While planning this trip, we’ve used online sources for accommodation and figuring out how to get from A to B, rather than guidebooks which are often really out of date. That said, we’re taking chapters of the Lonely Planet with us, mainly for the maps and information on sites (temples that were built hundreds of years ago aren’t likely to change in a few years!)
The sites we’ve found most useful:
Travelfish – an up-to-date website overflowing with useful information for backpackers around SE Asia.
Thorn Tree forum by Lonely Planet – there’s a huge travel community on this site, you can ask questions and you’ll have a response probably in a few hours!
TripAdvisor – useful for reading hotel reviews. Take these with a grain of salt though! Also a good travel forum on here.
Erohisms – a travel blog by two Americans travelling through Asia. Good useful information about Myanmar.
Leaping Lemur – great up-to-date information on Myanmar, especially accommodation (as well as info on other SEA countries).
A Bad Idea – a travel blog with lovely photos of places throughout SEA, great to get ideas of where to go from!
Seat 61 – guide to train travel throughout the world.
Lonely Planet Ebook Maps – self-explanatory. A little bit hard to navigate but click on the links until you find the right ones. Useful if you don’t want to buy the LP guide!
Hostelworld – cheap hostel/hotel/guesthouse bookings
Agoda – lots of selection of hotels etc. for booking online (if you have to)