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Who is the best travelguide to Thailand? Is it Lonely Planet or The Rough Guidebook?
Who is the best travelguide? Is it Lonely Planet or The Rough Guidebook? In the almost 15 years I have been living in Bangkok, I have been a great tourist guidebook collectors from Thailand. This is because although I am partly an'expert' on Thailand, as I have been living here for so long every time I am leaving town to go to Phuket, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kanchanaburi or Hua Hin, I still want the latest information on each and every travel destinations at my fingertips.
Eventually open and shut down a hotel, a restaurant loses its acclaimed chef, and as Thailand gets higher and trendier, there are a thousand more things to see and do every year. For example, the best Thailand travel guides have all this and more. The Rough Guidebook must be my choice for the best Thailand travel guides.
This is because every times I have used mine, unlike Lonely Planet Thailand, I have found The Rough Guide to have more extensive lists and quite openly to be more up-to-date with its suggestions than most others. I' ve also never had the misfortune to arrive at a place The Rough Guide recommends just to find it shut down or severely alteration.
However, this happened to me with some testimonials from Lonely Planet. After its heyday, Lonely Planet Thailand? I have been a big Lonely Planet Thailand supporter in the past few years, but in the last few issues I have purchased I have been angry at the condescension of some authors, as well as the fact that I have found so much information that is either outdated or misrepresent.
While the guidebook has a more contemporary look, that's a great variety, but I still think that the look of The Rough Guidebook to Thailand and the'warmer' way of this book do a better job in attracting you and inspiring you to visit the area.
Meanwhile, The Rough Guide to Thailand with its beautiful lay-out and colorful cards also contains more colorful photos. The year I used the latest issues of both titles, I also realized that The Rough Guide has more contents than the Lonely Planet Thailand book for most of the travel destination I go to specifically.
He also lists places that the Lonely Planet Guidebook does not seem to reach. I think that the lead author of Lonely Planet Thailand, Joe Cummings - a man who has written the final travel guides for Thailand and Bangkok for years - probably no longer seems to be part of the book.
This means that the latest issue of Lonely Planet Thailand has a conglomeration of authors who create the contents for the book - Austin Bush, Joe Bindloss, Mark Beals and Tim Bewer - so it's a mishmash of typing stuffs that I quite openly found bothersome. Unfortunately, the latest issue of Lonely Planet Thailand is Poor.
Of the two writers of The Rough Guide to Thailand, one (Paul Gray) in Thailand and the other (Lucy Ridout) travel through Asia all day. Although both Lonely Planet Thailand and The Rough Guide to Thailand are useful supplements to a holiday or a corporate travel to Thailand, I must nevertheless advise Rough Guide Thailand as the better of the two.