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Lonely Planet Afghanistan (Travel Guide) Paperback – 1 Aug 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 1 edition (1 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740596420
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740596428
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.1 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 564,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Who We AreAt Lonely Planet, we see our job as inspiring and enabling travelers to connect with the world for their own benefit and for the benefit of the world at large. What We Do- We offer travelers the world's richest travel advice, informed by the collective wisdom of over 350 Lonely Planet authors living in 37 countries and fluent in 70 languages.- We are relentless in finding the special, the unique and the different for travellers wherever they are.-We update our guidebooks by visiting thousands of places in person to get the details right and tell it as it is.- We always offer the trusted filter for those who are curious, open minded and independent.- We challenge our growing community of travelers; leading debate and discussion about travel and the world.- We tell it like it is without fear or favor in service of the travelers; not clouded by any other motive. What We BelieveWe believe that travel leads to a deeper cultural understanding and compassion and therefore a better world.

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A very good general reference book, but with vital details on specific recommended (good for westerners etc) hotels and info on public transport, health, food, prices, local customs etc. Could prove to be invaluable, but certainly will be a great help at least and save you lots of time, money, inconvenience or even emabarrasment as a result of ignorance of local customs. Worth the purchase price!
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Much of the information is 4 or 5 years old .Some of the hotels for example either don't exist or have been radically changed However it remains the best guide currently available in English. Buy it if you plan traveling to this amazing country
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This is an awesome book and considering the state of the country regards security I am surprised it has been written, so well done Lonely Planet!
Not much on the south as to be expected.
A must if you are going to Afghanistan on holiday (!!) or working there.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f1345ac) out of 5 stars The only book out there 24 Oct. 2007
By Mark Schlegel - Published on
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This is a great first edition guide to Afghanistan. For a book without much competition, LP has provided a lot more detail than they needed to to corner this market. Helpful sidebar commentaries on Hekmatyar and other political personalities in Afghanistan. The security situation has worsened since the book was written, so some of the land routes described here are no longer viable. Only complaint: the maps are full of careless errors, which are disappointing to discover stumbling around Kabul at dusk. Doesn't anyone proofread these things? Hopefully these will get ironed out in the next edition.
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HASH(0x8f134600) out of 5 stars Excellent primer on Afghanistan 23 May 2009
By George A - Published on
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In preparation for a military deployment to the country I had been doing extensive reading on all aspects of Afghanistan, which can get depressing. So I picked up the book in the hopes of getting a current, positive view of the country by someone with first-hand knowledge and a appreciation for the culture, and was not disappointed. If you are looking for the fastest way to get your head around its complicated history, the first 60 pages hits all the critical events neatly and is probably the best short history I've come across. As someone not planning on utilizing the actual travel information, the rest of the book serves as a good introduction to the various regions and major cities and gives you an appreciation for the geospacial relationships within and the layout of the country, its topography, and the general flow of its cities. The traveler specific information (transportation, lodging, food, costs, etc) seem very detailed and complete, with many options per city and reviews, addresses, phone etc for each. Seems like if would be very usable to a traveler. Throughout it ties in cultural as it applies to the modern westerner and by the end you'll have a pretty good frame of reference for further study. Certainly a must for anyone visiting as a tourist (but remember the security situation is quite different now, as the book also warns), and I think also an important read for the soldier that can give you the quick look at modern Afghanistan and also its history from a perspective we're generally not provided.
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HASH(0x8f4297d4) out of 5 stars When in Afghanistan... 11 Mar. 2012
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I realize that to write a guidebook for a war zone is a difficult endeavor, a bit like painting lane dividers across a swamp. The historic references are excellent but things pretty much are in constant and often dangerous flux from thereon. I did extensive research, as well as consulted, and contributed to, the lonely planet thorntree forum. Even to NGOs and members of Blackwater, and still ended up with erroneous information. I ended up, based on my own research (more on my website: mostly finding my own accommodations, although, when arriving in the dark of night at Mazar-e-Sharif, at an airport under construction, things were getting pretty shakey and all I had was one lonely planet reference with just a name, but no phone number - I added that info also on my website. The situation anywhere in Afghanistan, as we once again saw recently, can change overnight from benign to extremely dangerous. I would say, take the books with you, one or two, and cautiously, if you feel you must go, dive in. I entered Afghanistan from Tajikistan, where I got my Afghan visa and on my website explain how that is to be accomplished. You can get a visa for Tajikistan at the airport, so, you really need no visa ahead of time for either. In the end I will say, do your homework, read, listen, and read some more, be careful, be alert, take a couple of books for the historical context, and then enjoy the experience and stay out of known battlefields. No trip is worth anything if you don't come back to talk about it. While I was there, the US embassy had just been attacked, two German NGOs were massacred in the mountains, not far from the Kabul-Mazar highway, doing a little hike in the mountains, and deep in the Panshjir Valley, a Taliban attack occurred. And remember this, all you read is old information, and much of what you get back, even from people who are currently visiting Afghanistan, even on the thorntree forum, is sensationalized (lies) or bad or useless advice for whatever reason. I recall someone saying that wearing no vest or wearing a ballcap, was like wearing a pink bunny suit in public, I forget the exact idiotic terminology used, also, that it was highly recommended to find local dress to wear, and some other moron, not even in Afghanistan at the time, agreed to all of that, probably making himself seem important. Another was scared to take photos, and he was an ethnic Pakistani, living in England, able to blend right in. All nonsense. Just be discreet when taking pictures, especially when taking pictures of women. I saw Afghans in jeans and shirts and Afghans not wearing vests, more often, though, with full suit jackets over their Khamis, and I saw them wearing ballcaps too. It doesn't matter what you wear, as long as you don't wear shorts as a man, and are pretty much covered from the neck down, as a woman, and depending on location, have your hair covered as well. I usually, but not always, did wear a tactical vest, but for practical reasons. Remember, you are always instantly recognized as a foreigner and can never blend in. Yet useful information, such as what to do when you arrive at the Kabul airport was not talked about, until I mentioned it on the forum.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f429984) out of 5 stars Not a Good "Guide", but worth reading for general info 16 Oct. 2009
By Happypoppeye - Published on
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...this after just getting back from Afghanistan a tourist. Take everything in this book with a grain of salt. It's a fast moving country and to try and list "tourist" sites, places to stay, and places to eat could be portentially deadly. Good background info read before you go, definitely, but used as a "guide" ...good luck. Left mine at the Serena in Kabul (in the library if you need one while your there). The first LP guide which really lent credence to the "Lonely Liar" reputation LP has around the world.

One star because, honestly, LP should not be trying to put out a guide to a country in this kind of shape which is changing so dramatically and quickly. The book was probably outdated before it even hit the shelves. But hey, so what if people read it, get the wrong idea and get killed there, as long as they make money, right?
HASH(0x8f142144) out of 5 stars This Is a Book for those planning to travel to Afghanistan 1 Jan. 2013
By James Kenworthy - Published on
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I love the Lonely Planet guidebooks. Of all of the travel guidebooks they are very well researched and well written for those at any level. These books not only tell you what there is to see in these countries, but places to eat and stay. What I really love is that they also tell you about the Dangers and Annoyances that one would encounter in these countries or regions when traveling there. I am interested to see that Afghanistan has become safe to the point that Lonely Planets has published a travel guide for the whole country. Prior to 9/11 Afghanistan was part of the LP Guide for Central Asia. Further foreigners were advised not to travel there because the nation was awash in land mines and booby traps and one's safety could not be guaranteed.
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