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This site was written by Steven Buvens. If you have any questions, comments or updates on NORTH-Vietnam, you can e-mail him.  

In 10/2000 I went to Vietnam myself and updated and expanded the site with a SOUTH-Vietnam section.  You can also e-mail me, but please read the site first.  

The following people sent additional info:  
- James Brennan 

Travel guides 

I bought the 3 travelguides before I left and used them while in Vietnam, and I must admit it's really difficult to find big differences. All 3 of them offer the same info, with probably the Rough Guide a bit more details on background, but also f.i. walks in Sapa were better explained. The LP has excellent maps, but the other 2 also have good maps. Still in the Footprint it can be confusing that they use the same numbers for both restaurants and hotels, the difference is the hotels are marked with a square, and restaurants with a bullet. In the Rough guide, the position of a map is not always where you'd expect it, for instance the map with restaurants of Saigon is 10 pages before the restaurant chapter.  

You understand that these differences are really slim. The big malority of the travellers have LP, with Rough guide a second. I didn't meet anyone with Footprint although I like these books a lot. 

Vietnam: a travel survival kit  

Published in April 2001  

Price 15.99 US$  

This is of course the classical book of every backpacker. Their maps are especially good.    

Order the Lonely Planet Vietnam now for only 15.99 US$!

Other Lonely Planet titles include:  
- Vietnamese phrasebook (1/96) price 4.76 US$  
- Ho Chi Minh City guidebook (11/2000) price 11.99 US$  
- Hanoi guidebook (8/99) price 11.99 US$  
- Don't forget to go to their fantastic website where they have the "Thorn Tree". You can add your posting with practical questions about your trip: http://www.lonelyplanet.com  
- They also publish an update of this book on their site at http://www.lonelyplanet.com/upgrades/up-vie.htm     

If you're into cycling, then the new LP on cycling in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos is perfect for you (edition 8/2001).  

Order the Lonely Planet Cycling in Vietnam now for only 17.59 US$! 

Rough Guide to Vietnam
The rough guide to Vietnam is an excellent book, and at least you know not everybody has the same book as you.    

Published October 2000, price 17.05 US$

Order the
Rough Guide Vietnam now for only 17.05 US$!

Vietnam Handbook                                         
Footprint Handbook, published in October 1999             

Price 13.56 US$   

The books in this series tend to be amoung the best, and especially on middle and upper class accomodation are usually better then their competitors. 

Order the Footprint Vietnam Handbook now for only 13.56 US$ 

Other books    

If you can't make up your mind, click on the Amazon.com logo and search for more books 


For those of you speaking dutch, it is definitely worth considering becoming member of "Wegwijzer". This is a non-commercial organisation based in Bruges, Belgium. They have an incredible amount of info coming from guidebooks, leaflets but also reports from members. Since 2001 you can now get a lot of these reports online!! Membership is only 25 Euro a year, and this includes a good magazine they publish every 2 months. Have a look at www.wegwijzer.be. I myself am a member since almost 20 years now. 

My itinerary
- Day 1 & 2: Arrival Saigon & trip to Cu Chi tunnels & Tay ninh temple  
- Day 3 & 4: Visit Mekong Delta till Can Tho (We wanted to do 3 days, but due to floodings we could not visit Chau Doc)  
- Day 5: visit Saigon  
- Day 6 & 7: Nha Trang  
- Day 7, 8 & 9: visit Hoi An  
- Day 10 & 11: bustrip to Hue and visit of the perfume river with toombs 
- Day 12: arrival Hanoi 
- Day 13 & 14: Halong Bay 
- Day 15: visit Hanoi 
- Day 16, 17 & 18: Visit Bac Ha, and 2 days Sapa 
- Day 19: flight home 

Steven's itinerary 
Day 1 : arrival Hanoi  
- Day 2 : visit Hanoi city   
- Day 3 – day 8 : North-west mountain tour with Russian jeep, stay in Mai Chau, Son La, Lai Chau and Sapa (Green bamboo travelagency)  
- Day 9 : Hanoi, daytrip to the Perfume pagode (Green Bamboo travelagency)   Day 10 : flight Hanoi-Hue + visit Hue (purple city and tombes)  
- Day 11 : Hue, daytrip to the DMZ zone (DMZ tours travelagency)   
 -Day 12 : ‘open-tour’ bustrip to Danang (Sinh café travelagency). Along the way stops at Lang Co beach, Hai van Pass, cham museum and the marble mountains in Danang. Stay at China Beach  
- Day 13 : flight Danang-Hanoi, visit Hanoi city  
- Day 14-16 : Boattrip in Halong Bay and stay and trekking in Cat Ba island (Green Bamboo travelagency)   
 -Day 17 : Hanoi, flight home  

Go to general info 1 

For info on Southern Vietnam, check out Peter Geiser's page.

For questions on Vietnam, you can also send an e-mail to Steven Buvens.

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