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Lonely Planet Syria & Lebanon (Travel Guide) Paperback – 1 Jul 2008
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'For tens of millions of globetrotting readers, the Lonely Planet guides are the gospel of adventure travel.'-- New York Times Magazine --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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However, I have bought a 3 Lonely Planets that have been updated within the last 3 years including this one and I have to say, it is not up to the same standard at all.
We bought the book for Lebanon and used it whilst spending a week travelling around. The book was really not that helpful. Money changes in a country so I never use that as a guide but the accomdation information was completely incorrect. Either places were closed or were nothing like they suggested.
The maps were wrong.
Also there just wasn't anywhere near enough information in the book about any of the places we visited.
We could have managed quite easily without it which is not something I would have said back in 2000 when backpacking.
We have noticed the same problems with our other Lonely Planet guides.
Definetly not recommended.
That being said, however, if you're only going for a short while, the book is fine, since it covers the most important topics.
The major drawback of the book is the relative lack of information given about the historical sites. These compromises were made to keep the book readable, however if you find yourself exploring Afamia or Baalbek (to name but two sites) with just this book for company, you will likely decide that hiring a guide is well worth your while. The ideal complement to this book is the Bradt guide, which gives scant information about logistics but pretty detailed information on ruins.
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