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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 21 December 2011
Having enjoyed the most amazing adventure on the Trans-Mongolian route from Moscow to Beijing I can say that this is without doubt the best guide book for anyone planning their own Trans-Siberian railway journey. I read both the Lonely Planet guide, which many of my fellow travellers were using in various languages, and this one. There are other travelogues and examples of travel writing that cover the railway, but the Trailblazer and Lonely Planet books represent the only two comprehensive Trans-Siberian guides published in English that I'm aware of.

The Lonely Planet guide was riddled with inaccuracies, out of date information and inconsistent levels of detail, something that several other people commented on while I was travelling. The Trailblazer guide, by contrast, is a cohesive, well-researched and more up-to-date publication. The fact that it was written by Bryn Thomas and updated very recently by Anna Kaminski means that there is a great deal more consistency in the Trailblazer than the Lonely Planet guide, which consists of jumbled, poorly researched contributions from several people, seemingly over a broad time frame.

Finding information in the Trailblazer guide is exceptionally easy and the writing is concise without being prosaic. Cyrillic and Chinese translations of place names and key words are included where needed and there is some absolutely excellent information on the potentially confusing business of buying tickets. It is clear that this book is written by passionate and experienced travellers and their attention to detail, knowledge of the Russian language and understanding of how to navigate various procedures and practical challenges make this a very reassuring book to have in your luggage.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 2012
This is the most comprehensive book for this trip. All you need to know and which route to take. I've based my trip on the info in this little book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2013
Brilliant guide book for russia,not just the railway,well worth the money.every traveller should have one,just for the depth of information it contains.highly satisfied.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 July 2013
I was very pleased to be able to purchase this at the best price I could see on offer. I find it more informative than the Lonely Planet guide to the same trip and hae used it for all my planning.
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on 17 December 2013
I wanted to travel my Trans Mongolian Express and needed detailed information. This treasure of information contains every thing an intrepid traveller might need. I travelled from St. Petersburg to Beijing via Mongolia stopping in Moscow, Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Ulan Bataar, Beijing. And this book provided me with every information in detail of virtually every kilometre of my journey. It is a must for anyone intending to take this once in a lifetime journey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 June 2013
Lots of up to date info. and will be taking it with me on my trip. A book you can dip in and out of.
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on 16 January 2014
Lots of detail.
If you're going to do this journey, you'll buy this book anyway.
The 1 star missing is because I wish this or another book would deal with my really dense questions about things like how to get a taxi in city x and other mundane questions like that, that would give me more confidence in planning.
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on 22 August 2014
Terribly out of date even the latest 9th edition, talking about camera film and x-ray prices are out dated horrible book waste of money - recommend lonely planet as luckily our cabin mates had a lonely planet !!
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on 13 September 2013
I am planning a jouney by trans-Siberian train. I have not time to read it yet. I am happy with it.
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on 7 February 2015
A must if you're considering this trip !
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