Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia (Lonely Planet Cycling Guides) Paperback – 1 Aug 2001
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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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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.
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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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
I expect a course following the Mekong River.
But It is very good.