The 'in your pocket' series of guidebooks are well worth recommending. The guides are written by locals and are updated on a regular basis.
Even better, they are free and can be downloaded as PDFs from the website.
Look out for local free guides such as 'The Phnom Penh Visitors Guide' from Canby publications and 'Out and About (O&A)' and 'Drinking Dining (DD)' from Cambodiapocket guides.
You'll pick these up in bars and restaurants such as the Foreign Correspondent's Club. Huge amount of info on pubs, restaurants and things to see as well as invaluable maps.
Look out for local free guides such as 'The Siem Reap Angkor Visitors Guide' from Canby publications and 'Out and About (O&A)' and 'Drinking Dining (DD)' from Cambodiapocket guides.
You'll pick these up in bars and restaurants. Huge amount of info on pubs, restaurants & things to see as well as invaluable maps.
I have just bought this guide because it's the first one I found that writes just about Slovakia, not in a few pages at the back of the Czech Republic guide book. It really goes into detail about the country with lots of little unknown villages, hidden treasures and things that only the locals know about. There is lots of information about accommodation, food and drink, sport (like skiing, hiking, rafting, football, tennis), caves, castles, mountains, nature, culture. It packs a lot in and it's fun to read with boxes about history, famous Slovak people and unusual items like the Warhol museum and the Dracula countess. Great photos too and useful maps. I recommend it to everyone who wants to discover this jewel of a country.
Slovakia: The Bradt Travel Guide
By Lucy Mallows
1st edition out April 15, 2007
ISBN: 978 1 84162 188 3
ISBN: 1 84162 188 9
This wonderful little book really made our shopping trip to Edinburgh. It's full of inside information, and having it in our pocket was like having a knowledgeable local with us. An added bonus was discovering parts of the city that we would otherwise have missed.
You can buy it from bookshops or online at www.edinburghshopguide.com
The Rough Guide is full of pretentious nonsense written and edited by people who are obsessed with appearing right-on and original. Recommending a night on the town in Newcastle has to be proof of this. I mean, come on! And what a surprise that these people lay into Buckingham Palace - you don't have to be a flippin' royalist to enjoy this kind thing you know!
Other recommendation: Winchester is pleasant.
Go to a bookshop and buy a guide - any of them - that isn't so incredibly irritating. I have some respect for Rough Guides, some titles are excellent, but this is just a cheap attempt to get attention.
And Winchester is in Hampshire.
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