A tour guide of excellent reputation, John Caldwell believes that tourists, to get anything out of the places they visit, must first be informed about them. Here he combines sound background data with colorful experience in travel adventuring in the Far Pacific, primarily Japan, Formosa, Hong Kong, and parts of Southeast Asia. He tells something about the land and the people, their heritage in history and religious faith, less about the artistic features, although architecture and sculpture are implicitly included in directives about what to see and do. Chinese-born, having spent most of his life crisscrossing Asia, the author is at his best in his sections on Japan and Formosa; his treatment of India, for example, seems by contrast somewhat derivative. But all in all, this is factually sound, perceptively and imaginatively handled; it includes the routine facts about hotels, restaurants, buys, monetary issues, advance preparation, etc. along with its cultural orientation. Highly recommended as a practical tour guide.