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.
#1 jakethedog has been a member since 22/11/2008. Posts: 20
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.
Thanks Bruce....I guess I will have to compare each to see which one suits my needs.
#3 jakethedog has been a member since 22/11/2008. Posts: 20
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.