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Top 10 Bangkok (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides) Paperback – June 16, 2008
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For those new to the Top 10 series it is the best guidebook to actually carry around in a city. It is very small and lightweight, I can put them in my bag without feeling bulky or weighed down. Contains lots of basic information. Helps limit choices of what to see so avoid decision fatigue, and gives information without being overwhelming. Has good cultural tips, and the fold out maps in the front and back covers (often including public transportation rail line maps) have saved me from getting lost countless times. If you are looking for any series to actually carry with you when abroad, I always recommend Top 10 as it will have everything you need.
The guide takes a pyramidal approach to the sights of your destination. So you slowly can work yourself through the areas that really interest you by easily skipping things you would not want to see or visit at all.
It also makes it easy to find the things that are important to you because the descriptions are small enough and pictures further make it easy to attract your interest or pass things by.
The MINUS: 4 Stars!
The good about the Maps is that they are there at all and also that there is an index of some streets.
The contained foldout maps though helpful when there is nothing else at all are not my favorite because they are quite small and are more an overview to identify the area where something is to be found on a better more detailed map. The same maps as the foldouts are also on a separate map that is detachable. This is a good idea but they are way to small and hard to read especially in dim light and in an awkward format to be really useful. - When available, I rather get a local map from the tourist office and transfer my destinations to it.
SUMMARY: 5 Stars!
This guide is an extremely useful sightseeing guide and small enough to be carried with you all the time for quick reference. It also allows you to choose the amount of detail you want to follow for the town: top 10 Highlights - top 10 to each highlight - top ten to some general categories like museums, bars, hotels, restaurants, shopping, and also some specific categories just for this destination like most beautiful Buddhist temples or best entertainment venues.
Insider tips or as they call the sections: "Street smart" round up this little guide. The maps are OK but could be improved. The deficiency of the maps though should not detract from the overall usefulness of this guide for your destination. This is true for a first time visitor with limited or all kinds of time and also for the return visitor, who wants to to repeat some destinations in more detail or avoid the same old top ten but venture out into new territory.