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Out of Date or Ahead of Their Time?

The publication date should be printed on the inside page of the book.

Lonely Planet usually gives the first publication date, the date of publication of the copy in your hands, and when reprinted with travellers' updates.

They have an army of followers who freely update their books; often without credit. The biggest of credits, must go to Tony and Maureen Wheeler, who started it all.

Don't be fooled by the rogues at Hachete,

who took it all a little further...

Le Guide du ROUTARDE, Vietnam, which I bought near the end of '96, boldly stated 1997/98 on the cover, and even had the cheek to print �1997 inside.

Lets all update our Web Pages
ahead of time

Ok, we're not talking Turner Broadcasting with yesterday's news here, but even new.... seems old already.

As an example of how quickly things change... I wanted to praise a particular hotel in Hanoi that offered us a beautifully furnished, spacious double for $20 a night (a bargain), and a delightful restaurant not far from the station whose food and service were excellent for the moderate price.


The Cuu Long hotel changed our room, after two nights, and only told us about it at eleven in the evening. (We paid $15 for the smaller effort, and moved on the following morning).

And after going out of our way to return to the Hanoian bar + restaurant, the noodles tasted like pre-packed 'thingies', without enough water added to them before being fried.

Bon Appetite

The Literary Traveller

Asia Index

Nomadic Gatherings - Travels in Asia and Australia

Travel on trains and buses in Asia, then jump into cars with complete strangers in Australia and New Zealand as Michel introduces you to a collection of characters that bring Nomadic Gatherings to life.

If you can't afford to buy a copy of Nomadic Gatherings, the chapters are slowly being made available online - for free.

You may even decide that it really is worth having a hard copy in your hands; a useful read for those long bus journeys being written about, and for endless waits at ferry ports.

Nomadic Gatherings - Online Chapters.

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