Lonely Planet (2012) Vietnam 11th

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Edition 11th Edition, February 2012
Pages 40pp
Page Range 2-39


Coverage includes: Coverage includes: 20 Top Experiences, Welcome to Vietnam,

Need to Know, What’s New, If You Like Fabulous Food, Markets, Tombs & Temples,
Colonial Architecture, Spectacular Treks or Beautiful Beaches, Month by Month,
Itineraries, Regions at a Glance, Planning, Cycling, Motorbiking, Surfing, Kitesurfing
& Windsurfing, Diving & Snorkelling, Kayaking & Sailing, White-Water Rafting, Rock
Climbing, Golf.

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Welcome to


The Vietnamese
Vietnam is a nation going places. Fast. Its
people are energetic, direct, sharp in commerce and resilient by nature. This is an
outrageously fun country to explore, the
locals love a laugh (and a drink) and you’ll
have plenty of opportunities to socialise
with them and hear their tales. The American War is over, and yet its impact endures –
you’ll find reminders of that cataclysmic
conflict everywhere you travel. That said,
the country was never broken and emerged
with its pride intact. Poor in parts but
never squalid, Vietnam is developing at
an astonishing pace. For travellers, there
are issues to consider (including minor

scams), but little real danger – on the
whole it’s a safe, wonderfully rewarding
and incredibly varied country to explore.

A Cultural Smorgasbord
This is a country of myriad influences and
reference points. In the south, Indian and
Hindu culture had a lasting influence in
the Cham temples and spicy regional cuisine, spiked with chilli and tempered with
coconut. Head north and Chinese connections are far more apparent. Between
these two competing cultures, ...