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Lonely Planet Thailand (Travel Guide) [Kindle Edition]

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Book Description

#1 bestselling guide to Thailand*

Lonely Planet Thailand is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Listen to monks chant in a Bangkok temple, indulge in a beachfront Thai massage on a coral-fringed island, or trek through the jungle to see elephants and gibbons; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Thailand and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Thailand Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - customs, history, politics, literature, cinema, music, art, environment, wildlife, cuisine, and more
  • Free, convenient pull-out Bangkok map (included in print version), plus over 100 colour local maps
  • Useful features - including Walking Tours, Travel with Children, and Month-by-Month (annual festival calendar)
  • Coverage of Chiang Mai Province, Northern Thailand, Northeastern Thailand, Central Thailand, Bangkok, Ko Chang, Eastern Seaboard, Hua Hin, Southern Gulf, Phuket, Andaman Coast, Ko Samui, Lower Gulf, and more

eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones)

  • Downloadable PDF and offline maps to avoid roaming and data charges
  • Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews
  • Speedy search capabilities to easily find what you need
  • Bookmarks to shoot back to key pages in a flash
  • Embedded links to get to recommendations' websites
  • Add notes to personalise your guidebook experience
  • Zoom-in maps and images
  • Seamlessly flip between pages
  • Inbuilt dictionary to decode site-specific local terms

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Thailand, our most comprehensive guide to Thailand, is perfect for both exploring the top sights and taking roads less travelled.

  • Looking for just the highlights of Thailand? Check out Lonely Planet's Discover Thailand, a photo-rich guide to the country's most popular attractions.
  • Looking for a guide focused on Bangkok or Phuket? Check out Lonely Planet's Bangkok guide for a comprehensive look at all the city has to offer, or Lonely Planet's Pocket Bangkok or Pocket Phuket, handy-sized guides focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, China Williams, Mark Beales, Tim Bewer, Celeste Brash, Austin Bush, Alan Murphy, and Brandon Presser.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel content company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet enables curious travellers to experience the world and get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

*Bestselling guide to Thailand Source: Nielsen Bookscan. Australia, UK and USA, January 2011 to October 2011.

Product Details

  • File Size: 21720 KB
  • Print Length: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 14 edition (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741797144
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741797145
  • ASIN: B0074YEVCI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,913 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
By Chris
I love the LP series. I've used them for my travels to Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Nepal and India.
I have nothing negative to say about the books in and of themselves....
what I'd like to do is give future travellers and backpackers a bit of a heads up.
Beware of the Lonely Planet effect.
Because the Lonely Planet books are so widely used, once a book is published with a list of hotels and restos, I've encountered on several occasions vacancy problems as well as price hikes. Many places see their listing in the LP books as a reason to increase their $ as they know that westerners want to stay and eat in places that have been recommended. Always have a plan B.
That being said, the LP guides are quite indispensable as they provide a lot of relevant information.
I always have one in my bag when I travel.
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72 of 85 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars There's better out there August 25, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I don't know why this is allegedly the most popular guidebook to Thailand. It's organized pretty haphazardly (for example, what would be interesting stories--on ladyboys, elephants, etc) are randomly inserted on pages that need filler. I stumbled on some of these at the end of our trip because they were in some random section.

Quite a few places we walked by--especially in Chiang Mai--had "Recommended by Lonely Planet" signs out front and looked like havens for douchebag "farang".

Most of the places we stayed, and some of our favorite parts of the trip weren't included in the book at all (May Kaidee's vegetarian cooking school in Chiang Mai and Bangkok is the best example; Mae Hwang village outside of Chiang Mai which had a sizeable amount of Westerners passing through on their way to jungle/elephant treks; Spicy Villa there; also Centara hotel in Chiang Mai, Anantara Lawanna in Koh Samui). This all makes me wonder how well they do their homework.

Also very short on information about Thailand itself. In a culture that is strongly based on a shared religion (as the book itself states), they devote just a couple of paragraphs to discussing Buddhism. Very little on their art, which was completely disappointing, as it's the basis for the wats.

Quite a few factual inaccuracies also--most notably, that you're forbidden from photographing Buddha. Not true. None of the temples posted this "prohibition", and when we asked, Thais were incredulous that we were told this. There are some rules for how to photograph Buddha (never place yourself or another human higher in the picture frame etc), and it would have been helpful to have included this instead.

