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on 22 September 2017
Sadly hasn't been updated since 2008, and the way Lonely Planet are moving, there's not much chance of ever seeing a new edition. But even ten years later it still makes a good companion to a country few people visit. Accurate, thorough and very readable. Makes you wonder where Lonely Planet started to go wrong.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 18 September 2009
But keep an eye out on thorntree forum for updates.

The trekking section was too brief, not detailed enough! in fact it was pretty crap! get the (outdated and out of print ((I think))) Karakoram and Hindu Kush book for more detail.

And there were no colour photos within the book! (bar a small selection near the contents page)

Also, the book lacked that extra bit of detail, its far too brief, and doesn't try more to give a better understanding of terrain, journey times, things to do, among other things.

Wasn't as good as previous versions.
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on 18 August 2012
This guide to Pakistan was written in happier times when tourists could travel relatively freely. If you use this at all now treat it with a great deal of caution and take reliable local advice about where you can travel and what you can do. There is a better local guide to Pakistan avaialable in Islamabad - Pakistan Handbook by Isobel Shaw. That gives much more detail on the historical sites. Once again, it's quite old but the useful stuff in it dowsn't date.
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on 16 February 2013
practical and expansive advice from the 'street', how not to get mugged, ripped off etc. Interesting tales and history. At times contains reams of desriptions, whereas a few colour photos would have sufficed. Not as encyclopaedic as 'rough guide' so sadly missing a few locations.
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on 14 March 2011
This was the ONLY guidebook available on Pakistan that was publised within the last 3 years. It was helpful on dress and customs.

I was disappointed in the section on Karachi that some things were mentioned, but not described in any way.
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on 9 April 2013
I am a pakistani and I can tell you that this book is written by foreigners who haven't a clue about Pakistan. I would agree with other reviewers that this is a useless book. Unfortunately, as far as I know, there aren't any other travel guides to Pakistan. But perhaps, you will get a better understanding of Pakistan by reading Indus Journey by Imran Khan, which is full of panoramic photographs and well researched history. Further, he tells the story of Pakistan from a native's point of view who knows his country. Indus Journey was written a few decades ago but I think it is still relevant as the scenery doesn't change much except large cities. Unfortunately, this book is not in print now but you should be able to buy a good second hand copy.
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on 24 September 2009
Prepare yourself for thinking the worst of the place - you want to go and see. The book is strewn with critical prose. For instance

The maps are too small to be of any use. In other guides - when there is a big city - and a big map is needed - a good guide book will spread the map out over several pages. Not in the Lonely Planet.

The pages are so thin - that the publisher has managed to get 432 pages into a book that is 15mm thick (5/8 of an inch). Now you may think - that an advantage. But try reading the pages without being distracted by the text coming from the other side of the page - the negative tone of the guidebook - and those awfully small maps with writing bleeding over from the underlying page. I was hoping for a book which would have the useful stuff you expect from a guidebook - but also to make you feel like you are going to an exciting place.

Tells you where places and how to get to them but doesnt give much of a insight into the local folklore and interesting backgrounds of the places you visit.

So the book is fine - if you dont want to like the people of the country but want to know how to get about (but even then doesn't help you with those unnecassry negative comments and rubbish maps)

Now, the bizarre parts. If you want to find out where to go ten-pin bowling in Islamabad or turtle-spotting in Karachi - this book will tell you. If you really want to know in the first place.

One last thing there is no point putting at the front of the book 7 full-colour pages laid out like tourist leaflet; people going to Pakistan will already know that kind of information or they would never havew booked a flight to Pakistan in the first place. I was hoping there would be colour images elsewhere in the book - as well but there isn't.

Buy it - if you have no other choice.
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on 14 September 2009
Relevant content.

Wide research works in reality. Be aware of the current security situation which is different to when the title was published.
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on 2 May 2012
Sorry to say, but most of the text in this book is only 1 side of the picture, She has rewritten this book on the ideology of some particular nations. Apart from the natural beauty of the country, the people, the government, the institutions are all been mingled into her own ideology; in reality it is a cynic view of the author or the line she tried to pull to please her lords. if there was a no Star rating for her writing I would choose that but unfortunately giving 1 *.
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