Looking for a different take on Vietnam as inspiration for your travels? The recently published To Vietnam With Love brings together a collection of different perspectives about travelling and living in Vietnam
A couple of years ago, To Asia With Love was published, a compendium of travellers’ tales from across the continent that provided insight and inspiration about aspects of Asian life that might otherwise be missed. Less dry than a guidebook and less work than a ponderous full-length travelogue, To Asia With Love combined pithiness with experience. It proved to be such a success that there is now a whole raft of books scheduled for publication, each one dealing with a different Asian country. The series is the brainchild of Kim Fay, who also runs the excellent ThingsAsian website. As the official blurb for To Vietnam With Love says, “From endangered langurs on Cat Ba Island to sidecar journeys in the Central Highlands, discover the secrets of savvy expatriates, seasoned travelers, and inspired locals. With its unique insights into dining, shopping, sightseeing, and culture, To Vietnam With Love is a one-of-a-kind guide for the passionate traveler.”
I was invited to contribute to To Vietnam With Love, so I came up with something about shopping for Vietnam war propaganda posters in Hanoi, which I’ve written about before here on Travelhappy. It also uses elements from Don’t Miss: Hanoi, my own rundown of why I love Vietnam’s capital city so much. (Although, after 5 visits in 4 years, I think I might be over it now).