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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Thailand Paperback – 1 Aug 2008

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Product details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (1 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405329475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405329477
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.6 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Absolutely gorgeous...and deceptively informative (Amazon reader review)

A pleasurable read with ravishing photography plus maps and plans of supreme quality. (The Observer)


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I bought this book along with The Rough Guide to Thailand to complement the Rough Guide as there are not many photos in the latter. The Eyewitness guide is very colourful with beautiful photography but I have hardly picked it up for detailed information finding the Rough Guide very comprehensive and detailed which is much more what I needed. I would say it is OK if you are going on an organised trip to Thailand but for independent travellers, I would recommend the Rough Guide.
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We have found this guide book to be very helpful and informative when planning a trip to Thailand, I especially like the emphasis on the visual - which sets it apart from other guides. Lots of information about Bangkok and the cultural and historic sites of the north. If you're planning to travel extensively around the islands of the south I would recommend supplementing this guide with a more in-depth guide to Thailand's islands and beaches. We also bought the Rough Guide which we found more helpful for local details and travel advice, but less interesting to look at. We bought a 'snap-map' of Bangkok too.
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If you are looking for a Thailand travel book, this is it. The many beautiful pictures and the well written articles on every aspect of Thai culture are invaluable for the traveller or the person who simply dreams of exotic locales. Definitely a must purchase!
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I've taken one of these books to every country I visit, they're brilliant.
What's the point of reading pages of text, trying to decide where to go?
Look at a picture! If it's looks good, go there, if not, dont!
The maps are great and the illustrations are beautifully done.
I've critisised some of the recomendations for restaurants in the past, but I'm sure it's hard to get right all the time.
I've read other travels books and found them too full of uniteresting information, lacking pictures and basically too hard to swallow.
DK books are concise, interesting, good to look at and fun. Get excited about your holiday and buy one!
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This is a really good quality overview of Thailand - great pictures and a wealth of information to help you set the scene for your visit. However, if you're looking for lots of detail this is not the one for you. i loved it and it has helped me narrow down where i want to visit. I'd really recommend it.
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I just spent 10 days in Hua Hin, and bought this before travelling hoping that it would give me ideas of what to see and do in the area. Unfortunately there is very little information on Hua Hin (barely a couple of pages) and the surrounding area, so it was not as useful as I had hoped. We found lots of fascinating sights and things to do, but no mention of them in the guide.
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This beautifully published glossy guidebook contains an abundance of visually striking, highly professional photography. A few oblique angle illustrations of some temple sites would be a welcome addition to any guide. However, as a source of useful information, it is a disappointment. It is short on hard facts and will undoubtedly be left at home when the trip begins. For an easy-to-use format with more meat I preferred Fodors. At the other extreme, with everything you could possible want to know, is Footprint. The latter, however, is not so user friendly.
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I bought this just before I went to Thailand with my girlfriend. She has a big collection of Lonely Planet books for all the places she's visited, but I find they look a bit boring and drab. So I go this one. I've used Eye Witness ones in the past and love the pictures and the colorful approach to it all. Also, some useful maps inside.

However, it covers Bangkok in great detail and there was plenty there to work with, but as we were traveling around quite a lot, I found it quite disappointing in it's lack of details of some of the other areas of Thailand. Some areas, even popular tourist destinations, were sometimes covered in just a couple of paragraphs whereas other books, such as my girlfriends, Lonely Planet guidebook dedicated pages to them.

If you want a general overview of places with a more colourful presentation then this book is for you. More hardened travelers should look more towards the Lonely Planet books.
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