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The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia (Rough Guide Travel Guides) Paperback – 26 Sep 2002
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This guide covers nine countries: Brunei; Cambodia; Indonesia; Laos; Malaysia; Singapore; Thailand; Vietnam; and the Philippines, plus the Chinese-administered territories of Hong Kong and Macau. There is exhaustive practical information, including coverage of overland routes and border crossings, visa requirements and border transport. Locations range from vibrant cities to remote beaches, with information on the best palces to stay, eat, drink and party.
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Because of the size, this book is too heavy to carry with you, and too barren in sites to see or ranges of accommodation. In most countries guide books can be found in English, and then exchanged with other travellers (if you don't wish to lug them around).
Buy this book as a taster to all countries and to use the maps for route planning , then go buy the Rough Guide that relates to the particular country you will be travelling in or buy when you arrive.
Overall a useful guide book which looks nice(!!), but it's one you could do without. (Sorry Rough Guides!)
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The book is planned out intelligibly starting with overview advice including top recommended sites in the region and then proceeds alphabetically through the countries. Each country section first highlights top sites and provides great overviews including well highlighted logistical requirements (visas, transport, air departure taxes, etc) and concise information for the top cities including maps with the tourist sites and reviewed guesthouses and restaurants all clearly marked.
Whereas some travelers enjoy traveling ad lib sans guidebook, they regretted not having the price information on hand. In this regard, the Rough Guide was excellent in letting you know accurate fares for tourist activities including, for example, the fair price for motorbike rides on the Hue mausoleum tour and each of the associated entrance prices. This information is important as most transactions require haggling. It also warned against common ruses like being told falsely in Bangkok that some of the main sites are closed.
The only thing I found lacking was that there were no timeframes mentioned for each of the suggested tour activities. This was only a problem for me because I had a compressed schedule to see all four countries. However, the longer I traveled, the better I was able to gauge the time I expected to visit a site given the detail of the book's description and also by visiting the ubiquitous tour agencies to compare against their scheduled tours (and often sign up for them).
Altogether, I recommend this book. I had originally wanted the Lonely Planet, but their SE Asia copy was much older (they're just releasing the latest version now) and so ended up with the more recent Rough Guide. But I've been very pleased and traveled confidently with this book.