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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide
publisher

Lonely Planet Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos
& Northern Thailand
is your passport to the most relevant,
up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries
await you. Tempt your tastebuds with pho noodle soup in Vietnam,
sail past the limestone peaks of Halong Bay, or experience the
transcendent tranquility of temples like Angkor Wat; all with your
trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos
& Northern Thailand and begin your journey now!

Inside
Lonely Planet's
Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Northern
Thailand
Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and
    images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you
    tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider
    tips
    to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding
    crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your
    fingertips
    - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit
    tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating,
    sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most
    guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more
    rewarding travel experience - customs, history, art, music, dance,
    landscapes, environment, cuisine
  • Over 70 maps
  • Covers Hanoi, Halong Bay, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Siem
    Reap, Sihanoukville, Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Bangkok, Chiang Mai,
    Chiang Rai, Golden Triangle and more

The Perfect Choice:
Lonely Planet Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Northern
Thailand
, our most comprehensive guide to Vietnam, Cambodia,
Laos & Northern Thailand, is perfect for both exploring top sights
and taking roads less travelled.

  • Looking for a guide focused
    on the individual countries included in this destination? Check out
    Lonely Planet's Vietnam guide, Laos guide,
    Cambodia
    guide or Thailand guide for a comprehensive look at
    all these countries have to offer; or Discover
    Thailand, a photo-rich guide to Thailand's most
    popular attractions.

Authors: Written and
researched by Lonely Planet, Greg Bloom, Austin Bush, Iain Stewart and
Richard Waters.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely
Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with
guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and
digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely
Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get
off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in
which they find themselves.


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Reviews for Lonely Planet Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Northern Thailand (Travel Guide):

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May 21, 2015

3.5*

A travel book that gets you prepared rather than excited.

I'll confess that I didn't read the Thailand section, other than Bangkok as I'm not going there. Workmanlike coverage of all the essential facts. I'll be able to report how accurate it is after the trip!

Edit: Originally read Aug 2015, update November 2015. The book was helpful, some sections clearer than others - for example information on money machines more accurate for Thailand & Cambodia than the other 2 countries. With free wi 3.5*

A travel book that gets you prepared rather than excited.

I'll confess that I didn't read the Thailand section, other than Bangkok as I'm not going there. Workmanlike coverage of all the essential facts. I'll be able to report how accurate it is after the trip!

Edit: Originally read Aug 2015, update November 2015. The book was helpful, some sections clearer than others - for example information on money machines more accurate for Thailand & Cambodia than the other 2 countries. With free wi fi (of varying quality) everywhere we went it was often easier to use online sites. But this book's assessment of top sites was spot on & 2 restaurants we enjoyed Pho 2000 HCMC & Morning Glory in Hoi An were recommended in this book.

My top experience Reading with local school kids in Luang Prabang (also mentioned in this guide)
Most Moving Visiting the Killing Fields & Prison T-21. Our guide's parents were murdered by the Khmer Rouge.
Top Site The Buddha Park near Vientiane
Most WTF We were on a full bus heading to Siem Reap & the driver was changed to a guy who had obviously never driven a bus before. No he wasn't simply a bad driver - the original driver was instructing him! My first (& hopefully last) time in a bunny hopping, freewheeling bus.
Worst Moment Seeing a middleaged white guy holding hands with a bewildered little Thai girl in the Soi 11 near the Nana Sky Train stop. This is turning into a red light area, so no point kidding myself that this was her dad.

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2

Nov 22, 2014

I prefer Rough Guides to Lonely Planet and found that this condenses multi-country volume lacked most of the budget options and many of the outdoor options I prefer. I used it as a basic guide for planning regions but always also picked up a free, out-of-date country guide or used WikiTravel to find the things I really enjoyed.
4

Sep 28, 2012

Obviously didn't read it cover to cover, but used it as a travel tool for almost five weeks in Vietnam and Cambodia. Very useful with the maps, when a bus would dump me in a new city, to find the areas with hotels, sights and places to eat. Although, I would pick up better maps once in the city.

