Vietnam is host to a unique mix of natural beauty and cultural diversity. It has one of the most ancient cultures of Southeast Asia, with relics of its rich history found at tourist-friendly sites such as the Hindu temples of My Son and Ponagar Tower. Its landscape ranges from mountain passes to lush rice fields and some of the world's most beautiful beaches stretched along 1,860 miles (3,000 km) of tropical coast. This comprehensive and beautiful illustrated guidebook offers walking and driving itineraries to well-known wonders and hidden treasures within the country, as well as useful maps to navigate your way. Active travelers will find plenty of opportunities to stretch their legs with self-guided walks through the shops of the Old Quarter of Hanoi, along the legendary Mandarin Road, and through tunnels used by Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Thrill seekers can find adventures from kite-surfing in Mui Ne to spotting tigers in Chu Mom Ray Park. And for a taste of authentic Vietnam culture, visit the markets of the mountain tribes. With practical information on when to go, where to stay, what to eat, and what to do, this is the ultimate guide to the best of Vietnam.
About the Author
JAMES SULLIVAN wrote Over the Moat, a love story set in Imperial Vietnam that was inspired by his solo bicycle journey along Route No. 1 from Saigon to Hanoi in 1992. He has written for National Geographic Traveler, the New York Times, and other publications. He lives with his wife and two children in Hue, where he is writing a novel set in Vietnam. RON EMMONS has written and photographed numerous books, including Portrait of Thailand and Walks Along the Thames Path. His writing on traveling, culture, nature, Buddhism, and photography regularly appear in many international publications. He lives in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. KRIS LEBOUTILLIER has shot photographs for articles on Tasmania, Singapore, Rajasthan, and Vietnam for National Geographic Traveler. He is the author and photographer of Journey Through Phnom Penh and Journey Through Ho Chi Minh City. Represented by Getty Images, he has done work for Forbes Asia, Smithsonian, Spa Magazine, and Discovery Channel.