Saturday, October 10, 2009

Destination Saigon a book by Walter Mason out March 2010

Adventures in Vietnam
Allen & Unwin
Walter Mason

A personal insight into one of the world’s most popular travel destinations.

This funny, fascinating travelogue is the perfect book for travellers wanting to know more about the people and places they’re about to visit. With Walter’s distinctive voice, knowledge and wicked sense of humour, the sacred and profane meet in a riotous celebration of a remarkable and resilient nation which has become a great tourist destination.

Walter Mason has spent the last fifteen years madly in love with Vietnam. In that time he has made numerous trips to the country, and he has seen the country undergo huge changes. In Destination Saigon, he shares many of the bewildering, frequently funny cultural complexities that face any visitor to Vietnam, and at the same time provides a rare insight into Vietnam’s rich culture.

Travelling to the little-known south-western provinces where the last vestiges of Khmer life is to be found; to far-flung villages where he is imprisoned, and caught up in local wedding celebrations; to experience the Cao Dai religion, made famous in Graham Greene’s The Quiet American, where Charlie Chaplin and Victor Hugo are worshipped as saints; these are just some of the adventures Walter will share.

Walter Mason has several blogs, gives regular talks and has a strong feel for popular taste in travel writing.

Category: Travel writing March 2010 paperbac


  1. Will this book be published in the US?

  2. It's due out in Australia March 2010, follow this blog for more updates or

  3. If you're in Sydney, you'd be able to catch the author talk about his new book over a two-course lunch at the Glen Street Theatre in Belrose on Friday, the 19th of March.

    Bookings can be made on (02) 9975 1455.


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