Pleased to receive recent feedback this week from one of its original users, Richard S. Erlich, who writes: 'I probably bought it in a bookshop in California before departure, or was given it along the way by a returning traveller. I am now searching around to find a copy to read again.
'Legend has it there a frayed original BIT guide is somewhere in northern Thailand, so i am rounding up the usual suspects to see if I can find it and, ultimately, scan its best parts, including its introduction, and text on Kathmandu and Goa.' [Above: Coneheads, China. 1980s]
Richard is a foreign correspondent, photojouralist and author, who has been reporting from Asia since 1978. 'As you'll see from my website, once I read the BIT guide I travelled to Asia and have lived here happily ever since. Am now in Bangkok'
Left: US troops, Bagram, Afghanistan. Dec 2001
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