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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 12 edition (18 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742205755
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742205755
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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Mark Elliott has a BFA in illustration from the School of Visual Arts. He has illustrated a number of book covers, and his work has been exhibited at the Society of Illustrators and the Art Directors Guild. Mark lives on a sheep farm in the Hudson Valley region of New York.


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Even if they published a guidebook about Myanmar next week it'd be out of date. Things are changing so rapidly there that in the time it takes to research and publish it, things will have already changed. When I was there in June I saw a few copies of this lying around and picked them up but they are terribly outdated already. I would take everything it says with a pinch of salt and only use it to get an idea of the places you want to go to but even then access might be restricted. The best way to get information is to ask people when you get there because border situations and restricted areas change almost everyday.
The people who researched this didn't do a very good job though. It's quite easy to find places to stay for around 10,000K (10$)/night in Yangon and Mandalay (dorms) but in every town there'll be a hotel for around 21,000K ($20)/room which you can split with someone. And you only need to pay a government fee for Bagan (20$) and Inlay Lake (10$) though they might get rid of this with the new government.
Myanmar recently stopped charging tourists tourist prices and charging them everything in USD so all the prices quoted in here are wrong. The only currency you need is the Myanmar kyat (pronounced chat) except for the fees for Bagan and Inlay Lake so it helps to have some USD with you but you won't need much. People will gladly accept your USD instead of kyat and many things will be advertised in both USD and kyat but you will get a bad exchange rate and therefore pay much more.
Especially now with the NLD voted into power I would guess that things are going to change even more. If you want info before you go I suggest you use the internet and avoid this guidebook.
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I have been travelling with Lonely Planet guides for many years and this is one of the worst so far (if not the worst). It is poorly researched and updated. Among other things, it misses great restaurants that have in business for years (I am not talking about hidden gems, but places that are routinely recommended by hostels and locals); the critical section "Getting there and away" is worse than average, and the recommendations on accommodation tend to be a joke ($200-400/night hotels). Terrible job.
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I agree it's out of date in places, but Myanmar is a country that is changing rapidly and it's hard to blame the Authors for this. It's great for the basics of what to see, the culture, history etc. But take the pricing and what's hot and how to get around with a grain of salt. Transport options were rapidly changing in previous no go areas, ATM machines have popped up most cities, some hotels took Credit Cards, and new hotels/guest houses are cropping up weekly. If you use this book for the basics about Myanmar and it's people, and then use something like TripAdvisor, Booking.com, Agoda, Hotels.com to check reviews and pricing on accommodation, then use TripAdvisor to review and price activities, sites, and in some cases transport then you have a pretty good tool kit for travel.
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I know it's difficult to keep up with the pace of change in Myanmar, but warnings throughout the book about discussing politics can be ignored - everyone is desperate to talk about their hopes and fears.
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This guide is ideal for travellers exploring the country under their own steam: the trademark LP wealth of detail about where to sleep, eat, shop etc.
However, if these issues are taken care of by an organised tour, and you want more than introductory information about the individual cultural sites, then it would be better to look elsewhere. I also think it would be helpful if there was an index of temples!
However, the guide does give a very useful "Understanding Myanmar" section covering historical / political / religious / cultural issues.
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Myanmar is changing quickly and accordingly this guide is already out of date. The authors cannot of course be blamed for this. However the coverage of the history and culture of Myanmar is at best superficial. I would only give it 2 stars because it is the only guide available.
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It's out of date simply because Simon Richmond, could not be bothered to do his research and used MTT and other agents to botch up his update that finally forced me to botch up my own 3 day web site to include the updates he refused to accept even though I offered to help at the time but was then, removed from LP TT under the slander that I was racist against Japanese (despiet having close friends who are Japanese) their real reason was that they did not want to make alterations only MONEY! even at the cost to those who entrusted their money to this disgusting excuse for a guide. I did not even know until an "Insider" also disgusted sent me a copy prior to release. Houghton and Richmond you have no conscience, just as long as you can rip off those who entrust their money in this rubbish guide as I said to one of their false "Home" reviewers here and on trip advisor their botch up took 3 years mine tokk 3 dys see here and for free http://montymanstravels.com/?page_id=5 please now rethink you could have added a few sheets with updates available long before going to press to exhonerate yourselves but you preferred to do it this way as indeed you have wrecked LP TT for the same reasoning, maybe Houghton should do the trip to Burma using the guidebook and get lost, in the expensive outdated routes he recommends.
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