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A Rough Guide to Jordan - does it no justice
on 4 August 2012
As usual the Rough Guide is the best of the bunch when it comes to taking only one with you.
I have had the opportunity to run through most of the rest, but this is the one I shall be glad to have in my ruck-sack when I trek round country itself.
It sets out the facts in its own inimitable manner, all you need to know before you go, in an authoritative manner, with details of where to check for changes.
It tells you what to expect, how to avoid offending anyone, what to expect of healthcare etc etc - all in a no nonsense manner. Don't expect much in the way of healthcare outside of Amman for example, or in other words, if you do get ill someplace else, get to Amman first!
The detailed exposition continues on to all other areas you could conceivably want to know about, such as crossing over from the West Bank etc and what visas you will need. The detail is all here. All it lacks are the myriad colour photos that embellish some other guide books - personally I find them a distraction and they increase the price. It is the down to earth facts and honest if detrimental opinions that make the guide.
As always of course they are personal views and one may disagree with the reviewer, but he seems to make his own viewpoints clear enough that one can use them as a marker for one's own.
As usual with the Rough Guide the info on the sites or towns is sufficiently thorough that one does not often need a second guide book, although some may be so enchanted with Petra that look for an additional tome. There are not many that are anything but a fluffed up version of a chapter from a guide book, while at the other extreme are scholarly works costing over £40. Tread with care.
Each chapter as usual offers details about local accommodation, transport and eateries, and where relevant special insights.
This book is really all you need to get around and find accommodation and food whether you are back-packing or self-driving. If you're on an organized tour with everything organized then you will still find it useful for reading about the sites you're visiting, although there will be a lot of unread pages in between. Never mind, it's still the best guide book!
There is supposed to be a new version coming out on 13th January 2013, so at least until then anyone travelling before will need this little gem. I highly recommend it!