Fodor’s Vietnam Is On Sale!

There were squeals of excitement echoing through our house last week when an advance copy of the Fodor’s Vietnam guidebook was delivered by courier.

The book is beautiful, with stunning photography in the front and densely-packed helpful information throughout.

It's here! It's here! It's finally here!

It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here!

My contributions to the guidebook include the Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta and South-Central Vietnam chapters, as well as the Flavors of Vietnam and History You Can See sections.

It was four months of intense work — travel, data entry and writing — and the fulfillment of a lifelong dream to be a guidebook writer. I missed my kids while I was traveling, and when I was holed up in my office wrestling with an incredibly slow internet connection. But holding the book in my hands made it all seem worthwhile (considering nothing actually went wrong while was away or busy).

Things change so fast in Vietnam that parts of my chapters are out of date already, with two of my recommended restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City no longer in operation. Some of the recommendations in the Ho Chi Minh City chapter have also been listed under the wrong headings.

Aside from these minor hiccups, I’m immensely proud of the book. It makes me want to revisit all the places I explored for my sections, and travel through the parts of the country researched by my co-authors.

Fodor’s Vietnam went on sale on Amazon this week, and is due to appear in bookstores in the U.S. next week. (If you click on the photo above and buy through Amazon, I get a few cents commission.)

To celebrate the book, I’m planning to post my favourite travel photos from my research trips on Instagram and my Facebook page over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

6 years ago

By: Barbara

A career girl who dropped out, traveled, found love, and never got around to going home again. Now wrangling a cross-cultural relationship and two third culture kids.

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