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Product Details

  • Series: Shoestring
  • Paperback: 988 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 14th edition (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741047269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741047264
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,681,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lonely Planet, like your passport, should always be kept close.' --Denver Post, January 2008

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At Lonely Planet, we see our job as inspiring and enabling travelers to connect with the world for their own benefit and for the benefit of the world at large.

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* We offer travelers the world's richest travel advice, informed by the collective wisdom of over 350 Lonely Planet authors living in 37 countries and fluent in 70 languages.
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Customer Reviews

Not only that, the recommendations for accommodations and restaurants were awful.
Quinn Bie
A friend gave me the previous edition but I saw there was an updated version and decided to buy it while on the road - very expensive!
Travel Toes
This book proved to be so very helpful for a group of 3 young men, friends who travelled on a shoestring to Southeast Asia.
Sheyla Filmeridis

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Travel Toes on April 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
We travelled in SE Asia in the Summer of 2008...you would think the 2008 edition would be helpful and up to date. A friend gave me the previous edition but I saw there was an updated version and decided to buy it while on the road - very expensive! I have travelled extensively in many countries and continents. I will never buy a Lonely Planet Guide again. This book inaccurate, the information and prices so inaccurate you wonder if they were ever right (museums, palaces, etc, were 7X more expensive)misleading, did not give pertinent information, descriptions were "cutesy" rather than factual, you couldn't get from place to place with this guide, just the regualr tourist trail that you could find by yourself int he dark ...You really wondered if a person had actually been there. Totally useless and a waste of time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chic Traveler on July 28, 2009
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Yes, Lonely Planet usually delivers with lots of tips and great recommendations. However, this particular guide is almost worthless. Not only did we encounter numerous inaccuracies in terms of transportation availability, restaurant and hotel existence, and false information about visas and entry fees, but also poor recommendations. There is traveling on a budget, then there is traveling like a homeless person. This Lonely Planet landed us in some of the least clean and least safe places we have ever stayed--but only when we were "lucky" enough to find that the book's recommendations were still open. I would not recommend this book and will seriously think twice about buying another Lonely Planet book in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caro Diaz on July 27, 2009
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I bought this book just before my trip to Thailand and Vietnam. It was useful, but it lacks of maps of the capitals or main cities and a couple of picture of the main attractions. The rest os ok.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. ritenour on August 20, 2008
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I travel on a very tight budget and this book totally helped me out with hostels,restaurants, transportation to surrounding countries. Asia has to be one of the cheapest places to travel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars VERY concise backpacker's guide, August 10, 2008

I used Lonely Planet's "Southeast Asia on a Shoestring" guide exclusively on my last trip to SE Asia. I visited Singapore and parts of Indonesia and Malaysia. Just like every other Lonely Planet Shoestring Guide, it was pretty amazing. However, this guide was much more concise than other shoestring guides I've used, probably because of how many places are being crammed into one book. Yes, it does a great job of covering a wide range of places in Southeast Asia. It just sacrifices detailed info and maps of many of those places to do so. This book generally sticks to times, costs, and locations, plus a very brief description of many of the places it covers. If you think you'll want more than that, you might consider the individual country guides instead. All that being said, the book does a great job of living up to it's motto: "Big Trips on Small Budgets." The info it provides was all very accurate and very useful. Recommended.
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This book proved to be so very helpful for a group of 3 young men, friends who travelled on a shoestring to Southeast Asia. They relied on the information which proved to be very complete and current.
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This book has it all! Even if you like to get "off the beaten path" nothing beats the transportation and maps in this guidebook especially with pricing. When you're dealing with a language barrier, it definitely helps to have somewhat of an idea about how much things are SUPPOSED to cost not what you're told. I used it to backpack SEA for 5 months in 2010 and also for 8 months in 2012.

While you can find cheaper accommodation once you're traveling, by heading to locations of the guesthouses listed, you have a starting point. Otherwise, stay where they recommend the first night and move on from there - helpful in small towns to know where to go and where all the travelers are.
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Absolutely love this book. I wish I would have got it sooner when I was trying to plan my trip. It's even better than looking around on the internet because you don't have to sift through a ton of irrelevant information. This is all stuff you want to know.
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