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when we travelled. Ian Wright, we loved you way back when. Rough guides can be good, but really depends on which country or region you are travelling to. Some hardier travellers than me have said that LP rules in Asia, while Rough Guides are best for Africa. © Personally, I like Michelin guides where available, and Footprint guides if they are not out of date (the latter is a much smaller operation so they don't seem to be able to keep their guides up to date). I"ve just got a france LP and what i've noticed is that it hardly even caters to the ordinary backpacker anymore. Based on Tony Wheeler's orig idea - basically a guidebook for people doing the classic overland routes. The Rough Guides were much more of a narrative. A quick count on my bookshelf and there are 23 there. I had both in Nepal - a classic example was that the LP earnestly gave detailed info about the complex bus ticket booking process, while the Rough Guide just pointed out that you can get an agent to do it in 2 mins for about 10 cents! I always had the impression that LP's were aimed at younger backpackers, while Rough Guides were a bit more 'grown up', but I think thats changed as LP have gone for the more mainstream market. Wikitravel/wikivoyage are usually pretty solid alternatives, partly … ...the footprint guide to Thailand is pretty good ! © I went through 3 of those books.. If you try the others you might get to some places not everyones been! Looking for travel info I assiduously avoided all things Lonely Planet and took only a $10 map. This topic has been locked by a moderator. 4 years ago. All rights reserved. This may change though. Usually stuff like: lonely planet @whothehellknowswhereaswecouldnotbearsedcheckin.comThere, that passed five minutes or so. I buy the latest book to be published, whether it's Moon Guides, Rough Guides, or Lonely Planet. Currently, the Lets Go Thailand is the most recent, so that is what I took to Thailand this year (along with the LP Chiang Mai & Northern Thailand book). I first noticed this back in 2003 with the S India book, the 2nd edition omitted many of the cheaper places. They tend to open neat each other the way mushrooms grow..Cheers,Chanchao. Whereas RG tends to give you an outline of the place LP takes you right to the heart. Lonely Planet vs Rough Guides (Iceland) A comparative review of the Rough Guide and Lonely Planet guides to Iceland. Rough Guides to...vs... Lonely Planet guides. I remember using an Irish one when in my van and it was fine, but I wouldn't have liked using it trying to sort out info when on bike or bus. by clicking the Privacy policy link at the bottom of the page. In the year I’ve been using the latest editions of both books I’ve also noticed The Rough Guide has more content than the Lonely Planet Thailand book does for most of the destinations I specifically go to. These days you can get all that general information easily from the web. I thought footprints and lp are almost the same. If I was interested in going to a country, I would go to the library, borrow the book and could then work out how feasible it was to travel there. South East Asia on a Shoestring, etc. Trump mocks Biden for wearing a mask amid pandemic. They are also tougher and last longer on the road. You can Pages of my R.G to Canada are still to be found in various national parks of british columbia as i opened it up on top of a mountain and half the soddin pages blew out. Lonely Planet has just published a new edition (May 2011) of its Norway guide. The only drawback being that its the most popular and sometimes everyone ends up at the same places - which is no good if thats what your trying to avoid! Thorn Tree is currently set to READ-ONLY mode. We didn't visit the Algarve or Alentejo, concentrating on Lisbon and north. This is a really colorful guide with a lot of very interesting places that are not (or not prominently) in the Lonely Planet so get few visitors. The Lonely Planet series offers comprehensive, no-nonsense facts, low- and mid-budget listings, and helpful on-the-ground travel tips. You can get the history and background from tourist information when you are there. I preferred the Footprint guides in South America and India but honestly no guide book can be definitive, entirely up-to-date and without flaws. Get an LP book but make sure you try places out they dont recommend!! I also like the "Let's Go" series. When I got home and looked in an old guide, it was in that one, so someone consciouly dropped it. One thing about LP is that they tend to produce updates more frequently. I think it's probably a very personal choice - Rough Guides suit me but I know others who would always choose Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet. I tried to get on for india once but it was hard to get one up to date. Rough Guides versus Lonely Planet guides, your opinion. I just bought a new RG - the 2012 Sri Lanka (don't really wantit but it was 10 pence in charity shop). The maps in the Lonely Planet guide were more detailed than those in their competitor's and looked more practically useful. I thought that the info provided in LP was more comprehensive as well. However LP has a tendency to get things out of date and their