The Rough Guide to Vietnam

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Practical travel guide to Vietnam featuring points-of-interest structured lists of all sights and off-the-beaten-track treasures, with detailed colour-coded maps, practical details about what to see and to do in Vietnam. The Rough Guide to Vietnam also includes details on how to get there and around, pre-departure information, as well as top time-saving tips, like a visual list of things not to miss in Vietnam, expert author picks and itineraries to help you plan your trip.

The Rough Guide to Vietnam covers: Ho Chi Minh City and around, The Mekong Delta, The Central Highlands, The Southern Coast, Central Vietnam, The Northern Coast, Hanoi and around, The Far North.

Inside this travel guide you'll find:


Experiences for every kind of trip to Vietnam, from off-the-beaten-track adventures in Ca Mau Peninsula to family activities in child-friendly places, like Tra Su Bird Sanctuary or chilled-out breaks in popular tourist areas, like Ha Long Bay.


Essential pre-departure information including Vietnam entry requirements, getting around, health information, travelling with children, sports and outdoor activities, food and drink, festivals, culture and etiquette, shopping, tips for travellers with disabilities and more.


Carefully planned routes covering the best of Vietnam give a taste of the richness and diversity of the destination, and have been created for different time frames or types of trip.


Clear structure within each sightseeing chapter includes regional highlights, brief history, detailed sights and places ordered geographically, recommended restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs and major shops or entertainment options.


Tips on how to beat the crowds, save time and money and find the best local spots for water puppetry, boat trips, cycling, kayaking or exploring markets.


Rough Guides' rundown of Ho Chi Minh City, Da Lat, Kon Tum and Son My's best sights and top experiences helps to make the most of each trip to Vietnam, even in a short time.


Written by Rough Guides' expert authors with a trademark blend of humour, honesty and expertise, to help to find the best places in Vietnam, matching different needs.


Comprehensive 'Contexts' chapter features fascinating insights into Vietnam, with coverage of history, religion, ethnic groups, environment, wildlife and books, plus a handy language section and glossary.


Features inspirational colour photography, including the stunning Ma Pi Leng Pass and the spectacular Khai Dinh Mausoleum.


Practical full-colour maps, with clearly numbered, colour-coded keys for quick orientation in Hoi An, Hue and many more locations in Vietnam, reduce need to go online.


With helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780241306451
Series: Rough Guides Main Series
Publication Date: 2/28/2018
Pages: 520
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm


This title is a part of Rough Guides Main Series

Practical travel guides series covering countries, cities and regions, with detailed factual travel tips, perfect for independent, long-stay, backpacking and budget-conscious travellers seeking comprehensive travel information and off-the-beaten track experiences

  • Extensive practical travel information including getting there, getting around, climate information, safety tips, accommodation explanations, food & drink advice and shopping essentials 

  • Curated author picks with destination highlights at the beginning of each guide

  • Ready-made itineraries covering every corner of the destination

  • Colour-coded places chapters with detailed coverage of places and sights, presented in a points-of-interest structure 

  • Extensive recommendations for accommodation, restaurants, shops and leisure activities for all budgets

  • Colour-coded detailed maps with marked-up key sights 

  • Insights on history and nature highlights  

  • Easy to use, newspaper-style layout

  • All guides published from January 2021 are printed on paper from responsible sources verified to meet FSC’s strict environmental and social standards

  • Free eBook with each printed guide published from May 2019 

Format: 129 x 198mm

Price: £14.99-£26.99 | $13.99-$34.99

Extent: 616–1208 page


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4.3 out of 5, 10 global ratings

Amazon Customer

packed with useful info and tips..

Reviewed on January 02, 2022
Paperback | Verified

Couldn't have done as much as we did without this guide- invaluable on a whirlwind South to North Vietnam trip. Love these Rough guides so en pointe and informative,...

Amazon Customer

Very informative book about the country

Reviewed on March 18, 2019
Paperback | Verified

If I'd had more time to read it before we went, it would have been even better. It contains a lot of information and is very useful.

Amazon Customer

Arrived late.

Reviewed on February 09, 2019
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Great book but arrived late.

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