Southeast Asia on a Shoestring

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Southeast Asia on a Shoestring is yet another in the Lonely Planet series of outstanding travel guides. Published in March of 2008, the guide is 7.7 x 5 x 1.5 inches of everything you need to know, everything you HAVE to do and every sight you want to see in southeast Asia.

It’s a bit heavy for a travel guide, weighing in at 1.2 pounds, but that’s because it is an inch and a half thick, crammed full of useful information. It’s still small enough to tote around on your travels through Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Borneo), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Each distinct section is packed with information about the major points of interest and cities of each country, beginning with the most important information of all: the dangers and annoyances you may encounter. Once that’s out of the way, the guide discusses sights and activities, festivals, places to sleep safely at night, fabulous local cuisine, exotic drinks, clubs, shopping, entertainment, and various types of available transportation. The guide is simply an invaluable tool for travelers who want to stay safely in major cities, visit small villages or even trek through wilderness areas.

The maps are up-to-date and easy to read, the index is comprehensive and well-ordered and the guide is written by someone who has actually been to all of these places and stayed in the recommended hotels, eaten the foods and returned to write about it. This is simply a “must have” when planning travel through southeast Asia. The tips in this guide will help you travel safer, see more for your money and stay longer in these beautiful and exotic lands.
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author:China Williams

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