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Lonely Planet Discover Thailand (Full Color Country Travel Guide) Paperback – April 1, 2010
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Unfortunately, there appears to be confusion about this new LP series. Although each LP Discover so far covers one country, it does NOT replace LP Country Guides. Some people have bought it thinking it is a new look for an updated country guide and are not happy with it - "This is horrible, this is like a travel advertisement, I'll never buy another LP again, etc.". Needless to say, it is not for everyone. Fortunately, you have a lot of choices in the best guide for YOU, so...
There are many to choose from for your trip to Thailand. There are several from Lonely Planet (LP), plus there is the Rough Guide, DK, Frommers, "Travelers Tales" and "Culture Shock". Start at the library or a big bookstore and look them over briefly.
I usually prefer LP, not because it is better than Rough Guide (for some places, Rough is much better), but because LP is available for more countries. Because the style is consistent, I can quickly find what I need.
Now LP has TWO country guides for Thailand: LP Thailand (LPT) with 820 pages, and the new "LP discover Thailand" (LPDT), a.k.a. Full Color Country Guide, at 408 pages; LPT is larger but they weigh approximately the same.Read more ›
The highlights of the country are greatly expanded, and the guide starts with "Thailand's top 25 experiences" ranging from markets to visit, islands to relax on and activities to engage in. Everything was in full colour with large photos and a paragraph description. I felt like I was able to quickly get a sense of the experiences I would get in Thailand, and I liked that there were a wide range of activities described from rock climbing in Railay to travelling by sleeper train to which beaches looked the most inviting.
They've also introduced highlights to the beginning of every city or region section, bumping back the overview description to deeper into the guide. The "Things you need to know" section recapping logistical information like emergency contact information, explanations of the neighbourhoods, and other tips are shown right after highlights.
I always find LP's suggested itineraries section really helpful and the latest colour guide is no exception. Choosing what cities to visit in a country is always tough ( I want to see it all!) and the itineraries gives me a good sense of my tradeoffs between visiting one region versus another. I like that the Thailand guide also includes mini suggested itineraries at a city level for Bangkok too. I wish they extended that to all the major regions / cities like Chiang Mai too.
Colour maps are great! They are so much easier to read!Read more ›
The Gay and Lesbian Travelers directory provides little detail, but mentions "a fairly prominent gay and lesbian scene in Bangkok, Pattaya, and Phuket." However when looking through the chapters, I only found a brief mention of three venues in Bangkok. Since the directory doesn't recommend alternate sources and lacks detail, the interested traveler would be on their own to find a supplemental source.
Venue details, events calendar, and travel tips provide the information needed to plan a vacation. Color images make for a pleasing read, while adding excitement. The itineraries and highlights can make trip planning simple, or one could create their own itinerary from the venue listings.
This guide isn't complete, but for most travelers may be the only guide needed. When looking for information into something more specific, supplemental guides may be necessary. However, I'm confident Lonely Planet's travel guide is a great starting point for planning a vacation.
Enticing color images
Detailed venue information
Ready made travel itineraries
Some information lacking
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I used it to plan our trip to Thailand, very good tips and suggestions :))Published 16 months ago by Jacqueline Sato
I got it for a friend who was going to be visiting Thailand. I'm not sure how much use she got out of it but when I flipped through it before I gave it to her it looked good to... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jerry Brookman
The book it self is good, very informative and lots of color pictures and maps and very clear and easy to read, on the other hand, the condition I received the book was not so... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Emmanuel Davies
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