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New Lonely Planet Guide to Phuket

It was a few months ago that a guy called Adam visited our office and said he was doing some research for a new Lonely Planet guidebook all about Phuket. He explained this was a new kind of guide. Rather than try to pack the entire SE Asia region or the whole of Thailand into a guidebook that ends up weighing 2 kilos and is out of date by the time it's published, the new idea is to make small pocket sized guides to single destinations, ideal for holidaymakers. Sounded good - a small, detailed guidebook with way more information about Phuket than you can find squeezed into any Thailand guide.

"Looking for information about Phuket? You've come to the right place!", said the author of Jamie's Phuket! I and Khun Wan, our all-knowing secretary/accountant then supplied Adam with an information overload. Wan also helped him out with translations and interviews. I think Adam stayed about a month in Phuket travelling all over the island. Very nice guy - you can see his website here: Adam Skolnick

I'd forgotten about it actually, until a couple of days ago. I went for lunch at my favourite little Phad Thai shop and the owner proudly showed me a photo of her husband cooking Phad Thai in a book. "Is it a good book?", she asked. I checked the front cover - Phuket Encounter... Lonely Planet. "Yes, it's a good book!". Then I remembered - must be that new guidebook. It looks like this:


Aside from the tasty Phad Thai, there are many places listed in the Phuket Encounter guide that also feature here on Jamie's Phuket, and I am glad to say (rather chuffed in fact) that this blog is listed in the guidebook as a recommended website. I'd certainly recommend this book for visitors to Phuket, and you can be sure it's up to date as Adam was only here a few months ago, though prices can change of course.

The Amazon website lists the Phuket Encounter Guide and says it's not yet released, but can be pre ordered. When I checked the Lonely Planet website, I could not find the book. It's that new! So how the heck did the owner of the back street Phad Thai shop get a copy??!!

Phuket Encounter Guide - Order from Amazon.com

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Blogger Carl Parkes :

The books are printed in Hong Kong and can be quickly shipped to Bangkok. LP and Amazon will only announce the title after it arrives in their warehouses.

August 23, 2008  

Anonymous Bart :

I doubt that the PadThai shop did a pre-order :)
You've probably been forgotten on the thank you list.

August 23, 2008  

Anonymous Jamie's Phuket :

Yes, sure it's for sale in Phuket already. The copy I saw had a price label 450 Baht. Yeh, Adam, where's my free copy?!

August 23, 2008  

Blogger Emma :

Jamie, great website.

I arrive in Phuket at the end of next week and am getting pretty excited now!!!

I heard about the new 'pocket size' Lonely Planet on Phuket a few months ago and last week called the office in Melbourne as I was unable to find it anywhere. The guy there informed me that it will be released mid Sept (in Aus) but when I explained that I was going to leave early Sept, the very nice guy on the phone posted me a copy. It is really good and as you say much lighter than a full book.

August 25, 2008  

Blogger Nomadic Matt :

you should ask for a guide book credit! :)

August 28, 2008  

Blogger C :

Hi Jaime,

Thank you for having such a great site! My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to Phuket between Xmas and New Years and we are staying at Karon Beach.

Since you are a fellow diver, maybe you can give us some advice? If you can email me, I would greatly appreciate it!

September 06, 2008