Southeast Asia on a Shoestring

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Lonely Planet, 2008 - Travel - 988 pages
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Trek deep into the jungles of Borneo or laze on stunning Bali beaches. Eat your way through Singapore or dance all night in buzzing Bangkok clubs. Discover ancient Angkor temples or go grass roots and volunteer in Hanoi. Whatever you seek, Lonely Planet's yellow bible has it covered. With more than 33 years of experience, and a team of backpacking authors, our guide helps you dig deeper, stay longer, and spend less. Get ready - your Southeast Asian adventure starts here.Get The Lowdownon the environment, history, culture and current events in our Snapshots chapterEat Cheap and Sleep Easywith our fully updated coverage of the best street stalls, budget digs and places to partyBlaze Your Own Trailusing our full-colour regional map and detailed local mapsTalk The Talkwith help from our Language chapterWho We AreAt Lonely Planet, we see our job as inspiring and enabling travelers to connect with the world for their own benefit and for the benefit of the world at large. What We Doo We offer travelers the world's richest travel advice, informed by the collective wisdom of over 350 Lonely Planet authors living in 37 countries and fluent in 70 languages.o We are relentless in finding the special, the unique and the different for travellers wherever they are.oWe update our guidebooks by visiting thousands of places in person to get the details right and tell it as it is.o We always offer the trusted filter for those who are curious, open minded and independent.o We challenge our growing community of travelers; leading debate and discussion about travel and the world.o We tell it like it is without fear or favor in service of the travelers; not clouded by any other motive.What We BelieveWe believe that travel leads to a deeper cultural understanding and compassion and therefore a better world."Lonely Planet, like your passport, should always be kept close." (Denver Post)

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Alas the LP has been going down hill steadily in the last 10 years. Last time I went travelling for a long stint in 2004 the books were excellent - well researched, well written and full of useful and practical information.
This book however smacks of a lack of effort and simply churning out the volumes. It lacks some of the most basic information that it's beyond acceptable. A few examples:
1) Indonesia - there is a departure tax at every airport (domestic & international flights) but no mention of this anywhere in the book. If you are flying International, you have to pay 250,000Rp which is about 18. If you don't know this you might turn up without enough cash to pay and you can only pay in Rp, no other currency. That means finding somewhere to withdraw more money or changing other currencies.
2) Malaysia - Sabah, Borneo - Tawau is the gateway for lots of people to the Semporan Archipelago of islands, especially Mabul and Sipadan which are some of the most popular diving spots in the world. It is also the port for the border crossing to Indonesian Borneo, Nunukan or Tarakan in Kalimantan. However, this LP doesn't even have an entry for Tawau so there is zero info to sort yourself out.
3) The Philippines - Manila - We went with the "Our pick" accommodation of Malate Pensionne. What the writer failed to point out is that it is located in the heart of the red light district, an area full of ladyboys, pimps, prostitutes and drug pushers. How you can write a guide book and fail to mention this small point is beyond me. It was also dark and dingy and the shared bathrooms the most disgusting things I've seen in 9 months. Oh and they call the language Filipino but the locals all call it Tagalog
This isn't the only poor guide book from the LP I've used in the last 9 months. I'm so disappointed in the rapid deterioration in quality that I've decided not to buy any more LPs until somebody convinces me they have addressed the poor standards. You'll do better using the Internet and speaking to other travellers whose advice is generally more current and reliable.
thanks
james
 

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I would like to post my reviews, its Also great information for Curry lovers,who Really love Indian eatery You can say a small corner of India in angkorian land, Maharajah Indian Restaurant in Siem Reap has recently they opened a new branch Of Maharajah Restaurant in Sihanouk located at Victory Hill .We had enjoy the dinner at Maharajah,great tasted food. We really love that delicious food My favorite Veg Thali Set its cost 3$ Because its was Fresh, Amazing preparation.Ever dish is very spacious, beautiful clean and very tasteful , lovely to return to after hot adventures exploring temples!
It is also situated in down town where there is plenty to explore in the way of markets and great places ,We would recommend Maharajah to everyone
 

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