The Rough Guide to Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei

Paperback edition released 01/06/2018

by Rough Guides

Part of the Rough Guides Series

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LoveReading Expert Review of The Rough Guide to Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei

This is surely the most incisive and entertaining guidebook to Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei available, whether you’re planning to hike the Taman Negara rainforest, take it easy on the idyllic Perhentian Islands or explore bustling Singapore. It’s packed with all the recommendations you to select the ideal places to sleep, eat, drink, shop and visit, with countless independent reviews and options for every budget. The ‘Things Not to Miss’ section is an excellent way of making those key pre-trip plans, and the detailed regional coverage covers both un-missable top tourist attractions and excellent suggestions for finding off-the-beaten-track experiences. The extensive full-colour maps will help you navigate the backstreets of Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown, Singapore's downtown shopping streets and dozens of sights, while the stunning colour photography provides plenty of inspiration.

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The Rough Guide to Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Synopsis

Synonymous with practical travel tips, quality writing, and a trustworthy “tell it like it is” ethos, Rough Guides have been inspiring travellers on all budgets for 35 years. This fully updated edition of The Rough Guide to Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei will inform, inspire and help you make the most of your trip.

Written by expert authors with real flair, this is both indispensably practical and thoroughly entertaining. It provides unparalleled area-by-area information for Kuala Lumpur and environs, the west coast, the interior, the east coast, the south, Sarawak, Sabah, Brunei and Singapore, with exhaustively researched accommodation, eating, shopping and leisure recommendations for each. The meticulous mapping is a market leader in terms of quality and user-friendliness—always full colour, with clear numbered and colour-coded keys—and all Rough Guides feature full-colour photography throughout. The comprehensive practical content is set within fascinating cultural contexts, and delivered with Rough Guides’ hallmark honesty, flair and spirit of independence.


Rough Guides is a leading travel publisher known for its “tell it like it is” attitude, accurate, up-to-date content and authoritative contemporary writing. Rough Guides publishes books covering more than 120 destinations around the globe, produces an ever-growing series of eBooks and a range of reference titles, and has an award-winning website. As of November 2017, Rough Guides became part of APA Publications, publisher of Insight Guides and Berlitz.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780241306413
Publication date: 1st June 2018
Author: Rough Guides
Publisher: Rough Guides an imprint of APA Publications
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 624 pages
Primary Genre Travel

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The Rough Guide to Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Reader Reviews

Reader Testimonials for the Rough Guides:

I feel in safe hands with a Rough Guide, they are comprehensive, thorough guides to holidaying in different countries. This guide helps you choose where and when to go, the expert authors give their best picks, itineraries, and things not to miss, which really help you to research before you go, so you can tailor make your own holiday. I feel this guide is perfect for those who want to do it themselves, and is particularly useful if exploring or touring a large area within a country, rather than a small holiday resort. I feel there is enough information in this guide to make fully informed decisions. Full to bursting with practical tips, maps, lovely photos and useful information this guide has it all.  Nicky, Devon 

Rough Guides have always been my go to for travel books as they are absolutely full to the brim with information for the discerning traveller who really wants to get the most out of their visit.  These books are an incredible source of reference, almost like a travel bible, when planning your visit and are fantastic if like me, you like to be well informed and organised. They contain a lot of information and are particularly good for those who are really looking to explore a large area such as The Greek Islands.  Rough Guides contain less photographs than other guides but you’ll be sure to find any information you might need and they are packed with useful maps too. Lesley, Portsmouth

I have lived in Scotland much of my life yet reading this super Rough Guide, I feel I have been introduced to a new country.  Can’t wait to now go and explore it.
Rough Guides have saved my life on more than one occasion.  Their strengths are always in the clear and logical structure in presenting such breadth and informative content, from the practical to all too often laugh out loud observations of local customs and cultures – never realised us Scots get ‘apoplectic’ as a result of our ‘wee’ Highland terriers, ‘glittering glens’ and vast whisky and shortbread variations.  Whilst the job of these Guides is to help you get the most of visiting a country or a City, they are written in such an absorbing way that I find I can read them just for the pleasure of having the words conjure up memories (if I have previously visited a place) or my imagination as to what the place is actually like (and all too often when I do actually put my feet on the ground in that place, I feel at times I have already been there).  As a resident of Scotland, I can vouch for the accuracy of the content of the Scotland edition.  A new visitor to this unique and incredible country, will find their trip is enhanced by having the Rough Guide of Scotland to hand-hold him or her through endless days of exploring safely, accurately (how can you ever get lost with these guides in your hand?) and to the max (whether you have a day, a week or a lifetime). Now, where’s my toothbrush, I have my homeland to re-explore. Phyl, Edinburgh

