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The Rough Guide to Bangkok [Paperback]

Lucy Ridout , Paul Gray
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1 Mar 2010 Rough Guide to Bangkok

The Rough Guide to Bangkok is the ultimate travel guide to this frenetic city with clear maps and detailed coverage of all the best Bangkok attractions. From the royal temples and palaces of Ratanakos to the vibrant weekend market at Chatuchakwith, the hushed golden temples and ultra-hip designer boutiques, discover Bangkok's highlights inspired by dozens of colour photos. Find detailed historical coverage of the must-see sights and practical advice on getting around the city whilst relying on up-to-date descriptions of the best hotels, bars, clubs, shops and restaurants for all budgets. The Rough Guide to Bangkok includes two full-colour sections on Bangkok by boat and Thai cuisine and a crucial language section with basic words, phrases and handy tips for pronunciation. You'll find up-to-date information on excursions around the city, including trips to the grandiose ruins of Ayutthaya and the war sights along the River Kwai. Explore every corner of Bangkok with clear maps and expert backgound on everything from contemporary art to Thai Buddhism.

Make the most of your holiday with The Rough Guide to Bangkok

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 5 edition (1 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848362617
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848362611
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 7.7 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finding where to go 21 April 2010
Plenty of good information about places to go and what to avoid. Indication of costs gives a good guide to how much you need to take with you. Excellent!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A handy guide for Bangkok 21 Jun 2011
I wanted an insight into Bangkok before arriving, so bought this book to read on the plane. This guide is great, it's really informative and highlights the key places & sites to explore. I used this in conjunction with the Thailand Lonely Planet guide which had more detail / recommendations for certain places. Together they proved invaluable and I managed to cram lots of sightseeing in, along with the less touristy side to Bangkok - highly recommend this book and it's not too heavy to carry around with you all day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You cannot beat the Rough Guide books 1 Feb 2014
By Saphira
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This is an excellent book with so much information and ideas. We always find the Rough Guide tips are true, the recommendations helpful and overall brimming with guidelines and advice. Its a slightly different set out compared to previous books but a very good read. Bangkok is a brilliant and bustling city and there is much to do and see, places to eat, river trips which are so beautiful, shopping, temples and the fantasticly friendly people. I do recommend this book. Its a must if you are going to Bangkok.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good guide book 25 Feb 2013
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This book is very informative and I like it. However I think the vocabulary/translation section could be improved on, and whilst it has 'small area' street maps which are very helpful I would also like the fold away large area map which is in the front and back of the Lonely Planet Bankok condensed book which are excellent and help to put places into perspective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide 11 Oct 2011
By katbaby7 - Published on
This book was my Bible while spending 2 weeks in Bangkok with Habitat for Humanity. After reading a bunch of reviews I chose this over the Lonely Planet guide, and I'm so glad I did. A girl in my group had the Lonely Planet book and it was basically worthless. Once I got used to the different format of Rough Guide it was easy to understand and find exactly what I needed, whether food or shrines or shopping. They include many helpful tips about the culture, history and warnings about where to go and where not to go. I would highly recommend for anyone visiting Bangkok.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars travel 21 Dec 2012
By c - Published on
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I love the Rough Guide Book Series. Have read and carried them to almost every continent. I love being able to look up where to find a store that offers fax service or the best times to visit a certain attraction. Would never travel without my Rough Guide.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rough Guide for Bangkok filled the bill 5 April 2010
By Vegas Slim - Published on
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This was one of two guide books I relied on for a recent trip to Bangkok (the other is the Moon Guide for Bangkok, also recommended). I have always found Rough Guides to be most useful and a cut above Lonely planet, Frommers and the also-rans. This book for Bangkok did not disappoint.

The details provided by this RG served me well. I had been to Bangkok before and the RG helped me find new, more esoteric sites I had not seen on prior trips.

The book, like most RGs, "tells it like it is" and will recommend NOT going to some sites. For example, RGs tells the reader that one of the Death Railroad museums (for an excursion from Bangkok) is essentially terrible and a waste of time. The same museum is described by Frommers as (paraphrasing) "only for the most dedicated war buff." Which description do you trust? Well for "research" I went to the museum in question and Frommers lost all credibility with me.

Overall, this compact, yet detailed, book was one of the two most used books on my trip. This edition is up to date and even does a decent job of explaining Thai history.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely rubbish - this IS the future????? 7 Feb 2012
By 6andy6 - Published on
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Having an iPad thought might be a good idea to buy the ebook version of this guide having had Rough Guides in the past and found them good.
Don't bother! If this is the Rough Guide publishers idea of the future of digital books someone in that company is in a position way out of their league. One would think if you have at our finger tips such technology and wanted to ensure your future in publishing you would use colour, pictures, maps. Nope. Plain writing on a page and some 'small' tiny uninspiring pictures. I have seen some more imaginative PDF photocopies than this book. There is nothing really attractive about the set up. And the cream on this very poor pie are the maps. The maps of the city and transport networks are tiny. I mean you cannot read them and they do not expand. You would need a magifying glass. Good idea there! Basically it looks like someone has pulled apart this book and photocopied this as I cannot think of any other reason for such a poor presentation. Do not buy this ebook at all. And expect to see Rough Guide disappear from the market soon.....
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting city guide cocerning Bangkok 31 May 2011
By Gert Bo Thorgersen - Published on
Even though I now have lived in Thailand 8 years and have passed by in Bangkok more than 10 times, but each time only for one night I hotel, this is the first city guide book about Bangkok that I've bought. And I found it and bought it by Amazon and not in a book chop here in Thailand and that just before again in the past weekend having to go to a doctor in Bangkok.

I find it to be a really good book first for the way it's divided into parts and second for the many small carts. And beside for also the writing about al the interesting places surrounding Bangkok. Concerning these places outside Bangkok there for example are good writings and pictures about Ayuthaya which lay 80 km outside Bangkok and which was the capital until the year 1767. Or the bridge over the river Kwai, the name of which we especially remember after an old film.

And it's also a good book by in the start coming with the history of Thailand, and by which I can see that the book must have been printed in last year because of the telling about some political from February last year. This actual point is stating corruption but over the years Thailand many times international have been stated as number one in corruption! And concerning history it's always best for a visiting person to have an idea of the history and culture of the country which he or she is visiting.
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