Guide Frommers et Lonely Planet

Frommers

“These are time tested guides that pride themselves on being updated annually. Although I think the guides provide information that is in more depth or more concise. If your main concern is that the guide has very little old or outdated information, then this would be a good guide for you.”

“Frommer’s have never aimed at the independent budget traveller, more at a middle class tourist. Doesn’t mean the guides are bad, just that they may not contain information which you want.”

“If you like the best in life, and can afford it, and if you are not going off the beaten path but plan to stay in the major cities, then Frommer’s can be a definite plus. However, if you are driving, backpacking, exploring smaller cities and towns, then get another guide (consider Footprint or Rough Guide). Frommer’s is for those with jingle in their pocket”

Lonely Planet

“Lonely Planet has City and Out To Eat Guides. They are all about the experience so they focus on doing, being, getting there, and this means they have the best detailed information, including both inexpensive and really spectacular restaurants and hotels, out-of-the-way places, weird things to see and do, the list is endless.”

“For detail about touristy places and smaller villages, I love Lonely Planet (though the prices are horribly outdated – as are most info it has on places to stay…).”

“Excellent practical guide for the budget traveller. Strong on its coverage of non-European destinations. Their range of book is impressive, and they are still the most reliable for Far Eastern and sub-continental destinations. Practical considerations come first, and cultural entertainment is dealt with rather superficially. The maps are excellent. The series is often updated with new editions.”

“The guide is useful in one respect – if you want to avoid jaded Thai hosts, hostels full of hippie-wanabees with their bracelets from Ko Phi Phi and menus full of spaghetti and pizza, just don’t stay at the places highly recommended here.”

“Le Lonely Planet est beaucoup mieux en ce qui a trait aux aspects pratiques de ceux qui bougent beaucoup et rapidement. Les cartes, la liste des hôtels, les conseils pratiques, les choses à ne pas manquer au premier coup d’oeil (c’est vrai que lorsqu’on fait le tour de l’Europe, 17 pays en 10 jours comme certains aiment le faire, il faut savoir ce qui peut se voir en un coup d’oeil!). Donc pour ce qui est de guide “pratique”, le Lonely Planet vous fournira l’information. Mais oubliez les descriptions historiques et les circuits intéressants et thématiques. »

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