- Series: Lonely Planet Bangkok
- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 5th edition (August 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1864502851
- ISBN-13: 978-1864502855
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,003,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Lonely Planet guide was always worth reading -- it often added something I didn't find in the Moon guide. The highly detailed map in the back of the book was also quite worthwhile. However, if I had to have just one book, it would have been the Moon guide by Carl Parkes.
Carl's explanations always seemed a little bit richer, and a little bit more in touch. His introduction to the Thai language left me much better equipped to try my hand, and his culture and language sections also stood out. The overall impression, true or not, is that Carl has a deeper understanding and familiarlity with the Thais and Bangkok than Joe. But to be fair, I was happy with both books, and happier still that I had brought both with me.
Its too bad that the Moon guide is harder to find than Lonely Planet's .... but I definitely recommend it.
I went on business to Bangkok, and during the 3 days that I had to go around, this book helped me find those things that mattered most.
I think it is a great read for anyone who is planning to go to amazing Bangkok and it is a must when travelling around in the city. Lonely Planet books are seriously great!
Be sure to call about open times for restaurants as two I went to were closed earlier than was given in the guide (no fault of Joe's I'm sure).
Any Thai guide must address the flesh trade without sounding a dinner bell for sex tourists, and Joe seems to walk this line nicely. (L.P. always seems to discourage travel for sex & drugs, though rock and roll seems to always merit it's own section.)
RE: Other L.P. Thai guides The On A Shoestring guides are always the most bang-for-your buck, and always a damned good idea for border excursions. If you've got the bucks, I don't think that all 4 formats (City Guide, Travel Survival Kit, On A Shoestring, and Phrase Book) are excessive. My only regret is that the Tokyo City Guide is now in a "standard" format, not the "shirt-pocket" size of the previous editions, nor the "mini" of the phrasebooks. I hope that the other guides retain their current size.