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Saigon (HCMC) downtown skyline @ dusk, by daihocsi
Saigon is well known to Americans due to the Vietnam war, but this bustling city is also home to the energetic Ben Thanh Market, luxurious restaurants, and breathtaking architecture.
Saigon: An Epic Novel of Vietnam by
Publication Date: 2013
A thrilling tale which takes readers through the emotional and political turmoil of the Vietnam War from all perspectives, while encapsulating the history, culture, and governance of the nations involved.
Saigon City Guide: A Comprehensive Guide to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by
Publication Date: 2014
Written by an individual who resided in Saigon for twenty-four years, this guide explores all that this grand and captivating city has to offer. Use this guide to help plan your own personal trip around Saigon, including where to find the best dining, nightlife, and entertainment.
History and Literature
Vietnamese Theater in Saigon - ca 1901, by George Lane
Call Number: DS548 .B7613 2009
Publication Date: 2010
There are many accessible but scholarly books on Vietnam and the broader region, such as this one which focuses on the colonial period.
Vietnam: Une Longue Histoire by
Call Number: DS556.5 .N58 1999
Publication Date: 1999
A historical account on the progression of Vietnemese culture and societal development, encompassing thousands of years in great detail.
Lettre de Hanoï à Roger Martin du Gard by
Call Number: PQ2639.A72 Z469 1997
Publication Date: 1997
A collection of letters written by soldier Jean Tardieu during an exchange with author Roger Marin du Gard when stationed in Hanoi in 1928. These letters explore first-hand accounts of the land, culture, and society in which he was immersed.
Ho Chi Minh: A Biography by
Call Number: DS560.72.H6 B8313 2007
Publication Date: 2007
In Hanoi, do not forget to visit the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh in his mausoleum, after reading about the leader within this biographical work.
Welcome to Your Journey through Vietnam
Beautiful Vietnam, by Joel Dinda
South-east Asia is one of the most culturally diverse and rich regions of the world. The complexity of its history and peoples is rivaled by the natural wealth. 139 new species of plants, animals, and fish were noted in the Mekong river basin alone just in 2014.
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Area Studies Specialist for South Asia
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For more information, visit the Penn Alumni Travel Website.
Travelers' Guides to Vietnam
Read More: New Species Discoveries in 2014
The mighty Mekong river delta (left Burma and right Laos), by Michel van. der. Linde
New Species Discoveries in 2014
Within the Greater Mekong region of Vietnam, an unprecedented 139 new species of natural-life were discovered, including ninety plants, twenty-three reptiles, sixteen amphibians, nine fish, and one mammal. You can read more about this incredible and inspiring discovery at the World Wildlife Fund website.
Hanoi, by sonnensüchtige
Hanoi is a city that has been inhabited for at least 3,000 years. Layers of Chinese and French culture creates a pastiche with the local Vietnamese. Sometimes called the Paris of the East because of its large tree-lined boulevards, Hanoi is also known for its Old Quarter, which has been inhabited for at least 1,000 years.
Old Hanoi by
Call Number: DS559.93.H36 S58 1998
Publication Date: 1999
An account of the history and culture behind Vietnam's capital city.
Call Number: DS559.93.H36 L64 2000
Publication Date: 2000
Another narrative of Hanoi detailing the beauty of the city's varying architecture, which stands as an insight into the many influences of other cultures that Vietnam has experienced throughout the years. This biography explores this phenomena, beginning with the city's earliest existence.
Art and Culture
The House on Dream Street by
Call Number: DS559.93.H36 S23 2000
Publication Date: 2000
In literature, The House on Dream Street details the autobiographical tale of acclaimed author Dana Sachs as she lived in Vietnam. The book is available in hard copy or for Kindle.
A Shadow on Our Hearts by
Call Number: Van Pelt PS310.V54 G55 2018
Publication Date: 2018
In A Shadow on Our Hearts, Adam Gilbert utilizes the vast body of soldier-poetry to examine the war's core moral issues. The soldier-poets provide important insights into the ethical dimensions of their physical and psychological surroundings before, during, and after the war. They also offer profound perspectives on the relationships between American soldiers and the Vietnamese people.