The latest Lonely Planet guide to Thailand reminds us why this Kingdom remains the most popular destination in Southeast Asia. Bangkok is bustling, modern, and unmistakably Thai. Fabulous island getaways offer breathtaking natural beauty and have individual characters to suit every visitor. Travel off the beaten track and discover ancient kingdoms and rural villages a world away from the country’s busy metropolis. Add to this the friendly and gentle nature of the locals and the incredible food available for all types of budget – its no wonder Thailand remains a favourite getaway.
For established Lonely Planet author Joe Cummings, Thailand has been one long love affair. He first arrived in 1977 to work as a Peace Corps Volunteer and wrote the very first Lonely Planet guide to Thailand in 1982. Joe remembers it as an exciting moment because it was the first Thailand guide to be written in English and devoted entirely to Thailand for nearly 50 years (since the1928 ‘Guide to Bangkok, with Notes on Siam‘ guide by Erik Seidenfaden). The few travel guides available at that time were translated from French and German and very much geared towards first-class travel, or as Joe likes to call it, ‘culturally insulated travel’.
Lonely Planet’s Thailand may no longer be the only guidebook to the country but it remains the original and the best. In recognition that increasingly people travel for a greater variety of reasons, an extended ‘Facts for the Visitor’ section gives details on education courses where travellers can pick up skills in Thai language, meditation, martial arts, Thai cooking and/or Thai massage. Informative colour sections cover Thailand’s Music, Theatre and Dance; Thai Cuisine and Thailand’s ethnic minority peoples. A new 16-page colour section with stunning pictures and descriptions of Thailand’s many highlights remind you why it’s one of our most desirable destinations.
Thailand, Joe Cummings et al
10th ed, ISBN 1 74059 356 1
808 pp, 48 pp colour, 148 maps.
US 25.99 UK 15.99 AUS 42.90