LP's 2016 Top Destinations in Asia list.

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Re: LP's 2016 Top Destinations in Asia list.

Post by bolueeleh » Tue Oct 04, 2016 9:24 am

i have been to 7 of the places, i have to agree with sigmoid, LP is financially motivated, not trustworthy anymore
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Post by hanno » Tue Oct 04, 2016 10:01 am

bolueeleh wrote:i have been to 7 of the places, i have to agree with sigmoid, LP is financially motivated, not trustworthy anymore
LP was always financially motivated.
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Post by phuketrichard » Tue Oct 04, 2016 10:18 am

not back at the beginning. i used there first book on my first overland trip in 74, which they re issued, interesting read ( its available fore free on amazon)



Across Asia on the cheap the Original "yellow Bible"
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Anyone do the trip on the "magic Bus"?
http://www.nomadicnotes.com/books/lonel ... heap-1973/

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The guidebook is for the long Asian section of the hippie trial but it mentions that you can get a “freak bus” service from London to Istanbul for about $30. Yes, it sets the scene early that this book is by hippies, for hippies.

The guide to dope isn’t written like “you shouldn’t do dope but if you want it here it is”. No, the first Lonely Planet guidebook is celebrating the fact that you can get stoned for most of the way from London to Sydney. We live in different times.

Nepal rates highly as a place to get dope, with government hash shops apparently doing great business, and in Afghanistan “you can stoned just taking a deep breath in the streets.” Afghanistan is described as the “pot heads paradise.” What would a 20 year old make of this, who has only known Afghanistan in their lifetime as a place of war and religious extremism? It seems unbelievable that we are talking of the same place.

It also mentions that “grass is easily obtainable in Indonesia”. Of course these days you wouldn’t dare touch the stuff in Indonesia, as Aussies in Bali can attest.

This guide has a section on how to send and receive letters. One way of receiving letters being poste restante, where someone can send a letter to a designated post office and the PO will hold your letter for a few cents. You can still do this now but it is a dying tradition.

While the overland transportation prices are cheap, one thing that stands out is how expensive air travel was 40 years ago. Or should I be saying how cheap air travel is today? Here is a sample of the full prices fares listed in the guide:

Sydney – Singapore $267
Sydney – Bangkok $344
Perth – Singapore $221
Darwin – Singpore $194
Now its all about MONEY but still worth having the download version on ur smart phone when u travel
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Re: LP's 2016 Top Destinations in Asia list.

Post by sigmoid » Tue Oct 04, 2016 10:46 am

I guess you haven't been to most of the places?

Of course not! Haven't been to any. That was my whole point. I'm not interested in places just because they're recommended by LP or other guidebooks. As Public Enemy said, "Don't believe the hype!"

If you've been to any, let us know. I'd be interested in learning about what I'm missing. :beer3:

but still worth having the download version on ur smart phone when u travel
I kind of like this website, but it's limited to just Southeast Asia:

https://www.travelfish.org/
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Post by Anchor Moy » Tue Oct 04, 2016 2:50 pm

sigmoid wrote:
I guess you haven't been to most of the places?

Of course not! Haven't been to any. That was my whole point. I'm not interested in places just because they're recommended by LP or other guidebooks. As Public Enemy said, "Don't believe the hype!"

If you've been to any, let us know. I'd be interested in learning about what I'm missing. :beer3:

but still worth having the download version on ur smart phone when u travel
I kind of like this website, but it's limited to just Southeast Asia:

https://www.travelfish.org/
Haven't checked out Travelfish https://www.travelfish.org/ for a while but I'd like to give them a big plug as a human-sized business, who remain very accessible. :thumb:
I had to deal with them over corrections on info on some businesses in Cambodia a while back, and they were easy to contact and as I said "human". This is totally opposed to LP who never got back to me about some incorrect stuff on their site, after months, even years of trying to contact them (stuff which is probably still up, but it's not worth busting a gut over.) So yeah, go Travelfish. Nice people. :beer3:
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Re: LP's 2016 Top Destinations in Asia list.

Post by phuketrichard » Tue Oct 04, 2016 4:10 pm

hadn't been to travelfish for awhile, looked at info for Burma, most of it was out of date or incorrect.
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