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Frommer's Vietnam (Frommer's Complete Guides) [Paperback]

Sherisse Pham
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18 Jan 2008 Frommer's Complete Guides (Book 441)
Frommer’s Vietnam 2e is an amazingly detailed guide that takes the reader through the country with practical information, late–breaking bargains, cultural insights, user–friendly maps, etiquette tips, a language glossary, advice for business travelers, and practical advice on planning the trip and getting around. This guide explores everything from the thriving expat nightlife in Ho Chi Minh City (once called Saigon) to a journey by boat into the Mekong Delta, past rice paddies and riverside pagodas. Unlike any of our leading competitors––including Lonely Planet and Rough Guide –– Frommer’s Vietnam features excursions to Cambodia, including comprehensive coverage of Phnom Penh, Siem Riep, and the popular temples of Angkor Wat.

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  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (18 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470194073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470194072
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,069,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Frommer′s. The best trips start here. Experience a place the way the locals do. Enjoy the best it has to offer. Complete coverage of Vietnam with practical information, cultural insights, and a language glossary, plus a full chapter on side trips to Cambodia. Outspoken opinions on what′s worth your time and what′s not. Exact prices, so you can plan the perfect trip whatever your budget. Off–the–beaten–path experiences and undiscovered gems, plus new takes on top attractions. Find great deals and book your trip at Frommers.com

About the Author

Sherisse Pham graduated from the University of British Columbia and immediately hopped across the Pacific Ocean to live in Asia. She is a Beijing–based freelancer who has contributed to several Frommer’s titles including Frommer’s China, Frommer’s Beijing, and Beijing Day by Day. She has also worked for Zagat’s Survey as a shopping editor and contributed to several local and international magazines.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best guide book on the market for Vietnam 9 Dec 2008
Wow thank goodness I bought a copy of Frommers guide. Slightly aprehensive on ordereing these fears were dissipated quicky. It is intelligently written, informative and just what a traveller needs. It is not a glossy light-weight ramble through the obvious hotel and area choices: it is thorough, interesting and essential to all traveller going to Vietnam. Don;t waste your money on any other guide - I have also bough DK Guide to Vietnam and Insight guide. Frommers wins hands down!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Looks good 5 Mar 2009
Well I bought this on the advice of other reviews - of the lonely planet and rough guides. This is such a comprehensive and compassionatley written guide. I'm planning a trip and haven't gone yet, but now feel much more confident in organising my itinerary. Along with great scene setting passages with colourful descriptions there are lots of compact fact cruching sections. Although written primarily from a US standpoint all info is given for european travellers too.

This is all text. No pretty pictures, but lets face it, all you need to do when you want to see a picture is type a place name in to google and hit go! They haven't wasted a page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Vietnam Guide 26 Sep 2010
Always hit in restaurants, hotels and everything else. A essential and indispensable guide for travel in Vietnam.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Clear Strengths and Weaknesses 14 Feb 2009
By Z. Wu - Published on Amazon.com
Like most of the Frommer series, this book is very strong on logistics. The details on transportation, hotels, travel bookings, vaccinations etc. are very strong. It also has a chapter on Angkor Wat which makes it very convenient to take as a single pocket guide for a trip that includes both Vietnam and Cambodia. The information on avoiding certain tourist traps and avoiding taxi frauds are invaluable.

The weakness of the book is that it is short on understanding the place and culture you are actually visiting. The author seems to have got most of the perspective from expats instead of local residents in the 2 countries. The comments on restaurants are littered with references to "this is a good expat spot" and it shows in the resulting quality of recommendations. This clearly does not help you get an authentic cultural experience.

Similarly, the discussions on the various places to visit are also slightly superficial. There are various mistakes. For example, the Quang Cong temple in Hoi An worships a Chinese general from 2000 years ago from the Han Dynasty, not from the Qing dynasty as indicated by the book. The descriptions of the various temples in Angkor Wat does not contain a detailed enough description to give you a feel for what to expect. It also have its share of grammatical errors / typos such as "losing site of...." and "Vietnamese gorillas attacking American troops in South Vietnam."

All in all, this is still a great guide for its practicality. To maximize your experience, you would need to supplement it with better books on the culture and the sites you are visiting.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Travel Guidebook of Choice 9 Jan 2009
By rinabambina - Published on Amazon.com
I'm a big fan of Frommer's guidebooks for several reason:

- It lays out several suggested itineraries from which you can build your own based on preference and time.

- No photos, which means that it relies more on good descriptive writings about the sights.

- A rating system that helps you make your selections and avoid tourist traps.

Frommer's Vietnam was key in helping me put together a full itinerary for a 2-week trip. I visited Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, and the Mekong Delta. I wanted to see NEARLY everything in a relatively short visit. With Frommer's I was able to narrow down my selection, choose my means of transport and still be happy in knowing I was getting a good taste of Vietnam. The tidbits on history and local customs inserted throughout the books gave me more insights about the places that my tour guides sometimes failed to convey.

Tourism in Vietnam has exploded and because of that there are lots of competition for your money. The book has a good variety of listings for accommodations like any other guidebook, but I'd recommend reading travel forums like TripAdvisor to expand your options for hotels and such. I reserved one star because I found the book's ratings for restaurants as hit and miss, though I understand food is highly subjective.
2.0 out of 5 stars Good? 31 Jan 2013
By NV94574 - Published on Amazon.com
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I Dont think so. Spine was broken. Book was on angle. Poor is a better description. Readable was better description.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frommer's Vietnam 21 Sep 2009
By Anita S. Duvall - Published on Amazon.com
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My friend who has lived in HCM City all of her life said that she learned many new things about her city.
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