- Taschenbuch: 368 Seiten
- Verlag: Lonely Planet Publications; Auflage: 9th Revised ed. (1. August 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1742205577
- ISBN-13: 978-1742205571
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,8 x 2 x 19,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 29.070 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Lonely Planet Cambodia (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. August 2014
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Nick es un londinense nacido en Watford, el tipo de pueblo que incita a viajar, y actualmente vive en Phnom Penh. Estudió Historia y Políticas en la Universidad, lo que le incitó a involucrar-se en acontecimientos de lugares inusuales por Asia y África. Después de un período trabajando para revistas londinenses en países tan diversos como Vietnam o Marruecos, fue descubierto por Lonely Planet en 1998 y desde entonces ha trabajado en más de 30 títulos. Ha contribuido en innumerables guías sobre la región del Mekong, entre ellas las guías Lonely Planet Camboya y Vietnam, además de Sureste asiático para mochileros y el best-seller internacional Cycling Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia. También ha trabajado en guías de Lonely Planet cubriendo Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia yTailandia. Cuando no está escribiendo, se le puede encontrar en las partes remotas de la región trabajando como especialista de localizaciones o director de producción para la industria del cine y la televisión (ha trabajado en producciones como Top Gear Vietnam o Tomb Raider y incontables documentales para la BBC, Discovery and National Geographic ). Luang Prabang es uno de sus rincones preferidos del mundo, y le encantó poder explorar las famosas cuevas de Vieng Xai, que en su día albergaron al Pathet Lao. Y cuando no está explorando el mundo, Nik escribe artículos para revistas y periódicos líderes, incluyendo The Sunday Times y Wanderlust, y dirige recorridos para importantes agencias de viajes y organizaciones internacionales.
Greg es un escritor freelance, organizador de tours y consultor de viajes que vive entre Siem Reap, Cambodia, y Manila, Filipinas. Ha contribuido a la realización de 30 guías de Lonely Planet, incluyendo cuatro ediciones de las guías de Filipinas y Southeast Asia on a Shoestring y tres ediciones de la guía de Camboya. Greg empezó su carrea como escritor a finales de los 90 en Ucrania, trabajando como periodista y más tarde como editor del Kyiv Post. Retorna a menudo a la antigua Unión Soviética y ha contribuido a la realización de las guías Lonely Planet de Ucrania, Ucrania, Rusia, Uzbekistán y el Báltico. Los artículos sobre viajes de Greg se han publicado en el Sydney Morning Herald, el South China Morning Post, en la BBC.com, el Toronto Globe & Mail y Action Asia.
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So it was with surprise that some of the info in this book seemed like it was written sight unseen. Most particularly glaring was the gushing review of the country's largest waterfall, in Mondulkiri provence. Yes, it's enormous. But the road to get there is a spine twisting, skill crushing one hour with the reward of roaring waterfalls situated amongst what literally looks like a dump. Trash is prevalent all over Cambodia, as in every developing nation. But this was so bad, I wondered if it was possible to create a waterfall on a landfill. Run-down, dumpy, filthy, trashed. This was the only depressing and disappointing experience in Cambodia. It was a stop that would only be worth it if it were on the side of the road on the way to somewhere else. Unfortunately, these falls are not on the way to anywhere; they are a destination. And not worth even 10 minutes. The key to LP's success for more than a quarter century is in telling the truth. If the author had actually been to this site, he/she would not, in good conscience, been able to write such a glowing account.
Likewise, the author(s) never let on that Mondulkiri is just now emerging as a travel destination. It was written up as it were established. Overall, a traveler loves nothing more than to stumble upon a fairly undiscovered destination. However, the fact that LP didn't call this out caused confusion for us. It wasn't until we realized that tourism has just gotten underway in earnest in the past 7 months that the experience we were having there started to make sense. Additionally, the guide book sent us on a wild goose chase to the WWF offices to try to arrange a trek. After a frustrating hunt for the office, we were met by the patient, but clearly tired-of-this-routine WWF employee who kindly informed us that they do not organize tours and that the only people who sought them out were readers of Lonely Planet…due to the inaccurate information in the guide book.
Lonely Planet, your value is in your honesty and accuracy. When your readers start to wonder if you've actually been to the destination you have sent us to, you are no longer the trusted guide.
I love LP because it's available for Kindle, unlike a lot of guides, and has generally good and useful information at quantity - though at the cost of mediocre maps and almost no photos.
I found LP useful for the temples of Angkor Wat, as most of the temples had very limited to no written descriptions. LP tends to be outdated; even though they publish new editions, these tend to be a minimal update.
