Vietnam (Lonely Planet Country Guides) Paperback – 1 Feb 2005
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You'd be able to get by with the lonely planet, and if you're not an adventurous traveller and are happy to follow the crowd, then this would be a fine purchase for you, but the Rough guide seemed to provide so much more detail. The one positive in favour of the Lonely Planet over the Rough Guide, is the language section which provides Vietnamese phonetically which makes getting your tongue round the tonal language much easier.
Maps are clear and detailed, glossery and language section are super useful. Easy to read, informative with the odd lovely photo illustration.
What lets this book down though is that in such a rapidly changing country as Vietnam, it just won't do to publish information last updated in 2009 as "current". We had been warned about this so didn't use the book for restaurants, bars or hotel guidence.....which in a way defeats the purpose of a travel guide.
However, having looked into this, as it turns out both Rough Guides and Footprints Vietnam books were also last updated in 2009, with new versions due 2012.We are therefore in an up-to-date info limbo until the new versions come out.
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I met many long distance travelers who were very anoyed at lonely planet guide book even with the latest edition was extremely
(out of date) information who had made expensive... Read more
Bought this for my son whos going travelling, great info and small enough for ruck sackPublished 17 months ago by Lorrane
Took too Vietnam and was a very necessary item of luggage. Very informative, I always buy a lonely planet or rough guide before I travel to a country.Published 18 months ago by Rachel Hodgson
The book condition was as described , but I believe that book is not an original copy. I collect these books and its the first one which have a different size and paper quality... Read morePublished on 22 Oct. 2013 by Johann Mifsud
Very limited and basic, they try to cover too much but too briefly. too much information regarding the history of vietnam, and few not good maps. Read morePublished on 30 Sept. 2013 by Peter
Very useful travel guide if you are planning to travel to Vietnam. Personally, I don't think it tells me much more than what I could have found on the internet if I made an effort... Read morePublished on 12 May 2013 by cjl15868
I purchased this way back in 2010 before my travels. if you have never been to Vietnam this is a great guide to buy to plan your trip, find places to stay and learn about the... Read morePublished on 3 Feb. 2012 by cosmeticsaddict82