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Lonely Planet , Greg Bloom , Michael Grosberg , Trent Holden , Adam Karlin , Kate Morgan
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Book Description

11 May 2012 Travel Guide

#1 best-selling guide to the Philippines*

Lonely Planet Philippines is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Ogle at the Ifugao rice terraces, cruise past the secluded beaches and pristine lagoons of Bacuit Archipelago, or join the Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the Philippines and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Philippines Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including customs, history, art, literature, music, dance, sport, architecture, politics, wildlife, and cuisine
  • Over 94 local maps
  • Useful features - including Top Experiences, Month-by-Month (annual festival calendar), and Diving in the Philippines
  • Coverage of Manila, Cebu, Baguio, Mindoro, Mindanao, Sulu, Palawan, Bohol, Corregidor, the Camotes Islands, the Visayas, Sagada, Apo Reef, Boracay, the Bacuit Archipelago, Siquijor, Camiguin, Bicol, Siargao, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Philippines, our most comprehensive guide to the Philippines, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled.

  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Southeast Asia on a Shoestring guide for a comprehensive look at all the region has to offer.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Greg Bloom, Michael Grosberg, Trent Holden, Adam Karlin, and Kate Morgan.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

*Bestselling guide to the Philippines Source: Nielsen BookScan. Australia, UK and USA, January 2011 to December 2011.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 11 edition (11 May 2012)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 1741796946
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741796940
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book as soon as the new edition was released, and used it when travelling in the philippines during Aug-Sept 2012 just a couple of months later.
I have to say that it is the usual LP Guide, covering a lot of issues and places, with detailed and correct infos about many topics.
I found that - as usual - it was really helpful travelling alone (backpacjking, with no previous reservations) through many places; in fact I also had the Roughwear guide, but decided to take with me only the LP, and I wasn't disappointed.
Nonetheless I found out that while there's plenty of info about the places covered in the guide, there are too many places not even mentioned in the book - Philippines are over 7000 islands, and they would well deserve a double sized book. This was a serious issue about the book.
The second thing I noticed is about the prices : it's the new edition, just a few months old, so it was supposed to be up-to-date, but the prices of food and lodging were always higher than the ones quoted in the book. With all the discounts of the low monsoon season I could hardly reach the high season price of the guide.
And then, the new edition is printed on filmsy paper, and the quality of the colour pics lower than in the previous edition.
So the bottom line is: a good guide, helpful and necessary for independent travellers, but not perfect.
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1.0 out of 5 stars worst lonely planet ever 26 Feb 2013
By tony p
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I normally love lonely plant guides but this was close to useless. The prices for everything in the philippines we re much higher than stated. The advice for walks and trips must have been made by someone who didn't actually go as they were that unhelpful. Most importantly though, there just isn t enough information about transport and some lesser known towns and areas. the travel to/from section just consisted of how to get to that particular destination from manila. No good if you re moving around. We ditched it and used the internet as having such incomplete (and just plain wrong) information almost made it harder.

Having said that, the manila section seemed good.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Utter rubbish and completely useless 28 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm a big fan of Lonely Planet but the kindle version is completely useless. I have a fourteen year old printed guide to the Philippines with 100 times more information in it. This was a complete waste of money.
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Good accurate and reasonably thorough content (as far as we can tell). Kindle version difficult to navigate and cross reference as only a few key places linked through out each chapter. So for example if you are looking for Bohol, you need to have prior knowledge of where it is in the Philippines to work out which chapter its in, then leaf through the whole chapter untill you find it as its not listed in the chapter content at the beginning. Will in future stick to paper versions despite the added weight. This may be a personal thing but make sure it suits you. Maps much better on ipad kindle than paper white kindle as more detail and can enlarge pics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Information and a lot of help... 10 Jan 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Found it a lot of help with my planed trip...first Lonely Plant Book and i will not be the last now..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 1 Nov 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I had the 2006 version but thought I should get an up-to-date one for my next visit to the Philippines. It has useful maps and very helpful information for planning a trip. The last two times we've been (2006 and 2008) we found the information to be very accurate. I would recommend this book to anyone who is planning on travelling around the Philippines as it covers the whole country in great detail.
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