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  • aldoscriba

    Joined Travelfish
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    Posts: 7

    Esteemed travelers

    Im off to cambodia and vietnam for 2 months (via bangkok) and was wondering whether it might not be more cost effective to purchase my travel guides in bangkok (where I might stay for two days or so) instead of home (RSA). I should imagine (english) vietnam and cambodia travel guides being widely available in bangkok, especially in the backpacker areas. Is this the case? If so, where would I buy them? Ill be staying around the khaosan road area.

    Peace out.

    #1 Posted: 12/10/2012 - 07:14

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  • daawgon

    Joined Travelfish
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    Posts: 1065
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    If you're staying in the smaller hotels/hostels, I think you will find plenty of recent editions of LP just lying around. You will soon discover that LP info is considerably out of date - esp concerning prices and accommodation (Travelfish info is far more up to date - download their guides and print them out).

    #2 Posted: 12/10/2012 - 09:30

  • aldoscriba

    Joined Travelfish
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    Posts: 7

    Thanks for the reply daawgon, but will I be able to purchase these guides lying around? Surely I cant just take them with me. Youre right about the fish being more up to date and the LP's being outdated. However, for reasons not germane to this thread, I still want an LP for each of these two countries.

    (on an entirely unrelated matter - why does my profile reflect me as a "longtail driver"?)

    #3 Posted: 12/10/2012 - 09:50

  • busylizzy

    Joined Travelfish
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    There are quite a lot of 2nd hand bookshops around the place, so you may find them there (but would imagine they get snapped up quickly). Also, in Cambodia you will find a gazillion street sellers hawking off their counterfeit versions of them cheaply - photocopied books essentially. (I'm not suggesting that buying counterfeit is a good thing, of course....)

    Personally, I have taken both LP and TF guides in the past, and aside from the maps, generally find the TF guides more useful.

    The longtail driver thing... is just something 'fun' built into the forum. I think your 'status' is a reflection of the number of posts that you've made. Keep posting and you'll be a 'noodle lady' before you know it!

    #4 Posted: 12/10/2012 - 15:58

  • sayadian

    Joined Travelfish
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    Posts: 1557

    Yes, just sit on the Riverside with a drink in Phnom Penh and like magic everything you want will appear, usually accompanied by a cheeky kid. A big of haggling is expected.

    I found second-hand books in KSR grossly overpriced.

    when do I make mahout?

    #5 Posted: 13/10/2012 - 07:11

  • aldoscriba

    Joined Travelfish
    21st December, 2011
    Posts: 7

    Thanks for the help and explanations guys.

    #6 Posted: 14/10/2012 - 16:38

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