The best of the photographic guides, this includes wonderful, vibrant, up-to-date photographs and graphic illustrations that are helpful to the sightseer. The practical tips on getting around and where to stay are less useful for a budget traveller.
As to be expected from the Lonely Planet, this guide is useful for travelling logistics, budget hotel listings and clearly laid-out, but falls short of its competitors on cultural and historical information.
Southeast Asia is certainly Lonely Planet's speciality and this clearly laid-out guide includes thorough hotel listings and detailed travel information for the backpacker. Perhaps this succinct version is not ideal for long stays in each country.
The Footprint guides are excellent with a useful mix of practical and cultural information. This is also one of the only guides to include Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Half the book is dedicated to Vietnam and there is a specific chapter on Angkor Wat.
Although occasionally lacking in historical and cultural detail, it is a clearly laid-out, practical guide with great hotel listings and travel logistics for the backpacker. Southeast Asia is definitely the Lonely Planet specialty.
A well-produced, vibrant guide with beautiful colour photographs and graphic illustrations. Aimed at the sightseer rather than the traveller because, while the cultural and historical background is strong, the practical information and listings are weaker.
A good, reliable guide aimed at a slightly higher end of the market than the backpacker. Includes practical tips on restaurants and hotels for any budget, as well as detailed historical and cultural information.
A practical guide with additional, well-written cultural information and more selective recommendations than the Lonely Planet equivalent. Includes an approximately 100 page section on Singapore and 25 page section on Brunei.
A clearly laid-out, nicely presented practical guide for the traveller on a budget. Focus is on travel logistics, hotel listings and practical information, less strong on the cultural and historical background. Approximately half the book focuses on Kuala Lumpur and the rest is split evenly between Melaka and Penang.