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Help me!

Posted date:  March 13, 2011


My day job is doing guidebooks for Lonely Planet. I’ve contributed text and/or photos to more than 15 books at this point and am currently at work updating Thailand, Bangkok Encounter and Thailand’s Islands & Beaches.

Recently, after spending some time on Lonely Planet’s Thorn Tree travel forum, I got the impression that some people perceive the process of writing guidebooks as something of a solitary endeavour, done with little input from readers or locals. I sympathise with this to a certain extent and began to wonder how I could go about getting more of readers’ opinions on their favourite sights, restaurants, hotels, etc., for the destinations I’m writing about. It was at about this same time that I started using Twitter, and it struck me that the application has immense potential as a tool to uncover exactly this sort of information. So, starting today, I’ll be Tweeting travel- and destination-related questions and queries on a daily basis and would really appreciate your help. If you’d like to pitch in, follow me on Twitter (@austinbushphoto), where my Lonely Planet-related posts will bear the official Lonely Planet hashtag, #lp, supplemented with the name of the destination I’m working on (e.g. #lpbkk, #lpchiangrai).


7 Comments for Help me!

Hi Austin, maybe our blog about Northern Thailand could be a resource for you. Hope you find something of use there 🙂



followin you on twitter will only work for those who tweets are public

i tell taxi guys BTS, ususally motorcycle taxis

Hi Austin,

my Partner and myself will soon be traveling around Thailand for a year, and would love to help you in whatever way we can.
I am myself a graphic designer/ musician, and my partner is a photographer/ Photo re-toucher. It would be great to meet up for a beer if we are ever in the same area.


Hi Austin,
I am working as a consultant for relocation service. Please let me know if you need any information.

Hi Austin, I have lots of pictures from Bangkok, Ayyuthaya, let me know if you are looking for something in particular.


I’m not really a fan of twitter so I will write here. A while ago you wrote an article about Khao Soi in BKK. There is a place at the MBK foodcort selling Khao Soi also which is, personally, much much better than the pantip one. I think it’s the stall C5 or C6.. last time I went there, 2-3 months ago, the Khao Soi was only advertised with a sheet of paper written “khao soi” on it.

I feel like there’s a lot I could direct you to, but most of it involves places that I’m positively thrilled aren’t in LP. I watched Rotii Mataba Th. Phraa Aathit take a nose-dive after being well-recommended in several LP editions. I’d hate to see other favs go the same route.
However, there was a stellar shop off Sukhumvit (31? 33? whichever one has the Indian embassy, I can’t remember) called Rasi Sayam; their selection and quality was second to none I’ve encountered, and it was one I originally read about in LP before I first lived in BKK. The shop moved a few years ago, and when I tried to find their new location in 2008, I couldn’t find it to save my life, and the phone number I had for them didn’t work. If this shop still exists, it would be well worth seeking out and featuring in LP again. Particularly popular with Japanese tourists and expats, and the Japs are sticklers for quality.

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