- Paperback: 820 pages
- Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 13th Revised edition edition (1 Aug. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 174179157X
- ISBN-13: 978-1741791570
- Product Dimensions: 20 x 12.6 x 3.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 454,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Thailand (Lonely Planet Country Guides) Paperback – 1 Aug 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
*The additional sections are fairly interesting and there are great pictures to keep you occupied for a while.
* Maps and transport links are a lot better than similar travel guides, although they do suffer from inevitable timetebles changes etc.
* Covereage is relatively good for places off the beaten track
The Bad: The main problem with carrying around an LP, is that virtually every other backpacker in Thailand will have one too ( and theres a lot of them.) This means that any hotel with a recommendation can be expected to fill up quickly, to the detriment of other hotels that may be a lot nicer, but are not in the book. Also, once hotels have a mention in LP, standards often deteriorate as they know they are guaranteed custom. This is especially true of very toursity places such as the beaches and Bangkok.
Theres a lot of suspicion regarding how LP chooses its hotels, often they are fine, but often I was wondering why on earth anyone would stay in such a hell-hole. LP has a tendency to be way too optimistic about everything. Also, having seen some old editions, its clear that they have been recycling the same old blurb for almost a decade.
Essentially, this LP has some decent points, but restaurant and hotel listings, take with a pinch of salt.
I'm not going to complain, like a previous reviewer, that the book assumes you can speak and read Thai. The authors always warn you if a particular restaurant has no English menu or sign, for instance, so if you can't read the language, you know to choose another restaurant. I do think, though, that the authors should take into account that prices tend to be much higher for lots of commodities - taxis and tuk-tuks, above all - if you happen to be a non-Thai-speaking foreigner. I've set out a couple of times on a journey which Lonely Planet has assured me will cost 30 baht by public sawngthaew (pick-up truck), only to arrive at the bus stop as the only customer and find drivers insisting that I charter the vehicle for 500 baht. You would need good spoken Thai and good haggling skills to avoid these sort of situations. Of course if you travel to a country where you don't know the language things are bound to be difficult at times, but I think Lonely Planet should take those difficulties into account.
Of course the chapters on Southern Thailand will now have to be updated in the light of the recent tsunami tragedy, not to mention continuing unrest in the Muslim-majority provinces in the far south. But no guide book can keep pace with events such as those.
I spent hours of my holiday trying to find things shown on the lonely planet maps only to find out later that they either don't exist or are on the complete opposite end of town.
I have got much better information by asking travellers or locals (or a few hostel review websites). This book is not worth the stress it causes. Some guidebooks are written very quickly and pushed out the door long before they are properly checked and reviewed which results in useless paperweights like the Thailand Lonely Planet.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a rather informative read but a bit bland could do with updating it as a few things i noted were incorrect! but other than this good to help with traveling through the countryPublished on 26 Mar. 2014 by Anthony C.
2009 but i been loads of times bort it for a friend and its still got stuff thats the same in 2013 2014 not a lot change in it. Read morePublished on 11 Feb. 2014 by nigel 1
The prices were outdated and a lot of the numbers were not connected.
There was 50 pages missing from the book and that was in place we wanted to stay.