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Lonely Planet Thailand

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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,022 ratings  ·  33 reviews

Lonely Planet: The world’s number one travel guide publisher*

Lonely Planet’s Thailand is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Learn to cook authentic Thai dishes in Chiang Mai, rock-climb the limestone karsts (or watch from the sugar-white beaches) of Railay, and trek through dense jungle

Kindle Edition, 800 pages
Published July 1st 2018 by Lonely Planet (first published January 1st 2005)
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I used this for a trip to Phuket on an Asian cruise in December 2019. Although I have largely been impressed by Lonely Planet guides in the past, this one was lacking, and the section on Phuket tiny. The guide may be better for those planning longer trips and island hops around Thailand, and I might come back to it in future when planning a longer trip, but at this moment in time, I must admit that I am rather disappointed.
Christiana Hadji
It does cover the basics, but I would never EVER take any Lonely Planet information for granted without double and triple checking it online from other sources. In my opinion all travel guidebooks should be conducted with the assistance of locals to eliminate mistakes and gaps. After reading Lonely Planet Cyprus (I'm Cypriot), I realized that this is not the case (lots of mistakes a local would never make, lots of important info missing) and since then I'm more skeptical about anything I read in ...more
Alexandria Rauf
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Granted I have not gotten to Thailand yet (later this year, I will!), I think this is a great guide to give you a good start in vacation/travel research. It does bring up ethics in regards to elephant sanctuaries (and does mention ones that allow elephant riding--which is a BIG no-no for elephant health), but misses out on some of the ones I've been researching separately. Overall, it has given me some ideas of where I want to go, and what places I want to avoid. Definitely appreciate the inform ...more
Rodrigo Mendoza
The only flaw with this guide is that it barely talks about a town that turned out to be the most magical town I've ever visited: Pai. DO NOT MISS IT!! Rent a scooter in Chiang Mai and enjoy the beautiful scenery as you work your way through hundreds of curves to this quaint town full of love and laughter. WARNING: you'll stay there longer than you intended ...more
Franco Prontera
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good recap and detailed travel book!
Laura Lora
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: varios
Está bastante bien detallado
Tri Le
Good basic overview of Thailand. Plenty of useful maps and tidbits of information. Well organized and typical of Lonely Planet guides.
Vũ Võ
thí book bring many information about thailand
Michelle Pasanna
The last few Lonely Planet books I've used have been a bit disappointing. Their recommendations seemed very average and the maps only moderately useful. We also found the that the walking tours where a lot of tramping around without much explanation.

Their explanation of the Thai language was helpful, however there were 3 different sections of the book we had to refer to depending on whether the phrases were food related (at the front), general inquiry (3/4 the way through) or glossary terms (in
Jorge Pelicano Paulos
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
A beautiful country which definitely deserves at least a visit during a lifetime. This guide, however, shows up with some mistakes, reason why I always had to double-check its information before leaving to a specific place. Have in mind, though, that doing a personal research about specific details on Thailand transportations or attractions may be difficult and challenging.
Löki Gale
Jan 17, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Well...what can I say. It is a guide book.

Firstly, any guide book is going to have holes and of course, this one did. Nothing too big and nothing I could not figure out on my own, but after waking up at 5 a.m. to catch a supposed 6 a.m. ferry (and finding out that it did not start until 7:30) was a bit frustrated.

Overall, a great guide for a even greater country.
Monica DiNatale
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is tons of useful information in this Thailand book. Most things in Thailand are reasonably priced so it was very helpful to have recommendations of hotels and restaurants. The street food is amazing! The maps are soooo helpful when looking for a beautiful beach to check out. I picked Phuket. I am so happy they gave me the advice to take a cooking class too.
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was really helpful for my two week trip to Thailand. I knew what to get, learn, and focus on to be respectful and have fun in Thailand. Well worth the money, and I will use this book for my NEXT trip to Thailand!! Foods, local tips, rules, currency......all in here.
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this while travelling around Thailand in Jan this year. Would definitely recommend to anyone travelling! Gives great insight into the history and culture as well as things to do and see around the country. Will also be using again when I go back!
Tammy Mckeever
I enjoyed it but when visiting my "kids" in Thailand they notes that much of the information was not accurate, at least in their area of Thailand. On the other hand I was able to share a lot of information they didn't know and that was fun for us all!
A useful and helpful guide to Thailand, although I find the Thailand edition doesn't give as good directions for taking transport between cities as other countries versions have done before. ...more
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Necessary for travel!
[2011.12.07] Used 2009 13th Edition to plan the Chiang Mai portion of our Nov-Dec 2011 trip (approx 3 days). Though a little outdated, it was sufficient.
واو ... تايلند من المدن التي استمتع بقراءة معلوماتها ...

لا يفوووووووتكم ...!!
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved all the pictures and the writing style.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I haven't used much of the info in the book, since plenty of tour companies provide guided trips in both Chiang Mai and Bangkok. It's also convenient to book tours or dining on klook. ...more
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was GREAT! Super useful for planning our trip as a foundation. You definitely should be exploring further than just the scope of this book, but it is extensive and informative.
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
detailed and lucid account of all you are to do in Thailand as a tourist.value for money.bit oriented to wealthy travelers.this is lonely planets top seller worldwide in country guides series.
Kim Lanza
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
Lonely Planet is my go-to source. I got lucky and it was just updated. However, I have found that using an outdated LP guide us better than a recent one from another publisher.
Jana Kaplan
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I borrowed it from the library, and it convinced me that i need to go to thailand :)
Read this for my trip to Thailand.
Catherine Woodman
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent series of guidebooks with a n emphasis not just on the big cities, and expensive restaurants but to more affordable and unusual destinations.
Mindaugas Mozūras
Found it useful for my travels through Thailand (ongoing at the moment of writing). Can't rate it higher due to dry writing style. It included some stories and history, would love even more of that. ...more
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