Thailand (Lonely Planet Country Guides) Paperback – 1 Sep 2005
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It is particularly helpfull with warning tourists about local tourist traps and things to watch out for. It also supplies information about all the different towns, local transport, hospitals, maps of the different areas with key places marked out. It provides a basic thai dictonary but does not show how to pronoucuate the words.
Overal a very good book which I found to be an invaluable travel guide! Would reccommend it to any first time vistors to Thailand.
The whole idea of travelling or backpacking is, I feel, to experience something new. You need to throw caution to the wind and just go for it. I think the opinions and tips in the 'LP' advise too much on what not to do and what nasties may happen if you do.
If you like to stay with the herd following the beaten track then this is the book for you. However, if it's a bit of adventure you're after then I'd look elsewhere.
The guide itself is okay though unremarkable compared to others. The maps are rubbish and a lot of the information is out-of-date or appears based on hearsay. But everyone has one and its ubiquity means all the sheep who carry it wander around doing the same things and staying in the same places.
Thailand is so over-touristed now there is no need for a guide. Everywhere is over-run with tour guides, hostels and internet booths where you can read millions of blogs from people doing then same thing, making a guide irrelevant. Yet people with this guide seem unable to think or act without first consulting the guide.
The guide is useful in one respect - if you want to avoid jaded Thai hosts, hostels full of hippie-wanabees with their bracelets from Ko Phi Phi and menus full of spaghetti and pizza, just don't stay at the places highly recommended here.
The Rough Guide does a similar job but is better set out with infinitely better maps, nicer fonts, better design etc. It is also written with more of a critical and analytical edge. The other bonus is that few other people seem to carry it around.
Footprint and Moon guides are also good if you can find them. I found a 1993 Moon guide in Khao Sok and it was brilliantly informative and had far more character than the Lonely Planet guide even though its was 13 years old (though the design was appalling I will admit). It was also years ahead of the Lonely Planet in terms of places to avoid even in 1993.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very useful book, I referred. To it all the time on my visit to Thailand, although I have to say Pattaya was much more pleasant than I expected fron the guide description.Published on 12 April 2014 by Spinners
Product arrived within delivery time listed and was in good condition. For the price I couldn't really complain! Read morePublished on 12 July 2011 by Varsha Halai