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Rough Guide Vietnam 4e [Paperback]

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Dec 1 2003 Rough Guide Vietnam
The Rough Guide to Vietnam is the ideal companion for exploring Southeast Asia's most intriguing destination. A full-colour introductory section includes photos of the country's highlights, from the waterborne markets of the Mekong Delta to the faded elegance of Hanoi. Lively coverage is given to towns and attractions and opinionated reviews give an up-to-the-minute impression of the country's best-known sights. There is practical advice on exploring everything that may concern the independent traveller, from negotiating Vietnam's borders to dining in street kitchens. The Contexts section includes enlightening articles on Vietnamese history, religion, music and film. "The Rough Guide to Vietnam is strongly recommended" The Daily Telegraph

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"The Rough Guide to Vietnam is strongly recommended" The Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Jan Dodd is co-author of the award-winning Rough Guide to Japan and has spent many years exploring this region since the late 1980's. In 1989 Mark Lewis spent the year teaching in Singapore, since then he has travelled throughout Southeast Asia and co-written the Rough Guide to Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei.

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Although it's not yet possible to fly non-stop to Vietnam, many airlines offer indirect services (in other words, flights routed through one or more stops, usually including the carrier's domestic hub) to both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Read the first page
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The Rough Guide successfully fills the niche for a guide to read before and after your trip, as well as to carry with you. Recently updated, it covers all the essential points for a trip to Vietnam. Well done, readable maps are provided along with succinct recommendations of sights which are worth a visit, including walking tours for the larger cities. Descriptions of restaurants and other essentials are plentiful. The tone of the guide is generally enthusiastic and sedate, with both a sense of humor and an understanding of the intricacies of Vietnamese history. A comprehensive section with "context material" (including a section on ethnic minorities, book recommendations, and modern culture and entertainment) rounds out the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable Guide July 15 2000
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As a user of Lonely Planet guide books, I am a recent convert to The Rough Guide series. I used both The Lonely Planet and The Rough Guide on a recent trip to Vietnam and found the Rough Guide won hands down.
The detailed maps are easier to read and follow, the restaurant and hotels reviews are more current and objective and the historical overview offered is more incisive. The Rough Guide provided wonderful tips for sight seeing in Ho Chi Minh City and further abroad. The accounts of the last days of the Vietnam War brought to life the turmoil and chaos of a city under siege.
Still a fan of The Lonely Planet series, I can clearly state I would recommend the Rough Guide as superior for Vietnam travel. I look forward to using the Rough Guide series for other travel destinations and hope the standard emulates that of the Vietnam edition.
PS The Rough Guide also releases CDs of traditional music of many of the countries they write about. The Rough Guide to Salsa CD is also highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Accurate info and good historical perspective Sept. 13 2000
When I first went to Vietnam I used the Footprints guide and my traveling partner had this Rough Guide. On my second trip I purchased the Rough Guide, which I found much more useful than Fodor. It gives good information about hotels and restaurants and also gives a good historical/political perspective of Vietnam from a non-American point of view.
The bad things about the book: 1. I believe the authors are Australian and some of the word choices were difficult for an American like me to understand. Some sentences were difficult for me to "translate" into American English. 2. The book states that there are no gay outlets in Vietnam. This is simply not true. There are several places (nightclubs and hotels) in Saigon and Hanoi that are gay tolerant/friendly. There are even gay tours of Vietnam. While it is best to be discreet in Vietnam, one can find ways to meet other gay travelers and locals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rough Guide better than Lonely Planet, Footprint Jan. 11 2001
Just came back from a three week trip to Vietnam with three books: the Lonely Planet, the Rough Guide, and Footprint Handbook.
The Rough Guide is the best guidebook around for the country. It is superior to the Lonely Planet guide in the breadth and depth of coverage and especially its accuracy. I liked LP for other countries but here they did a very poor job.
I have not found even one instance where Lonely Planet provided information that Rough did not have. If you are traveling to the north, you may want to consider reading Footprint before you leave -- it has some interesting information.
Also, all hotels -- even the top ones -- can be negotiated down in price. Send them an e-mail and ask for special rates, corporate rates, etc. You can stay at the Metropole in Hanoi for less than half their rack rate.
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