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  • jakethedog

    Joined Travelfish
    22nd November, 2008
    Posts: 20

    I curently have a Frommers Thailand 7th edition. Frommers has served me well for trips to europe but seems to be lacking some for Thailand.

    I saw a Fodors Thailand which seems to have more info and Rough Guide has a new Thai guide book coming out in the fall.

    I was looking for some comments, recommendations for guidebooks to complement the Travelfish files.

    Thanks Dan

    #1 Posted: 2/8/2009 - 00:35

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  • BruceMoon

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    Joined Travelfish
    27th December, 2008
    Location Australia
    Posts: 1941
    Total reviews: 6


    It really depends on what you want from a guide.

    Some like the personal readability of rough guides, Frommers, etc.

    Others, myslef included, like a guide that merely offers facts - such as Lonely Planet.

    I like Lonely Planet because it gives me maps, it advises on 'attractions' - which fall into the categories of:

    1. national icons/monuments (religious & other)
    2. sites of history (buildings / museums), and
    3. non-urban places of interest or enjoyment (ie. parks, waterfalls, etc.).

    And, their section on 'Getting There/Away' or 'Getting Around' is exceedingly useful to me.

    I think little of the Lonely Planet recommendations for accommodation, but they are useful as a sort of guide to read the Travelfish accommodation options.

    As for Thailand, if you are interested in Lonely Planet, go to a 2nd hand shop & get edition 11 (2005). The later versions are the subject of much criticism.


    #2 Posted: 2/8/2009 - 07:07

  • jakethedog

    Joined Travelfish
    22nd November, 2008
    Posts: 20

    Thanks Bruce....I guess I will have to compare each to see which one suits my needs.

    Regards Dan

    #3 Posted: 4/8/2009 - 12:16

  • busylizzy

    Joined Travelfish
    31st December, 2007
    Location New Zealand
    Posts: 2155
    Total reviews: 20
    Places visited:
    At least 107

    I carried both Lonely Planet and Travelfish e-guides around Thailand last year. The info in TF was far superior in my opinion -easier to read, more reliable and informative reviews on accommodation. Lonely Planet had the better maps, but to be honest, we didn't end up using them that often.

    Next year, I will just rely on TF.

    #4 Posted: 4/8/2009 - 14:36

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