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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Thailand Paperback – October 18, 2016
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The photographs are great, the recommendations are accurate, and the information and historical background they give on locations is phenomenal! We actually went with a personal driver and bilingual tour guide for the full 2 weeks, and we still used this book daily. The background information and tips are so good and you really get a feel for the places you visit knowing the history behind the sites.
We stayed at 3 hotels listed as recommendations in guide and loved them all. I can't speak for all of the sites in the book but we did Bangkok, Katchanburi, Lampang, Phitsanulok, Sukothai, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Phuket and the info for those cities were great!
It's also useful for a lot of the cultural notes for foreigners, covering everything from the wai, tipping, clothes to wear (especially at the wats), and common faux pas. Sure, a good deal of this may be available in online resources, but the book does a solid job of compiling this all into one travel-friendly resource, especially for those who may be outside of data networks while trekking across Asia.
Suggestion: if you're planning a self-tour, you may want to supplement or stick with Lonely Planet or Fodor's for more detailed explanations and practical logistics such as where to stay and eat.
This book has nice pictures but not enough information about the sites, it's more eye-catching than informative, I would not get it again, or maybe I would get it in conjunction with a more informative travel book.