Destination Saigon

  • Title: Destination Saigon
  • Author: Walter Mason
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 229
  • Format: Paperback
  • Destination Saigon Get a taste of the real Vietnam and its people on a sometimes funny always fascinating journey from the bustling cities to the out of the way villages into Buddhist monasteries and along the Mekong
    Get a taste of the real Vietnam and its people on a sometimes funny, always fascinating journey from the bustling cities to the out of the way villages, into Buddhist monasteries and along the Mekong a real delight for armchair travellers and those contemplating their own adventure.

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      Published :2019-04-13T22:58:55+00:00

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    1. entertaining and funny travel book about modern vietnam, ho chi min city centric, but lots of trips too to Hanoi, hue, mekong delta and coa area, and even to the south west khemer region where the author basically got run out of town by the local cop (an old school commie still, which it seems is a passing type). so aussie author mason, married to a vietnamese takes the reader with him to lots of temples, cafes, beaches, and friends homes to see a more non-tourist type tourist experience and has [...]

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    2. Among those who have visited Viet Nam this book will bring forth memories and amusements, for those who are going it is an easy 'reader' on some facets of the amazing nation which is about to be unfurled before them.The observations regarding clumsy westerners, fat westerners and hairy westerners should bring a chuckle and a wry smile to the face of any clumsy, fat, hairy westerner who has visited.Destination Saigon flits across the surface of contemporary Viet Nam seldom delving too deeply. It [...]

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    3. For anyone that has spent some time in Vietnam, this book will be filled with nostalgia.Walter Mason has spent a considerable amount of time in Vietnam, in particular Saigon. His fluency in Vietnamese provides some 'inside' knowledge on what the locals are saying about us!!His humorous account of his travels across the country, particularly his experiences in the Buddhist Monasteries are inciteful. I enjoyed his observations on traditional and cultural beliefs and daily life.Many of the location [...]

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    4. I'm not usually a fan travel literature, but I enjoyed this book a great deal. Mason writes with panache and demonstrates a deeper understanding and appreciation of his subject than other travel writers.

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    5. MY REVIEW OF “DESTINATION SAIGON” by Walter Mason.Sydney author, Walter Mason, is a man of genuine humanity, spirituality and charming sense of humour and these qualities shine out from his writing. His latest book, “Destination Saigon”, is a portrait of his odyssey through his ‘spiritual homeland’, Vietnam. Mason captures the rich and crazy tapestry of life in modern Vietnam, though in so many respects that ‘modernity’ is defiantly ancient, timeless. Mason takes the reader right [...]

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    6. Written as a series of short “chapters” between three and eight pages, Destination Saigon brings to light the peculiarities of Vietnam and the Vietnamese people as seen through his eyes and with a healthy dose of humour. Despite its title, although mostly based around Saigon and Hanoi, the book ranges across the entire country taking us to out the way destinations that aren’t on the typical tourist to do list and is great read for those looking to travel to this country or for those who ha [...]

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    7. Surprisingly enjoyable! More fun than your average travel book. Walter Mason has effectively delved into the culture and lifestyle of the Vietnamese. Essential reading for anyone planning to visit that country. You'll learn why you are asked for money at every corner, recognise just how wealthy you really are. The book will also help you appreciate the simple quiet of their temples. Vastly different from the over-stimulation of street life there.

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    8. Warm, engaging and beautifully written. I feel as though I've been temple-hopping in Vietnam with a wonderful and very large man. Walter has a delightful style of writing and observation that captivates thoroughly.

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    9. Love this guy, what a treasure. Travel writing at its best.

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    10. Mixed feelings about this one. Some of the stories were interesting but overall he seems to have a distain for the Vietnamese people and culture. All the waiters are rude or lazy, everyone is trying to take advantage of him etc. Also, it's weird that he just swans off to random villages written people be barely knows.

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    11. I so enjoyed reading this book. It nicely complemented the other book I took with me to Hanoi - 'Vietnam Now'. 'Destination Saigon', however, is more reflective of the present - published in 2010, it carries almost no mention of the war years, recognising that these are not in the living memory of much of Vietnam's youthful population. In many ways this was a lighter read, and very funny, but it was much more than that. There were some moments of profound sadness and self awareness and moving sp [...]

