This book is not very detailed but is still useful asa pre-departure guide. it has 2 main sections. the first part ha basic travel information such as packing , getting around, hostels and transportation.
The second, more useful section comprises of country information. for the 21 countries covered there is a map and to 4 pages of text for each country with background country information. details on visa requirements, expected costs, other resources ( books, film, internet). The most useful aspect is the suggested itenarys by country. suggested travel itenarys are provided for each country for various durations, 3 days, 1 week , 2 weeks and a month. these are also marked out on the map to give the reader an idea of how much travel is involved.
This book is useful to those considering a Asian trip as it can help one find the places they may want to visit. It would be of little use to anyone in Asia as there are no local maps or details on where to stay, eat and drink.
The Lonely Planet India guide and Spouth East Asia on a Shoestring guide would be a good companions to this book. use this book in your planning stages then use the regionalal guide in your travels
As with all LP guides it has many interesting first person anecdotes that make interesting reading.