accommodation 'picks' are suspect at best. Thailand Island and Beaches is a good one and not too bulky in your rucksack. So I wonder which travel guide is the best. I have used Rough Guides in the past (not for Thailand though) and like them very much.They all have their good and bad points. My main problem with recent LPs is that they have gone too upmarket. On the whole more people have more money these days. They're handy for planning and finding a place when you first arrive but once you're on the road it's easy enough to get a feel for what you're looking for - and other travelers can fill you in with far more reliable info. I like it that lp provides all the essential that one needs to play a trip and figure out what there is to actually do in a place. More information can be found by viewing the following announcement. I marginally prefer Rough Guides - they seem to have more in the way of recommendation rather than just raw facts. Nonetheless, the modern books are definitely less relevant to me, so I will look more closely at the RGs. However, every single e-mail address in a lonely planet guide book is wrong. by clicking the Privacy policy link at the bottom of the page. Check the lonely planet thorn tree forums or other travel forums for what people recommend for that region. Neither are particularly good for restaurant recommendations. Lonely Planet Thailand writer vs The Rough Guide to Thailand writers. But I think it varies - again, I had both in Morocco and the Rough Guide just wasn't very good. I did better by choosing my own or asking my accommodation for recommendations. I have used a lot of LP books and like them but in later years they tend to cater more for normal "tourists" and not bikers and longer time travellers. We just returned from 2.5 weeks in Portugal. You can "Places to stay" is remotely useful to identify areas of town with lots of hotels and guesthouses. I have use the LPs for over 30 years and used to love them. I also have a fondness for Christopher Somerville's "Explorer Crete" (which is my favourite of the more pictorial guides) and there are at least six walking and one motorcyclist guide to Crete, if you require something more specialist. I think there are regional differences too. Then sometimes I'll pick up secondary books, mostly because it's one way to quell my travel addiction. Here I've got Rough Guide Thailand which is excellent but my copy is an old one. The thing that immediately struck me was that the Lonely Planet guide was more attractive to look at than The Rough Guide. This review compares the Rough Guides Portugal (9th ed.) Rough Guide is fine for maps and directions, and I preferred it to the Lonely Planet Japan guide as it seemed a bit more detailed. I used to flick through the LP for Ireland quite a lot - up to about 2000, it was rubbish - bad advice, out of date information, but the most recent editions have been excellent. The good news is that the new edition will be out very shortly. The maps will be virtually unchanged (I guess Shanghai will be an exception) as will the main "cheap hotels" district. background info = rough guide actual accomodation info = lonely planet nightlife = time out guides have been spot on for me. Lonely Planet and Rough Guide are the two most recommended guides from what I've heard. My first LP is dated 1982 - a Shoestring Asian book. We went to south America last fall. Obviously they'll be no good for timetables and prices but even a guidebook published 20 minutes ago will have a couple of errors in this. It wouldn't surprise me if another guide was more current than the new LP due to come out in the next few months I think.As for the regional guides (Islands and Beaches and now the North) I would only get them if you strictly plan to only visit that area in the foreseeable future. They are much more useful for reading at home to decide what it is that are the places you really want to see. Its only because they had such a big market. No part of this site may be reproduced without our written permission. They'll do a new release even if little information is updated. Also LPs potted history, etc is a useful intro to a country. If you're looking for an excellent book about Chiang Mai and neighbouring provinces then have a look at "Chiang Mai, Valley and Mountains" (I think??? It just depends on your preference for the layout of the information. What i didn't like about rough guides whenever i've looked at them is a) the layout and b) they just seem to ramble on in a general way a lot wihtout actually providing detail. The Lets Go Thailand book is quite good.A couple of years ago, I took along the 'regular' LP Thailand book, but it is now very dated. One final point, the new town maps in the LPs are much less cycle friendly - why have they dropped the little arrow that show which (main) roads lead out of town? This topic has been locked by a moderator. But that could be a misperception. Why? Too upmarket for me so I found a great Govt budget one a block back. Agree with all the above.... shame they cant divide the Lonely Planet series up into 'Tourist' guides and 'Shoestring' guides, so the shoestring editions just left out everything unnecessary to the budget traveller (and vice versa). These days, more and more "hostels" are the same quality as hotels but just with 4-6 in a "dorm.". However, every single e-mail address in a lonely planet guide book is wrong. 