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Rough Guide Vietnam 4e [Paperback]

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Dec 1 2003 Rough Guide to 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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2.0 out of 5 stars The Lonely Planet was much better June 5 2004
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I had the Lonely Planet and my friend had the Rough guide and the difference was quite great. The section on the Mekong Delta for example was vastly more in depth in the LP and I would have been totally lost if I had used the Rough Guide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rough Guide Outdoes Lonely Planet Again Jan. 13 2002
I was very happy to have Rough Guide Vietnam for my travels in northern Vietnam during December, 2000 - January, 2001. For one thing I felt like I wasn't getting channeled down the Lonely Planet path, as most independent travelers were carrying that book and using it like their Bible. Also, whenever anyone compared my Rough Guide to their Lonely Planet, they said they found RG to be better. Rough Guide goes into more depth than LP in describing the sights and history. LP's maps are a little more comprehensive, but RG's listings of hotels are more user-friendly than LP. I very much enjoyed the book.
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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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