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Lonely Planet Iran (Travel Guide) Paperback – August 1, 2012
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It is organized incredibly badly and has enough errors that you can't rely on it.
The organization problem is really annoying. For example let's say you want to quickly go to the section about Esfahan. You would think that looking at the table of contents there will be a link for Esfahan. After all Esfahan is one of the top 2 tourist destinations in Iran. Wrong. no such luck.
Table of contents has only 10 links. That's it! You have to click on "plan your trip", then "top experiences", and then page through it forever till you get to content about Esfahan. I had to do this every time. It is really frustrating.
The authors/Amazon should check out how Rick Steves kindle books are organized and get some ideas.
I have a paperback Lonely Planet travel book and it is excellent. I don't understand how they can produce such an awful Kindle book.
I thought the search button would work and get me to the pages I needed. Nope, their search is often useless, can't find anything.
There is a blatant error on the Vank Cathedral in Esfahan. It says Vank is closed Friday mornings. We only had the Friday morning left of our visit and assumed Vank was closed. Thankfully we had hired a driver to drive us around town and he told us that Vank WAS open Friday mornings.
It is really frustrating that there is no other alternative. I would not buy this book if I had another option.
In fact I intend to ask Amazon for refund.
I hope someone will write a better kindle travel book on Iran.
- Too much mistaken information. I have encountered a dozen of mistakes during my short trip. For example, this book said Tochal telecabin closed on Mondays, but actually it is Sundays; it said Vank cathedral closed on Friday mornings, but it is Friday afternoons; it said Shiraz to Kerman took 12 hours bus, but it is 8 hours. Indeed, Iran is a changing country for travelers, such as in tickets price, but I checked with local people, many points in this guide have been wrong since 2011.
- There are minor mistakes in editing and grammar, which I have not seen in any other lonely planet guides before. For example, on the same page, Khomeini has two different dates of death: 3 June and 4 June. Much information is only copied and pasted from earlier version, but has not been kept consistent with the latest update.
- USD labeling simply inflates the price of everything. Despite IRR depreciation, many hotels recommended by this guide use the USD price consistent with this book, while inflation in Iran has not been so significant. You can find many low key accommodations and restaurants at much lower price, as long as they are not recommended by lonely planet.
- Its country insight and background information are very fluffy. It does not look into the reality of Iran and somehow worsen the misunderstanding. Neither have I found any interesting articles and columns as I have found in other lonely country guides. I think Wikipedia and wikitravel work much better.
If you are making a trip in Iran, I hope you can exercise some caution in using this book. Also, Iranians are among the most friendly on earth, if you need more accurate information, check with the locals.
As for the content, it's very useful from time to time, but sometimes the tone's too obnoxious and unobjective. The prices listed in the book never should be used even as a guidance.