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Lonely Planet Philippines country guide - good but not outstanding,
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This review is from: Lonely Planet Philippines (Travel Guide) (Paperback)
I bought this book as soon as the new edition was released, and used it when travelling in the philippines during Aug-Sept 2012 just a couple of months later.
I have to say that it is the usual LP Guide, covering a lot of issues and places, with detailed and correct infos about many topics.
I found that - as usual - it was really helpful travelling alone (backpacjking, with no previous reservations) through many places; in fact I also had the Roughwear guide, but decided to take with me only the LP, and I wasn't disappointed.
Nonetheless I found out that while there's plenty of info about the places covered in the guide, there are too many places not even mentioned in the book - Philippines are over 7000 islands, and they would well deserve a double sized book. This was a serious issue about the book.
The second thing I noticed is about the prices : it's the new edition, just a few months old, so it was supposed to be up-to-date, but the prices of food and lodging were always higher than the ones quoted in the book. With all the discounts of the low monsoon season I could hardly reach the high season price of the guide.
And then, the new edition is printed on filmsy paper, and the quality of the colour pics lower than in the previous edition.
So the bottom line is: a good guide, helpful and necessary for independent travellers, but not perfect.