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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable but little alternative, 13 Nov. 2001
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Tim Boole "Tim" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Central Asia (Lonely Planet Regional Guides) (Paperback)
Travellers to this area of the world are not spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting the book to guide them around the region. I could find no real alternative to the LP guide, others tend to be brief and cover the area as part of a mammoth expedition around all of Asia.
As I have found with other Lonely Planet guides, the style can be irritating, however given the size of the region covered and the volatility of the politics I usually found the guide sufficient.
My greatest criticism would definitely be for the language section. Granted, many languages are spoken in the region but generally Russian is the common one. Not speaking any Russian I frequently had to rely on the limited vocab supplied in the back. Being able to describe to a border guard 30 different regional dishes doesn't get you very far. Words such as passport and bank may be more useful to a traveller.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars LP hits the wrong note - this is prejudiced and outdated, 23 May 2002
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This review is from: Central Asia (Lonely Planet Regional Guides) (Paperback)
I know it's hard to keep up with what seem like interminable change in Central Asia, but even this updated LP guide has little to distinguish it from its mid-90s edition. The defeatist and unadventurous attitude is a million miles away from the enthusiasm of most LPs and I couldn't quite understand the worth of printing a guide that hardly recommends anything! The Bradt guides are much better to this lesser known and understood region.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lonely Planet : Central Asia (as applied to Kazakhstan), 23 April 2004
This review is from: Central Asia (Lonely Planet Regional Guides) (Paperback)
I was mainly travelling in Kazakhstan and found this a useful guide forAlmaty, although there was limited information on the countryside. It wascertainly better than the equivalent Rough Guide although I believe itwould have benefitted from consulting women travellers as well as men. Themales in our party found few oversights in men-only situations whereassituations which would be encountered only by women (especiallydresscodes) were often overlooked leading to some awkward situations. Iwould advise people to check out the Lonely Planet bulletin board as wellfor up to date advice as I think this is a little dated.
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