The backpackers bible, this is the most concise, yet comprehensive, guide available for those travelling across the country. Includes thorough information on a range of hotels, restaurants and getting around, and adequate cultural and historical background. One of the best Lonely Planets.
A clear and helpful guide for travelling around the Maldives. Particularly good for logistical and practical information for the more independent traveller, although divers might need more further information.
One of the more detailed guides from Lonely Planet, with good information for independent travel in the south of the island. However, this guide is weaker on the north and there are some inaccuracies with their travel information.
This decent guide covers eastern and western Nepal, Kathmandu, the Everest and Annapurna regions, and Langtang and Helambu. Also includes a section on Himalayan wildlife, 22 contour maps and detailed notes on treks including less visited alternative routes. Less reliable and detailed, however, than the Trailblazer series.
Clearly laid out, easy-to-use practical guide, great for accommodation listings and travel logistics for the backpacker. Includes Table Mountain National Park but not the Winelands or the Garden Route.
Although it contains a little less of the well-written cultural and historical detail found in the Rough Guide equivalent, this is the best guide for hotel listings and travel information for the backpacker on a budget.
Practical guide for the budget traveller, useful for travel logistics and hotel listings. Night-life and restaurant recommendations do not compete with the Time Out equivalent, however, it focuses too heavily on the mainstream tourist destinations and the maps are fairly weak.
What the Lonely Planet lacks in background information and individuality, it makes up for with its hotel listings, easy-to-use format and travel logistics. For the budget traveller keen to get about the city with ease.