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Lonely Planet Thailand [Paperback]

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Aug 2003 Lonely Planet Thailand
our international bestseller updated by a specialist four-author team - new 12-page colour section on Thailand's Highlights - expert coverage of Thailand's fascinating culture, arts & lip-smacking cuisine - tips on the best island retreats & national parks - all place names transcribed into Thai script for easy navigation - Around 5000 'ravers' attend the full moon beach party each month on Ko Pha-Ngan island. - Royal Thai cuisine is the style of food that was traditionally served in the royal court. - Every Thai male is expected to spend some time during his life living as a Buddhist monk.

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  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 10th Revised edition edition (Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740593561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740593564
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 12.9 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 455,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Modern linguistic theory and archaeological evidence suggest that the first true agriculturists in the world, perhaps also the first metal workers, spoke an early form of Thai and lived in what we know today as Thailand. Read the first page
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Under Par 3 April 2009
Having been to many countries and used many lonely planet guides. It is fair to say that this is not one of the better editions.

The Good:
*The additional sections are fairly interesting and there are great pictures to keep you occupied for a while.
* Maps and transport links are a lot better than similar travel guides, although they do suffer from inevitable timetebles changes etc.
* Covereage is relatively good for places off the beaten track

The Bad: The main problem with carrying around an LP, is that virtually every other backpacker in Thailand will have one too ( and theres a lot of them.) This means that any hotel with a recommendation can be expected to fill up quickly, to the detriment of other hotels that may be a lot nicer, but are not in the book. Also, once hotels have a mention in LP, standards often deteriorate as they know they are guaranteed custom. This is especially true of very toursity places such as the beaches and Bangkok.

Theres a lot of suspicion regarding how LP chooses its hotels, often they are fine, but often I was wondering why on earth anyone would stay in such a hell-hole. LP has a tendency to be way too optimistic about everything. Also, having seen some old editions, its clear that they have been recycling the same old blurb for almost a decade.

Essentially, this LP has some decent points, but restaurant and hotel listings, take with a pinch of salt.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful but flawed 4 Jan 2005
I usually go with Lonely Planet rather than the Rough Guide since I tend to feel it has the edge on accuracy. But the Thailand guide is a little disappointing. The Bangkok and Chiang Mai chapters are fine and full of useful and correct information. But chapters covering the smaller provincial towns - Phrae, Nan, Lampang - are less reliable. Particularly, the maps just don't look like the towns, sometimes I've ended up walking for the best part of an hour to cover a distance that looked like a kilometre according to the scale on the map. Also, lots of important streets are merely drawn, not named on the maps. The combination of these two failings means you can get lost very easily.
I'm not going to complain, like a previous reviewer, that the book assumes you can speak and read Thai. The authors always warn you if a particular restaurant has no English menu or sign, for instance, so if you can't read the language, you know to choose another restaurant. I do think, though, that the authors should take into account that prices tend to be much higher for lots of commodities - taxis and tuk-tuks, above all - if you happen to be a non-Thai-speaking foreigner. I've set out a couple of times on a journey which Lonely Planet has assured me will cost 30 baht by public sawngthaew (pick-up truck), only to arrive at the bus stop as the only customer and find drivers insisting that I charter the vehicle for 500 baht. You would need good spoken Thai and good haggling skills to avoid these sort of situations. Of course if you travel to a country where you don't know the language things are bound to be difficult at times, but I think Lonely Planet should take those difficulties into account.
Of course the chapters on Southern Thailand will now have to be updated in the light of the recent tsunami tragedy, not to mention continuing unrest in the Muslim-majority provinces in the far south. But no guide book can keep pace with events such as those.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expect from Lonely Planet 21 Aug 2011
By LucyL
I wouldn't recommend spending money on this guide. I found that it was out of date and many of the hotels/restaurants it lists no longer exist. I also expected the guide to be more honest so you know what you are expecting when you go somewhere e.g. it describes some of the loudest and busiest club venues as "beach bars". It failed to warn you about extra costs e.g. extra fees when arriving on an island. It's descriptions were all pretty vague. In the end we didn't really use it and left in our room in Thailand because it was just an unnecessary weight to carry.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good o travel around Thailand 6 Dec 2009
By Rita
If you want to travel around Thailand, this guide may be the thing you always want to be near. The information is really useful and trustful, as normally Lonely Planets are. This guide is important to get into the Thai culture as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 July 2014
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Just what we needed
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3.0 out of 5 stars Informative 26 Mar 2014
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a rather informative read but a bit bland could do with updating it as a few things i noted were incorrect! but other than this good to help with traveling through the country
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4.0 out of 5 stars really good book to read 11 Feb 2014
By nigel 1
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2009 but i been loads of times bort it for a friend and its still got stuff thats the same in 2013 2014 not a lot change in it. if you do bye it its a bargin when you get to the places you wont to go if anything new has been made or dun its all over on tor guides
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2.0 out of 5 stars too old version and missing chapter 28 Sep 2013
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The prices were outdated and a lot of the numbers were not connected.
There was 50 pages missing from the book and that was in place we wanted to stay.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guide!
This is definately an essential purchase for anyone going to Thailand! It has hundreds maybe thousands) of places to visit and a short summary of what each place has to offer. Read more
Published on 13 July 2012 by Ryan Murphy
4.0 out of 5 stars Thailand
I have used the Lonely Planet books many times and always found them useful if not something I would treat as Gospel. This is of the normal standard and can be very useful.
Published on 3 Feb 2012 by Nopalaver
4.0 out of 5 stars Thailand lonley planet
I bought the lonley planet for my next trip that will be im x-mas
It have got a lot of info witch it will help me alots.
I think that it is great
Published on 7 Dec 2011 by ana m amores
1.0 out of 5 stars Over Rated, Frustrating
Previously Lonely Planet guidebooks have been great, but with their increasing popularity I think they are letting their standards slip. Read more
Published on 27 Nov 2011 by J
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know
Excellent informative book on Thailand. A great help in organizing our itinerary and booking hotels. Looking forward to the visit already.
Published on 13 Oct 2011 by Davanport Ltd
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent condition
This book has been very helpful in planning our next trip. its informative and comprehensive. It arrived in excellent condition.
Published on 10 Sep 2011 by LisaLoo
5.0 out of 5 stars No travels without Lonely Planet
A great book. If you are planning to go to any country - in this case Thailand you can not be without this book. Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2011 by NimmerSoft
5.0 out of 5 stars Intresting Information
This book is full of very interesting information but untill I have actually been I can't say how accurate that information is. Read more
Published on 7 Jun 2011 by Dellboy
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