The Footprint Vietnam Handbook is the most up-to-date guide available to this increasingly popular destination. The country's coastline stretches nearly 2,000 miles, but there is more to Vietnam than beaches. This thoroughly revised guide shows you what else is on offer in this friendly developing nation. From outstanding background information on Vietnam's modern history and invaluable pointers on learning the language to mouth-watering details on local cuisine and the best places to sample it, this guide will appeal to whatever the traveler is seeking. It takes you to the best locally produced goods on offer and provides valuable shopping tips for once you're there and helps you find the best place to stay with up-to-date listings and advice on how to escape the hoards. Footprint travel guides are synonymous with discovery and adventure -- their purpose is to convey the very essence of a destination and to feel its pulse. Eye-opening, accurate, and reliable information is given in each guide, ensuring that every trip is memorable, enlightening, and informing. Footprint's guidebooks are the future of travel, stressing a sensitivity to local issues.