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on 19 October 2009
I am a keen reader of Lonely planet guides and they are usually my first choice every time I backpack in a foreign country; usually well written and plenty of useful suggestions. I am sorry to admit this was NOT the case. As another reader wrote (certainly better than I could do with my poor English..), this guide " is so obsessed at telling us how wicked the regime is that it fails to fulfill its purpose as a travel guide". After the first few pages you'll learn you'll be stressed for the rest of the chapters to make your best to avoid supporting the regime; which is good to a certain extent, but not when it becomes the leitmotiv of the whole guide.
Hotel reviews are well written as usual ( and that's what kept me to give 1 star), but places suspected by the reader to have connection with the regime or accessible only through government agencies they won't simply be covered, such as Padaung (long neck) villages or mountain tribes in the extreme north; I'd prefer to have all the info and make my mind up about what is worth or what is bad to visit..