Thursday, May 10, 2012

The new LP

The cover of the new LP Cambodia
They don't come any hotter than this. The latest Lonely Planet Cambodia guidebook is due out next month but I already have a copy in my grubby hands. The book is still warm from the printing press. The Cambodia edition comes out every two years, so this one has the most up-to-date information on hotels, restaurants, bars and transport that you can lay your hands on. It's a new-look book as LP have changed their design template, with a lot more colour throughout, new sections such as If You Like and Regions At A Glance, as well as the old favourites like Top 10 Experiences and their extensive coverage of Angkor. The size and shape of the book remain the same, there are 16 pages less this time around and an increase of a dollar in price to US$23.99. Nevertheless, it beats all its competitors hands-down for ease of reference and coverage of the whole country, including a new six-page feature on the islands off the coast. My own website and blog get a mention on page 13 with the tagline: Gateway to all things Cambodian; includes a popular blog. I can't argue with that. Nick Ray and Greg Bloom are the two writers responsible for the latest edition of what is by a country mile, the most popular guidebook on Cambodia. I wonder if copies will be on sale along the riverside or at the Russian Market before the originals arrive in Monument books.

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