The following list of books, DVDs, CDs, videos, newspapers, etc., are media that we can recommend to you if you are contemplating a visit to this country. We have tried to identify three books, including at least one guidebook, that we would most strongly recommend you read or at least browse before you go. If you have more time and interest you can get as deeply involved as you like. You may find some of these materials more relevant when you come back and want to get answers to questions that developed in-country. We also like to recommend various DVDs with films or documentaries that you should find educational. They will also give you a glimpse of the country before you actually arrive. Most of these items have a link to Amazon where you can purchase them if you like, but some materials are not available at Amazon (is that really possible?) and have links to other sites. We hope you find this list helpful.

Travel Guides
Philippines Travel Guide
By Jens Peters
Jens Peters Publications, 2005

The Philippines Travel Guide includes useful information on transportation and a varied selection of pre-planned travel routes; loads of good-value accommodations; reviews of select local and international restaurants; a comprehensive language chapter; illustrated sections on flora, fauna, and culture; details on outdoor activities, including cycling, diving, hiking and surfing; an e-mail directory; and 179 maps. It's the most extensive travel guide on the Philippines. Top

Philippines, The--Globetrotter Travel Packs
By Nigel Hicks
New Holland Publishers, Ltd., U.K. , 2004

Practical, informative, and user-friendly, The Philippines travel pack highlights the major places of interest, describing their principal attractions and offering sound suggestions on where to tour, stay, eat, shop, and relax. This guide is ideal for the first time visitor. It is concise and informative, and contains over 30 full color area maps, town plans, and locator maps, over 95 full color photographs, and a full-size pullout map, all encased in a handy plastic pack. Top

Rough Guide to the Philippines, The
By Rough Guides
Rough Guides, London, U.K., 2004

The Rough Guide to the Philippines is an indispensable guide to this stunning archipelago. A 24-page full-color section introduces the country and its highlights, from the remote, sun-kissed islands off the East coast to the lagoons of Palawan and the tribal villages of the Cordilleras. Each region of the country is covered in-depth, with the pick of the sights and activities listed at the start of the chapter. There are detailed listings and reviews on where to stay, eat, drink, dance, dive, surf, trek, kayak, and sail. Finally, Philippino history, culture, society, music, politics, and the environment are discussed in Top

Southeast Asia--Insight Guides
By Heidi Sopinka, Editor, et al.
APA Publications, Singapore, 2003

This 430-page book includes a section detailing Southeast Asia's history and covers aspects of Southeast Asian life and culture, ranging from Malaysia's ancient rainforests to delicious Thai cuisine. It also contains a country-by-country visitor's guide to the sights; a comprehensive "Travel Tips" section packed with essential contact addresses and numbers; plus many amazing photographs and 23 maps.

Thailand, Burma, Laos & Cambodia, Viertnam, Malasia, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines are all illuminated through the guide's evocative photography, insightful text, and incisive evaluations. Top

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