Southeast Asia (Shoestring)

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Southeast Asia (Shoestring)

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  1. Jonathan Ward says:
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    2.0 out of 5 stars
    A stark departure from recent editions, July 11, 2012
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    Jonathan Ward
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    I’ve just received it in the mail today, and boy is it different! I’ve used the previous two editions, and found them to be extremely helpful. Since then the sale of Lonely Planet to BBC international has been completed, and they’ve taken a very different path with the book. I’ll analyze some of the key differences that I’ve noticed in my first glance through.

    The first thing to notice is the planning your trip section in the beginning. It provides a lot of quick summary information to get the imagination flowing that was lacking from recent editions. I count this as a definite positive step; it makes it easier for me to loan the book out to friends when they ask me why I like going to SE Asia.

    In the individual country sections, the summary page at the start of the chapter has been expanded from 2/3 of a page to 1 3/4 of a page, with the highlights section on another page with the map. The expanded summaries are useful for getting a quick feel out for general initial planning.

    Unfortunately, there had to be some bad to go along with the good. The city sections within the country are simply not catered to the budget traveler. Unless prices have doubled since 2010 (highly unlikely), the book is geared toward flash-packer and mid-range travelers. For example, while the summary section on Laos suggests that budget hotel rooms, I.E. the ones that a purchaser of this book would be looking for, cost around 10$, which is true. The rooms listed in the city sections, however, range up to $40, with most of them solidly in the $20-$30 range. That’s what many people budget for a whole day in Laos. In one instance, the book suggests, not even in one their too plentiful treat yourself boxes, a $58 Bungalow in Vieng Vang, where backpacker bungalows for ~10$ are very common with a little sniffing and haggling.

    This phenomenon of not catering to budget travelers is not unique to the Laos section. The Bangkok section lists (as a budget option! Only $ on their scale of $-$$$) a guest house for 1950 Baht. For frame of reference, you can get an hotel room from a name you would recognize for less than that. A search on Kayak or Agoda will reveal a plethora of options for significantly less, and any backpacker can tell you that prices are cheaper on the ground.

    The summary is that while the summary sections of the book provide inspiration for the imagination that was lacking in previous editions, this newest version is no longer geared toward true budget travelers. It seems that the days of Lonely Planet having the best SE Asia cheap guidebook are over. And it’s a damned shame too; there’s nobody apparent to fill the void.

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  2. Nenzakerm says:
    5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    amazingly insightfull, never lets you down, September 10, 2012
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    amazingly insightfull, never lets you down.

    I used this book to plan a 17 week South East Asia trip and let me tell you! this book certainly became my bible while travelling. very helpful tips and easy to use layout! Deffinately reccomended for any traveler not just budget backpackers!

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  3. Anonymous says:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Thorough, Helpful Travel Reference, February 13, 2013
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    This is a comprehensive guide with an exceptionally well-researched, broad spectrum of coverage. After using this to plan a 7-week trip, I don’t really need individual country guides. I highly recommend it!

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