Had a bit of a shock also when they referred to ladyboys as "well-endowed dudes" on page 133.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lonely Planet vs. Rough Guide April 22, 2013
By David
My friend and I visited Thailand earlier this month, and we conducted an experiment in the process: She used Lonely Planet and I used Rough Guide. We came up with similar trip plans, and we both turned to the Internet to fill in some blanks before squaring away our itinerary. Once on the road, we found ourselves using Rough Guide slightly more often than Lonely Planet.

Both guides are well organized and reasonably complete. LP's maps are more detailed, but the Rough Guide's maps are in color and easier to read. LP does a passable job of detailing elephant parks and other activity destinations around Chiang Mai, but it isn't complete enough to avoid using the Internet to get everything sorted out. This was an altogether miss in the Rough Guide.

We did a back-to-back comparison of recommended Italian restaurants in Chiang Mai, and we found the LP recommendation to be superior. However, several restaurant listings are the same in both guides, and the Rough Guide did not lead us astray. While the LP accommodation listings are not lacking, we found the Rough Guide's listings to be more helpful in Chiang Mai and Ko Phi Phi. I recommend consulting TripAdvisor to get a fuller picture of available options, as neither guide provides an exhaustive listing.

I like that the Rough Guide has full color and more photos, but the Lonely Planet guide excels at legibility. LP is the clear winner--from font choice to column layout. Unfortunately the writing style is a bit condescending at points, which is a huge turn-off for me. The Rough Guide is frank without the attitude.

Both guides are overall winners. Generally speaking, I recommend Lonely Planet for Bangkok and destinations to the north and Rough Guide for destinations to the south.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars kindle version beware May 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I like the content of this book overall, but I purchased and downloaded to my kindle fire and it just doesn't work well. I have also used lonely planet kindle versions of other titles, and none give me the headaches that the Thailand book does. It started crashing as soon as I started making bookmarks/notes/highlights. It repeatedly wiped out whatever notes I had added, occaisionally refuses to open, and frequently crashes for no apparent reason (I long ago gave up trying to reconstruct my notes). So every visit to this book now for me is a tedious, annoying and unreliable one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BACKPACKERS BEWARE November 6, 2013
By Bud
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Major misfire.

I second this: "A complete gloss over, tailored for the wealthy holiday makers with no culture."

Also, the complete lack of any coherent organization is impractical and annoying.

No thanks, LP. Best of luck on the next edition.


A backpacker
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good guide
Published 2 months ago by Jeremy Albelda
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for our travels!
So helpful for our 3-week trip to Thailand for my birthday!
Published 3 months ago by Courtenay Pinder
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I ordered 2014 edition as advertised, and received 2012 edition.
Published 7 months ago by Gamal
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, Save Your Money!
I bought this book in anticipation for traveling to Thailand and once I arrived in the country - I never looked at it again. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Douglas H. Radtke
3.0 out of 5 stars The guide is very useful to gain an understanding of Thailand's...
I was recently in Thailand for 2 weeks. The guide is very useful to gain an understanding of Thailand's culture, but was most disappointing about the book were the choice of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by AREDU
5.0 out of 5 stars although I'd recommend buying the pdf versions
Lonely Planet has by far the most relevant, easy-to-use, and well edited travel guides for all countries. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Stephanie G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent travel book!!!
Published 8 months ago by CLIFFORD R. SCOTT
4.0 out of 5 stars I think it would be nicer if the Kindle versions were a little more up...
Helped me and my sister get around in December 2013. I think it would be nicer if the Kindle versions were a little more up to date and had better maps.
Published 9 months ago by Ashraf Haddad
5.0 out of 5 stars Peace Corps
A friend of mine is joining the Peace Corps. and will be stationed in Thailand. I then began collecting as much cultural information as I could for this friend of mine. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars You can never go wrong
with the Lonely Planet guides. This one seems to offer fewer suggestions for housing and so forth, but the housing recommendations were excellent as is all the cultural... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Keith E. Welsh
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Nice stuff, I read all of those books and saw the movie too, loved it.
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