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Vietnam (Lonely Planet Country Guides) Paperback – 1 Feb 2005

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  • Paperback: 524 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 8th Revised edition edition (1 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740596773
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740596770
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 15.1 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 880,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
If you buy this then you will get a lot of information from it and you will survive. However, I used it for a month and decided to ditch it for "The Rough Guide" after borrowing it from a fellow backpacker and comparing it to my LP. The Rough Guide's writing was much better/wittier, tips were more helpful and the recommendations more accurate. Having used only LP guides for years I have been converted to The Rough Guides for now.
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having left our copy of the Rough Guide to Vietnam in a taxi in Saigon during the first week of our trip, we had no option but to purchase a copy of Lonely Planet. We were very disappointed, if you stuck to the Lonely planet, you'd only see a quarter mile radius of where you land, and miss out on so much that vietnam offers. It felt as if the author lands at the local backpacker haunt, then does door to door reviews of the closest hotels, bars and restaurants. The reviews also seem to act as a reason for a price hike as prices don't reflect what the lonely planet suggests. Yes, there's inflation, but it was published only last year and the prices really did seem way off, even though we were traveling during the low season.

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.
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What is it about Lonely Planet? Like a rash, their guides are everywhere - sometimes in the most unwelcome of places. Nicely packaged and handy they may be, but they are often woefully inaccurate and incomplete. This is no exception. Cutting and pasting a few paragraphs about history and culture, this really skims the surface of a fascinating country, and leaves many fascinating places out. If you're a twentysomething Australian back-packer, then this book will probably make you very happy; if you're more discerning, and looking to explore the country's lesser known areas and learn more about its culture (and if you're interested in accuracy), then I would go for the infinitely better Rough Guide.
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I am a fan of the Lonely Planet Guides and this one did not disappoint me. It not soley for the bagpacker, it's handy for anyone who travel, esp. if you do so independently. It would higly recommend it to anyone who needs a guidebook which covers it all, accommodation, travel, background/history/insight tips etc. It makes you prepared and helps move around.
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Having now actually used this book on a tour in Vietnam. I found the book to be very usfull having more than enough subject matter to enhance your enjoyment of an amazing country with beautiful people. We have a lot to learn from the most friendly people I have met in the world
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As always, the format of a LP guide book is great.
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 am obsessed with collecting a library of lonely planets from the second hand section of amazon, and you get great deals on guides only a year or two out of date. The last 20 have been almost mint condition when they claim to be 'as new' or 'very good', but this one looked like it had been through the wash. That said, the inside is in pretty good nick, and I'm sure on a long trip I could expect to ruffle it up a bit anyway. Would have scored higher as a good but for the price, but this was the first second hand book I've had for a while which doesn't fit the condition description.
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This book was like a bible, very up to date and informative, although don't take everything as seriously as it suggests or you wouldn't leave your hotel - there are a few shock tatics but other than that it had 90% of the information that was required of it and proved the best purchase of the holiday.
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