New Edition LP Tanzania--Opinions?
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Jul 11, 2012 4:29 AM Last Post By: dphrph
Jul 8, 2012 1:43 AM
New Edition LP Tanzania--Opinions?Hi all,
LP has come out with a new edition this past month of the Tanzania guidebook. There isn't a copy in my local bookstore yet but I am curious if anyone has purchased it and what they think of it compared to previous editions. I've seen posts concerning new LP editions for other areas and the majority of posters on the subject seem to the think the map quantity/quality along with the lodging listings have declined with the new format.
Obviously this could be simply that satisfied people haven't been posting while the dissatisfied people have. So, if you've got an opinion, I'd love to hear it. I can still get the previous edition of the book so if it seems that the new format is not an improvement, I'll get the older book.
Thank you for any input.
Jul 8, 2012 1:40 PM
1I just bought it and im not happy with it.
Previous years, I used LP guides to travel on my own to Ecuador, Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia and it all worked out well.
They changed the design and Im having trouble finding the things Im used to; I ve spent few hours yesterday trying to find recomended centers for Pemba diving. Maybe its there, somewhere, but I havent found it, I expected it under sights and activities in the Pemba chapter.
My biggest objection is that under Itineraries, this time, there is no estimated budget required.
Could it be,becouse in Tanzania, unlike other places Ive been to it doesnt save you money to design your trip by yourself instead of going to the reputable local touroperators? It seems insane to me that I cant arrange a decent wildlife plus diving itinerary for 3 weeks whithin 4000$.
And,well..im nitpicking but..I hate that new blue stuff on the pages..
Jul 8, 2012 9:15 PM
2Other posters have mentioned similar things with the new guidebooks for other countries (India is one in particular). I'm a bit worried about this now. I've always loved the LP guidebooks specifically since they listed a wide range of lodgings and had good maps. I'm hoping the LP people take notice of these complaints. I don't mind the new "blue" format but I do want it to have the same information that the older books had.
Jul 11, 2012 4:29 AM
3I looked at the new Tanzania guidebook today along with the previous edition (found a store that had both). There was a lot that was the same, however as MissMarple stated above, the new guidebook didn't have the estimated budget while the old edition did. I had posted the inquiry about the Kenya guidebook, one poster had commented on the different paper used for the new editions. The new book was lighter than the old one although the pictures were a bit fewer and the new lighter paper is matte vs glossy. So the pictures don't look quite as good (in my opinion) as they did on the glossy paper where the colors were more vivid. The maps seem to be about the same or in some cases a bit more detailed in the new edition (at least the ones I could compare). I can understand why they switched the paper to something lighter to save weight. Some of the guidebooks were getting pretty hefty. I'm going to go back and try to compare the lodging and attractions sections etc before I make my decision as to which edition to finally buy.
Edited by: dphrph
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