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Thailand Handbook 7th edition Footprint Travel Guides [Hardcover]

Andrew Spooner
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1 Jun 2009
Roam ancient ruins, immerse yourself in the thriving, modern metropolis of Bangkok, or find your very own piece of paradise on the tropical islands of the south, the Kingdom of Thailand offers travellers these and much more. Footprint's 7th edition guide has been fully updated to help you navigate through the land where Buddhism meets hedonism, hike the mountains of Mae Hong Son, dive the unspoilt Similan islands or spend your nights partying in Koh Phangan, plus all the necessary advice on where to eat, sleep and drink. This title includes: full-color section dedicated to the country's many weird and wonderful festivals; comprehensive listings, whether you want to go trekking in the north, learn how to cook the best pad thai or get some well-earned R&R at one of the many incredible spa resorts; fantastic background and history section to help travellers really get to know this culturally rich and beautiful destination; and, full colour planning section to inspire travellers and provide practical advice to help find the best experiences.

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  • Hardcover: 740 pages
  • Publisher: Footprint Travel Guides; 7th Revised edition edition (1 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906098662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906098667
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 11.5 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Andrew Spooner is a feature, travel and sports writer and photographer. His work appears regularly in The Independent on Sunday, The Independent, CNN Traveller, The Guardian, the Observer, GQ and Bike. He has also taught Media and Journalism, part time, at the University of East London. In his previous life, Andrew travelled through the underbelly of Europe with various punk rock bands and he still likes loud music, played badly. After travelling to Thailand in 1989, Andrew developed a fascination with the country and now shares his time between Bangkok and London

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Chris
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This is the most extensive and detailed guidebook on Thailand anyone has ever taken the trouble to research and write. The author takes an aggressive and critical (almost "investigative" even) approach which makes for a lively introduction to the world of Thailand in all its aspects, good, bad, ugly and beautiful........
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I brought this book last year for our 4 week trip to Thailand, with my family. After carefully planning our holiday, I sat down to read up on the places we had choose to spend our holiday in Thailand, after 10 minutes on reading up on Krabi province, I was suicidal, this is one of the most depressing and negative travel books I have ever read. I took it with us anyway, more for reference and ended up leaving it on a train. The author is very self opinionated about Thailand and comes across as an old bitter backpacker who was there in the beginning attitude, when there was no holiday makers, just hippies. Times have changed and he must take into account there will be package holidaymakers who travel to Thailand for different reason. This is to critical and negative for the average holidaymaker to Thailand
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dead weight 16 Jan 2010
By ken - Published on Amazon.com
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Riddled with errors (approx. one per page in the sections I used). Incomprehensibly written. Poorly organized. Maps only feature hotels and restaurants, not sights. This holds true for their Thailand, Laos, Vietnam volumes.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage 1 Feb 2010
By S. Boles - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Much of the information in this book regarding transit and sites of interest was simply wrong. For example, regarding visiting the Grand Palace in Bangkok, the book says the ticket office is closed from 11-1:30. This was not true. However, if you talk to a local tuk-tuk driver who wants to scam you in some way, he will concur with the book.

The maps were virtually useless and you're better off picking up a free map at the local tourist office.

The only things decently written in the book are the history sections which appear to be quite thorough. However, considering the glaring errors in the other sections the accuracy of these chapters is suspect.
5.0 out of 5 stars The only travel book you'll need 13 July 2012
By esh - Published on Amazon.com
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I travel extensively and independently several times a year. I mostly focus on SE Asia and Latin America. I am usually on the road for 8 weeks at a time, travel light with only a carry on pack, travel by any means possible which means bus, boat, plane and occasional ox cart. My itinerary is flexible and the only book that I'll carry will be Footprints.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Footprints Thailand Re-Viewed............ 8 Feb 2010
By Chris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a very thorough and excellant guidebook to Thailand by a team of writers who have not only traveled to every nook and cranny of Thailand but who bring a highly tuned intelligence and sensibility to their task. I have taken note of the two extreme negative reviews and it seems to me that they are both written by a person or persons with an axe to grind and some hidden agenda.
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