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Wanderous Travel Tip No.3: Travel Guides are cheaper in National Bookstore

by on April 10, 2008

We’ve always believed that a good travel guide is a handy if not necessary tool when visiting a foreign country.  Especially in a foreign country whose populace doesn’t speak english, we take comfort in knowing that we can resort to pointing at pictures in a guidebook to get to our destination.

Our first guidebook (Shanghai Insight compact guide, which is recommended by us) was bought in Powerbooks Megamall, but this time when we were looking for guidebooks to Hanoi, we made a startling little discovery: Guidebooks are cheaper in National bookstore.  Also: Guidebooks are available in National bookstore.  Well, at least in the Shangri-la branch.  I checked out other Nationals before and just assumed that they didn’t have guidebooks, but the Shang branch has a sizeable number of them priced almost 200 pesos below what you’d pay in Powerbooks.

If anyone’s seen other National bookstore branches with Travel guides, do let us (and everyone else) know!

  1. How’s ur Vietnam trip planning? I didn’t book a hotel yet. I want to first know your reviews about Hanoi Holidays Hotel 🙂

  2. We’re going next week, on the 17th. Wish us luck!

  3. Well, pointing at pictures doesn’t always work. Remember when were trying to get a cab driver to take us to the Shanghai Zoo by pointing at the panda?

  4. That’s odd… aren’t powerbooks and national sister companies?

  5. Exactly, Powerbooks is National’s high end store, so we were wondering why it was more expensive. *shrug*

  6. cardozo permalink

    just wonderin what guide books you read for shanghai…we are reading lonely planet and fodor’s…

    gonna check those prices@nbc, powerbooks sells cheaper than fullybooked, but only minimal difference…

  7. We used the discovery insight compact shanghai guide. 🙂 There’s a link to it on the post if you wanna check it out.

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