The downside is that everybody else is traveling around with the same book, so you end up traveling the similar routes, eating in the same places and staying at the same hotels as everybody else. Several Obviously didn't read it cover to cover, but used it as a travel tool for almost five weeks in Vietnam and Cambodia. Very useful with the maps, when a bus would dump me in a new city, to find the areas with hotels, sights and places to eat. Although, I would pick up better maps once in the city.

The downside is that everybody else is traveling around with the same book, so you end up traveling the similar routes, eating in the same places and staying at the same hotels as everybody else. Several times I would find a restaurant in the book that seemed interesting to me, track down the restaurant, find it packed with tourists half of them with this book. Next door the restaurant would be just about empty, because it would not be mentioned in the book, however, the food would taste just as good. The same thing I saw with hotels. There's only so many restaurants and hotels you can put in a book, so when each city has hundreds of eateries and dozens of hotels using tripadvisor in addition was helpful to stay clear of the worst places.



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3

Jan 21, 2020

Here is another book that is a good resource if you are traveling to these countries on your own. Street maps, bus schedules are details added to the book although I wonder how valid the information is considering the age of the publication. It still does provide some general information of use.
5

Dec 18, 2019

Great book, for my holiday to Northen Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. Lots of information on areas, sometimes the separate guides would have been useful for more restaurants in the areas to try, but good guide
4

Nov 03, 2017

Much better than I expected. Not as much of the “roughing it” advice typically found in Lonely Planet books. The book provides a good feel for the region’s history and culture and why it is a must do part of a well-traveled person’s itinerary.
3

Mar 14, 2018

There's a lot of information to gather here but the book is not a pleasure to read. Probably a better on-the-ground resource, but I won't bring it along because it is too clunky. A bit of a wash.
4

Jan 09, 2019

Well, it's difficult to say you've 'finished' a travel guide, but I've just returned from three months travelling in Southeast Asia, and this book served me well.
5

Mar 23, 2017

This is one of the best (most helpful) LPs I've ever used. (But note that I'm only covering Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos on this trip. Vietnam is on the list for a future trip!)
5

Feb 13, 2017

A good travel guide tells you not just about the places to eat and sleep, but about the history and customs and the "between the lines" stuff that you may not get otherwise. This book provided a great introduction to Southeast Asia-- a place I had never dreamed of visiting and had a bit of trepidation because of my knowledge gaps. There is so much history and local tradition included in Lonely Planet's guide, that I read it cover to cover and checked it every morning for the tidbits it gave A good travel guide tells you not just about the places to eat and sleep, but about the history and customs and the "between the lines" stuff that you may not get otherwise. This book provided a great introduction to Southeast Asia-- a place I had never dreamed of visiting and had a bit of trepidation because of my knowledge gaps. There is so much history and local tradition included in Lonely Planet's guide, that I read it cover to cover and checked it every morning for the tidbits it gave about the region I was visiting that day as we biked from Saigon to Phnom Pen, Siem Reap and Angkor Wat. I learned so much from my visit (and Vietnamese and Cambodian guides), and this book was an excellent supplement. The things I wish I had explored better were wildlife, volunteering options and even bringing home one of the many stray dogs -- but that's me. I encourage you to hire a local guide for a truly real experience. I would not plan on driving here! Also, please check your visas thoroughly prior to arrival or you will be paying through the nose to fix your issues. ...more
4

Dec 13, 2013

We used this book during our month-long trip in the Mekong area (Thailand, Laos and Cambodia). It was very helpful and we trusted it with hotels, restaurants and sites. It has good and reliable information and we had no problems at all.

Laos was the best in my opinion, but this is not the place to talk about it!
4

Jan 19, 2014

Great little travel guide with just the right amount of detail without being to thick and heavy to drag around.
5

Aug 24, 2013

I read this to prepare for my first trip to Asia and took it with me to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. It was accurate, genuinely helpful and very entertaining to read.

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