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- 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


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- 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

30 review for Thailand

  1. 5 out of 5

    Linnea McGowan

    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 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 occuring WHILE we were supposed to be staying there. Long story short? We were picked up by her relatives in Thailand and dropped off at a hostel, not knowing what was going on! We thought we were going to be living with a family, so we hadn't planned out what were were going to do there AT ALL. If it weren't for Lonely Planet, we wouldn't have had a CLUE where to go or what to do! WORD TO THE WISE! Do NOT visit Pattaya unless you are a plump, 50+ year old European man looking to hook up with a hot, young, Thai girly-boy. There are prettier beaches on the Koh's (we LOVED Koh Chang) AND a lower creep factor! Can't beat it!

  2. 5 out of 5

    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 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 see where the restaurant or site you're looking for is located, and there's not enough emphasis on really important sites like airports, railway and bus stations, or transit stops. I REALLY wish that instead of spending money on pages of colour pictures of the country, food and natives, they had made colour, fold-out maps instead. Would also have liked more recommended walking tours for cities; there was only one for Bangkok (Wat Pho, Palace, Wat Arun) and it took two hours to complete, but I was in the city for days and again, used the Internet to find things like Chatuchak Market, etc. Not a bad overview, but clunky, with a lot of history/culture information that was not helpful to me on the road, and too much exposition with not enough succinct "how to" bundles. Would also like plastic tabs dividing sections to make it easier to flip to them.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    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 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 person in Thailand. There are several good sections, fortunately. The first part of the book has some neat Itineraries that I wont have time for but wish I did; plus the Culture, Bangkok, Language, and "Thailand and You" sections were really helpful and thorough. In the final analysis, though, I didn't love it, and I will think twice before buying another LP book. I mean, I like how the tone of this book is very casual, like-you-are-talking-to-a-friend relaxed, but for me it was a little too relaxed. And too preachy. Of course, if you are a 20-something environmentalist socialist backpacker, go right out and get this. These are your people.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    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 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 and why is there not a map of the skytrain routes? Overall, great style but light on useful content (the reason why one invests in a guidebook).

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nuke

    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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dudadi

    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

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    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!

  9. 4 out of 5

    jko

    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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pod

    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

  11. 4 out of 5

    Steve W

    Not bad. I found Moons travel book to be much better than Lonely Planet for Thailand

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mailene

    gets in handy when you plan of travelling alone

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cindi

    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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Simon Yoong

    Good investment if your planning to explore the many hidden treasures of Siam.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Saba

  17. 4 out of 5

    Richard Meadows

  18. 4 out of 5

    Leighann

  19. 4 out of 5

    Zhanna

  20. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Maher

  21. 5 out of 5

    Billy

  22. 4 out of 5

    vincent pierce

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marwa

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bryan

  25. 5 out of 5

    Peter Macinnis

  26. 5 out of 5

    Axme

  27. 4 out of 5

    LsrNabil

  28. 4 out of 5

    Brent

  29. 5 out of 5

    Carole Williamson

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kelvin Baggs

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