Attend the coronation of a Cambodian king, and explore East Timorʼs caves of ancient art. Trek through endangered Borneo forests with tribal hunters searching for pig. This Way More Better: Stories and Photos from Asiaʼs Back Roads takes readers on an armchair adventure spanning 11 countries in a dozen years. Join author Karen Coates, an investigative journalist, as she journeys into the heart of Asia, to tell the stories of people living in some of the most remote—and crowded— places on Earth.
This Way More Better, beautifully photographed by Jerry Redfern, explores the intersections of humanity, history and environment—with copious food and drink to nourish the journey.
From Publishers Weekly
“Journalist and blogger (Rambling Spoon) Coates weaves a series of vignettes into an album of unsung heroes. Alongside her husband, award-winning photographer Jerry Redfern, she chronicles travels from East Timor to Kolkata with stops in Cambodia and Thailand. Hmong guides Shu, a schoolgirl, and 22 year-old Duc, lead a trek into the remote villages and forests of Vietnam to research the lumber trade, which has surpassed rice as the main industry for the Hmong people. A log smuggler whose brother died during an ill-fated run, Duc inspired the book’s title with his frequent use of the phrase…. After 11 years she reunites with young Shu, now a mother with a tourist business. Redfern’s lush four-color photographs convey the complexities of this troubled, yet hopeful landscape.”