Just a few small tips that LP didn't emphasize well enough: 1) there are a lot of ATMs all over Siem Reap. LP suggested that there were just a few, but basically they were every 50 meters. 2) You can do a lot in 3 tiring, busy days: Small circuit, Large Circuit, then out-of-city excursion. LP tends to overestimate the time you need for everything, and as I result I stayed 5.5 days in Siem Reap with what was in the end a trip that was a bit slow.
As LP explained but I found absolutely impossible to believe, Cambodia uses two currencies simultaneously. Cambodian Riel for anything less than about 2 or 3 USD, and USD for anything more.
All told, however, again, LP was useful for this trip though I can see why one could get by without it much more than other places I've been, as the temples are easy to visit by following the circuits (that every Tuk-Tuk driver knows and every map has marked out), and in general the tourism industry is very well run in the city/region.
Just a word of warning. Don't expect prices to be exactly the same as what is listed in Lonely Planet. Things change very quickly, especially prices, in this part of the world. Your best bet is to go online to confirm prices or just be flexible when you get to Cambodia.
The section on Phnom Penh is very good. I think the book covers all the main tourist attractions very well. The section on Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields is good. Unfortunately, the documentary at Tuol Sleng is no longer being shown, and there is no information whether it will return. The section on hotels is perfect. I stayed in a hotel that was top-rated by Lonely Planet and it was the best hotel I have ever stayed at. The restaurant section is extensive, but restaurants are always closing and opening, so it's best to check tripadvisor for this. I ate at several restaurants listed in LP. I only wish they had fewer western restaurants listed and more Cambodian restaurants. Eating at local restaurants in the capital was very intimidating for me, and I don't think LP gave enough guidance on it.
The sections on Siem Reap and Angkor Wat are brilliant! There are several very helpful maps on the temples and several tips on what order to see the temples in and when to see them. There is also a very detailed description of each of the numerous temples. I would suggest buying an extra guidebook on the temples.
Unfortunately, the rest of the sections are not as good as the first two. The southern part, especially the islands, is not very comprehensive. I actually think that is probably because this part is changing sooooo fast. There isn't a good listing of hotels and restaurants. Another section that is not very good is the northeast. This part of the country is becoming THE place to travel especially for backpackers. There isn't a lot of information for mid-range travelers. Your best bet is to go online to find out the latest information about this region and about all the treks. LP downplays this region, so I was not planning on going there, but when I got there I heard so many good things about Mondulkiri that I changed my plans after I got there.
A few things that are missing from LP is information on phones and technology. Bring a cheap flip phone with you in which you can use a local SIM card. Another thing that LP skimps on is the section on Cambodian food.
I like that LP picks certain hotels and restaurants for their TOP-CHOICES. This is helpful, but it could be much more helpful if they did it for each of the 3 levels of prices: top, middle, and low. The hotels that they select for their top choices are usually out of my price range.
I also like that they give itineraries for various lengths of travel--very helpful. They also do it for the major cities.
This is a great guidebook, and I highly recommend using it. Pretty much most western travelers use this book.
Next, most all of the information in all the different countries' books I looked at in bookstores and from other travelers was way out of date, and these are new books. The worst problem is that there is so little information as to make these books a complete waste of owning. All the great places I stayed at, and everybody else easily found as well, are not in their books. Following Lonely Planet guides actually keeps you from finding all the best places to stay, because you are relying on out of date, poorly researched information. They will tell you things like this is the place all the backpackers go and is the best value, and it will be completely wrong. I went to one place they gave a great review in a new book, and it seemed like a drug den with gangsters running it. The new owners of Lonely Planet have taken the good name of the Wheelers and their past accomplishments, and are milking it for all it's worth without putting in the work.
Here is what I suggest. Go to Google maps to look at the cities or places you plan to go. Even the smallest places like Don Khon, or Thakhek, in Laos, or Cambodia, or wherever, will have hotels listed on Agoda, or Booking.com, or some other site, for example. Just Google the place name and hotels. You will also see other places listed on Google map which have links to reviews, with up to date listings and prices. You will also see where the concentrations of places to stay are in a town, that might not have a link, and then you simply go there and look around. I wouldn't be surprised if this is the way Lonely Planet was getting it's limited information, because in everything I read, it seemed that they had never visited any of the limited places they cover, and when I say limited, I mean limited. How they can have the guts to print out new editions with less information than the previous one is beyond me. My fifteen-year-old edition of India, for example, had more maps than the new book. Anyway, you don't need maps in a book anymore. Everything you need to know is up on the web and current and the smallest villages have internet access.
I would look at fellow traveler's books in disbelief. The people carrying them said they were almost useless. It was a common topic of conversation. Everyone said they would no longer buying these. One guy joked about feeding it to the cows that commonly eat paper out of the trash in India. Seriously, they would be more useful with blank pages so you can write in your own info, or that from other travelers. Don't waste your money or be disrespected by these slackers, who I wouldn't be surprised never travelled farther than their computers to the coffee machine.