Lonely Planet Timor-leste (Lonely Planet East Timor) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2011/7/1
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Lonely Planet Timor-Leste (East Timor) is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Snorkel with pristine reefs and diverse sea life, join in the Dili 'City of Peace' Marathon, or cheer on the Tour de Timor bikers; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Timor-Leste and begin your journey now!
Inside Lonely Planet Timor-Leste (East Timor) Travel Guide:
- Colour maps and images throughout
- Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
- Insider tips save you time and money and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
- Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
- Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
- Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including customs, history, religion, art, music, dance, architecture, politics, plants, and wildlife
- Over 24 local maps
- Useful features - including Month-by-Month (annual festival calendar),Tour de Timor, and Dili Marathon
- Coverage of Dili, Atauro Island, Oecussi, North Coast, Aileu, Baucau, Viqueque, Baguia, Tutuala, Betano, Pantemakassar, Liquica, Maubara, Com, Ainaro, Zumalai, Manatuto, Lautem, Manufahi, Ermera, Bobonaro, Cova Lima, and more
The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Timor-Leste (East Timor), our most comprehensive guide to Timor-Leste, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled.
- Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Southeast Asia on a Shoestringguide for a comprehensive look at all the region has to offer.
Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet and Rodney Cocks.
About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.
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Good insight about most roads. Worth having
The 3rd edition of the East Timor guide is the ultimate victory of designer wankerdom over practicality, and (one presumes) of corporate greed over anti-establishment ideology. Not so long ago the structure of LP guides was the work of a genius in its clarity and simplicity: Facts about the country, Facts for the visitor, Getting there, Getting around, a chapter on the capital city, then descriptions of other places. Accommodation and restaurants were ranked by price: First cheap, then mid-range, finally expensive. That nowadays the author's "top choice" businesses are invariably the most expensive in town is already well-known. Now hotels and restaurants are no longer ranked by price, but are all mixed up. The practical information about a town appears illogically at the end of each chapter, and comes in smaller print than the rest of the text. What I consider the ultimate insult is that DHL has been listed under "Post", and in fact appears before the proper post office. How many travellers send their postcards by DHL? (Oh, I forgot. Nobody sends real postcards any more anyway. How silly of me.)
As for the layout, the cluttered pages look like tabloid titles. Page 103 is a particularly ugly example. The main body of text in the centre of the page, two graphs above it, an asymmetrical text column next to it (that one including a vertically typed heading), then a three-column text at the bottom. Even the description of that designer nightmare gives you eye cancer. Incidentally, the graphs in itself are insultingly stupid. A hundred little drawn figures to illustrate the ethic makeup of East Timor's population!? Do you think LP readers are all elementary school dropouts? You know, I can read and interpret percentage figures, thank you very much.
What was wrong with a guidebook in plain black and white? Now blue has been added. LP maps were rightfully considered the best travel maps in the world. Now they come in grey and light blue (fantastic for contrast...) and are cluttered with confusing, oversized symbols. Some locations have one symbol, others have two, and some have none and appear only in the map but not in the adjacent listing. There is an artificial and arbitrary distinction between "top sights" and "sights." The author's "top sight" in Dili is a souvenir shop. WTF!?
The book starts with, and devotes eight pages (that's five percent of the whole book) to, the Tour de Timor and Dili marathon. How many travellers are potentially interested in these activities, let alone will participate? The author probably thought that to start with a feature on extreme sports was "cool". Well, your readers think it's childish and irrelevant. (Where does it all come from? LP is a corporate sponsor of the Tour de Timor.)
I also have an issue with the author's ranking of certain attractions. He calls Tutuala beach an "absolute paradise" (any mediocre beach in the Maldives, Fiji or Cook Islands would put Tutuala to shame) and praises Bobonaro's "Portuguese relics" (Huh? Show me a single one!), yet slams Lospalos (which is an okay town) as "unappealing" and Maliana (a rather pretty place) as "not attractive." His top three experiences are activities that only a small minority or travellers will engage in: Diving & snorkelling and (again) the Dili marathon and Tour de Timor. That is akin to making jogging (and not ancient ruins) the main attraction of Rome or rafting (and not Angkor) the main attraction of Cambodia.
In conclusion, LP guides are becoming the equivalent of Third World taxi drivers. Travellers hate them with a passion, but sometimes you just need them.