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Andaman and Beyond Andaman and Beyond
(Tourism Authority of Thailand; 203 pages)

You don't have to be a dive fanatic to enjoy this TAT publication showcasing Thailand's remarkable undersea world. And divers will especially relish the book's gorgeous underwater photographs and island-by-island introduction to the country's nature-blessed western coast on the Andaman Sea. More than just a coffee-table catalog of marine marvels, Andaman and Beyond is worth reading for its frank discussion of the man-made problems threatening the area. The book also provides a useful overview of diving conditions, courses and services along the coast. It sells for $40, plus shipping; you can order it by faxing 66-53-271902 (or via e-mail to


February 22, 1999

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Andaman and Beyond: Thailand's remarkable undersea world

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