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SE Asia on a shoestring or the grater mekong?

Posted by Ignas on 10/1/2011 at 17:32

Hi everyone Planning to go Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand and wondering which book is suit better for a traveler on low budget but going only to these four countries, because SE Asia on a shoestring includes much more countries than I am going to visit, but it focuses on low budget, and the Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & the greater Mekong is exactly on these mentioned countries. So which one u can advice to me? ...

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Book for Philippines

Posted by Remedy on 20/12/2010 at 19:19

Hi, I've just started planning my third trip to SE Asia, and so far it seems that the Philippines will be my main destination. I'm not much of a planner, relying on waypoints rather than a detailed route, but I do like to at least study a proper guidebook for tips and ideas. Even more so with the Philippines since Travelfish doesn't have a lot of accomodation reviews as of yet. The problem is that I haven't found a book that seems to meet my needs yet. I flipped through the Lonely Planet edi ...

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A Graphical Guide to South-East Asia

Posted by roddycun on 1/5/2010 at 04:50

Hi there, I have searched high and wide for a copy of this book and cannot seem to get my hands on it. There are a few on Amazon that I have seen but are all really pricey and 1 on guidegecko which I have also tried to buy but there are problems at checkout. I was wondering if anybody out there has a copy that they are done with who doesn't mind passing it on to me that would be amazing! Obviously I would pay all postage & packaging and I would be willing to give you a really good pric ...

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Availability of English language reading materials in SE Asia

Posted by ms1892 on 2/4/2010 at 18:35

I am setting of on Tuesday for a 2 month trip around SE Asia. I love reading and dont think i could bear the long flights and trains etc without a good book. Is it easy to find English language books, particularly in Cambodia and Vietnam? If so, is there usually a good selection and are they reasonably priced? Is it foolish of me to be considering carrying a backpack of books around with me? M. ...

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Lonely Planet's Thailand 12th edition reviewed

Posted by somtam2000 on 13/9/2007 at 10:54

Lonely Planet were kind enough to send us a complimentary review copy of their new guidebook to Thailand, released August 2007. So, if you're planning on going to Thailand and are still looking for a guide, you may find our review of interest. You can read the full review of Lonely Planet Thailand 12th edition here. If you've an opinion on the latest edition, please feel free to add it in here. Thanks! ...

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Books on Laos

Posted by kelseyg on 9/1/2010 at 07:15

Hi all! I'm heading to Cambodia and Laos in a month and want to find some political/historical books on the two countries. I've found some great suggestions on this forum for Cambodia, but can anyone recommend a book on Laos? I'm less interested in memoirs and more interested in academic sorts of books. Thanks! ...

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Brunelleschi's Dome: The Story of the Great Cathedral in Florence

Posted by Tilapia on 29/8/2009 at 01:50

A friend lent this to me before I headed over to Italy and France this summer. I was a bit skeptical at first as he's heavily into the technical aspects of architecture. However, this book is anything but. Ross King has documented the story of one of history's most creative minds, Filippo Brunelleschi, and his greatest achievement ... the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence. Even today it remains the largest dome built from bricks and mortar, built without any supporting structure!!! ...

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The future of Lonely Planet & Rough Guides?

Posted by Este on 12/2/2010 at 11:55

I'm currently in Asia and bought some books before I came, only to flog them on Amazon just a few weeks later. I've come here with basic knowledge, with further information gleaned from the Internet and word of mouth. I don't really like Lonely Planet books and the style of their writing, and I don't particularly like the snobbery of Rough Guides which always seem to me to be aimed at people who think they're 'travelers' rather than tourists even though they still end up very much on the tour ...

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Best Books I've read on my 18 month RTW Trip

Posted by legalnomads on 30/10/2009 at 21:47

Hey everyone! I've been on the road for awhile and thought I'd share a list of my favorite books that i've read so far. Makes those long train and bus rides go faster ;) http://legalnomads.blogspot.com/2009/09/best-books-ive-read-on-my-round-world.html Jodi ...

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Rough Giude vs. Lonely Planet

Posted by chopin on 9/12/2009 at 21:38

Hi guys, I'd like to know your opinion: between RG and LP, which is a better travel guide? ...

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Feedback wanted on 2 books on SEA

Posted by Lawoat on 11/7/2009 at 20:01

Hi All, Has anyone read the following books? Some comments or review are highly appreciated... The Indochina Chronicles (Travels In Laos, Cambodia And Vietnam) - Phil Karber Contemporary Southeast Asia (Second Edition) by Beeson, Mark (Ed.) ...

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No Touch Monkey - Ayun Halliday

Posted by travelingchinese on 4/7/2009 at 00:44

I am reading this now - hilarious backpacking short stories by Ayun Halliday. It was published in 2003 - and some of the stores are from the 90s - so I wouldn't use it as a travel guide - just a great read. Available online via: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk. (Amazon links added in by Somtam2000) ...

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Honeymoon with My Brother - Good travel read

Posted by exacto on 30/6/2009 at 02:07

Here's a recommend for a good travel book and fun read called Honeymoon with My Brother . It's about a 30-something guy who has a major life-changing event and winds up spending the better part of two years travelling the globe, including a good stint in SEA. Lots of fun stories and great insights about where and why we travel. Anyone else have suggestions for books to read while travelling? Cheers. ...

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Best Travel Guides.......

Posted by think87 on 14/3/2009 at 05:07

Will be doing a month in thailand as well as 5 other countries in SE asia later this year. im looking for guides to buy for those countries especially thailand. rough guide to thailand, lonely planet.. etc. any recommendations on the Best guid to buy? ...

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Southeast Asia Guide: Loney Planet or Let's Go????

Posted by angiulet on 12/1/2008 at 04:16

I am beginning to plan my trip in SE Asia for next summer. I was thinking to buy one of these guides that incorporate the whole region...I know they are heavy but I guess they are worth. Or not? Which one should I get?...the Lonely Planet "SE on a shoestring" or the Let's Go "Southeast Asia"?? i don't think that buying a guide for each country I am planning to visit would be a good idea. I am afraid that buying these kind of guide I will miss many important info that I would normally find in a ...

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