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Lonely Planet Vietnam (Country Travel Guide) Paperback – July 1, 2009

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Product Details

  • Series: Country Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 540 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 10 edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741791596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741791594
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,099,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim In Minneapolis
Going through the book, I found out that key details about travel services were missing, maps were wrong, and restaurant recommendations were off the mark.
J. Nguyen
Although I have been using the Lonely Planet travel guides since the eighties, it is clear that it has not kept up with the digital age.

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Stuart McDonald on August 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
For the first-time visitor to Vietnam, Lonely Planet's Vietnam 9 overall is a fine production -- and is easily Lonely Planet's best swing at Vietnam -- even if the style police are trying to ruin the show.

Vietnam 9 covers all the big-ticket destinations comprehensively, with detailed sleeping, eating, drinking and sights information. There's a detailed orientation section, loads of maps, crystal clear photos and lots of general information. Good coverage on most of the border crossings is included and the transportation information is pretty easy to digest -- if a little confusing at times. A series of suggested itineraries, while not overly imaginative, remain useful for first time travellers.

Authors Nick Ray, Peter Dragicevich and Regis St Louis have done the hard yards and crammed much of what Vietnam has to offer into Lonely Planet's famously tight word-limits. They've done a great job putting together what is a probably the most comprehensive text available and something much improved on Vietnam 8.

Guesthouse and hotel listings are concise and all budgets are well covered. There were some omissions which struck me as odd -- Mai House on Phu Quoc, Tay Ho Hotel in Can Tho, Jungle Beach north of Nha Trang, Hoa Hong in Da Nang and the Tung Trang in Hanoi -- all outstanding places, yet none made the cut. That said, there are stacks of excellent places they do mention -- more than enough for most readers. For the rest you'll just need to read [...]

Sights-wise, the information is excellent. Lots of historical background and interesting snippets are woven into the text, acting as leads for the reader to learn more.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By William S. Weir on April 5, 2006
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Kindle edition of LP Vietnam

Authors so rushed their research that they failed to visit many of the sights for the 2009 edition. As a result, descriptions are sometimes far off the mark. In the Hanoi section, for example, Quan Thanh Temple is said to be "on the shores of Truc Bach Lake," but if you walk along the lake shore you won't see the temple because it is a block south of the lake! The misleading description of Hanoi's excellent History Museum may put you off with "A must for the architecture more than the collection..." as may the comments about revolutionary history, but if the authors had visited the museum in recent years they would have found a very well laid-out and labeled collection of Vietnam's history up to about 1945. The revolutionary history has been moved north across the street to the Museum of the Vietnamese Revolution, which is actually very comprehensive and well displayed; here too, the book's description of this museum is flawed.

Lesser used borders, called "Border Blues" are poorly described. Any place to change money, accommodations, restaurants? Road conditions? It's difficult to tell from the descriptions. I've used the Nam Xoi-Na Meo and Nong Haet-Nam Can crossings into Vietnam, traveling on a bicycle, without any problems. It's silly to call these and Nam Phao-Cau Treo the "Border Blues" when they are perfectly fine as lesser-used crossings. Through buses are available to those who wish to reduce transport hassles.

Maps are generally very good, one of LP's strong points.

I used the Kindle edition of this guide, which works well and has enlarged segments of each map. Of course the paper edition is more convenient, but the weightlessness of the Kindle version is great to have.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ezgi Tuncer on November 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
I also didn't understand how Japanese travelers read the book; this guide had really good maps & if you know how to look at a map, it is not rocket science to find the places you want to see.

I have been to Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Danang & Hoi An this November & I liked this guide in general which is more or less the case for most LP guides I have read; it was mostly accurate, the maps & walking tours were easy to understand, it wasn't necessarily the best history book (which I wasn't expecting anyway) on Vietnam but covered necessary information on history & background of the country.

The only few problems we had was that some restaurants recommended were either closed down or moved to other locations in some places. I also think that the author should make some realistic comments about the restaurants rather than just saying it is very nice & the food is delicious etc. which is not the case every time. I.e. we have been to a very highly rated restaurant in Hoi An by the author & basically the place was dirty, I have seen huge cochroaches & a mouse walking on the walls & the wooden platform near the ceiling - the toilet was basically in the kitchen & the kitchen was the worst I have ever seen in my life! Now I understand the locals may be used to this but for a tourist who doesn't have his/her immune system adjusted to the country's conditions, it can be very harmful. I think the author should work on this alot more & shouldn't write good reviews on the restaurants just for the sake of including places in the guide.

In general the guide is acceptable & reliable; but please make your own judgements when travelling around both for the hotels & restaurants - it is better to be cautious than being sorry.
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