Hitchhiking Vietnam (Hc)

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Globe Pequot, Mar 1, 1998 - Travel - 311 pages
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Imagine being a twenty-eight-year-old single woman, working your way up the management consulting ladder, with your own expense account a fancy gym membership and salary to spare. Now imagine throwing it all away to hitchhike a country under the iron fist of communism with a dubious grip on the language, accompanied by a colorful and sometimes frightening menagerie of characters, human and otherwise, and carrying an illegal video camera in your backpack. That's exactly what Karin Muller did.

At Globe Pequot, we specialize in travel guides, not travelogs. But every once in a while, we come across a tale so wonderful, we just can't walk away. It happened with Size of the Worlds. It's happened again with Hitchhiking Vietnam. What we love about this book is not just the adventure, the culture, the incredible vistas it opens up in our minds' eyes, but the grace, wit, and style with which Karin tells her story. Millions of PBS fans already agree!

You will absolutely fall in love with Karin Muller. We did!

  

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User Review  - Carrie Robinson - Goodreads

Honest Journal The trip didn't live up to her expectations. She brought out the corruption in the government, and the difficulties in getting around, including being on a bike that kept breaking down ... Read full review

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User Review  - David Ward - Goodreads

Hitchhiking Vietnam: A Woman's Solo Journey in an Elusive Land by Karin Muller (Globe Pequot Press 1998)(915.9704). This was a fine travelogue through territory which was basically unexplored (except ... Read full review

Contents

The Dream
1
Escaping Saigon
10
Disappointment
25
The Communist Party Machine
39
The Mekong
47
Greed
60
The Village Life
70
The Final Confrontation
87
The Hazards of Hiring a Horse
166
Eldercare
176
Brideprice and Embroideries
188
A Parting of the Ways
202
South to Nha Trang
207
Conversations on the Beach
216
Only a Miracle
237
Despair
255

The Ho Chi Minh Trail
105
Highway 14 and the Beast
117
Into a Village
127
Sunshine
135
From Hanoi to the Hill Tribes
151
Medieval Medicine
265
Letting Go
278
Collision
284
The Ancestral Flame
301
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About the author (1998)

KARIN MULLER's four-hour documentary series on Japan will air on public television in fall 2005. Her previous documentaries, "Hitchhiking Vietnam" and "Along the Inca Road," premiered in 1998 (on PBS) and 2000 (on the National Geographic Channel and MSNBC), respectively. Muller is an expert lecturer on Japan for the National Geographic Society, and her writing appears in "National Geographic" and "Traveler" magazines. She appears on Marketplace and other National Public Radio broadcasts. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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