4 years ago. 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. They tend to open neat each other the way mushrooms grow..Cheers,Chanchao. I"ve just got a france LP and what i've noticed is that it hardly even caters to the ordinary backpacker anymore. The info in the various guidebooks is basically the same. I was surprised it wasn't in the book. The colloquial style makes an easier read. The good news is that the new edition will be out very shortly. The maps in the Lonely Planet guide were more detailed than those in their competitor's and looked more practically useful. Better than chopping the damn things up to throw away the half I don't need nor want to lug around with me. Too upmarket for me so I found a great Govt budget one a block back. 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…. Rough Guide. :) Don't rule out the Internet/Web also before visiting a particular place. Lonely Planet. It was perfect 'backpacker' place, clean good value, etc. Lonely Planet Japan 205: 26% Rough Guides Japan 46: 6% Fodor's Japan 40: 5% Frommer's Japan 43: 5% Gateway to Japan 88: 11% Let's Go Japan 123: 16% Eyewitness Travel Japan 67: 9% Michelin Japan 21: 3% Other 149: 19% Its only because they had such a big market. More information can be found by viewing the following announcement. This may change though. 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. These days you can get all that general information easily from the web. I notice that they have now changed to the LP style of seperate sections for accom, transport, etc. Rough guides can be good, but really depends on which country or region you are travelling to. 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. 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). Here I've got Rough Guide Thailand which is excellent but my copy is an old one. Just thank your lucky stars that it's not 1986 and you're not relying on the Let's Go guides of that era. All rights reserved. My first LP is dated 1982 - a Shoestring Asian book. Hi there, I thought footprints and lp are almost the same. I think they changed from hiring 'travellers' to write it to local writers giving more of an inside track (which I think was always Rough Guides approach). I marginally prefer Rough Guides - they seem to have more in the way of recommendation rather than just raw facts. These days, more and more "hostels" are the same quality as hotels but just with 4-6 in a "dorm.". 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. update your settings BORED BORED BORED. Lonely Planet travel guides cost around $22 for city/small area guides, and $25 to $30 for country guides. 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. I think it's probably a very personal choice - Rough Guides suit me but I know others who would always choose Lonely Planet. Between the two, for a traveller on a budget, using public transport, Rough Guide is better. 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! by clicking the Privacy policy link at the bottom of the page. I find the Rough Guides are not just a pocket travel guide, there's quite a lot of background history for the countries/regions in question which I … This was our first trip to Portugal and we took and used extensively the Portugal books from Lonely Planet and Rough Guide. 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. Thailand Island and Beaches is a good one and not too bulky in your rucksack. Thorn Tree forum Interest forums On Your Bike. Please feel free to browse existing topics for answers to your travel questions. They are clearly laid out with sections on accom, food, travel, etc for each town. They don't add a lot of information. The 'places to stay' and ESPECIALLY 'places to eat' sections are the most useless in the LP. 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. Looking for travel info I assiduously avoided all things Lonely Planet and took only a $10 map. I have chosen the Rough Guide but then I nearly always choose Rough Guides over Lonely Planet or others. I have read Lonely Planet online, not the book. Hi there, 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. "Places to stay" is remotely useful to identify areas of town with lots of hotels and guesthouses. This topic has been locked by a moderator. Lonely Planet vs Rough Guides (Iceland) A comparative review of the Rough Guide and Lonely Planet guides to Iceland. 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 ??? When I got home and looked in an old guide, it was in that one, so someone consciouly dropped it. Find a destination, look for inspiration, read features and get great travel advice, from Rough Guides – the leading publisher of travel and reference guides. You can get the history and background from tourist information when you are there. We just returned from 2.5 weeks in Portugal. I can do without cooking classes, homosexual hangouts and LP telling me to behave ecologically and politically responsible. If you try the others you might get to some places not everyones been! 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. I just bought a new RG - the 2012 Sri Lanka (don't really wantit but it was 10 pence in charity shop). I also like the "Let's Go" series. GOD im BORED. I only ever bring half a R.G back. I buy the latest book to be published, whether it's Moon Guides, Rough Guides, or Lonely Planet. No part of this site may be reproduced without our written permission. 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. Get onto abebooks.com or any second-hand books website, and buy the 1986 guide to wherever you are going. 