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The Rough Guide to Vietnam 4 Paperback – Dec 22 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 4th Revised edition edition (Dec 22 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843530953
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843530954
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 531 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,301,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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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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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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Has better history than Lonely planet
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa0f8578c) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
108 of 108 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0f92414) out of 5 stars Rough Guide better than Lonely Planet, Footprint Jan. 11 2001
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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.
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0f92660) out of 5 stars Rough Guide Outdoes Lonely Planet Again Jan. 12 2002
By Matt Ebiner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
HASH(0xa0f928a0) out of 5 stars Some good leads, some very outdated reviews June 17 2009
By Pretzels! - Published on Amazon.com
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This booked helped a lot in certain areas of Vietnam, but some reviews (in Mui Ne for instance) were horribly outdated (the hotel received a good review, but was literally falling apart when I got there. Yes, literally - there was a hole where the lock on my door used to be.) I suppose it's to be expected - the lead time on a travel book is pretty far ahead of publishing from what I've heard. Even still, it was a mostly helpful book.

Rough Guide prints in an easy to follow manner; I like them as a travel guide more than their more popular competitor. They are also better in the sense that EVERYBODY seems to use their competitor's travel guides, so those recommended places are always full.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0f92a44) out of 5 stars not as good as lets go and lonely planet April 24 2006
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I would have checked 3.5 stars if possible, 4 is too high, 3 is too low. I didn't like the hotel section as much as other guide books. And I didn't like the price rating system, I prefer to have the prices in US$ or VD. Also the map in the front is not comprehensive enough.
6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0f92918) 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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