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    12. I wanted to read this book as I am soon visiting Vietnam. I hoped it would give me an overview of the history of the place, some handy tips and advice about where to visit. Although the book does give a very basic primer of the history (little bits here and there about French colonial rule and Communist Rule) the book focuses mainly on the author's spiritual experiences. Nearly every chapter is Mason visiting a buddhist monestery. The authors little adventures in each chapter are mildly amusing [...]

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    13. I loved this charming and informative book by Australian author Walter Mason. What makes "Destination Saigon" stand out from other nonfiction/travel books about Vietnam is the author's delightful literary voice and presence. He does not provide the usual outside v. native approach to writing about traveling to another country. Rather he recounts great stories with insight, humor, candor and grace. I loved his descriptions of the various monks and monasteries he visited. These are not paper saint [...]

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    14. this was a funny read. I didn't know anything about the author before reading it. I kept thinking that he was working toward an understanding of his familial ties to Vietnam or that their might be some deeper dilemma or spiritual strife uncovered. there wasn't. it was purely a fun journal of some wacky adventures abroadis also read like a genuine and intimate description of Vietnamese cities, villages and their culture. in my opinion, a different but excellent choice for doing some Vietnam trave [...]

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    15. I loved this book. I have always been fascinated by Vietnam, and hope to visit someday. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the author's travels, humorous escapades and historical and spiritual discoveries. I took my time getting through it, not wanting it to end and frequently going online to look up further historical information and images of the places and people mentioned. Highly recommended!

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    16. I enjoyed reading Walter Mason's amusing vingnettes on his experiences seeking the spiritual in Saigon. His book brought back to me the sites and sounds that make Saigon such a boisterous destination and Vietnam such a wonderful place. Mason writes with humour and wit and his book should certainly not be mistaken for a travel guide but simply enjoyed for what it is - a delightful detour.

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    17. This wonderful travel memoir by Walter Mason gives an indepth insight into life in Vietnam. The chapters are short & easily to digest. In places it's laugh-out-loud funny. Mason writes with warmth and sensitivity about a country dear to his heart.

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    18. A great read for anyone, but it gave a great insight into Vietnam behind the tourist front and gave a great understanding of some of the Vietnamese customs a must read for the traveller hitting Vietnam!

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    19. If you want to travel to Vietnam or enjoy reading about other people's travel experiences then you should enjoy this easy to read story. Walter shares a humourous insight into this amazing country and its people.

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    20. Seemed like a good thing to read before I travel to Vietnam this summer. Written by a man whose husband is Vietnamese and who has travelled to Vietnam numerous times. Great perspective on the people and culture. I hope I can track down a few of the places he talks about in the book.

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    21. An easy to read journey through some of the spiritual aspects of Vietnam. The descriptions of people, places, sights, smells, food, drinks and experiences were a reminder of why I can't wait to be back there, as well as some of the more daunting aspects! I also found some new places to visit :)

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    22. Was looking for a light read for future travel inspiration, but I have to admit I found the 2nd half of the book a bit dry and redundant, as all he seemed to do was visit temple after temple. Still, a decent read, with a few laugh out loud scenarios. Overall well written, descriptive and creative.

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    23. I read this book whilist travelling around Vietnam and found it to be both a very entertaining and useful read. It was a good peek into the Vietnamese psyche, explaining a few events and traits that we had noticed during our travels too.

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    24. Delightful. Off-the-cuff field reporting of diving headfirst into Vietnamese culture and pretty much staying off the beaten track. The book is a collection of short anecdotes told with understated humor by an unusual tourist who has a predestined relationship with Vietnam.

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    25. Interesting observations from a westerner fluent in Vietnamese

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    26. I read the first half of this book before going to Saigon and thought it condescending towards the Vietnamese people. I finished the book on my return and saw rather affection, warmth and humor.

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    27. A fun read that allowed me to reminisce about my trip to Vietnam. It would also make great pre-trip reading, which is what intended, but I ran out of time.

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    28. A fun book but a very light read. If you are heading Vietnam perhaps a quick read might be worthwhile.

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    29. I am torn between 3 and 4 - it's a light fluffy read but is genuinely funny and has some interesting insights about Vietnamese culture.

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    30. A different outlook to a travel diary. This book is written by someone who has insight and humor. Very entertaining.

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