51 of 62 people found the following review helpful
recent, yet not quite enough information,
This review is from: Southeast Asia on a Shoestring (Lonely Planet Shoestring Guide) (Turtleback)
I've just got back home from travelling about a month in south-east asia, albeit just the countries Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. In this (according to some people) relatively short time, I've experienced that the information is lacking in certain areas. Transport prices and times, usually one of the big pluspoints for carrying a LP with you on your trip, are sometimes incorrect or dated (in this new edition!) and sometimes even lack to mention a specific transport option (nightbus, for instance). Also, I find that the Laos and Cambodia guidebooks are more complete in this respect, however sometimes outdated because they weren't published as recently as the shoestring guide. However, buying a guide that compasses a whole region, you should be aware of the fact that you will always receive some, but not all, information.
The other thing that bothered me about this guidebook (which cost it it's second star) is the moralism that is abundant in it. There's lots of examples where the authors of the shoestring tell you what you "should" or "should not" do. I think it's up to the traveller to makes his own decisions on how he behaves himself while abroad, and although I think there is some improvement possible with lots of people, the shoestring shouldn't play the parenting role in this respect.