Best Burma Guide
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Aug 30, 2013 9:50 PM Last Post By: jeremythiessen
Aug 28, 2013 5:10 AM
Best Burma GuideHi all,
I'll be travelling before the latest LP is released, meaning the current one is from November 2011 - I'm worried it will be out of date.
Would you still go with the Lonely Planet, or does anyone have any experience with other guides, e.g. Insight Guides or even the Budget Guide to Burma I see on Amazon. Links below.
Thanks for your opinions!
Aug 28, 2013 7:09 AM
Aug 28, 2013 3:49 PM
2The information in most guide books is a year old before it even hits the book stores but even a 3-4 year old guide can give you plenty of good info on history, politics, weather, health issues etc and more importantly maps and descriptions of attractions and even relative prices of budget, mid-range etc. hotels and restaurants.Exact prices can change dramatically in Burma these days and some of these establishments go out of business.What also happens frequently is when a business is mentioned in a guide like LP their prices go up and quality goes down.
I wouldn't be too concerned about having the absolute newest guide. Just use what you can get for basic info and go to travel forums to get updates on those things that change more quickly. With all its faults, the LP guide is probably the best one out there these days.
Agree with Herbie47 about Insight Guides.
Aug 28, 2013 7:49 PM
3I agree with jacko - Burma is changing so much that any guidebook is out of date before it's printed. But it can provide maps and useful historical information, etc. The average person doesn't yet have the concept of ripping off westerners (except for the trains, but they are still fixed prices), so you will be charged the current correct price wherever you go.
Aug 29, 2013 1:08 AM
Aug 29, 2013 2:16 AM
5Jacko is on the money. It is a guide not a bible, and will guide you. Having said that I am using the LP for the last 2 weeks and I think the prices are about the same or just slightly more. It is low season and that will change in high season but the guide will give you an idea of quality and approx. cost.
Aug 29, 2013 2:28 AM
Aug 30, 2013 9:50 PM
7yep the guys above are pretty bang on. I've lived in Yangon for the past 4 years and things are changing more rapidly than any guidebook can keep up with. Me and a couple of guys went through the country last fall and used a LP book from 2007......the prices were way out but we were still able to get alot of helpful advice from it. if you're using the 2011 version you're already not too far away. In Yangon hotels are ridiculous and guest houses as well but in places like Kalaw or Inle, even bagan, i don't think a 2011 book will be far off!
bessings on your travels..
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