am 3. Januar 2014
Traveling through Vietnam I have come to love this guidebook: its descriptions were always spot-on and in most instances I had the same impressions/experiences which this guide conveyed (sometimes I was reading up in it after having seen something, so doesn't mean that I was pre-influenced by it). Contrary to the German guidebooks it does not concentrate so much and numbers and figures but more on soft facts, and I like this. This does not mean that you would not be fed with more than plenty of "real" information, e.g. I liked the summary of Ho-Chi-Minh's life on one page.
I cannot say very much on the accomodation and restaurant recommendations as we had arranged for accomodation before and ate where we felt like it. But in the few instances where this co-incided with the book's listings, it gave impressions I'd tend to concur with.
The maps can be improved, the numbering of the restaurants was confusing and did not seem to follow a pattern (one of the reasons why we did not take up many of these recommendations), while sights could have been included more prominently.
Unlike other guidebooks, this does not include Ankor Wat in Cambodia (which is frequently combined with a trip to Vietnam).
I briefly compared with the Lonely Planet and liked this one much better as LP seems to focus fully on practical matters like accomodation/restaurants, which these days is covered well by the use of internet anyway, while it was poor on any other information - while exactly this other information, apart from accomodation, is what I use a guidebook for these days.