living and riding in Thailand for five years. I enjoyed your articles about riding in the region and found some useful tips. I live in Bangkok, not the best place in the world but certainly home, for now. I would just like to remind your readers that while Thais can be kind and helpful, they are statistically among the worst,most accident prone drivers in the world. That is #3 according to the WHO website.
    Thank you for your great blog and happy riding. Gary

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