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(Lonely Planet Country Guide)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  492 ratings  ·  16 reviews
- our bestselling guide updated by a specialist four-author team
- expert coverage of Thailand's fascinating culture, arts & lip-smacking cuisine
- tips on the best island retreats & national parks
- new 12-page colour section on Thailand's Highlights
- all place names transcribed into Thai script for easy navigation
Paperback, 10th Edition, 808 pages
Published August 15th 2003 by Lonely Planet Publications (first published June 1st 1999)
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Linnea McGowan
Sep 01, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thailand avast matey!
HA! Well, let me TELL YOU... My mom has a client who spends half her year in the states, and half her year in Thailand. So, when my mom mentioned that her daughter (me!) and friends were planning to travel to Thailand, her client offered her house to us! Who could pass THAT up?! WELLLLLL... our lines of communication got crossed, and things didn't go QUITE as planned. My mother's client was so excited to have guests, she hired painters to paint her whole house... not realizing that would be occu ...more
Moira Fogarty
This was sort of helpful, but I will admit I did most of my research re: accommodations online via TripAdvisor & Agoda, since hostels and hotels change owners and/or close or increase rates so quickly in Thailand.

The book is heavy to tote around, and while the writing is okay, the user experience is lacking. For example, the maps are black & white and single-page instead of fold-outs, with confusingly numbered location keys/geo coordinates. You end up having to flip back and forth to se
Jan 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
So, I got the Kindle-for-iPad edition and needless to say, I won't be doing that again.

There are 0 pictures. 0. And there's a few maps, but they aren't fold-out or anything but segments of a larger map spread out over multiple pages. Impossible to read. Also, I got pretty tired of all the sections on how important it is to volunteer and about the carbon footprint and about how I shouldn't worry about getting a local's price because I probably make a million more dollars per day than the average
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
I used the 2012 edition which is in the new LP format, designed after the buy-out from the BBC. I really like the new format in terms of design, it feels fresh and looks good. I think there are a few issues that need to be resolved in terms of usability though - the maps are rubbish, and some of them are upside-down in the book! Even the pull out map of Bangkok wasn't detailed enough to be of any use. The key aspect of the guidebook's use - details of transport - was vague and not a lot of use a ...more
Jul 17, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travelguide
I bought this book without ever seeing the person who sold it to me. In a traveling mailing list she mentioned that she had two identical books that she planned to sell one of those. As I was about to go to Bangkok and Hua Hin, well, this book helped a little bit. It was too wide, for someone who planned to stay more than two weeks and visit all over Thailand this will be a good book to read through and guide you.
Nov 20, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I call this book "emergency travel kit" ... really good for solo travelling, especially for someone who does not want to ask or socialize with other backpackers ... but really, socializing with others are the best way to find your way, use this as an emergency and knowing places to hit, but always remember that theory doesn't always works
Apr 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
So far it's been pretty informative. I'm kind of sick of the lean on hostels and "youth" but that gripe includes websites I've gone to, etc. UPDATE: As to be expected, there were a few places listed in this book that didn't actually exist anymore and there were incorrect maps, but overall, the book served us well during out 18-day trip to Thailand.
Jan 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z2009, travel
Ok, I'll admit that I only read the general information and the bits on Bangkok and Hua Hin, but they're the only places I'm going! The information I read was handy and I'll probably photocopy those areas before I go, rather than taking the whole book.

I must admit, I am looking forward to the shopping, hopefully I'll have some money left at that point!
Jun 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: travel
mike had this one and the newer one. the updated one is better, of course, but this one was more than adequate. the most significant improvement is the all too accurate portrayal of the shameless, conniving tuk-tuk drivers, who took-took jocelyn and me more than once before mike arrived to make fun of us for being so gullible!

one complaint with the lp books - too heavy.
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
maps aren't always the best , but a lot of the info was very handy and it really gives you something to start exploring with, even smaller towns we travelled to had good recommendations for accomadation etc
Steve W
Sep 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Not bad. I found Moons travel book to be much better than Lonely Planet for Thailand
Jun 25, 2008 rated it liked it
Not as good as the Lonely Planet city guidebooks I've had (Rome, London, Prague). But I saw sooo many people with this book around Thailand, so it must be the official travel guide to Thailand.
Aug 25, 2008 rated it liked it
gets in handy when you plan of travelling alone
I'm doing a rhetorical analysis of this book (among other things) for my masters thesis. So if you ever want to go to Thailand, i have two copies for sale.
Simon Yoong
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good investment if your planning to explore the many hidden treasures of Siam.
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