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Lonely Planet Southeast Asia on a shoestring (Travel Guide) Paperback – 13 Jul 2012
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LAYOUT AND DESIGN
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.
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.
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.
Entrance fees to sights are often wrong.Read more ›
But as a source of starting material from which to research beyond the pages, it still rules. Just leave it at home.
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)
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 -
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wasn't as helpful as I thought for my travels... it's not detailed enough to help me explore the places that I wanted to goPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fast Delivery! Product and Packaging! Book is full of information for first time travellers.Published 6 months ago by Emma O'Brien
Good advice, about as up to date as you could expect, nice to have this as well as trip adviser. Some good ideas and useful maps.Published 6 months ago by JAMES
Great guide. Was so useful when travelling around South East Asia. Lots of useful tipsPublished 9 months ago by Mr. C. Wheeler