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National Geographic Traveler: Vietnam
     

National Geographic Traveler: Vietnam

by Jim Sullivan
 
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

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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.

Accompanying the lively text, photographs capture Vietnam's dazzling beaches, spectacular mountains, emerald rice paddies, ancient pagodas, and vibrant cities, with four-color maps to guide you along the way. One chapter details the nation's history and heritage; a second brims with practical information, including advice on how to get around, a selection of activities and entertainments, and an extensive listing of handpicked hotels and restaurants. Suggested walks and drives reveal the many faces of this culturally rich, beautiful land—a treasure trove of pleasures unlocked with a key called National Geographic Traveler: Vietnam.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780792262039
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
10/17/2006
Series:
National Geographic Traveler Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.65(d)

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