Item description for Vietnam, 4th (Footprint - Travel Guides) by John Colet...
From watery plains to mountain scenery and magical deserted beaches. War wounds and historical symbolism. Crossing the Mekong Delta and trekking opportunities in Northern Vietnam. All you need to know about navigating communist bureaucracy with a sense of humour. Highly regarded war history and background section
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.19" Width: 4.72" Height: 1.02" Weight: 1.23 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2004
Publisher Footprint Handbooks
ISBN 1904777031 ISBN13 9781904777038
Reviews - What do customers think about Vietnam, 4th (Footprint - Travel Guides)?
Rough Guide better than Lonely Planet, Footprint Jan 12, 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.
Excellent coverage Nov 24, 1999
As a former expat in Saigon with family and friends all along the Mekong Delta, I'm naturally interested in the precision and breadth of guidebooks on SE Asia. This one from Footprint seems to cover all the bases in a detailed and realistic fashion. Since there's always uncovered terrain, it's the one I'll bring on my next trip over. And for new visitors, I'd also recommend the video "Raise The Bamboo Curtain: Vietnam, Cambodia and Burma", available from this site.