About the Book
Popular with backpackers and luxury travelers alike, Vietnam has witnessed a steady surge in foreign tourism since it opened it doors to visitors in the early 1990s.
This is a land of contrasts: the perfect blend of time-honored traditions with the techno-craze of the twenty-first century, a unique mix of Communist doctrine with government-endorsed transition to a market economy, and the magnificent geographical diversity from north to south and areas inland.
Whether you are here for its stunning natural landscapes, its flavorful cuisine, its sinfully cheap shopping, or a taste of its tumultuous past, you will find Vietnam's residents to be universally welcoming, generous, and highly cultured.
Howe Sim is an award-winning commercial travel photographer whose portfolio spans 67 countries on six continents. His subjects are as diverse as his destinations, and include Varanasi's mesmerizing cremation ghats, the big cats of the Serengeti, and street scenes in North Korea, the world's most secretive state. He works primarily on assignment, providing stock images for his corporate clientele. A perpetual nomad, he is always busy charting out the next adventure ... the more bizarre or unearthly, the better. Howe's work has been featured by National Geographic, Nature's Best, and numerous other trade publications. Some of his images grace magazine covers and countless others appear in calendars, books, advertising and promotional materials, and on websites. His photographs adorn the walls of many homes and businesses, with the very best showcased in his series of sixty-nine travel photography books.