Lonely Planet Encounter Hanoi & Halong Bay (英語) ペーパーバック – 2007/9/1
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This is a brand new title combining the attractions of Vietnam's premier city with its number one attraction for travellers: haunting Halong Bay. It features clued-in reviews of the top places to eat, shop and stay. It is written by an author with more than 10 years experience writing about Hanoi and Vietnam. Its coverage includes the Perfume Pagoda and local handicraft villages.
Sherman's Travel, April 2007'...Encounter guides...discreet in size, but generous enough on page count to provide a fuller city experience minus the hefty guidebook load.'
Also, the author really missed the boat on some areas including his table on how long it takes to walk from West Lake to the Old Quarter. Um, no it doesn't take 15 minutes... no matter how fast you walk!!
Also, there were some incorrect info that we came upon, such as the description of Temple of Literature. It had different dates that what was actually posted at the Temple of Literature.
Lastly, the restaurants recommended were mostly misses. And it's really outdated that they need to stop selling this!!! All the prices quoted in the book, need to be about doubled. We ran into another couple carrying the same book and compared how useful it was (or wasn't) and they completely agreed that this book wasn't worth it.
Would have been better if the author included less amateurish photos taking up the entire page (like the pic of his daughter, regardless of how cute he thinks she is)... and put more helpful info in.
Clearly, the authors know the area and offer suggestions for "off the beaten path" tourist activities, dining and bars in different Hanoi neighborhoods and suburbs. I went to (and enjoyed) several restaurants and bars suggested in the book. In fact, I suggest Lonely Planet for the traveler who wants to delve into the local culture as much as possible.
I would recommend these compact books for the traveler that only has a few days in a city. While there is an "excursions" section, if you do travel outside of Hanoi on a short excursion, I suggest looking at other in-depth sources.
The book is compact and has to cover a vast amount of information. It cited options for all sorts of budgets, but if you are a budget traveler (a student) like me, I would suggest referencing additional information as well.
Needs some updating for prices and locations of bars and restaurants (but that is inevitable), but all main tourist attractions are right on.