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Insight Guides: Myanmar (Burma)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 12 April 2013
We chose this (i) because of the publication date and we knew that things were changing quickly in Myanmar and (ii) recent negative experiences with other popular travel guides so wanted to try a different brand. Because of our previous preferences the navigation took a bit of getting used to but clear index and contents pages and format helped to quickly work out where you were. Good and easy to read book to prepare for your trip to this amazing country, we also liked the colour (rather than b&w) and the way that it was written. We would definitely look at Insight guides again in the future. Other useful aspect is the way the book is constructed - the spine is well stitched so you can really fold it back and "use it" properly rather than worry it will fall apart.
Only negative is the language section - not very comprehensive and missing some basics and we would have liked more maps and some blank pages for our own notes - but these aren't deal breakers for not buying.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2014
Having just returned from Myanmar where we relied heavily on this book, I reckon that it deserves a 5 star rating without doubt. Published in 2013, it captures the ancient culture as well as much of the recent political history. It is written in such a way that it makes for truly interesting reading, not something that can be said about many travel guides. Of course we want to pretend that we are not tourists in a country as unique as this - but the fact is that we are and with this guide we felt we could make ethical choices about how to engage with the people and places that we visited. Tourism is going to take off exponentially in Myanmar and there is a real risk that international (especially Chinese) investment in hotels and infrastructure will overwhelm the precious culture. Meanwhile the prospect of tourist dollars is already causing the locals and their children to swarm round tourists as they arrive in a tourist destination. The warmth and charm of the Myanmar people is the most appealing aspect of the country and the more we can learn about the culture and customs, the less likely we are to ruin it with inappropriate behaviour. In the regional sections of the book, we found that the recommendations of what to see, where to stay and eat were accurate, up to date and helpful. If you go you should also read "Letters from Burmah" by Aung San Suu Kyi and Burmese Days by George Orwell. Have a great trip! I'm very envious...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 November 2013
I have just returned from a Myanmar holiday, hence the reason for me purchasing this book. Before buying it I looked at the reviews and it was well written up for being up to date. I was on a package tour so I cannot really comment on the value of the information on hotels. However it was very valuable on the information regarding the sites I visited. It was very good to read up on the sites I visited. There is also a host of other information on the ethnic make up of the population, food and history of the country, its customs and dos and do not's. Its the first Insight guide book I have purchased and it exceeded all my expectations. I thought the quality of the colour photographs were first class. At the time of writing this review, the book is very up to date. Several people in my group also had copies and its format as a travel guide fully met what I was looking for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 November 2014
I haven't used this guide in situ yet (January!), but I have been reading through it and am definitely not disappointed with my purchase (Kindle edition). I am a traveller who likes to be aware of the history of my destinations, so the chapters on Myanmar's past are totally appreciated. The photographs in the guide are fabulous, and are building my anticipation greatly.
The only negative, for me, is the maps - in Kindle editions of travel guides, the maps are always disappointing. We who travel with tablets and Kindle books need to be able to zoom in on the maps, and that is impossible here. I tried to enlarge maps using the "enlarge type" option, but to my horror it only made the maps smaller. We need to be able to navigate the countries we visit, the towns and the neighbourhoods - please make maps interactive!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 September 2013
This guides are the best if you are interested in more than practical information. It has beautiful pictures but also a lot of history and information I did not found in Lonely planet. Happy to have it for Myanmar 'cause it is not easy to find info about this country.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 May 2014
Although this is the most recently published travel book for Myanmar (as of dec 2013), I still found the Lovely Planet guide more useful. This is more of a history book than a travel guide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 May 2014
Whilst some areas off the beaten track aren't covered in a lot of detail, and the maps are fewer and farer between then you might find in the Lonely Planet or Rough guides, this book is still the most current guide you can get for Myanmar (2012). Everything seemed pretty much up to date, though prices for things are obviously higher now. Great background info on Myanmar history and culture too if you're interested in reading that sort of thing.
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on 19 April 2013
I thought I knew or had heard of most places in the world, but this book really opened my eyes to the beauty of Myanmar. The photography is stunning, and it really makes me want to go there. I bought this as an ebook because I want to travel with it, and I had no technical problems looking at it on my kindle fire (unlike the previous reviewer - my table of contents was fine). I like how the book has hyperlinks inside, so you can jump around between sections and go to the "main attractions" of each chapter quite easily. It's sort of annoying that every picture is really big, because that means there are a lot of page breaks, but overall I think it's a great product that highlights a beautiful destination.
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on 26 April 2014
Bought the paperback edition to plan for and use on the trip. Good for planning - lots of history and cultural information, more so than in other books. Also, as of mid-2014, it's one of the more up-to-date guides. Goes into detail about temples and sites, and has great photos. However, this book is quite heavy - if you're planning to carry it around, think about the Kindle version. We ended up getting a different and less recent but much more compact book to bring on our trip, and left this one at home. Still worth considering for the planning and history/background.
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on 27 February 2015
This book is great if you're on an organised tour and want a bit of background about the country and places on you'll visit. If you are trying to travel independently then this book is not for you. It lacks all practical information about how to get from A to B, has very little information about accomodation and virtually no maps at all. Beautiful pictures, but utterly useless for what I needed it for. I won't be buying this brand again.
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