Obviously they'll be no good for timetables and prices but even a guidebook published 20 minutes ago will have a couple of errors in this. I used to flick through the LP for Ireland quite a lot - up to about 2000, it was rubbish - bad advice, out of date information, but the most recent editions have been excellent. Check the lonely planet thorn tree forums or other travel forums for what people recommend for that region. I went through 3 of those books.. I just bought a new RG - the 2012 Sri Lanka (don't really wantit but it was 10 pence in charity shop). I see some people say that Rough Guides are better than LP but I would like to hear why you think so( or don't) Rough Guides versus Lonely Planet guides, your opinion. Also LPs potted history, etc is a useful intro to a country. Publishers are well aware of what #4 says.. I thought footprints and lp are almost the same. Lonely planet is largely derided amongst "travellers" due to the large number of people arriving in various places around the world and almost liveing their lives by them, but they can still help you out when you aren't sure where to go. Not sure, but the author is Oliver Hargreave. Trump mocks Biden for wearing a mask amid pandemic. The Rough Guides were much more of a narrative. © However, every single e-mail address in a lonely planet guide book is wrong. 4 years ago. OK a bit of a cop out compared to my earlier method of getting my atlas and just following a route. However, the books are made on the cheap and fall apart as soon as the plane leaves the runway. Please feel free to browse existing topics for answers to your travel questions. Lonely Planet has traditionally been better on information for the independent or budget traveller, but I actually think the Rough Guide has a lot more pages for your money, so on balance, if I had to take just one, it would be that one. I have used a lot of…. Actually I start planning my trip to South Africa in 2010. Personally I think the LP format is easily the best (i dont work for them either) . 2020 When we lived in Australia, Lonely Planet seemed to be the most easily available guidebook and we used their various guides (New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, etc.) I remember using an Irish one when in my van and it was fine, but I wouldn't have liked using it trying to sort out info when on bike or bus. Lonely Planet Thailand writer vs The Rough Guide to Thailand writers. My first LP is dated 1982 - a Shoestring Asian book. I have read Lonely Planet online, not the book. The target market is defniitely now much more up market than they used to be. The thing that immediately struck me was that the Lonely Planet guide was more attractive to look at than The Rough Guide. I can do without cooking classes, homosexual hangouts and LP telling me to behave ecologically and politically responsible. We just returned from 2.5 weeks in Portugal. Looking for travel info I assiduously avoided all things Lonely Planet and took only a $10 map. The Lets Go Thailand book is quite good.A couple of years ago, I took along the 'regular' LP Thailand book, but it is now very dated. Right I finished pluggin LP unless they send me some cash! Thorn Tree forum Interest forums On Your Bike. I have use the LPs for over 30 years and used to love them. Lonely Planet. Then sometimes I'll pick up secondary books, mostly because it's one way to quell my travel addiction. Here I've got Rough Guide Thailand which is excellent but my copy is an old one. They are much more useful for reading at home to decide what it is that are the places you really want to see. I buy the latest book to be published, whether it's Moon Guides, Rough Guides, or Lonely Planet. There are often NO budget places. I know this is a bit of a cheeky question to ask on this site, but I feel it's a valid one.Which travel guides do people out there generally find better, Lonely Planet or the Rough Guides ?Especially in relation to Thailand...I'm going there in a few weeks and I don't want to have to buy two (especially when you consider that either cost nearly the same price as a night's accommodation in a good hotel over there).Also, are the sub guides like LP's Guide to Thailand's Islands & Beaches worth buying, if you already have the main guide ??? The colloquial style makes an easier read. No part of this site may be reproduced without our written permission. I thought that the info provided in LP was more comprehensive as well. They expanded but still kept the orig budget feel. Thorn Tree is currently set to READ-ONLY mode. The old LPs are terrific. Bad news for 28,000 Disney theme park workers. Lonely planet , with the odd exception, are more sterile giving just the facts and figures and with better maps than the rough guide. I just want to know about what to see, how to get there, where to sleep etc. You can by clicking the Privacy policy link at the bottom of the page. Or better yet, just read a book about it. Lonely Planet has just published a new edition (May 2011) of its Norway guide. update your settings They are clearly laid out with sections on accom, food, travel, etc for each town. They are also tougher and last longer on the road. I like to stand by my Lonely Planet guide (I like the overall layout and they way they list accomodations based on price), but I'd recommend taking a look through the Rough Guide to make your own opinion. This was our first trip to Portugal and we took and used extensively the Portugal books from Lonely Planet and Rough Guide. All rights reserved. BORED BORED BORED. South East Asia on a Shoestring, etc. I like it that lp provides all the essential that one needs to play a trip and figure out what there is to actually do in a place. A quick count on my bookshelf and there are 23 there. These days you can get all that general information easily from the web. I think there are regional differences too. I was only going to Reykjavik which I already know