- Paperback: 816 pages
- Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 14th Revised edition edition (1 February 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1741797144
- ISBN-13: 978-1741797145
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,91,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lonely Planet Thailand (Travel Guide) Paperback – 1 Feb 2012
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Turns out other travelers and the internet was just as good of a resource. The tourists areas of Thailand such as Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, and Changmai are well developed and easy to navigate without a book.
The areas that are less traveled such as where my girlfriend is from - Buriram has barely a scant page dedicated to it. There's a brief mention of khmer ruins, which is the highlight of the area. Well, there's frankly a lot more to see in Buriram than just Khmer ruins. The page on Korat (nakhon ratchasima) is very scant as well.
Frankly, I could write a better travel book on Thailand myself right now. I would expect a guidebook to have more information on the less tourist driven areas - but effectively this book is useless for that.
I second this: "A complete gloss over, tailored for the wealthy holiday makers with no culture."
Also, the complete lack of any coherent organization is impractical and annoying.
No thanks, LP. Best of luck on the next edition.
As for the tips... Not that good. We went to Chiang Mai and wanted to know where to stay - didn't get a grip of it at all. Should be possible for lonely planet writers to say for example "If you want to hang out with backpackers, stay in this area". What seems as one of the busiest, and nicest, hostels was not mentioned at all even though it's been around for three years and comes highly recommended on other sites. Mostly it provided basic information, but nothing I couldn't have found out myself. For example: why isn't it mentioned that to get to Doi Sutthep or other parts of the closest mountain to Chiang Mai you can just take a taxi from Chiang Mai zoo for 40 baht (leaves every 20 minutes)? And why wasn't it mentioned that it was actually possible to go trekking at that same mountain? Or seeing Chiang Mai by bike?
We missed out on a lot of things because we relied to heavily on this book, which wasn't even nice to look through due to abovementioned issues with navigation. I've been loyal to Lonely Planet, but next time I wont buy their guidebooks since I believe they don't provide anything more than what tripadvisor and trip sellers, as well as being expensive.