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This authoritative guide to all the major sights you'll want to see in Vietnam—and many lesser known surprises as well—leads readers from the ancient capital of Hanoi, a lovely city of parks and lakes, to the now-silent battlefields where first France and then America met defeat, to booming Ho Chi Minh City (once Saigon) and the steamy waterworld of the Mekong Delta.

Northern highlights include magnificent coastlines and tiny villages tucked away in the mountainous jungle. North-Central Vietnam echoes with wartime memories, evoked by a visit to Vietnamese tunnels or a drive along the DMZ. Historic Hue offers a centuries-old citadel and the fabled Nguyen tombs; farther south, the Central Highlands boast national parks like Cat Tien, home to rhinoceros, crocodiles, and many species of monkeys. Ho Chi Minh City offers urban sophistication: skyscraping hotels, boutiques full of Western-style goods—and the sobering Museum of Ho Chi Minh City and Reunification Palace commemorating the North's victory in 1975.

  • Softcover
  • 272 pages
  • 180 color photographs, 16 maps
  • 5 1/4" x 8 1/2"
  • © 2006

"A thorough, intelligently presented, well-illustrated guide, it will probably give you the basics of what you need more clearly and compactly than any other book"—The Independent (London)

"High production quality…detailed information… can be read as much for pleasure as practicality."—Library Journal

"Sensational photos, superb maps, and prose that's authoritative."—San Francisco Chronicle

"Succinctly written text and marvelous photography."—Chicago Tribune

"Rich with photography, maps, and historical context."—Los Angeles Times

"Quality is the watchword."—New York Newsday

"Has it all: depth, breadth, and a wealth of practical information."—Bookpage Magazine

"Brimming with great colour photography and timely facts."—The Toronto Sun

"Handsome and informative."—The Washington Times

"Sure to push some competing titles off book counters."—The Oregonian

"Glossy, interesting, and colorful…for all travel collections."—Library Journal

''Sensational photos, superb maps, and prose that's authoritative.'' —San Francisco Chronicle

''It's like reading and looking at a really in-depth National Geographic essay.'' —Seattle Times

''All the glossy thoroughness you would expect from the brand name, with an impressive list of contributors.'' —The Times (London)

''Some of the handsomest volumes you'll ever find on a shelf of travel books.'' —Toronto Star

''Filled with beautiful photography, and excellent color maps; after all, this is National Geographic, a publisher that's had about a hundred years experience in doing this kind of thing.'' —The Tennessean

National Geographic brings a century of incomparable travel expertise to this extraordinary series of world tours. These information-packed guides offer savvy advice and the in-depth information that sophisticated travelers demand.

Each guide features detailed background and site descriptions, mapped walking and driving tours, and full-service sidebars with fascinating vignettes on history, culture, and contemporary life. There's also a 60-page directory of visitor information, including notable hotels and restaurants, entertainment, and shopping. And foldout end flaps, printed with maps and quick reference information, serve as handy bookmarks.

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