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The death of the traditional travelogue

Despite the popularity of snappy guidebooks, less-popular memoirs provide a deeper insight into a destination

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When travel writer Pimpida Kanjanavathang returned from Oman in 2010, she wanted to write a travelogue about her adventures in the relatively unknown Arab state. 

“Oman is not on the radar of Thai tourists’ popular destinations, like Japan is,” she says. “But there is a lot to marvel at — religion, culture, landscape.”

The publishers couldn’t agree more. Paradoxically, however, their only major concern was that Oman was not on the list of “popular destinations” that Thai travellers are familiar with, meaning that the prospect of sales was not all that promising.

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