17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Buy the individual country guides,
This review is from: Southeast Asia on a Shoestring (Lonely Planet Shoestring Guide) (Paperback)
I bought this book and used it when travelling around south east asia. Although it's quite useful to find somewhere to stay etc, I came to hate it over time. It's basically trying to cram too much in. It covers a load of countries and many places only get a few pages. It lists a few places to stay, which are all overrun with other people who bought this book. It's big and heavy and doesn't cover anywhere in great depth. I like lonely planet, I also used their guides in New Zealand, USA, Fiji and Australia, but this South East Asia book just doesn't do anywhere justice. Second hand guide books can be picked up cheap all over asia, so buy one for the country you're in, and the next one after, and then just swap or buy and sell them as you go. You get a wider range of places to stay and things to do, and it's usually lighter in the backpack too. So don't buy this book, but get other Lonely Planets instead.