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Jordan (Lonely Planet Country Guides) Paperback – 1 May 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 7th Revised edition edition (1 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741047382
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741047387
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 422,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Like all of the Lonely Planet books, this will be familiar to anyone who has used these books before; providing excellent and really helpful guidence and advice for travelling in Jordan. Having just returned, we found the information to be pretty accurate and it more than fulfilled the purpose for which we purchased the book. We'd certainly recommend it if you're thinking of travelling to Jordan. Although it doesn't have many pictures, it does have a huge amount of extra information and details that other guide books simply don't cover. We found that fellow travellers often asked if they could borrow it while we were there, as they found their alternative travel guides rather lacking in detail. Highly recommneded and easily worthy of 5 stars!
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The 7th edition of Lonely Planet's guide to Jordan (written by Jenny Walker and Matthew D. Firestone) was published in 2009. I had it with me on a recent trip to Jordan during which I had the opportunity to check (some of) the facts presented in it - down to the smallest detail.

One thing I checked was the price level. In many cases the price to enter a museum or a historical site is still the same as it was in 2009. The typical price is 1 or 2 Jordanian Dinars.

[1 JD is almost the same as 1 Euro.]

One important exception is the price to enter Petra. According to the book the prices are 21, 26, or 31 JD for 1 day, 2 days or 3 days (page 218). But in 2010 the prices were raised dramatically, and in March 2011 they were as follows:

* 1 day 50 JD
* 2 days 55 JD
* 3 days 60 JD

This guidebook is in many ways useful and reliable, but I have to mention a few things which bother me. There are mistakes and misunderstandings which should not be found in any book - let alone in the 7th edition of a book.

Let me give you some examples:

(1) On page 131 we are told that "Christianity became the official state religion under Emperor Constantine in AD 324."

[An almost identical passage appears in the timeline on the bottom of page 40.]

[This is a common misunderstanding: The Rough Guide to Jordan makes the same claim - no less than three times: pp. 155, 265, and 366. The official guide who showed us around on the Citadel in Amman made the same claim.]

But it is not true.
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I bought this book to read up on Jordan before a 7 nights trip to Aqaba, Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea. I found it to be O.K., containing the information expected. One thing that annoyed me was that the page references and references to illustrations were completely off. It also had plenty of grammatical errors. The combination of both makes me believe that this book was somewhat rushed and did not get all the proof reading it should have. Comparing with the book another traveller on the same tour had I noticed her book had much more useful maps in comparison. I wouldn't know about the rest though.

Still not a bad buy but I am wondering how other books compare...
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Lonely Planet remain my first choice as an independent traveller - the wealth of practical information isn't matched, in my opinion, by any other guidebook series. This latest edition of the Jordan guide is reasonably comprehensive of the country and includes a separate section on diving and snorkelling. The hyped up 'greendex' is more of a gimmick than genuinely useful, but I suppose it's something that will be developed throughout subsequent issues and titles.

It follows the normal Lonely Planet format with sections on general practicalities, background to the country (history, culture etc.) transport, health and language. There's a real scarcity of photographs, with just one glossy inset at the very front. This is based around the highlights (always rather randomly picked). More pictures would definitely improve the book. There are plenty of maps though, which are generally accurate and clear though the Wadi Rum does have some discrepancies - always walk with a guide if you're planning on trekking in this area.

The information is generally reasonably up to date and reliable but should never be relied on too religiously. But Jordan's an easy country to travel in so there should be no problem with verifying anything on which travel depends.
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I found the book handy during our one week-trip around Jordan. The information was accurate, and the restaurant tips were great. Jordan is a fascinating and beautiful country, and you can get a lot from one week. It's small enough so that you can get from A to B fairly easily. As there were four of us, we often got a car with a driver for our trips, which was a rather reasonable solution and saved us having to map read.
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Was a good guide if you are planning your own trip in Jordan. Only thing it was lacking was that it didn't make the reader aware of selling tactics of the Bedouin people in the tourist areas. Found out the hard way but it gave us practice for Egypt!
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