Vietnam

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Lonely Planet, 2009 - Travel - 548 pages
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Experience the best of Vietnam with Lonely Planet. Our 10th edition is so full of practical information that you'll be watching the sunset from a junk on Halong Bay, sucking back bia hoistreet-side in Hanoi, or bargaining like a local in Ho Chi Minh City in no time.

In This Guide:

Detailed itineraries on beaches, food, the Ho Chi Minh Highway and more
Comprehensive information on everything from food and language to health and transport
Full-Color chapter on the hill tribes of Vietnam
  

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Contents

On the Road
16
Itineraries
22
The Culture
48
Food Drink
61
Environment
74
Hanoi
82
Dangers Annoyances
90
Courses
102
Phan Rang Thap
304
Laundry
309
Linh
328
Kon
336
Ho Chi Minh City
342
Dangers Annoyances
351
Walking Tour
366
Eating
372

Drinking
113
Getting Around
119
Vietnam
133
Cat Ba Island
141
Mong Cai the Chinese
154
Around Cao Bang
160
Hoa Binh
167
Muong
174
Ha Giang Province
186
NorthCentral
190
Cuc Phuong National Park
196
Phong Nha Cave
202
Lao
214
Bach Ma National Park
232
Around Danang
241
Tra Kieu Simhapura
265
Around Quy Nhon
275
Around Nha Trang
294
Drinking
378
Getting There Away
385
Tay Ninh
393
Buu Long Mountain
399
Loc An Beach
405
Mekong Delta
413
Around My Tho
419
Tra Vinh
426
Around Cao Lanh
433
Around Can Tho
440
Around Ca Mau
446
Around Chau Doc
453
Around Ha Tien
459
Directory
475
Discount Cards
483
Regional Map Contents
510
Index
540
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Londoner of sorts, Nick Ray harks from Watford, the sort of town that makes you want to travel. He studied history and politics at university, which condemned him to be drawn to strange events in strange places across the globe. After stints with London magazines and tour leading in countries as diverse as Vietnam and Morocco, he hooked up with Lonely Planet in 1998 and has worked on more than 20 titles over the following years. Cambodia is his backyard and he has worked on several editions of the Cambodia guide, as well as Southeast Asia on a shoestring and that international bestseller Cycling Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia. He is also happy exploring the neighbourhood and has worked on Lonely Planet guides covering Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand. Southeast Asia may be home, but he is not averse to mad missions in Afreeka and has been known to hang around in tourist hotspots such as Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.When not exploring the globe for Lonely Planet, Nick writes articles for leading magazines and newspapers, including The Sunday Times and Wanderlust, and leads and lectures on tours for leading travel companies and international organisations. He also works as a location scout and manager for the world of television and film, including Tomb Raider, Two Brothers and countless documentaries for the BBC, Discovery and National Geographic.He currently lives in Phnom Penh, but is just as likely to be found in Siem Reap, Luang Prabang or Hoi An, three of his favourite places in the region. To date, he has sampled the beers of more than 70 countries and one day hopes to have tried them all. Primus of Rwanda comes in scary sized bottles and Salva Vida of Honduras has to be the best name for a beer, but it is hard to beat the crisp flavour of Beer Lao, best served on draft on the banks of the Mekong in Vientiane.Favourite destination: It has to be the best of the Mekong

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