The Rough Guide to Vietnam 4 Paperback – Dec 22 2003
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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... Read morePublished on June 5 2004
I was very happy to have Rough Guide Vietnam for my travels in northern Vietnam during December, 2000 - January, 2001. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2002 by Matt Ebiner