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Footprint Discover Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos, 2st Ed. [Paperback]

Claire Boobyer , Andrew Spooner


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Book Description

April 20 2008 Footprint - Travel Guides

From the Mekong Delta to the Chinese border in Northern Laos, here is the first guide of its kind to these three southeast Asian countries. Experience Angkor Wat, the strangeness of the Plain of Jars, travel on a bamboo train and visit the Perfume Pagoda. Includes detailed coverage of Bangkok, the main transportation hub for the region.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Footprint Handbooks; Second edition (April 20 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906098093
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906098094
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 12.6 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,665,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite... Dec 9 2009
By Dane A. Kantner - Published on Amazon.com
I read 3 or 4 guidebooks and this is the only one I purchased new. I was interested in what they had for Vietnam, but not Laos/Cambodia just yet. I have used other Footprint guides, and this was set up similarly but I didn't like it that much. All in all, a few of the suggestions were just outright bad. After having a terrible experience at a place suggested in Hoi An (Cafe des Amis in Hoi An), I was left wondering if the authors even visited each place, or if they just repeated what the proprieters business card read. Also, I disagree with their terrible advice on how to cross the street in Vietnam ("close your eyes and walk" basically is what they said). A few of the other suggestions we checked were closed for business--though that seems to be a common thing with several of the guidebooks we had. After our last really bad restaurant suggestion we decided to put this book away for the remainder of the trip and instead consulted our "Let's Go" book more often.

Bad suggestions aside, I'm sure if we had tried everything they recommended some things were good. I like how this book is organized as far as hotel listings go. As far as restaurants, there are generally a LOT of suggestions but the descriptions are often general/vague, and there's no great way to really know what the top 2 or 3 ideas might be.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worthless: save your money for something else March 8 2010
By Caminoista - Published on Amazon.com
Not completely useless, I suppose, since the lengthy historical material is interesting (although the modern part is marred by the rightwing bias). But the rest of it? Since we were going to both Vietnam and Cambodia, I thought it would be useful to have one guide for both countries but there is too little in the way of concrete information to help even with trip planning. Some border crossings are not mentioned, there's no material on birdwatching, the health section is incomplete, as is the section on visas, etc. etc . Very disappointing, especially since I've used Footprint guides before quite happily. I took a look at the Lonely Planet Vietnam guide and kicked myself for not buying that instead.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Indochina travel Nov. 20 2009
By Robert Yuan - Published on Amazon.com
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On the positive side, this guide provides an extensive amount of information. This is also a negative in that it is rather large and heavy particularly when you have it in your knapsack with your camera gear.
7 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos, 2nd: Tread Your Own Path (Footprint - Travel Guides Oct. 27 2008
By D. Shannon - Published on Amazon.com
I find this book easier to follow and better than lonely planets.
I like the book. Very helpful

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