hi, i was recently in Ho Chi Min City and was able to buy up to date, new (i know they were pirate copies! but they have all the pages, coloured ones included) lonely planet guides from street vendors. im planning to go to bangkok soon and was wondering if anyone knows if they are being sold there too? i know you can get second hand ones (real ones), from book shops there, but i though some one mite know about the copied ones.
thanks, bec X
Those vendors in HCMC are great arent they? Although it made me laugh a bit seeing some of the typos that had emerged in some of the books I bought... I dont remember seeing any pirate lonely planet books in Bangkok but I am sure they are out there as it is the home of all things fake...
The Khao San Road area of BKK has everything for sale. There are plenty of places to buy used LP books on most countries. Don't need a LP copy, buy the real thing, used.
hey, thanks guys. im planning to go up to laos, and there is a new 2005 lonely planet guide, so hopefully there may be a (fairly recent) second hand one around. bec X
i've got to confess i tried looking for some of these copied lp books on kho san rd in bangkok i couldnt find anything, asked on the streets and nobody new what i was going on about, so your best bet is vietnam and/or cambodia, thats what we found
When I was in Bangkok I generally found that the street vendors on the streets around Khao San Road were slightly cheaper than those on Khao San Road itself, and there were a couple of street vendors selling used LPs on Soi Rambuttri which is the street just to the left of Khao San Road.
Also I seem to remember that they were selling for about 200 to 300 Baht (just for a general price guide of what to pay).
If you can't get something in Bangkok, you probably can't find it anywhere in the world. Ha ha! Really, though, I love that city.
On a side note, I've found that Rough Guide sometimes has more thorough info, so while you're at it...
Have a great time!
Thanks everyone for you tips! this really is the best site, its great to hear from fellow travellers!
I have a poster on my wall painted by a monk in vietnam ('the crazy monk')...
"HAPPY MEMORY OF THE TRIP WILL LAST FOREVER, WHEN BEING HOME AGAIN"