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buying lonely planet guides from street vendors

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1. Posted by inbecshead (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y

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

2. Posted by AlexT (Respected Member 245 posts) 11y

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...

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 11y

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.

4. Posted by inbecshead (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y

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

5. Posted by xs.if (Full Member 67 posts) 11y

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

6. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 11y

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.

7. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 11y

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).

8. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 11y

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!

9. Posted by inbecshead (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y

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')...


bec X