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4.0 out of 5 stars not very detailed but still useful.
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...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too general and simplistic
This could be useful if you've never traveled before in your life, but it's a bit too simplistic to be of use to anyone else. More than half of the book is "general" content, basics such as how to pack and eating precautions, that really doesn't apply to any more to Asia & India than to anywhere else in the developing world. There was only 4 or 5 pages on...
Published on Aug. 9 2002


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4.0 out of 5 stars not very detailed but still useful., Jan. 4 2004
This review is from: Read This First: Asia & India: Essential Predeparture Travel Guide (Paperback)
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must read before trekking off to asia, Dec 6 2000
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This review is from: Read This First: Asia & India: Essential Predeparture Travel Guide (Paperback)
no, this is not a travel guide. it does not give listings and directions for sights, food, and lodging. it is a practical guide for backpackers (and other independent travelers) heading off to asia. this guide lists visa requirements for all of the asian nations (for visitors from many countries), gives suggestions on routes throughout asia, generalizations about transport, lodging, and meals, recommendations on what to take, and insights on what to expect. it is a very useful tool, packed with necessary information. you could leave for asia without it onhand, but do not leave for asia before reading it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful in planning a trip, April 28 2000
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I found this book very helpful in planning my trip to Asia. While I wouldn't use this book on my trip, it got me focused on what to think about when getting ready to go and deciding how I wanted to divide my time in such a large region.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too general and simplistic, Aug. 9 2002
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This review is from: Read This First: Asia & India: Essential Predeparture Travel Guide (Paperback)
This could be useful if you've never traveled before in your life, but it's a bit too simplistic to be of use to anyone else. More than half of the book is "general" content, basics such as how to pack and eating precautions, that really doesn't apply to any more to Asia & India than to anywhere else in the developing world. There was only 4 or 5 pages on every country, and most of the information was trivial. There was less than a page about what there is to see and do that is unique or interesting in a given country. Most of it was taken up by things like visa requirements, which are useless, because you'll have to check with the embassies anyway to make sure there hasn't been a change. There are a few suggested itineraries for each country (a line on a map), but they are useless because they don't even give a one-sentence description of what why a particular city is of interest.
This book is for you if you want to know about "how to travel", but it's not very useful as a tool for planning your itinerary for a pan-Asian trip. For that Lonely Planet will make you buy the guidebook for every single country you are considering visiting before giving you an idea of whether or not you want to go to that place
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