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4.0 out of 5 stars Glossy and insightful
This guide occupies the space usually occupied by DK/Insight guides. It is full of photographs (and so is rather heavy as a result) but, as a preparational/inspirational guide and a tome to carry around the sights, it is much better than the Lonely Planet guide to Mianmar, which is admittedly ubiquitous but is one of the weakest of the LP country guides in my view (see...
Published on 24 Feb. 2013 by Peter M

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3.0 out of 5 stars Too many photos
This book was good on information. It was very heavy, however, because of high quality photographs of the country. I wanted pictures, but not a photography book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Glossy and insightful, 24 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Myanmar: Burma in Style: An Illustrated History and Guide (Paperback)
This guide occupies the space usually occupied by DK/Insight guides. It is full of photographs (and so is rather heavy as a result) but, as a preparational/inspirational guide and a tome to carry around the sights, it is much better than the Lonely Planet guide to Mianmar, which is admittedly ubiquitous but is one of the weakest of the LP country guides in my view (see review of today's date). The Odyssey guide's main advantages are that it provides excellent visualisation through its photographs and maps, good coverage of the principal sights,and a good review of the social, cultural, historical and religious background. It also makes an effort to appeal to all travellers rather than limiting itself solely to the few who don't go with escorted or other tours, which seems sensible given the current state of tourism in Burma, with a million, mainly guided, visitors in 2013 chasing hot-air balloon, hotel, restaurant and flight spaces which are simply not available to the ad hoc traveller. There are rumours that a new Bradt guide will become available (in March 2013?; unless and until that becomes available, this must surely be the recommended guide for the tourist who wants facts and information over and above what they are given by their tour leader or other local guide.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully presented, 17 Feb. 2013
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This is a beautiful book with glossy pictures and good maps - so it is heavy. It is also limited - there is little practical info about hotels, restaurants etc. the focus is on sightseeing and culture. In addition it is limited to the main tourist areas - there is nothing off the beaten track. The author is also not a shopper. When I followed her recommendation to visit the bazaar at the Golden Buddha in Mandalay I found only a tawdry Blackpool pier market.

However I recommend the book, it supplements the (few) guide books available the maps are useful and it is a pleasure to flip through. It has good information on the main cultural sights - Just a bit heavy to carry around.
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4.0 out of 5 stars worth adding to your Burmese library, 6 May 2013
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Vastly superior to the usual tourist guide books - offered a better overview of country, a range of alternative suggestions and good photos
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4.0 out of 5 stars Myanmar travel guide, 1 Jan. 2014
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Excellent information about the country generally and tips for travellers such as dress code, vaccinations, cash, but very different to DK guides, which we love (and I wish DK did one for Myanmar) - not as many pictures and quick tourist information.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too many photos, 18 April 2014
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This book was good on information. It was very heavy, however, because of high quality photographs of the country. I wanted pictures, but not a photography book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on the subject, 17 Aug. 2013
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As I said the best book possible, which are few in number, and has wonderful pictures and helpful text. It is a great read before my visit in 2014. Wonderful!
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellant, 11 Dec. 2013
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my father was from Burma, so this was a very special purchas. The book is lovely. The front cover is even more beautiful to look at than the picture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 17 April 2015
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 30 Dec. 2014
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