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The Rough Guide to Singapore Paperback – Jan 1 2001

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 3rd Revised edition edition (Jan. 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858285666
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858285665
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.7 x 14.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,786,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rough Guides... make valuable holiday companions The Sunday Times Travel Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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After graduating from the University of Bristol, Mark Lewis spent a year teaching in Singapore, during which time he regularly contributed to the Singapore Strait Times. He is now editor of the award-winning Caterer and Hotelkeeper and is co-author of The Rough Guide to Vietnam and The Rough Guide to Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Rough Guides have always been a good compromise between the traditional Baedeker-style travel guides my parents used and the Lonely Planet guides from my backpacking days. The chunky Lonely Planets (the volume for China has the size and the weight of a solid brick) are still unrivalled when one wants to travel in a country with bad infrastructure and few tourist facilities; but for someone who travels light and wants to visit Singapore, the Mini Rough Guide to Singapore is a good choice.
It is a travel guide that fits easily into a pocket but has all the information one would expect: detailed coverage of the major sights, reviews of the best places to stay, eat and drink, a brief introduction to the history of Singapore, and nine useful color maps (including one for the subway system that came in handy). One of the highlights of the guide is a six-page section with short reviews of books for further reading. It includes not only travel accounts and history books but also works of literature that touch on Singapore, among them works by Anthony Burgess, Joseph Conrad, W. Somerset Maugham, and Paul Theroux (Mark Lewis, the author of the guide, spent a year teaching English in Singapore after graduating from university during which time he regularly contributed book reviews to the Singapore Straits Times).
The book is very readable, well organized, chock full of useful information for the visitor, and very "user-friendly". It would qualify for five stars were it not for two (minor) complaints: One is that travelling mostly on a limited time budget, I have always liked travel guides with a couple of suggestions for day tours around town (none here, unfortunately).
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ddc71f8) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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HASH(0x9e95575c) out of 5 stars Concise yet comprehensive - and it fits into your pocket! May 30 2001
By Boris Bangemann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Rough Guides have always been a good compromise between the traditional Baedeker-style travel guides my parents used and the Lonely Planet guides from my backpacking days. The chunky Lonely Planets (the volume for China has the size and the weight of a solid brick) are still unrivalled when one wants to travel in a country with bad infrastructure and few tourist facilities; but for someone who travels light and wants to visit Singapore, the Mini Rough Guide to Singapore is a good choice.
It is a travel guide that fits easily into a pocket but has all the information one would expect: detailed coverage of the major sights, reviews of the best places to stay, eat and drink, a brief introduction to the history of Singapore, and nine useful color maps (including one for the subway system that came in handy). One of the highlights of the guide is a six-page section with short reviews of books for further reading. It includes not only travel accounts and history books but also works of literature that touch on Singapore, among them works by Anthony Burgess, Joseph Conrad, W. Somerset Maugham, and Paul Theroux (Mark Lewis, the author of the guide, spent a year teaching English in Singapore after graduating from university during which time he regularly contributed book reviews to the Singapore Straits Times).
The book is very readable, well organized, chock full of useful information for the visitor, and very "user-friendly". It would qualify for five stars were it not for two (minor) complaints: One is that travelling mostly on a limited time budget, I have always liked travel guides with a couple of suggestions for day tours around town (none here, unfortunately). Secondly, I feel that a squeaky clean, efficient and hyper-controlled city like Singapore really asks for more irreverence and jokes than Mark Lewis allowed himself in his book. This is a matter of temperament, of course. Or maybe the editors of the Rough Guides series thought that a travel guide is not the right place to really indulge in the joys of oddities and ironies.
HASH(0x9dcc3264) out of 5 stars Do Not Buy March 25 2013
By Neku2 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Do not buy this guide for one reason - the maps are completely useless. The maps are illegible in their standard format and when zoomed in on, become more blurry. It's possible the rest of the book is good but I wouldn't know as I had to go out and buy myself one with usable maps.


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