quite well and so didn’t really need a guide … background info = rough guide actual accomodation info = lonely planet nightlife = time out guides have been spot on for me. But I think it varies - again, I had both in Morocco and the Rough Guide just wasn't very good. It just depends on your preference for the layout of the information. Good to read and informative, but all the info was mixed up in the text. Pages of my R.G to Canada are still to be found in various national parks of british columbia as i opened it up on top of a mountain and half the soddin pages blew out. The Lonely Planet Guide To Crete and the Rough Guide To Crete are, in my view, the two best general guidebooks to the island of Crete. by clicking the Privacy policy link at the bottom of the page. The maps in the Lonely Planet guide were more detailed than those in their competitor's and looked more practically useful. Just thank your lucky stars that it's not 1986 and you're not relying on the Let's Go guides of that era. Lonely Planet and Rough Guide are the two most recommended guides from what I've heard. They tend to open neat each other the way mushrooms grow..Cheers,Chanchao. This may change though. Agree with all the above.... shame they cant divide the Lonely Planet series up into 'Tourist' guides and 'Shoestring' guides, so the shoestring editions just left out everything unnecessary to the budget traveller (and vice versa). ...the footprint guide to Thailand is pretty good ! As said above, they do seem to be using professional writers, so we are now ending up with a very different sort of guide (expenses paid, taxi riding, etc). They're handy for planning and finding a place when you first arrive but once you're on the road it's easy enough to get a feel for what you're looking for - and other travelers can fill you in with far more reliable info. we use cookies to improve your experience on our website. Lonely Planet vs Rough Guides (Iceland) A comparative review of the Rough Guide and Lonely Planet guides to Iceland. Copy and paste the url below to share the link. This review compares the Rough Guides Portugal (9th ed.) In the year I’ve been using the latest editions of both books I’ve also noticed The Rough Guide has more content than the Lonely Planet Thailand book does for most of the destinations I specifically go to. Please feel free to browse existing topics for answers to your travel questions. Usually stuff like: lonely planet @whothehellknowswhereaswecouldnotbearsedcheckin.comThere, that passed five minutes or so. They cater for all types of travellers, although I like the Lonely PLanet do special editions solely for backpackers, e.g. I think it's probably a very personal choice - Rough Guides suit me but I know others who would always choose Lonely Planet. The info in the various guidebooks is basically the same. Why? GOD im BORED. I first noticed this back in 2003 with the S India book, the 2nd edition omitted many of the cheaper places. I only ever bring half a R.G back. The current Rough Guide to Norway was published in June 2009 (5th edition), so might be due for updating soon. I also like the "Let's Go" series. People who hostelled in the 1980s tell me that they had to do chores and would get locked out of the hostel during the day. More information can be found by viewing the following announcement. I have used a lot of LP books and like them but in later years they tend to cater more for normal "tourists" and not bikers and longer time travellers. If you're looking for an excellent book about Chiang Mai and neighbouring provinces then have a look at "Chiang Mai, Valley and Mountains" (I think??? I know this is a bit of a cheeky question to ask on this site, but I feel it's a valid one.Which travel guides do people out there generally…. Between the two, for a traveller on a budget, using public transport, Rough Guide is better. I tried to get on for india once but it was hard to get one up to date. Hi there, You can get the history and background from tourist information when you are there. Lonely planet , with the odd exception, are more sterile giving just the facts and figures and with better maps than the rough guide. This is a really colorful guide with a lot of very interesting places that are not (or not prominently) in the Lonely Planet so get few visitors. They'll do a new release even if little information is updated. I'm sure you'd be fine with one or the other. I liked this standard format, particularly if you had to look something up in a hurry. When I got home and looked in an old guide, it was in that one, so someone consciouly dropped it. They don't add a lot of information. with Lonely Planet Portugal (2nd ed.). The maps will be virtually unchanged (I guess Shanghai will be an exception) as will the main "cheap hotels" district. This is more current than any guide when it comes to accommodation. In the latest Vietnam LP book, I went to Ben Tre a Delta town and the only hotels listed were 2 upmarket river side ones. Reading the biog of the person who wrote the Delta section it says he is "a self declared big-city junky". So I wonder which travel guide is the best. If I was interested in going to a country, I would go to the library, borrow the book and could then work out how feasible it was to travel there. Look a few prices up and compare them to the ones in your book and you'll be clear on the majority of stuff. Maybe they sense a gap in the market. Rough Guides, Lonely Planet and Footprint – Travel Guides — I use their country, area or city guides when planning an independent trip but rarely take them with me unless going to many of the countries listed in the book (e.g., Lonely Planet’s “West Africa”). Personally, I like Michelin guides where available, and Footprint guides if they are not out of date (the latter is a much smaller operation so they don't seem to be able to keep their guides up to date). Based on Tony Wheeler's orig idea - basically a guidebook for people doing the classic overland routes. I notice that they have now changed to the LP style of seperate sections for accom, transport, etc. I preferred the Footprint guides in South America and India but honestly no guide book can be definitive, entirely up-to-date and without flaws. Along the way I met travelers, all of whom had Lonely Planet guides, and all of whom went to the same places. Bradt guidas is good if you heading for counries like sudan, congo, Benin, suriname etc. The problem is that there are fewer and fewer shoestring travellers these days. This topic has been locked by a moderator. Too upmarket for me so I found a great Govt budget one a block back. Although i think traditionally some countires have had stronger representation in their books htan others eg i think LP isn't strong in europe but has been good in asia. © This topic has been locked by a moderator. I have a copy of the Rough Guide, and I use it quite a bit. The good news is that the new edition will be out very shortly. Get onto abebooks.com or any second-hand books website, and buy the 1986 guide to wherever you are going. The Lonely Planet series offers comprehensive, no-nonsense facts, low- and mid-budget listings, and helpful on-the-ground travel tips. I have used Rough Guides in the past (not for Thailand though) and like them very much.They all have their good and bad points. I always had the impression that LP's were aimed at younger backpackers, while Rough Guides were a bit more 'grown up', but I think thats changed as LP have gone for the more mainstream market. If your not going up north thats the one, you can get updates on this site. Rough Guide. Rough Guide is fine for maps and directions, and I preferred it to the Lonely Planet Japan guide as it seemed a bit more detailed. Lent them to someone or it ended up missing some other way. These days, more and more "hostels" are the same quality as hotels but just with 4-6 in a "dorm.". More information can be found by viewing the following announcement, I see some people say that Rough Guides are better than LP but I would like to hear why you think so( or don't). Currently, the Lets Go Thailand is the most recent, so that is what I took to Thailand this year (along with the LP Chiang Mai & Northern Thailand book). Lonely Planet is much more thorough than Rough Guide. The old idea was a load of budget hotels, restaurants, sights, etc, then a few mid range then maybe a top end (although if somewhere like India, top end was still within many peoples budget). I've bought it back 2 times now. Wikitravel/wikivoyage are usually pretty solid alternatives, partly … You can Hi there, For the rest of it - well, it wouldn't be independent travel if you followed a guidebook the whole way. No part of this site may be reproduced without our written permission. Find a destination, look for inspiration, read features and get great travel advice, from Rough Guides – the leading publisher of travel and reference guides. Rough Guides to...vs... Lonely Planet guides. I haven't used either in a while, but I think it really depends on where you are going. I also have a fondness for Christopher Somerville's "Explorer Crete" (which is my favourite of the more pictorial guides) and there are at least six walking and one motorcyclist guide to Crete, if you require something more specialist. Enter custom title (optional) This topic is … I did better by choosing my own or asking my accommodation for recommendations. Rough Guides versus Lonely Planet guides, your opinion? Ian Wright, we loved you way back when. We didn't visit the Algarve or Alentejo, concentrating on Lisbon and north. I was surprised it wasn't in the book. when we travelled. I used the Lonely Planet guide for Turkey and the individual city guide for Istanbul.I find then easier to read than the Rough Guide. I like Rough Guide too. And none of them are up to much when it comes to cycle touring. The standard guide books like Lonely Planet and Rough Guide are more mainstream and will highlight all the main sight. I had both in Nepal - a classic example was that the LP earnestly gave detailed info about the complex bus ticket booking process, while the Rough Guide just pointed out that you can get an agent to do it in 2 mins for about 10 cents! I still like to have a guide book, as much for sights as anything. Who remembers the good old days without email & the internet when all you had was an out of date book and a fellow travellers word of mouth? Patrick Mahomes's fiancée: I'm having a baby If you try the others you might get to some places not everyones been! Available for sure in Chiang Mai and likely elsewhere. Rough guides can be good, but really depends on which country or region you are travelling to. Since then, the Rough Guides have started adding photos too. :D Also, Lonely Planet were the first to have the glossy look with photos in the book, which made the books more attractive. Lonely planet vs. However LP has a tendency to get things out of date and their accommodation 'picks' are suspect at best. Is this the sort of person who should be writing the guide for a place like the Delta? One thing about LP is that they tend to produce updates more frequently. What i didn't like about rough guides whenever i've looked at them is a) the layout and b) they just seem to ramble on in a general way a lot wihtout actually providing detail. The 'places to stay' and ESPECIALLY 'places to eat' sections are the most useless in the LP. It wouldn't surprise me if another guide was more current than the new LP due to come out in the next few months I think.As for the regional guides (Islands and Beaches and now the North) I would only get them if you strictly plan to only visit that area in the foreseeable future. I would be happy to pay the same for less. 2020 I use that for important details that may change. 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