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The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia On A Budget Paperback – 1 Sep 2014
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Unlike many guides, this is not a glossy booklet dotted with colourful photographs to make it look superficially attractive, but a (literally) rough guide in terms of comparative paper finishes, but well-designed and presented, with readable text, useful maps, and (well-chosen) photographs only where space allows. The excellent design and layout means that you don’t need unnecessary spot illustrations to break up column after column of small-printed data.
The Contents are
P004: Introduction (Where to go, when to go, what to see, etc.)
P026: Basics (travel, transport, accommodation, health, food & drink, culture & etiquette, and other touristy stuff)
The Guide (with the usual Rough Guide “Context” information listed within each country’s entry):
P119: Hong Kong & Macau
P515: Myanmar (Burma)
P585: The Philippines
Yes, of course it must be difficult to know what to include and what to leave out, but, and this is where maps come in again, if all the temples are marked on the map, they don't all have to mentioned in the text. (the map of Ayutthaya in this guide would lead one to suppose that there are ten temples in that old city, with the text suggesting six. Wrong! There are dozens and several are better examples of their type than those mentioned in the guide).
Conclusion; yes, it served its purpose, but I would try a different one next time.
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