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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Vietnam and Angkor Wat Paperback – December 19, 2011

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Product Details

  • Series: Eyewitness Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: DK Eyewitness Travel; Revised edition (December 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756670314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756670313
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #924,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew Forbes / Andrew D. W. Forbes graduated in Chinese Studies from the University of Leeds before completing an MA in Islamic Studies and a Ph.D. in Central Asian History. He lectured in East African History at the University of Khartoum (1977-78) and in Islamic Studies at the University of Aberdeen (1982-88). In 1983-4 he was Leverhulme Fellow at the British Institute in Southeast Asia, Thailand, and in 1988-89 he was a Senior Associate Member of St Antony's College, Oxford. He has traveled extensively in Asia and Africa, and is currently editor of Crescent Press Agency (www.cpamedia.com); Pictures From History, an online image library specialising in cultural and historical images of Asia (www.picturesfromhistory.com); and Cognoscenti Books, a publishing company specialising in eBooks on Asian Art, Culture, History & Travel (www.cognoscentibooks.com).

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Europe76 on August 9, 2012
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I love Eyewitness Guides in general, they are really useful in terms of mapping out sights and itineraries in certain neighborhoods, and this guide to Vietnam is no different. The pictures paired with the maps are great, because you can actually see what you are looking to find. I found it especially useful in the cities: Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. My one complaint is that it doesn't do a good enough job on restaurants, shops, bars, etc - I found myself relying on a different guide for the "extras". But overall a worthwhile purchase for a trip to Vietnam.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By KPsquared+1 on July 28, 2012
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If you want to actually see what the sights look like to try and plan a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia, this is the guide for you. It has a great run down of all the sights plus the pictures to back it up. It isn't as comprehensive as Lonely Planet or Frommer's but it is a great guide to help you plan your trip. I usually use DK guides coupled with Frommers/Lonely Planet when planning trips. I highly recommend purchasing this book if you are looking to go to Vietnam or Cambodia.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Crays on November 26, 2012
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Our tour of Viet Nam was with a tour small group, so I didn't use it to choose hotels and cannot comment on that part. I almost didn't take the book to Viet Nam. I considered scanning and printing the pages of places we were supposed to go. I ended up taking the book and was happy I did, as our guide offered more options for our free time. I take photos and keep a notebook of what and where my photos are. This book was helpful for learning how to spell names and getting information about the sites we saw. In addition, the pictures helped me ascertain that I was giving the right names to various places, such as temples.

I put Post-It tabs on the pages of places we were scheduled to go. That made it easy to find the sites in the book once we arrived.

The book has high quality paper and beautiful photos. The downside is that it is heavy. Since my camera gear is heavy, I left the book in our room and simply referred to it before and after sightseeing each day.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By brenda turkel on August 19, 2013
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This guide is very informative and will probably be the only one we carry with us on our journey. We have relied on DK guides for a wide variety of destinations over the years. My only complaint is they seem to reference high end hotels and restaurants. This is not a problem for us as we also extensively research websites geared to independent/budget travelers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LindseyLouWho on December 3, 2013
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I love the Eyewitness Travel Guide books, and this one was just what I expected. I traveled Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Halong Bay) and I didn't want to buy another travel guide just for Siem Reap/Angkor Wat so I was pleasantly surprised to find that my favorite series had exactly what I needed! The maps in this book are perfect and very easy to read. I love the pictures because they help you confirm that you are reading about what you are seeing in front of you. I wish there was a bit more info on where to eat, or that it was included within the regions being discussed instead of in a separate section in the back of the book, but that's just a personal opinion. I can see the merit to keeping history with history and current info separate. Overall, I highly recommend this book and will be keeping it in my collection for a long time.

PS - Don't skip the history readings in the beginning of the book. There is a ton of interesting information on the religious background of the regions and the history that has made these areas into what they are today. Definitely worth the read on your flight into the area.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard M. Proctor on April 5, 2013
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A very clear and practical guide with superb visuals of every sort but especially color photographs.
The one guide book that will travel with us to Viet Nam and Angkor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frank on February 17, 2014
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Another DK travel book well done. DK are the best and this one is very good on a site less traveled. I'd recommend it to anyone going to Vietnam or Cambodia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hai Hong on December 8, 2014
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Not the best travel guide to buy. I bought many eyewitness travel guides before and this one so far the most disappointing to me
I am Vietnamese and so i dont need this guide book at all. However since i am taking a few nonVietnamese friends to visit Vietnam i thought this book will be a great travel reference book for them
To my disappointment, major tourist sites were mentioned very briefly or only a few sentences. It is packed with many many details about small medium unfamous famous temples all together, pages after pages. Vietnam is not all about temple you know!
There are many beautiful landscape that need to be mentioned in greater details

Yet the quality of the book is outstanding as usual. Layout and colors are very catchy. Some photos need to be updated
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