Welcome to the latest issue of Perceptive Travel, the award-winning home of great travel stories, travel book reviews, and the latest notable world music CDs. Here's what we've got in store for you this time:
"A Capital Built for Kings and SUVs" - Robert Reid
A Lonely Planet writer updating the Burma guide visits the country's bizarre in–progress new capital, Naypyidaw: a city of sprawling zones and long walks.
"Agamemnon's Fan Club" - Tony Perrottet
The author of The Naked Olympics checks into the Greek hamlet of Mycenae, where his creaky bed is a tourist attraction and a determined hotel owner pushes him to seek "the Secret Cistern."
The author of two Caribbean guidebooks and Living Aboard finds that the best way to look inside an island culture is to venture into the churches.
"Both sides of the water—two faces of Kyrgyzstan's Lake Issyk–Kul" - Laurence Mitchell
The author of the Bradt Travel Guide to Kyrgyzstan finds two very different sides of a lake that once served Soviet spies, vacationing party officers, and inland submarines.
"Karsting Away in Vietnam" - Michael Buckley
Moon Handbooks writer Michael Buckley tours through the strange limestone karst landscapes in the water and on land in northern Vietnam.
Plus World Music Reviews -
This month Graham Reid reviews The Mande Variations by Toumani Diabate, Afriki by Habib Koite and Bamada, Asturiana by Kim Kashkashian and Robert Levin, and Songs of Love and Devotion from India and Pakistan by Razia Aziz.
Gillian Kendall reviews Honorable Bandit: A walk across Corsica, Blue List: The best in travel 2008, and Go Your Own Way: Women travel the world solo.
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