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Lonely Planet Southeast Asia on a shoestring (Travel Guide) Paperback – 13 Jul 2012

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Product details

  • Paperback: 976 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 16 edition (13 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 174179854X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741798548
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 3.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Lonely Planet books are, quite simply, like no other' --New York Times

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Format: Paperback
Set off with this book on Nov 1st 2012. Have used it so far in northern Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. I want to insert a caveat that I am unable to make a decent judgment on the whole contents of the book, which obviously covers far more countries. But nevertheless I feel we have been using it long enough to make a reasonable assessment.

LAYOUT AND DESIGN

Pros:

Overall well designed. The font type and colouring scheme - which differs from older Lonely Planet guidebooks - is easy to read. There is consistency in the layout for country chapters. The opening pages for each country, which give various useful stats, is nicely done. Maps not comprehensive but sufficient. The quality of the book (thickness of pages, binding, etc) is enough that it can take a bit of battering.

Cons:

The "getting there and away" has a major flaw. In a bizarre move, the section for Hanoi includes getting to and from the bus or train station and prices, but not the airport (so we would know a 'con' taxi price). It was only later we noticed that information was buried in a small box on the second page of the Vietnam section. This applies to Phnom Penh too, but - just to make it more confusing - not Vientiane.

CONTENT

Pros:

Detailed but concise. History and geography sections etc, have been trimmed back compared to other guides, but there is still enough to get you the background. Descriptions of sights, bars, etc, are short but to the point. So easy to digest. Also boxes with "splurge" ideas or "scam alerts!" are a nice touch. The price guides for the recommended restaurants and hotels have been pretty spot on so far.

Cons:

Entrance fees to sights are often wrong.
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Took this on a four month trip with me. Though it added extra weight to my backpack I never thought of dumping this book because it was SO valuable. It had in depth guides for areas of special interest such as angkor wat and had great sections on countries covering history and culture. More than just a travel guide.
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Ah, the Lonely Planet. Written by people who have forgotten what travelling is about. Pretty much outdated as soon as you purchase it.

But as a source of starting material from which to research beyond the pages, it still rules. Just leave it at home.
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excellent
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I travelled SE Asia for 3 months and absolutely loved this book! I ordered it before my travels to read through and found it very useful! Love the lonely planet books/website and definitely would recommend.
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Love this book. I would recommend it to anyone who is going travelling.
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I know lonely planet because of my previous trips and I really like it as it's usually full of details that no other guides provide but I'm not happy about this one. Probably when it comes to books that want to include several countries, they are not as detailed as you would like them to be. I bought it because I'm going to Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Singapore for 2 months, so I wanted a book including everything, instead of 4 different books. Unfortunately is not very detailed about cities attractions or things to do (neither the big ones) and neither about transport. I will still take it with me because of space issues with my luggage, but otherwise if had to do single trips in these countries, I would buy the lonely planet of the country I intend to visit.
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By Squirr-El HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 8 Aug. 2015
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This 976-page book - the 17th (print) edition of August 2014 - is an interesting and readable guide to the attractions of the countries of Southeast Asia. This is a well-designed and presented guide, with useful maps (which are keyed to the places mentioned in the guide - they are not detailed general-purpose maps). This is not a glossy guide with lots of colour pictures, but it is a well-designed and laid out guide, with colour used only sparingly, where there is a space to be filled or a section to be highlighted. It is intended to be a meaningful guide to things to see and do, and not just a list of things to see and do.

It is broken down into four major sections:

Page 6 - Plan Your Trip:
This section is a general introduction to Southeast Asia, what to look out for (Southeast Asia’s Top 20 experiences), what you need to know in advance, and important touristy stuff.

Page 49 - On the Road (“The Guide”, with Understand and Survival Guide sections for each country):
P050: Brunei Darussalam
P064: Cambodia (with 5 sub-sections)
P149: Indonesia (8)
P311: Laos (3)
P378: Malaysia (6)
P480: Myanmar (7)
P547: Philippines (7)
P613: Singapore
P643: Thailand (8)
P791: Timor-Leste (6)
P812: Vietnam (7)

Page 915 - Understand:
This section is a guide to local culture, with articles on history and people, etc.

Page 929 - Survival Guide:
This section contains the A-Z Directory, and information on transport, health, etc; plus -
P953: Language
P962: Index
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