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. They expanded but still kept the orig budget feel. Why? Please feel free to browse existing topics for answers to your travel questions. We didn't visit the Algarve or Alentejo, concentrating on Lisbon and north. This is more current than any guide when it comes to accommodation. Since then, the Rough Guides have started adding photos too. Get an LP book but make sure you try places out they dont recommend!! 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). ...the footprint guide to Thailand is pretty good ! On the whole more people have more money these days. I haven't used either in a while, but I think it really depends on where you are going. I do as shannonbdavis does. This review compares the Rough Guides Portugal (9th ed.) Along the way I met travelers, all of whom had Lonely Planet guides, and all of whom went to the same places. We went to south America last fall. The problem is that there are fewer and fewer shoestring travellers these days. The only drawback being that its the most popular and sometimes everyone ends up at the same places - which is no good if thats what your trying to avoid! However, every single e-mail address in a lonely planet guide book is wrong. I'm sure you'd be fine with one or the other. we use cookies to improve your experience on our website. Frommer's Guides : The granddaddy of travel publishing, Arthur Frommer has reinvented his series to be leaner and more focused on the budget traveler. I thought that the info provided in LP was more comprehensive as well. when we travelled. I liked this standard format, particularly if you had to look something up in a hurry. I suppose, people like things to look nice, as well as be useful. Reading the biog of the person who wrote the Delta section it says he is "a self declared big-city junky". A quick count on my bookshelf and there are 23 there. Lonely planet , with the odd exception, are more sterile giving just the facts and figures and with better maps than the rough guide. Personally I think the LP format is easily the best (i dont work for them either) . Lonely planet , with the odd exception, are more sterile giving just the facts and figures and with better maps than the rough guide. Publishers are well aware of what #4 says.. I just want to know about what to see, how to get there, where to sleep etc. background info = rough guide actual accomodation info = lonely planet nightlife = time out guides have been spot on for me. OK a bit of a cop out compared to my earlier method of getting my atlas and just following a route. 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. 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) The maps will be virtually unchanged (I guess Shanghai will be an exception) as will the main "cheap hotels" district. I like Rough Guide too. Ian Wright, we loved you way back when. we use cookies to improve your experience on our website. They'll do a new release even if little information is updated. I think there are regional differences too. 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). I was only going to Reykjavik which I already know quite well and so didn’t really need a guide … 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? I went through 3 of those books.. Based on Tony Wheeler's orig idea - basically a guidebook for people doing the classic overland routes. 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”). Wikitravel/wikivoyage are usually pretty solid alternatives, partly … I still like to have a guide book, as much for sights as anything. Right I finished pluggin LP unless they send me some cash! You can 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. Rough Guides versus Lonely Planet guides, your opinion? There are often NO budget places. Lonely Planet is much more thorough than Rough Guide. The current Rough Guide to Norway was published in June 2009 (5th edition), so might be due for updating soon. © Or better yet, just read a book about it. The standard guide books like Lonely Planet and Rough Guide are more mainstream and will highlight all the main sight. 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). 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). The Lonely Planet series offers comprehensive, no-nonsense facts, low- and mid-budget listings, and helpful on-the-ground travel tips. They are also tougher and last longer on the road. 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. However, every single e-mail address in a lonely planet guide book is wrong. Slow day or what....Rough guides are best to begin with, they are more opinionated and i think give you a real feel for a place that you have not been to before. Lent them to someone or it ended up missing some other way. I have use the LPs for over 30 years and used to love them. 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. The thing that immediately struck me was that the Lonely Planet guide was more attractive to look at than The Rough Guide. 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. Rough Guides to...vs... Lonely Planet guides. 2020 This topic has been locked by a moderator. update your settings 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). Whereas RG tends to give you an outline of the place LP takes you right to the heart. Thorn Tree is currently set to READ-ONLY mode. All rights reserved. Good to read and informative, but all the info was mixed up in the text. Rough Guides versus Lonely Planet guides, your opinion. 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