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I am planning to go to Vietnam for more or less 12 days next year. I am looking for a good map to mark up routes and sites for historic areas and parks in some of the major cities. I can't see inside any maps on amazon except 'groovy' series. And it doesn't seem fitting for my purposes. Also, AAA doesn't have a map for almost any country in Asia.

Does anyone have a recommendation for either paper or travel maps that have blow-ups of areas?

Lots of the maps online for Vietnam relate to historic eras. I want something close to current, since I don't want to plan to visit a site that no longer exists.

I also thought there might be a "helpful resources" page like for some other SE sites, but couldn't find it.

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So far, I've always managed to print from Google maps, although in pieces. Maybe someone will find a better answer. –  Itai Apr 15 '13 at 17:49
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The Lonely Planet maps are pretty good for charting out itineraries. –  Ankur Banerjee Apr 15 '13 at 19:05
    
My advice: try offline mobile maps, you'll love them –  Ivan Apr 16 '13 at 8:56

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This one here at Amazon has blow-ups of Saigon, Hue, Danag and Hoi An.

If you need more blow-ups, I recommend to use Google maps. You can also download them and use them as offline maps so you do not depend on internet connections.

Otherwise, larger travel books always contain blow-ups of areas they cover - but usually printed in the book itself, and might not be perfect for planning.

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If at all possible, I would strongly recommend purchase of a smartphone that works with SIM cards. The cards, minutes, and data are extremely inexpensive in Vietnam. This will allow you to navigate easily, read the wikipedia entries for the sites you are at/are goingto visit, use google translate, and book hotels at the last minute (better deals that way).

There is good cellular coverage throughout the country.

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