Making Use of Lonely Planet Philippines


I was trying to search for information of our upcoming trip to Zambales next week through the ever reliable Google and I was really having a hard time looking for the information I was seeking. Then it dawned on me that I bought a copy of Lonely Planet Philippines (10th ed) during my recent trip in Siem Reap, Cambodia. I completely forgot about the book! Since I was still having a hard time searching online for cheap hostels or guesthouses near Clark, I went to my room and dug through the pile of “garbage” which were stashed on top of what’s supposed to be a bed 😆

Lonely Planet PhilippinesLenny and LP

Finally, I get to use the 1st guidebook I bought for my future travels here and abroad. I got my LP books at a bargain in Siem Reap. They’re actually not the real deal but looked close to one. These are just photocopies and you may not know the difference till you open the book. But despite these books being photocopies, the quality of the paper and the photocopy will make you think that they are legit, except for a few pages.

wonders where is Nagsasa and Anawangin in this book

Here, I was trying to find information about Nagsasa Cove but I didn’t see any on this edition. As for the hostels, I didn’t find any cheap ones mentioned in the book too, except if you think 900 is cheap. I still have a lot of stuff that I need to check in there to see how useful it will be for me. As for now, I’ll just continue using Google search to help me find the info I need for Nagsasa, including blog posts from different travel bloggers. My friend wonders if they have German Translations of the book too so that she can show it to her newfound friends in Germany.

I also bought 2 other LP books: Lonely Planet Nepal and Lonely Planet Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & the Greater Mekong.

Lonely Planet bookswondering when I’ll find these useful…

I was thinking of buying the LP Southeast Asia on a Shoestring guidebook but I found it rather thick if ever I’d decide to bring it with me so I settled with the slimmer ones instead 😉 The other book’s still even covered with plastic. hahaha

Although I go through so much information overload from my online searches, I still forget very important stuff which was why I opted to get a guidebook in case I won’t find internet access on where I’ll be going. I’m hoping I’ll be able to put them to good use =)


    • hi mervin, yep, available sya. if you intend to buy, check muna yung prices sa diff’t bookstores and compare coz i think medyo may kamahalan sa ibang bookstores. i just forgot alin dun. 😀

    • yes, mura sya coz photocopy lang andun 🙂 i think the LP Philippines book cost $5.00. NBS sells the same book for Php1,009. hehehe

  1. i bought the LP Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Greater Mekong sa Saigon. It’s a photo-copy edition. Good find for travelers who want to save up! If i wasn’t traveling for a long time, i would have bought everything mabigat lang lahat!!! My LP Philippines was the edition before this. There’s tons of places not listed there.

    • buying those photocopied editions will definitely save a lot of money for budget travellers like me. my LP Philippines book is currently in the good hands of carla right now as she borrowed it for a future trip but even with the latest edition, there are still a lot of places not covered in the book 🙂

  2. I bought the latest edition of LP Philippines din, I brought it with us sa Zambales (yung sa pic ni Chyng). But lately d ko na din xa maxado nagamit, d xa maxado complete kase,pero it’s helpful to get tips on what destination to see pero yung getting there part is kinda confusing and outdated. =( I find Rough Guides better. 🙂


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