In this completely updated and revised guide to Vietnam, James Sullivan's enthusiasm for his adopted country is clear in his coverage of all of its major sites, along with some lesser known surprises as well. The book begins in the ancient capital of Hanoi and explores surrounding areas like fabled Ha Long Bay and hilltribe villages tucked away in the jungle-covered mountains, North-Central Vietnam and its tunnels related to the Vietnam War, the ancient cities of Hue and Hoi An, the Southern Central Highlands featuring wildlife-filled Cat Tien National Park, bustling Ho Chi Minh City, and the vast Mekong Delta. Several features delve deeper into Vietnam's history and culture, including discussions on the hilltribes and the life of the boatpeople in the Mekong Delta. Self-guided walks and drives take you through Hanoi's picturesque Old Quarter and along the cliffside beauty between Hue and Danang. You'll find lists of not-to-be-missed sites and experiential sidebars that guide you through getting to know Vietnam more intimately, including where to see water puppets, train trips to Trai Mat, and the new "in" beaches to visit. A hefty Travelwise section offers hand-picked hotels and restaurants.
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Armed with a graduate degree from the Iowa Writer's Workshop, James Sullivan headed to Vietnam in 1993 to bike across the country. Along the way, he learned the language, became entranced with Vietnam's history and culture, and met his future wife. He lived in her hometown, Hue, for a year and told the story in his novel, Over the Moat: Love Among the Ruins of Imperial Vietnam, published in 2004. He has returned to Vietnam many times since, and he is currently living in Hue with his wife and two children, where they are refurbishing an ancient house. His travel stories have appeared in National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times, Golf Digest, Bicycling, Golf & Travel, and two Scholastic publications.
British-born Ron Emmons updated and wrote new features for the 2010 edition of this guide. Now living in Chang Mai, in northern Thailand, Ron is the author and photographer of several books, including Portrait of Thailand and Walks along the Thames Path. His feature stories on travel, culture, nature, Buddhism, and photography appear regularly in a range of international publications.
Kris LeBoutillier has photographed assignments for National Geographic Traveler, including stories about Tasmania, Singapore, Rajasthan, and Vietnam. He is the author and photographer of Journey Through Phnom Penh and Journey Through Ho Chi Minh City, both published by Marshall Cavendish. Represented by Getty Images, LeBoutilllier has worked for such diverse clients as Forbes Asia, Smithsonian, Spa Magazine, and the Discovery Channel.