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Thailand, south east asia guidebook! .. pls help

  • ravenger99

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    Hi everyone,
    Sorry if this has been answered before but i'm going backpacking next month and not sure which guidebook to get. will the one eith multiple countries be sufficent such as lonely planet South East Asia on a shoestring.

    Really would like a little bit of help/advice from you experts.

    Thanks in advance

    #1 Posted: 12/1/2009 - 07:07

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  • somtam2000

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    It depends on how extensively you're travelling in each country. If you're just skipping through, seeing the highlights, the Shoestring book is ok, but you'll obviously get a lot more out of having a dedicated book for each country.

    There's also this website I've heard of, called Travelfish or something like that ... might be useful ;-)

    #2 Posted: 12/1/2009 - 08:06

  • ravenger99

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    ooo really travel fish ey?.. i heard something on that, maybe i should go check it out! :P

    i think i'll just go for the shoe string, and one on Thailand.


    #3 Posted: 12/1/2009 - 21:59

  • travelrock

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    This site is better than any LP book.

    Rough Guides are the best on Thailand.

    #4 Posted: 13/1/2009 - 06:23

  • amazon_blon-

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    I've been travelling in Thailand for a month and agree with the above. I bought the LP SEA on a shoestring and it was good for preplanning, but there wasn't enough detail on the sites, or places to stay/eat to be useful while I'm here. Better to get individual guides -you can usually buy or trade used guides once you get here.

    As for a Thailand guidebook, the new LP ones are complete crap. I would definately go with rough guide. Even though it's older just plan on things being more expensive. The brand new LP is totally wrong on prices (among other things ...) so don't expect it to be better because it's newer like I did.

    Hope that helps.

    #5 Posted: 16/1/2009 - 20:03

  • thaiyaikit

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    I agree with Somtam - you can get all the information you need free on-line and from free tourist magazines. If you want to buy a travel guide - get it from a second hand bookshop, visit their websites for updates, and add a bit to the prices quoted in the guide. Personally, I am a big fan of Google, Travelfish and (sorry Somtam) other travelblogs/sites.

    #6 Posted: 22/1/2009 - 09:02

  • exacto

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    Good advice from thaiyaikit on buying a used and/or slightly older guide for your trip. We'll typically travel with an older guide book just to have certain information on hand, things that don't seem to change as often or as quickly, such as addresses or locations of museums, temples, etc., opening and closing times of various sites, transportation times and routes, and maps. I've used Moon, LP, and Rough Guides for Thailand and have been happy enough with all three.

    There is also a review section on Travelfish for new guidebooks that you may find useful. Cheers.

    #7 Posted: 22/1/2009 - 11:45

  • travelrock

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    every airport they have free brochures and maps on the local area that has accomodation, lists of activities and what not.

    But you still see backpackers walking around with their head glued to some overpriced inaccurate guidebook stumbling around thailand.

    #8 Posted: 27/1/2009 - 07:28

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