I purchased this book in May 2011 to do reserach on my upcoming trip to southeast Asia. Frommer's Southest Asia has a good general descriptions of Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia, Bali/Indonesia (Philippines is not included) in 654 pages. Each country has a very good description of things a traveler should know(eg best time to travel, when important holidays are, historical information and facts, information on the political situation, safety precautions, tips on getting visas to some of the countries, sites to visit, getting around, shopping suggestions, overview of foods and poular dishes, restaurants, etc). Much of this information was very helpful and will help a travel plan a itinerary. One gripe I have is that there are no photos. The book includes some small maps of the main city a visitor is likely to travel to. I would have been nice to have an idea of recommended places or sites, especially in a travel book. The other gripe I have are the suggestions for hotels that were mentioned. The book assumes that the reader is willing to pay top dollar for a 5 star resort hotel in SOUTHEAST ASIA. The hotels that were highlighted were few and were very expensive establishments; the prices listed were costly (hundreds of dollars per night). This was a big disappointment since there are many very inexpensive, but good quality sleeping establishments all over southeast asia! The book should give the reader more hotel options, especially hotels with websites so the reader cna get a preview.