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Cambodia (Lonely Planet Country Guides) Paperback – 23 Jul 2010
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However, many travellers in Asia who I've met have commented that 'there didn't seem like there was much to do in Cambodia apart from Siem Reap and Phnom Penh', and this (I believe) is probably a result of 'lonely planet syndrome'. Beyond these two destinations (and a few on the coast near phnom penh, the book treats the rest of the country very briefly, which may leave the impression that these areas aren't worht visiting. Evidently, this is because these areas simply are not touristy - and is what you'd expect from a guidebook like this (so no discrdit whatsoever to the author). But, all I'd say is don't let this put you off. I spent three months travelling the country, largely following reccomendations from locals as I went, and found many areas barely mentioned in the book but which were more than worth exploring. For example, a highlight of my trip was a trek in Botum Sakor national park, an outstandingly beautiful (and large) national park which isn't even mentioned at all in the guide (as far as I can tell). Cambodia has a huge amount to offer any traveller - you could easily spend years exploring the country - so please (please) don't flick through the lonely planet and decide its only worth a few days.
The other main problem is that Cambodia is a rapidly changing country and as such even a one month old guide would probably be out of date.Read more ›
The only thing the book doesn't prepare you for is the random overpricing that has occurred, the variation from shop to shop is immense. Shop where the locals shop and you'll save a fortune.
The writing in LP Cambodia is easy to follow and there is a great history section to read before you go to help you get the feel for the place. One big benefit is that on the kindle edition you can see popular bookmarks and notes from other users should they choose toshare them; that turns it into the guidebook that has peer review before you go. The search facility and bookmarking / notes are invaluable as they help you find that museum in Phnom Penn that you were interested in visiting and just make it easier to tag places to visit or visited as you go; or you can use the search to finding a restaurant in Siem Reap. One negative is the maps are harder to use on the Kindle than other visitors paper copies.
Nick Ray has lived in Cambodia for years and knows the country from a westerner's perspective. He has written or contributed to all the LP guides to Cambodia. In this edition the usual LP layout is followed with introductory sections on `getting started', when to go (just avoid the killer months of April-May before the rains), suggested itineraries, Cambodian history and a basic local language section to learn some Khmer which will go down well if you get it right (but is more likely to induce good-humored hilarity if you don't).
The different regions of Cambodia are then described in long, dedicated chapters, with more than half the book devoted to Phnom Penh and the Angkor temples/Siem Reap - the main reason most travellers will go to Cambodia.
Most visitors arrive in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap by air. If you've come from somewhere like Thailand then the squalor, poverty and difficulties most Cambodians face every day can be quite a shock. Thousands of people have limb amputations from land mines, which still litter whole regions of the country from the Khmer Rouge days. Highlights in PP are the Killing Fields museum with graphic gruesome details you'd never see in any sanitised museum in the west; the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda (you must wear long sleeves or will be denied entry, and note the sign at the main entrance advising you must deposit all your weapons and explosives with Reception for the duration of your tour!).Read more ›
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Even though this was not a new book, you never would have known...very useful! Just need to be careful about believing what is in it too as the date of the publication was a few... Read morePublished on 23 Dec. 2014 by F N Johnson
We bought this for our Son and Daughter in Law who are seasoned travels. This is strongly recommended for anyone planning a visitPublished on 5 Jan. 2014 by George E. Findlay
for country like cambodia ... you really need the guide and this one is a good guide to have, we used it a lotPublished on 24 April 2013 by samiorpio
I bought this book primarily for the Siem Reap/Angkor Wat section. It was helpful but the writing style didn't appeal this time (I've bought other LP books). Read morePublished on 7 Jan. 2012 by Ellie
As with most LP books, too much detail! Its a real shame to see so many travellers who clutch their copy of the LP like it is a lifeline. Read morePublished on 29 Aug. 2011 by neats
as always,i find the lonely planet guides the best for providing essential information for world travel. Read morePublished on 29 Aug. 2010 by mark t
During a recent holiday in Cambodia, I found this book extremely helpful with information on the history and development of the country and its inhabitants, details of interesting... Read morePublished on 9 July 2010 by Christine Holt