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Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia (Lonely Planet Cycling Guides) [Paperback]

Nick Ray , Ian Duckworth
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Book Description

1 Sep 2001 Lonely Planet Cycling Guides
Contains 25 rides mapped and described in detail, from one-day excursions to the ever-popular, 20-day Ho Cho Minh City to Hanoi route in Vietnam; tips for staying healthy on the road including essential first aid; illustrated do-it-yourself instructions for bicycle maintenance; and options on where to rest.

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications (1 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1864501685
  • ISBN-13: 978-1864501681
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 903,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Mistakes and some bad advise. 4 May 2004
By A Customer
This is a great book to get you enthusiastic when reading at home before you go, but when out on the road with it, it is a different story.
I think it is summed up by looking at the main Vietnam Lonely Planet Guide, they say don't cycle on highway 1 as it is too busy and dangerous. Open the Lonely Planet Cycling Guide and you will see it has 2 long routes that follow this road. We tried it and it was awful.
Definately don't ride the Maekong Delta Meander route it is dangerous and not enjoyable. Maybe some of the other routes are better. The cycling Australia book we have also used and those routes were quite good.
As for the rest of the general issues with the book.
-The maps are too small scale to find things on. Often using 1 map for 2 or 3 days cycling.
-The route notes often miss things like many major junctions and turnings.
-We got lost when the text said go SW and it should have said NW.
-It is not spiral bound and therefore hard to use on a bike.
-The maps are not orientated north south.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is a great book, I based my Vietnam cycling trip on the North by Northwest route described.

There were a couple of small drawbacks though, the book isn't entirely comprehensive and the maps could be better, however the altitude maps were crucial and the directions were certainly sufficient.

There are also some very useful recommendations. The only area I usually disagreed with was the restaurant recommendation section. The authours tended to select 'westernised' establishments, whereas I prefer to mix in with the locals to get the most authentic food, but I guess this is a matter of personal taste.

So overall a very useful book that made for a great holiday, with only a few minor points to be aware of.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great guide 28 July 2009
By Mona - Published on
We used this book for a trip to Vietnam in January 2003. We had an amazing time. we focused on Southern Vietnam ' flew to DMZ and rode down the coast. Overall great trip! We ran into many cyclists who were also carrying the same book. I am sure much has changed since this was published but HIGHLY recommend this book for anyone who is traveling to Vietnam..
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars book in very good conditions 3 Feb 2013
By Tim - Published on
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the book was in very good conditions
the book described varius bike-tours in Vietnam, Laos and Cambotscha
some information are very old (2002), but the bike-tour describtions are very good
2.0 out of 5 stars Choose your edition wisely 20 Dec 2013
By Jeremy Collison - Published on
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While I love telling the story about how exciting it is to travel in a developing country with a 10 year old guidebook, its utility is only marginal. I was approaching the Mekong river which I had expected to traverse by ferry only to come upon an enormous bridge spanning the river. Towns had either sprung up or vanished from the maps that I was referencing in the guidebook.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good 17 Feb 2013
By Hoyoung Nam - Published on
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It contained the roots cycling around Laos.
I expect a course following the Mekong River.
But It is very good.
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