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Whether you want to experience the hustle and bustle of Hanoi, feel the eeriness of the Plain of Jars, gaze at the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat or head down the Mekong on a slow boat, or a higher-octane tube you can do all this and more with Footprint's totally revised and updated 4th edition Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos Handbook. With in-depth coverage of all three countries this guidebook is perfect if you are planning a trip to this stunning region. Including an extensive planning section and suggestions for getting off the beaten track, plus accommodation listings for every budget and full details of all the sights, activities and incredible food this guide will be invaluable to help you get the most from your trip. The guide opens with a beautiful colour section full of inspirational photographs and advice to help you plan your trip giving you a flavour of the best things to see and do. The guide then includes carefully selected itineraries giving you advice on how to get the best out of your stay whether you're travelling for a week or a month. Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos offer unrivalled attractions in the form of ruins, colonial remnants, stunning scenery, ethnic diversity and exotic food and this guide captures it all offering you extensive, thoroughly researched information which will help you plan your trip as well as advise you on the ground. The Essentials section provides great advice on how to get there and how to get around as well as information on sleeping, eating, drinking and shopping giving you an idea of what you can expect to pay. The heart of the guide is divided by country with each section offering an overview map, local information on how to get around with transport and street maps where relevant, a short history, thorough advice on what to see and do and a directory of key local information on banks, embassies, internet cafes, medical and even laundry services. There is a full-colour mini atlas which has maps of each country to help you get your bearings. From the vivid rice paddies of Vietnam to Phnom Penh, the fascinating modern day capital of Cambodia, to laid-back Laos and its picture-postcard gilded temples, Footprint's fully updated 4th edition will help you get to the heart of this exquisite region and charming people.
Claire Boobbyer is a freelance writer, editor and photographer. She first visited Laos in 2005 on a photographic assignment when she fell in love with the charms of its people, the tranquil pace of life and extraordinary beauty of some of its towns and villages and natural spots. She is also the author of Footprint Vietnam and Footprint Laos. For further information see www.claireboobbyer.com Andrew Spooner is a feature, travel and sports writer and photographer. His work appears regularly in the Independent on Sunday, the Independent, CNN Traveler, the Guardian, the Observer, GQ and Bike. Broadcast activity includes regular appearances as a Southeast Asia and travel expert for Sky News as well as reporting on breaking news stories in the region for the British media. He has also taught Media and Journalism, part time, at the University of East London. In his previous life, Andrew travelled through the underbelly of Europe with various punk rock bands and he still likes loud music, played badly. Andrew is also the author of Footprint’s Thailand, Thailand’s Islands and Beaches and Cambodia guidebooks.