on 30 October 2013
We found this guide excellent, lots of useful maps that gave an outline of local amenities in the major beaches. For each of the islands there is plenty of useful info on how to each destination and useful websites to research further.
The layout of the book is also easy to navigate through compared to similar guide books published.There is also a small section on Thai politics and culture that was well written. Prices listed and also ferry information are accurate but services aren't as punctual in Thailand as in the west so allow for slight changes.
This book has been vital in helping us get around Thailand and is a must for any backpackers island hopping in Thailand.
on 26 October 2015
This is a bit of a curate's egg. It's good in places with some decent insights. The trouble is, it's quite distracting to find lengthy sections that seem more akin to E.M. Forster than a Rough Guide. There are endless descriptions of temples and pages on the Grand Palace (which is such a tourist trap that it's pretty awful). There's also some astonishingly judgemental attitudes about Thai kathoey, for instance, who are far more complex and worthy of better treatment than simply being reduced to 'implant jigglers' to quote the book. It feels like it has been written by seventy year olds from the nineteenth century, with a hectoring and often sanctimonious style. It's also almost entirely lacking in pictures.
Despite all of the above you can find out some useful things but it's really rather disappointing given the 'Rough Guide' tag.