Bradt Iran (Bradt Travel Guides) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2014/3/18
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Known as the jewel of Central Asia, Iran's cities are packed with gilded mosques and blue-mosaic shrines built in honour of the country's greatest leaders. Its people are generous and its terrain ranges from the sands of the Persian Gulf to the Alburz Mountains in the north. The expert authors give first-hand descriptions of attractions ranging from the exquisite mosques of Isfahan and the museums and palaces of Tehran to remote, spectacular mountain hikes. New maps and up-to-date information on all the basics - hotels, restaurants, businesses and shops - help you to uncover the mysteries of ancient Persepolis, to enjoy a soak and scrub in a local hamam, or to pick up a pair of giveh slippers or a Persian rug in Kirman's bazaar.
'Excellent on history and culture.' TNT Magazine
Patricia Baker was an independent lecturer and researcher specializing in Islamic art. She first visited Iran in 1971 and subsequently went back numerous times. Hilary Smith is an independent lecturer focusing particularly on the cultural history of central Asia.
I ended up liking the Bradt format quite a lot, relying heavily on it and opening the Lonely Planet just once or twice without finding anything new or interesting.
I found the Bradt guide reliable and concise and I found also that it does not always lists the same hotels listed by the Lonely Planet and this makes it easier to beat the crowds.
I constantly have to adjust the size of the fonts etc to be able to see pictures with the descriptive text on the same page or to read the text.
The book has some pictures at the start and then is just text without any colour which I find lacks structure.
I found the "getting around" information in the book lacking. For example a quick look at the Tabriz chapter - it just says to catch a taxi around the town. No information about options to get to and from the train station, airport etc or even the location of those.No information about how to get to sites around Tabriz (such as Kandovan 62km away) using public transport or directions in own car etc. No listings for day tour companies. A quick look at some other towns had a similar lack of information. For the major cities the information was a bit more detailed.
If you are looking for some useful information for getting around Iran and some maps of towns and Iran, the Kindle Edition is to be avoided.
It seems reasonably descriptive with the sight information - so if you're travelling on a tour it may be useful.