Beautiful wild valleys, rugged mountains, beaches, folk lore and history, if this is what you crave, then Wales is for you, and to help you decide whereabouts to go, The Rough Guide is the book, you will need. Each page is full of things you will the traveller will need to know, maps, places to visit, from places to eat, prices and how to get there : transport information, from bus and train times, to being able to walk or cycle. Churches, markets, castes, each place of interest is here, along with the the legend or fable to go with it, that even the armchair traveller, will enjoy. A big book, over 400 pages long, you will not need any other guide for Wales.    Angie, Lancashire

This is an excellent guide. Years ago I used The Rough Guide to Paris and The Rough Guide to Berlin. They were a lifesaver. The recommendations for food were in particular spot on. All The Rough Guides appear to be updated on a regular basis to ensure anyone using them only gets relevant information. The guide is a little bigger than the average fiction paperback, but is well worth taking on holiday. The maps at the back of the book are particularly handy and very easy to navigate from. There is one for Metro and Trains, one general overview of Rome and five in depth ones looking at particular areas. This guide has bits of historical information about the various areas of Rome but more importantly it gives you lots of information of where to go to eat, sleep, shop, visit… It also gives you a basic language guide if you get stuck whilst over there. More information here than colourful pictures, but it is really great guide to take with you if you have enough room in your luggage. Rachael, Glasgow 

The rough guides travel books are perfectly sized travel companion. Small enough to fit in handbags/rucksacks but big enough for you to be able to easily read the maps and the bucket loads of information they contain. The inside cover has a useful guide and map of the area. The guides have some great features including the handy section titled, ‘Things not to miss’ which list some amazing must visit areas of your chosen destination. The guides also provide basic advice for the destination with hints and tips on various topics including travel, visas and local customs. Interspersed with full colour pictures and easy to read maps the books easily guide you through your chosen destination and highlight hidden gems that you may otherwise have missed. The Rough Guides are a must have for any traveller and I will always buy one before I travel. Ian, Co. Donegal

The Rough guides are a brilliant series of books designed to help anyone travelling to different areas of the world, or areas within a particular country. Down to earth and easy to read, these guides give a good insight into the main attractions in the area chosen plus history and other relevant information. Handy maps are included so that you can plan your route.
Recommendations for eating and drinking establishments are included along with some of the quirky information relating to the places discovered along the way. These guides are not only suitable for tourists visiting the area but also great for residents who want to discover more about their surrounding area. The photographs add a lovely splash of colour to the books. The guides also list different modes of transport which is great for those not travelling by car with details of trains and buses and their relevant stations, and covers pedestrians wanting to get about on foot.  The books are available online too so you would not need to carry them if you were travelling light and had a smart phone or tablet. The only slight criticism is that some of the finer details about eating places and places to stay may be out of date quite quickly in this economic climate but over all a very informative and interesting series of books. Glenda, Powys 

The Rough Guide series is aimed at adventurous independent travellers and backpackers on a budget. Rough Guides may not have as many photographs as some other guide books but that means there is more room to pack in lots of useful information. That said, there are colour photographs of some of the sights in each region and, very importantly, full colour maps in every section of the book, including a map showing regions of the country inside the front cover.  At the front of the book there are suggestions on where to go, things not to miss and suggested itineraries. Author picks are starred throughout the book. This is followed by a Basics section with information about travel, food and drink, festivals, health, etc.  Then comes the Guide, with sections on each region of the country containing things to see and listings of accommodation, places to eat and nightlife. Each section has a highlights box with top things to do and facts boxes containing interesting facts about the region's sights and history.  I love that each section has full colour maps throughout with the sights and places to stay marked on them and the town maps also showing places to eat and nightlife. The Contexts section at the back has brief information on history, people, language, etc and there is a blank page for your own notes. What makes the series stand out for me are the detailed accommodation, places to eat and nightlife listings and the really useful maps. Rachel, London

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