Mar 14, 2013

Backpacking: The ultimate backpackers guide

I truly have the best boyfriend in the entire world. Not only is he okay with me going on a 5,5 month backpacking trip, he also wants me to be well prepared so he bought me an amazing book as a gift. May I present to you the ultimate backpacking bible: Southeast Asia on a shoestring from Lonely Planet. As a backpacker you cannot live without a Lonely Planet book. It's known to be the most complete and updated backpackers guide out there.

Essential backpacker guide from Lonely Planet when travelling through Southeast Asia

Here it is, the only backpacking book you'll be needing while travelling through Southeast Asia. First some things you might want to know when taking this book on a trip: it's 19.7 x 12.8 x 3.9 cm and it weighs 743 grams. Not really a pocket book to put in a backpack, but I will take it with me anyway. The book covers eleven countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam. You could say this is the perfect backpackers book for me, since I'll be visiting eight of these countries (according to the planning thusfar).

So what kind of information can be found in this backpack book?
Well, practically everything. This backpackers guide gives you some basic information about every country, like for example the language, currency and why it's worth a visit. It also presents you the best places to visit, essential adventures, possible itineraries and a very useful map of the country. Furthermore it highlights well known cities with possible activities, sights and places where you can eat and sleep. They also give you a budget per restaurant or hotel/guesthome, so you know what it's roughly going to cost (you can easily find a place to sleep for under 5$ a night!). Very usable as well: the addresses and phone numbers are also to be found in this backpack guide, as well as information, costs and useful tips about travelling with public transport.

All in all I can say that this backpackers guide has already earnt a definite place in my backpack. Okay, it's not the most travel-friendly book, but it has so much useful information to offer that the weight and size of the book don't really matter to me.

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