2020 The current Rough Guide to Norway was published in June 2009 (5th edition), so might be due for updating soon. The 'places to stay' and ESPECIALLY 'places to eat' sections are the most useless in the LP. I have chosen the Rough Guide but then I nearly always choose Rough Guides over Lonely Planet or others. :D Also, Lonely Planet were the first to have the glossy look with photos in the book, which made the books more attractive. Please feel free to browse existing topics for answers to your travel questions. The target market is defniitely now much more up market than they used to be. Who remembers the good old days without email & the internet when all you had was an out of date book and a fellow travellers word of mouth? Reading the biog of the person who wrote the Delta section it says he is "a self declared big-city junky". It's not cheap at 500 baht or so (then again, full color every page..) but worth it if you spend some time there. Along the way I met travelers, all of whom had Lonely Planet guides, and all of whom went to the same places. They are also tougher and last longer on the road. The info in the various guidebooks is basically the same. OK a bit of a cop out compared to my earlier method of getting my atlas and just following a route. They don't add a lot of information. Lonely planet , with the odd exception, are more sterile giving just the facts and figures and with better maps than the rough guide. Rough Guides versus Lonely Planet guides, your opinion? with Lonely Planet Portugal (2nd ed.). All rights reserved. I have a copy of the Rough Guide, and I use it quite a bit. Lonely Planet travel guides cost around $22 for city/small area guides, and $25 to $30 for country guides. Lent them to someone or it ended up missing some other way. I see some people say that Rough Guides are better than LP but I would like to hear why you think so( or don't) I like Rough Guide too. This is more current than any guide when it comes to accommodation. Thorn Tree forum Interest forums On Your Bike. Rough Guide. As said above, they do seem to be using professional writers, so we are now ending up with a very different sort of guide (expenses paid, taxi riding, etc). When we lived in Australia, Lonely Planet seemed to be the most easily available guidebook and we used their various guides (New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, etc.) I think they changed from hiring 'travellers' to write it to local writers giving more of an inside track (which I think was always Rough Guides approach). Lonely planet is largely derided amongst "travellers" due to the large number of people arriving in various places around the world and almost liveing their lives by them, but they can still help you out when you aren't sure where to go. Or better yet, just read a book about it. Maybe they sense a gap in the market. There are often NO budget places. we use cookies to improve your experience on our website. Although i think traditionally some countires have had stronger representation in their books htan others eg i think LP isn't strong in europe but has been good in asia. I just want to know about what to see, how to get there, where to sleep etc. I have used a lot of…. Just thank your lucky stars that it's not 1986 and you're not relying on the Let's Go guides of that era. BORED BORED BORED. I find the Rough Guides are not just a pocket travel guide, there's quite a lot of background history for the countries/regions in question which I … Frommer's Guides : The granddaddy of travel publishing, Arthur Frommer has reinvented his series to be leaner and more focused on the budget traveler. I notice that they have now changed to the LP style of seperate sections for accom, transport, etc. I was only going to Reykjavik which I already know quite well and so didn’t really need a guide … I only ever bring half a R.G back. June 2010: I bought the latest Rough Guide to use as a guide book for Iceland on this trip. Hi there, I have read Lonely Planet online, not the book. The Lonely Planet Guide To Crete and the Rough Guide To Crete are, in my view, the two best general guidebooks to the island of Crete. Actually I start planning my trip to South Africa in 2010. Good to read and informative, but all the info was mixed up in the text. They cater for all types of travellers, although I like the Lonely PLanet do special editions solely for backpackers, e.g. Not much in it either way really. Lonely Planet. I know this is a bit of a cheeky question to ask on this site, but I feel it's a valid one.Which travel guides do people out there generally…. I was surprised it wasn't in the book. The old LPs are terrific. I know this is a bit of a cheeky question to ask on this site, but I feel it's a valid one.Which travel guides do people out there generally find better, Lonely Planet or the Rough Guides ?Especially in relation to Thailand...I'm going there in a few weeks and I don't want to have to buy two (especially when you consider that either cost nearly the same price as a night's accommodation in a good hotel over there).Also, are the sub guides like LP's Guide to