- Series: Travel Guide
- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Lonely Planet; 11 edition (May 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1741796946
- ISBN-13: 978-1741796940
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lonely Planet Philippines (Travel Guide) Paperback – May 1, 2012
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Many basic facts were either wrong or misleading (Sagada is neither a "mist filled jungle town" nor do hikes there need a guide). Travel information was extremely vague. I presume that if you are buying this book for the high-intensity tourist areas (think surfing and scuba/snorkel areas) then perhaps it would be worth it. We wanted to stick to the less populated areas and have a hiking based trip. If you are thinking of the same, I would suggest using a different travel guide. If you are aiming south, maybe this will work for you.
In the areas where LP could be most helpful, that is in places that do not receive tourism practically, this guide is lacking. No maps or local references to out of the common spots can be found and the references included are a paste from on online forums.
For instance, if you want to visit some of the waterfalls or secluded beaches in Palawan, some tourist offices have directions in English written by foreign tourists that volunteered their time to provide some help to fellow travelers. If a tourist could achieve this during a vacation, then one has to assume that it would take very little time for LP to incorporate these into the book given that supposedly the authors travel to the region and are experts in the area. This is the value added expected by purchasing a guide that can make a difference.
Also, almost no maps available on most towns. This was truly disappointing and it is the first time that I see a LP guide with such few maps. I don't see the point on putting detailed drawings on areas that can be mapped from the internet, such as Manila. And the recommended spots are usually the most visited ones (i.e. hotels and tours in El Nido).
Another flaw is that the guide is wrong in some places. If you want to "find your own private island" in El Nido, it's not as easy as it appears in the LP guide (they refer to just packing your lunch and going).Read more ›
The contents are informative but below average when compared to other Lonely guides
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This IS the book you want if going to the Philippines. I personally can vouch for the information on Luzon and it good all around book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by msk denver
Scope is too traditional, and thus too limited. Camiguin is much more than diving and snorkling and Siargao more than surfing. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Received on time and exactly like the product is describe.Published 14 months ago by Jacinthe Theoret
It's one of the best guide books available to the Philippines. I must also add that "Lonely Planet" travel guides are some of the best guides available to all... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sheldon Rudolph
This book is as USELESS as it gets.... In Philipines if you go to a budget hostel advised by the book even the owners of the hostel laugh at you.... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Seasoned Traveler
I plan to travel their for business so I am using the book to learn about the culture, politics, and my way around Manila. Read morePublished 17 months ago by K. Newcomer