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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 5 edition (17 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405389796
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405389792
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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This is a compassionately written guide about a beautiful country. It gives a good overview, but has also very detailed information if and when you want to know it all. A good example is the fresco by fresco description for Qusayr Amra, one of the desert castles. On a recent trip we had both, the Lonely Planet and the Rough Guide. The Rough Guide was a lot more helpful. One of the most significant differences were the great maps of the Rough Guide, where Lonely Planet provides merely sketches. In a country where good maps are difficult to get by this became a very important part of the guide book for us.
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As someone who has been working in the tourism sector in Jordan for a few years now, this 2013 edition of the Rough Guide is by far the best and most comprehensive guide book on Jordan out there. It contains updated detailed information on the country and what to do both for mainstream tourists and those who want an off the beaten track experience. Matthew Teller is telling it from the angle of someone who seems to be in constant contact with Jordan and what is going on in the country. The photos, maps, recommendations, structure and up to date detail that the book contains are outstanding. I own both the kindle and print versions. Both are great.
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First of all a guide book from 2013 to the Middle East is bound to be outdated. Jordan -despite it being a relative haven of tranquillity in the imploding Arab world - is being shunned by tourists due to their security fears. As a result everything has changed. For example Wadi Musa that caters to one of the world' wonders visitors - to Petra - feels more like a ghost town these days and businesses there are going bankrupt. Today prices are of course higher than reported. However, the most problematic of the guide is its sycophantic slant and as regards historical accuracy there are downright omissions and distortions. I used to prefer "Rough Guide" to others for their critical, occasionally even sarcastic, approach to the local "false consciousness" but this one is the opposite. It promulgates the local establishment's propaganda especially as it regards the creation of this artificial country and as it regards the Arab-Israeli conflict. Also a lot of hoopla about dirty neglected sites not worth visiting. Pity.
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I found this book covered everything i needed and more when i spent a week in Jordan. Not only that but it is so well written and interesting. I've found i've read it as much after getting home as i did when i was away. The information is spot on every time, for example it suggested avoiding the Valentine Inn in Wadi Musa which after speaking to someone who was staying there turned out to be good advice. Also it covers practicalities of transport really well in a country where there are not that many public buses.

The small size of the country means that the author has plenty of room to go into detail about everything. I can't find any faults with this book at all!
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Spent a week in Jordan based around much of this book. The level of detail inside meant that we found no need for local guides and therefore gained real flexibility in our self-drive visit. The information is current, coherent and concise - even the prices were up to date.
Generally I'd like Rough Guides to include more pictures (a bit like DK) but ultimately its the content that counts and this is one of their best, clearly written by someone with a real knowledge and affection for both the country and its people.
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I found it great bedtime reading - it's got lots of hints and tips if you're going to Jordan - it made me want to go even more, despite the fact that I'm coffee-hater....
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Used before and during our trip to Jordan in April 2014. Comprehensive guide. Great maps and great tips, especially for accomodation, walks and for Petra.

Some very useful Arabic phrases, which helped us communicate with the extremely hospitable and friendly locals.

Read in conjunction with Trip Advisor reviews and had a wonderful trip.
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Great book, stuffed full of all the practical info you need to make informed decisions. There was very little we were told by guides we had at Gerash and Petra that weren't in this book. In a number of respects, significantly better than the Lonely Planet counterpart, which in this case is actually a compliment. Good maps, too!
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