Thailand's Islands & Beaches worth buying, if you already have the main guide ??? Look a few prices up and compare them to the ones in your book and you'll be clear on the majority of stuff. Get onto abebooks.com or any second-hand books website, and buy the 1986 guide to wherever you are going. Copy and paste the url below to share the link. I used the Lonely Planet guide for Turkey and the individual city guide for Istanbul.I find then easier to read than the Rough Guide. Enter custom title (optional) This topic is … I haven't used either in a while, but I think it really depends on where you are going. Hi there, Between the two, for a traveller on a budget, using public transport, Rough Guide is better. Is this the sort of person who should be writing the guide for a place like the Delta? This was our first trip to Portugal and we took and used extensively the Portugal books from Lonely Planet and Rough Guide. I do as shannonbdavis does. The old idea was a load of budget hotels, restaurants, sights, etc, then a few mid range then maybe a top end (although if somewhere like India, top end was still within many peoples budget). I can do without cooking classes, homosexual hangouts and LP telling me to behave ecologically and politically responsible. Thorn Tree is currently set to READ-ONLY mode. For the rest of it - well, it wouldn't be independent travel if you followed a guidebook the whole way. Publishers are well aware of what #4 says.. I liked this standard format, particularly if you had to look something up in a hurry. Copy and paste the url below to share the link. GOD im BORED. 2020 Find a destination, look for inspiration, read features and get great travel advice, from Rough Guides – the leading publisher of travel and reference guides. Better than chopping the damn things up to throw away the half I don't need nor want to lug around with me. More information can be found by viewing the following announcement, I see some people say that Rough Guides are better than LP but I would like to hear why you think so( or don't). I'm sure you'd be fine with one or the other. Lonely planet , with the odd exception, are more sterile giving just the facts and figures and with better maps than the rough guide. Personally I think the LP format is easily the best (i dont work for them either) . Lonely Planet Japan 205: 26% Rough Guides Japan 46: 6% Fodor's Japan 40: 5% Frommer's Japan 43: 5% Gateway to Japan 88: 11% Let's Go Japan 123: 16% Eyewitness Travel Japan 67: 9% Michelin Japan 21: 3% Other 149: 19% I like to stand by my Lonely Planet guide (I like the overall layout and they way they list accomodations based on price), but I'd recommend taking a look through the Rough Guide to make your own opinion. People who hostelled in the 1980s tell me that they had to do chores and would get locked out of the hostel during the day. Not sure, but the author is Oliver Hargreave. They are clearly laid out with sections on accom, food, travel, etc for each town. Lonely planet vs. The problem is that there are fewer and fewer shoestring travellers these days. It was perfect 'backpacker' place, clean good value, etc. Rough Guide vs Lonely Planet. Patrick Mahomes's fiancée: I'm having a baby we use cookies to improve your experience on our website. Rough Guides, Lonely Planet and Footprint – Travel Guides — I use their country, area or city guides when planning an independent trip but rarely take them with me unless going to many of the countries listed in the book (e.g., Lonely Planet’s “West Africa”). The colloquial style makes an easier read. I've bought it back 2 times now. I would be happy to pay the same for less. Right I finished pluggin LP unless they send me some cash! :) Don't rule out the Internet/Web also before visiting a particular place. Since then, the Rough Guides have started adding photos too. Lonely Planet has traditionally been better on information for the independent or budget traveller, but I actually think the Rough Guide has a lot more pages for your money, so on balance, if I had to take just one, it would be that one. If your not going up north thats the one, you can get updates on this site. They expanded but still kept the orig budget feel. Bad news for 28,000 Disney theme park workers. However, the books are made on the cheap and fall apart as soon as the plane leaves the runway. Please feel free to browse existing topics for answers to your travel questions. update your settings In the latest Vietnam LP book, I went to Ben Tre a Delta town and the only hotels listed were 2 upmarket river side ones. I suppose, people like things to look nice, as well as be useful. No part of this site may be reproduced without our written permission. Available for sure in Chiang Mai and likely elsewhere. Lonely Planet is much more thorough than Rough Guide. Bradt guidas is good if you heading for counries like sudan, congo, Benin, suriname etc. update your settings And none of them are up to much when it comes to cycle touring. I still like to have a guide book, as much for sights as anything. Slow day or what....Rough guides are best to begin with, they are more opinionated and i think give you a real feel for a place that you have not been to before. 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