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1. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 10y

Can anyone recomend a lonley planet travel guide for southeast asia ?
i want it for thailand , cambodia , laos , vietnam . They sell individual ones for each country but i was looking for one that covers the lot in one book , but still has plenty of information in it , ie places to stay , transport prices , and general traveling advice .

Thanks ..

2. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 10y

I had a lonely planet guide for all of SE Asia, mine was from 1994, but I've checked their site and they have one for 1996, it's called SE Asia on a shoestring. I found it fairly useful, but as it's all condensed into one book it can be quite brief for some areas.

Shouldn't really encourage you, but there are loads of photocopied guide books all around asia for, so if you want more detail just buy one of them. Or you could even do a swap with another traveller. I know how precious space is in a backpack, the last thing you want is a load of books weighing you down.

3. Posted by emma1979 (Full Member 126 posts) 10y

Hi Paul,

There is a lonley plaent guide that covers all of s.e. asia - think it's called south east asia on a budget. if you're bookstores don'e have it then you can probably find it on amazon. don't think it might be as extensive as the individual books but will have all the info you need for the trip.

emma

4. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 10y

Thanks , yeah laura the one you are talking about is the one i was looking at "SEA on a shoe string" but i was concerned that in would not be very in depth as it was covering everything in one go.
I`ll just get the individual books prob off amazon like emma said they look cheep enough , anyway cheers for both the replys ;)

5. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 10y

Yes, there is the "Southeast Asia on a Shoestring" guide. It's not a bad book, and most people seem use it. There are defienlty newer versions than 1996. They come out every couple years, and the newest came out in March of this year.
For me, I wasn't as happy with the Shoestring Guides as I was with the individual country guides. They didn't have a much detail, and most importantly, they didn't have as many maps. For me, I can get by without a guidebook, but I'm lost without maps of the town I'm in.

So I usually just buy the country guides. But don't bother buying them all in advance. If you are going to buy one, buy the Shoestring Guide so you can read it beforeand. But once you get there, the books are very easy to find, and are much cheaper since you can find second hand ones, and even trade with other travellers for free. Right off the bat in Bangkok, you can get rid of your Shoestring Guide for a Cambodian and Thai one. Then when in Cambodia, pick up a book for Vietnam before you head in. When you are about to head to Laos, trade your Vietnam and Cambodia guide for a Laos guide and so on.
The only problem with that is that I usually like to have a guidebook when I get home because I use it as reference when organizing pictures and answering travel forum questions. So if you have the Shoestring Guide at home, before you go you could try photocopying the few pages that you will need in Bangkok and just buy a book when you arrive.

6. Posted by dbchase53 (Full Member 88 posts) 9y

Southeast Asia on a shoestring (Big trips on small budgets) by China Williams et al. published March 2004 ISBN 1-74104-164-3

7. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 9y

Quoting Laura_B

I had a lonely planet guide for all of SE Asia, mine was from 1994, but I've checked their site and they have one for 1996, it's called SE Asia on a shoestring. I found it fairly useful, but as it's all condensed into one book it can be quite brief for some areas.

Shouldn't really encourage you, but there are loads of photocopied guide books all around asia for, so if you want more detail just buy one of them. Or you could even do a swap with another traveller. I know how precious space is in a backpack, the last thing you want is a load of books weighing you down.

OMG! Just re-read what I wrote, must have had been having a bad day, I meat 2004 & 2006 not 1994 & 1996-that's way back! Doh!

8. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Paul

South East Asia on a Shoestring, covers all the countries, on your list. It is published by Lonely Planet.

Mel

9. Posted by traveler1 (Full Member 190 posts) 9y

have the march 2006 SEA on a shoestring .. tht seems to be the latest...seems pretty good...my plans changed frm SEA to europe so dnt get to use it as yet

10. Posted by clarife (Respected Member 294 posts) 9y

Hi,
I just bought both the lonely planet guide to asia & the SEA on a shoestring the other day. I had a flip through the SE asia one & it seems pretty good. I reckon if you wanted in depth information on a particular town the best way to get it would be on the internet(or this site!) but the book looks pretty informative so far.