Lesley Reader and Lucy Ridout's The Rough Guide to First-Time Asia

The Rough Guide to First-Time Asia is a nuts-and-bolts guide to planning a trip to the world’s largest continent. Country-by-country descriptions, combined with a wealth of practical information, make this book an excellent resource for the novice traveler.

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Pros

  • For each country profiled, the authors present maps and highlights.
  • The authors are very honest about the realities of Asian travel.
  • The authors suggest itineraries of varying lengths for each country they profile.
  • The book is compact enough to tuck into your suitcase if you’re planning to tour several countries.

Cons

  • This book is aimed squarely at budget travelers.
  • The authors do not provide lodging or restaurant suggestions.
  • Guided tours are mentioned on just two pages, although the authors speak positively about them.

Description

  • The Rough Guide to First-Time Asia presents helpful, road-tested information on 21 Asian countries.
  • The book’s format is somewhat unusual; destination information is presented first, followed by the resource sections.
  • Sidebars by the authors and other travelers highlight the best and worst of Asian travel.
  • The authors have traveled all over Asia and offer dozens of tips for planning a successful trip and acclimatizing yourself.
  • The book supplies sensible advice for the solo traveler, for vacationers on a budget and for women traveling in Asia.

    Guide Review - Lesley Reader and Lucy Ridout's The Rough Guide to First-Time Asia

    The idea of visiting a country where you not only can’t speak the language but can’t even read the road signs can be intimidating. With a useful guide like The Rough Guide to First-Time Asia at hand, you’ll feel more confident about planning your trip.

    The authors have traveled all over Asia and share their extensive experience in the pages of this book. The Rough Guide to First-Time Asia is divided into three sections. “Where to Go” focuses on each Asian country in turn, presenting maps, popular places to visit, and suggested itineraries for each. “The Big Adventure” includes the practical details you’ll need to plan a successful trip to Asia, regardless of destination. You’ll read about travel planning, culture shock, visas, safety and more. Take note of the dozens of handy tips, including the lesson on how to use a squat toilet. (It’s an art form.) The third section, “Directory,” consists of page after page of useful information, from embassy locations to guidebook and website suggestions.

    Especially useful is the “Themes for Travel” section, which offers readers a long list of activities around which they can plan an Asian trip. Interested in diving? Try Indonesia; the authors include several great dive sites here and around the continent. Prefer a spiritual experience? You can study yoga or meditation in several different countries. If you’d like to learn a new skill, volunteer overseas or hike in the Himalayas, you’ll find enough information in The Rough Guide to First-Time Asia to get you started.

    The Rough Guide to First-Time Asia includes plenty of cultural information to help you understand and appreciate the countries you visit.

    In Summary

    The Rough Guide to First-Time Asia is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to visit Asia but doesn’t know much about the realities of Asian travel.