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Beware - Incomplete Coverage!
on 17 July 2006
Despite the title, this book doesn't cover all of Southeast Asia!
Two of the region's 11 countries are completely missing. These are Burma/Myanmar, which seems to be omitted for political correctness, and Asia's youngest country, East Timor, omitted simply out of ignorance - the publisher's policy appearently being that if few people go there, why bother with including it?
Also conspiciously missing from the book is the entire eastern half of Indonesia, the largest country in SEA: Papua, Maluku and West Timor. These are some of the region's most exotic and interesting places, with Asia's most extensive virgin rainforests and best preserved traditional cultures, so leaving them out just like this is a real shame.
So even if you are normally a Rough Guides fan (and I know many of their books are good), unless you are determined to stick to the well beaten tourist-tracks in places like Thailand and Malaysia, give this book a miss and go for Lonely Planet, which, while also far from perfect, at least does cover all of SEA!