Vietnam authority and author Tim Doling brings us his latest English-language guidebook, Exploring Huế. With over 520 pages this new volume is packed with helpful maps and images, giving visitors the most extensive understanding of the city that became the capital of Vietnam when Nguyen Anh took control in 1789.
Though in American minds, Hue is often thought of as the site of one of the most intense battles of the Vietnam War, Exploring Huế takes us on a journey of discovery far into theist through the ancient Nguyễn dynasty in the heartland of Thừa Thiên Huế province.
Perhaps the most complete English language heritage tourism guidebook to this area, Exploring Huế takes in over 500 years of Nguyễn dynasty history, affording an opportunity to view and learn about the rich surviving heritage associated with the nine Nguyễn lords and 13 Nguyễn emperors, their queens, princes, princesses and mandarins. The book also introduces the Chinese heritage of Bao Vinh-Địa Linh and Gia Hội, the architecture of the French town south of the river that divides the city, relics of the American (Vietnam) War era, and the cultural traditions of the region's ethnic minority groups. Doling offers 23 different tours, covering Huế city and the province's six districts and two district-level subdivisions.
The book is launched in the wake of Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc's visit to Huế this year, during which he called for further development of tourism in the city he dubbed the “Kyoto of Viet Nam.” During his visit he said, "It is hoped that Exploring Huế will help to boost the Huế tourism sector by providing greater depth to the visitor experience and encouraging longer stays, more repeat visits and more sustainable tourism practices.”
Exploring Huế is on sale from major bookshops in Việt Nam, price 350,000 VND and is also available online via the publisher's website at Giới Publishers.
In addition to Exploring Huế Tim Doling chronicles Viet Nam's heritage, culture, history and contemporary life in words at pictures at Historic Vietnam.
His website is a must-visit before your go. Tim Doling is also reachable at: email@example.com
Says Doling, if you want your copy before you go, "The payment method is antiquated - either by bank transfer, check or credit card but you'll have to fax or email a scan of your credit card details to the publisher."