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Poorly written and uninspiring guide: avoid this one!
on 18 February 2001
The Lonely Planet guide to Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei is one of the worst travel guides I have used. Although it does give certain factual information, I found this guide to be poorly written, somewhat cynical, and extremely negative in many points of the text. ...There are numerous references to the lack of alcohol throughout the text. The facts in the Diving & Snorkeling section were clearly written by someone who has had little experience with these sports, and only a shallow knowledge of the area. The entire book is littered with negative statements: Kuala Besut is "grubby" (p.344), Kuala Terengganu's Chinatown "comprises the usual array of hole-in-the-wall Chinese shops" (p. 332), and various other disparaging remarks. Overall, I found the section on Peninsular Malaysia to be highly insulting and did not accurately portray one of the most beautiful countries in southeast Asia.