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This review is from: Thailand (Lonely Planet Country Guides) (Paperback)
Having been to many countries and used many lonely planet guides. It is fair to say that this is not one of the better editions.
*The additional sections are fairly interesting and there are great pictures to keep you occupied for a while.
* Maps and transport links are a lot better than similar travel guides, although they do suffer from inevitable timetebles changes etc.
* Covereage is relatively good for places off the beaten track
The Bad: The main problem with carrying around an LP, is that virtually every other backpacker in Thailand will have one too ( and theres a lot of them.) This means that any hotel with a recommendation can be expected to fill up quickly, to the detriment of other hotels that may be a lot nicer, but are not in the book. Also, once hotels have a mention in LP, standards often deteriorate as they know they are guaranteed custom. This is especially true of very toursity places such as the beaches and Bangkok.
Theres a lot of suspicion regarding how LP chooses its hotels, often they are fine, but often I was wondering why on earth anyone would stay in such a hell-hole. LP has a tendency to be way too optimistic about everything. Also, having seen some old editions, its clear that they have been recycling the same old blurb for almost a decade.
Essentially, this LP has some decent points, but restaurant and hotel listings, take with a pinch of salt.