Lonely Planet Cambodia 7th Ed.: 7th Edition Paperback – Jul 12 2010
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About the Author
Nick Ray is a Londoner of sorts and comes from Watford, the sort of town that makes you want to travel. He lives in Phnom Penh with his Kulikar and young son Julian. He has worked on several guidebooks on Cambodia including Lonely Planet's Southeast Asia on a Shoestring and Cycling Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia. He also writes for newspapers and magazines, including the Sunday Times and Wanderlust in the UK. When not writing, Nick is often found foragin around the remote parts of Cambodia as a location scout and manager for the world of TV and film. Motorbikes are part-time passion and he prefers to take the roads less travelled and is still turning up new trails in Cambodia.
Top Customer Reviews
Now that Cambodia is opening up the outside world the book gets a little bit thicker which I find is interesting since now there are many areas to visit in Cambodia like the hill tribes living in east of Cambodia and also the temple of Preah Vihear in the north of Cambodia which sits on the Dangrek mountain range overlooking Thailand. Great book to have and I hope soon in the next edition more information will be added. Don't travel to Cambodia without one!!!
If you plan to go, read the guide very carefully. It gives you enough background to do it on your own. However, I would still recommend to go for local assistance ( with the exception of Siem Rap when visiting Ankor Wat)
The country is beautiful and the people are very nice. If you have time and sense of adventure it is definitely worth a trip.
Pnom Penh should be the centre of the visit and the guide is at it's most helpful here with good background on the Tol Sluen Prison or the Killing Fields as well as on the nicer things like the Palace and the Silver Pagoda. A tip: try to take a good hotel. PP can be a bit depressing, particularly after a visit to the fields, and also is not a very safe place to go out at night without guide or transport. If you have transport you should eat of course in the Foreign Correspondent Club.
Angkor Wat is a must, although the guide maybe overdoes it a little. I find that you must be a real "culture buff" to use more than one day for a visit. In Siem Rap there is nothing, so don't fall for the trap of a four day visit.
In general, I find the guide giving good information and,as in all the countries here in SE-Asia, if you want to travel alone, you HAVE to take it with you.
I have been in Cambodia now a couple of times and each time I find it a good adventure, not in the least because of the help of this good guide.
The Cambodia book is great. Great information, easy to follow guides to Angkor what else could you need. LP really tells it as it is. Cambodia is a place changing everyday. Fortunately for the last year or two its been relatively calm and tourist friendly. How long this will last is anyone's guess. I hope stablity have finally come to this country with such a tragic history.
Angkor is a unbelievable place and the LP book will get you through it and teach you a lot.
Get this book before you go!
Most recent customer reviews
Lonely Planet never dissapoints. Detailed but not too wordy descriptions about each area. Made me realize that there was so much more I wanted to see in the country than I had... Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2011 by Travelling101
This is the book I took to Cambodia. For me the important thing was that it had the phone numbers of the various guest houses and hotels. Read morePublished on May 9 2002 by Alexander Janums
Nick Ray's Cambodia is a practical, invaluable guide for commercial or recreational travelers wanting to explore the sights and wonders of this exotic land. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2001 by Midwest Book Review