Frommer's Bali and Lombok Paperback – Mar 6 2012
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From the Back Cover
Bird-watchers may come across the yellow-crested toucan on a guided bird walk. See chapter 4.
Easy-to-read maps throughout
Exact prices, directions, opening hours,and other practical information
Candid reviews of hotels and restaurants,plus sights, shopping, and nightlife
Itineraries, walking tours, and trip-planning ideas
Insider tips from local expert authors
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About the Author
After first visiting Bali in 2003, Jen Lin-Liu travels to the island frequently and has written about Bali and Lombok for numerous publications including The New York Times and Travel + Leisure. She is the author of Serve the People: A Stir-Fried Journey Through China (Harcourt, 2008) and a forthcoming book about the food of the Silk Road (Riverhead Press). She lives in Beijing, where she lives in the old traditional neighborhoods near the cooking school and restaurant she owns, Black Sesame Kitchen.
Candice Lee has lived in Beijing for the past five years and has worked as a manager and cooking instructor at Black Sesame Kitchen for three years with previous experience working with HIV/AIDS, research, and event managing. She explores, eats, and scrappily finds her way through as many new places as possible (usually by bicycle).
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Pros: 1) The book is divided into local regions, something that is extremely helpful when traveling to Bali. Staying in the right region can literally make the difference between enjoying your vacation or not understanding what all the fuss is about. For instance, Kuta is the town right outside of the airport. I found it to be overcrowded with tourists, tons of non-moving bumper-to-bumper traffic, and a seemingly endless amount of stores and boutiques that all look the same. Ubud, however, was a completely different story. Ubud is known as one of Bali's cultural centers and is home to the Sacred Monkey Forest, several talented woodcarving shops and jewelry. 2) The book does a pretty good job of explaining the most popular tourist attractions and what to expect. 3) The book does a good job of recommending activities. I wanted to do something active on my trip and the guide provided names of reputable companies that offered whitewater rafting, horseback riding and elephant rides, amongst other things.
Cons: 1) I've come to discover that the book talks about accommodations on only a small number of places that exist. I couldn't find most of the hotels where I stayed in the book, and some of them were truly nice finds. I could have missed out on them had my group not booked them for me. 2) If you're looking for off-the-beaten path locations that not many people know about, this guide would do you a disservice. I found it sticks to what's known and popular. 3) You could possibly miss out on good restaurants as not all of them are listed in the book. My foolproof method of selecting places to eat is to ask either local people (if you want an authentic meal) or other tourists.
Recommendations: 1) Use Frommer's only as a either a pre-guide or backup guide to other research. I wouldn't use this as my be-all and end-all guidebook. 2) I HIGHLY recommend using consumer-rated websites such as Trip Advisor or Lonely Planet. You're much more likely to get good insight there. 3) If you decide to purchase any type of guidebook, do NOT purchase the Kindle version. I've used both hard copies and electronic versions and the electronic version truly can be a little difficult to navigate. The one advantage I like about hard covers is the fact that different sections of the book have colored tabs along the page edges. It's much easier for you to go straight to a specific region and flip down "bunny ears" on the pages that contain the most relevant information. The one time I purchased a Kindle version I found myself reading the book cover-to-cover, something not practical with guidebooks. Trust me, I'm all about e-books but the format just doesn't work for guidebooks.
It gave me good information on what I need to prepared, and which airport I can get my VOA, I was able to make a 7 days/ 6 nights travel plan with this book. It has clear logistic, lodging, restaurant pricing, and emergency medical service information, etc. I look forward for my tropical relaxation!!!
However I found it failing in two particular instances and so I now have doubts about the reliabilty of the remainder of the book.
One instance was the article on the "Lotus Pond" restaurant in Sanur of which the owner was supposed to display interesting ceramics. Unfortunately this restaurant has since disappeared.
Another was the reference for a Babi Guling ( whole roast piglet) restaurant in Jalan Sutomo in Denpasar. The inadequate location of the restaurant lead me and my wife in a hot and fruitless search along the street dodging the traffic and the deep holes of the footpath.
Based on its unreliabilty I cannot give it a better rating.