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  • ptgirl

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    Hi, i am planning a trip to Laos for Feb/March 2007. I have always been impartial to Lonely planet and Rough Guides for travel. However i notice that up to date editions of both are limited to 2005 for lonely planet and i think 2002 for RG. However i noticed that Footprint has an edition in 2006. Has anyone used Footprint? I have never used it before. Or is the latest version of Laos/lonelyplanet pretty accurate for the current time? Thanks in advance!

    #1 Posted: 13/11/2006 - 00:42

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    Hi ptgirl,

    Welcome to Travelfish!

    LP ar researching their new LP at the moment, but it will be another 9 months at least (closer to a year), before the book is released.

    I'm not sure about Rough Guide's update schedule, but their existing book, particularly the background information is excellent.

    The new Footprint is very very good. I've not used them much but when I picked up their new Laos book I found it very impressive -- and I'm not saying that because they gave us a plug! Certainly worth a try.

    #2 Posted: 13/11/2006 - 05:54

  • longleat

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    I believe the new Rough Guide for Laos will be out Feb. 2007.

    #3 Posted: 13/11/2006 - 07:28

  • ptgirl

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    Hi, thanks very much for your posts! Just wondering how easy it would be to pick up say the RG in February if i were travelling in Cambodia/vietnam around that time.

    #4 Posted: 13/11/2006 - 10:25

  • pilgrim

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    The new Rough guides for Lao and Thailand are due out this month. The travel bookstore I just checked with is hoping to have them in the next week or two...
    I just bought a Footprints Guide for Cambodia...it looks pretty good and I have heard great feedback about Footprints. I am looking forward to checking it out on the road in the next couple of months.

    #5 Posted: 13/11/2006 - 11:39

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    I used the Footprint Guide for Laos on my last two trips there too and it was very good. This last summer when we were in Thailand we met up with one of the researchers from Let's Go, the guidebooks out of Harvard University in the states. She was a lot of fun and quite insightful, so Let's Go might be worth a look too.

    The fun of the lesser-used guide books is that you aren't necessarily getting the same recommendations for the same places to stay and eat at the more popular destinations. Sometimes that makes you feel like you've discovered something fun yourself, even if it did come from the book.

    #6 Posted: 13/11/2006 - 11:46

  • ptgirl

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    Thanks again for the great info.! Yes I also agree that it is nice to use some of the guide books that are used a bit less frequently. I think I may give Footprint a try for Laos. In Canada the RG for Laos does not come out until Feb. next year.

    #7 Posted: 13/11/2006 - 12:00

  • ptgirl

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    Thanks again for the great info.! Yes I also agree that it is nice to use some of the guide books that are used a bit less frequently. I think I may give Footprint a try for Laos. In Canada the RG for Laos does not come out until Feb. next year.

    #8 Posted: 13/11/2006 - 12:01

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