However, they are not for ‘Tourists’… but that’s why I like them 😉
I say this because they don’t have glossy photos, maps and other bumpf. They contain small (hard-to-read) text, like someone’s private notebook. They are leaflets full of insider knowledge and secrets. In fact, if anything, the presentation helps to be off-putting to the types of people you wouldn’t want to see in the places you visit in these guides.
Does this sound elitist or snobbish? Of course! I don’t want to hang out with other tourists when I travel. So, let those people purchase Frommer’s, or Lonely Planet, or whatever. I want to hob nob with glamour, see the unseen sides of the city… get to know what the locals know.
Personally, I love the packaging. They are small, durable and fan-folding. You can slip them in a back pocket (or, purse) and pull them out easily when you need to consult them. The print is a little small but that keeps down the bulk of the guide. Slim and sleek.
I recently made use of the Bangkok City Guide and loved the restaurant and bar recommendations.
If you visit their website, you’ll see that they’ve branched out considerably. Now they handle hotel reservations, private tour bookings, bespoke travel and provide mobile apps. They also produce box sets of the world!
Here are some luscious Box Sets: