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This review is from: Malaysia Singapore and Brunei (Lonely Planet Country Guides) (Paperback)
Disappointing guide. Felt descriptions of places to stay were so vague or misleading as to offer little or no help in deciding where to go. Repeatedly found entries were laughably off the mark. Miserable back-packer dives were regularly given glowing reviews, when a more honest 'dire but cheap' description would have been more helpful. Entries on a number of places in the Perhentian Islands should be taken with a very large pinch of salt. Other quibbles would be the atrocious quality of the maps, which are very unclear (try telling the difference between a village place name and a minor attraction on the Taman Negara map on p.295, or indentifying where the beaches are on the washed-out monochrome Perhentian map on p.321), and the generally confusing layout of the book, with advice on 'getting around' not often where you'd expect it to be. All these criticisms are in comparison to previous editions, where coloured, topographical maps were much more in evidence and advice on bus, rail and air links always directly adjacent to the relevant section.
This edition seems to have been needlessly 'modified', with a general reduction in coherency and the quality of information compared to previous editions. It's not going to get you into trouble, but it's not going to provide a huge amount of help either. Expect to have to do a lot of internet research in parallel, and try and visit places to stay before confirming bookings - the descriptions here are anodyne in a way you might expect from an advertising brochure.