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Lonely Planet Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Northern Thailand (Travel Guide) Paperback – September 1, 2014
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Next, most all of the information in all the different countries' books I looked at in bookstores and from other travelers was way out of date, and these are new books. The worst problem is that there is so little information as to make these books a complete waste of owning. All the great places I stayed at, and everybody else easily found as well, are not in their books. Following Lonely Planet guides actually keeps you from finding all the best places to stay, because you are relying on out of date, poorly researched information. They will tell you things like this is the place all the backpackers go and is the best value, and it will be completely wrong. I went to one place they gave a great review in a new book, and it seemed like a filthy drug den with gangsters running it. The new owners of Lonely Planet have taken the good name of the Wheelers and their past accomplishments, and are milking it for all it's worth without putting in the work.
Here is what I suggest.Read more ›
Finally, I also don't understand the need to put reviews of five star hotels in these books. How difficult would it be to print two identical versions of the same book - one for normal travelers and one for those with no budget? Maybe take out the low end transportation tips for the latter as well. Lots of wasted print. Not their best effort.
Overall, I first used LP for a long trip through Asia 12 years ago and in my opinion the product (in this case) has devolved into too many feel good tips and high end options and not enough useful data. Get back to basics boys and girls.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I guess I'm too used to the Michelin guides, which let you know a ranking of things to see. This book just doesn't seem all that helpful.Published 3 months ago by Susan Kurjiaka
This was our main companion during our recent trip to Cambodia and Vietnam. Couldn't have pulled it off without this book. Easy five stars.Published 4 months ago by J. S.
As with most Lonely Planet guides, it is excelent!!!! Very usefurl to plan and find out the best destinations.Published 6 months ago by Francisco A.
I used this while backpacking through Thailand and It was definitely helpfull. Unfortunately, some of the directions for transportation were both unhelpful and even got me lost,... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book. Very informative; covering all our expectations TksPublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer