Lonely Planet Thailand
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Who should buy the Lonely Planet Islands and Beaches?
Lonely Planet Thailand's Islands and Beaches covers a lot more of Bangkok, the islands and beaches than Lonely Planet Southeast Asia, and a lot less than Lonely Planet Thailand.
Example: It has a lot more detailed information about the extensive and interesting national parks in south Thailand. It guides you through Thailand's environment -- marine and land, giving you a summary of environmental issues and how you can contribute.
It describes how to get there and means of transportation, social customs and everything you need to know to feel safe.
Even if the book is about the islands and beaches of Thailand, I think it's great it covers a section about Bangkok. Sooner or later, you'll be departing and arriving in Bangkok, whatever beach or island you choose!
Its chapter about Bangkok is to the point, and includes key maps of Central Bangkok (Sukhumvit, Silom, Chinatown, Siam Square) and the backpacker area of Banglamphu.
It gives an organized list of accommodation, places to eat in Bangkok, divided into budget, mid-range and top-end. Even the transportation fares are set in a schedule.
Probably the best part of this book is its introduction to diving in Thailand with great color pictures and the top five diving destinations in the country.
It also covers secluded beaches or beaches we haven't heard that much about. But I'm afraid that the beaches are not going to stay untouched for that long.
Many travelers go wherever Lonely Planet goes.
Lonely Planet Thailand Islands and Beaches has of course a helpful and organized directory at the far end of the book, describing how to get there, getting around, dangers and annoyances, festivals and gives you some local language skills to help you through the trip.
A new edition of Lonely Planet Thailand Islands and Beaches arrived in July 2010. Apparently the new edition includes color chapters of diving, beaches, national parks, and a green index of eco-friendly options!
Next edition will arrive in 2014.
You'll be surprised to learn that itinerary-making can be fun and easy.
This book is made for you, with 70 pages of itinerary tips and maps, time tables and must-see destinations in the region :-)
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