Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: What's the best Indonesia travel guide?
Simon Calder’s career in travel started at Gatwick Airport, where he cleaned aircraft for Laker Airways and later worked as a security officer. He became The Independent’s Travel Correspondent in 1994, and is known as “the Man Who Pays His Way” because he does not accept free travel facilities. He writes across the Independent titles, as well as for the Evening Standard.
Tuesday 14 May 2013
Q. What, in your opinion is the best travel guide for Indonesia?
A. The short answer: the most recent. And that means the 10th edition of Lonely Planet's Indonesia guide, published this month price £20.99 (you can find out more and order it here: http://bit.ly/Indo10). The publicity boasts that the authors have endured "288 boat rides, 148 trips in a bemo (bass-thumping public minivan), 1 bloodthirsty mob and 1 typhoon named Vicente". Indonesia is prime Lonely Planet territory, first covered 40 years ago in the original Across Asia on a Shoestring - the book that began a publishing empire. The new edition is rather more slick, with excellent maps, but the sense of empowerment is the same.
I have a 2003 copy of the excellent Rough Guide to Indonesia, but as far as I can ascertain it has not been updated. And, as you know, a decade is a very long time in South-east Asian travel.
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