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Globe Trekker - Vietnam
Globe Trekker - Vietnam
Actor: Justine Shapiro
Director: Ian Cross
Genres: Special Interests, Educational
NR     2004     1hr 30min

Situated on the eastern coast of the Indochinese peninsula, Vietnam stretches 1,000 miles from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. A socialist republic, it opened its doors to travelers only a few years ago and now offers an intrig...  more »


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Actor: Justine Shapiro
Director: Ian Cross
Genres: Special Interests, Educational
Sub-Genres: Travel, Educational
Studio: Pilot Productions
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 11/01/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Don't buy this!
J. Hugo | Australia | 11/30/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)

"After having travelled around Vietnam for a month recently, I bought this as I thought it would be great to show friends more about the country etc.

This dvd is an absolute waste of money. It's extremely short - the main movie only goes for 45 mins. She shows you nothing in depth of Hanoi or other towns. She offers hardly any advice about where to stay etc. Her trip on the Reunification Express was pitiful. She didn't show any other options on this train - apart from sitting on a hard and cheap wooden seat for 24 hours. There are heaps of other options on this train (air conditioned sleepers etc).

Do yourself a favour and don't waste your money buying this dvd."
D.M.K | Las Vegas, Nevada United States | 06/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie has spectacular scenery, and is very well photographed. It is chock full of usefull information for a person whom is considering a trip to vietnam. It gives very useful information on what to see, how to dress etc. All gives warnings of what not to do or where it is better not to go. The movie gives a great feeling of what it is like there."
A Lot Of Info About This Famous Country,
Craig Connell | Lockport, NY USA | 09/06/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Justine Shapiro is the host and narrator for this tour of Vietnam, a country that became very famous in the 1960s and early '70s with the United States involved in a big war over there. In fact, Justine's first statement comments on that: "I've been here 12 hours and it still feels kind of strange, an American traveling in Vietnam."

In Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), mopeds and bicycles outnumber cars, 100-1. Four million people live there. You can get a hearty breakfast for 20 cents. Other highlights, tidbits and observations from this "tour:"

Every weapon that was used in the Vietnam war can now be tried out by tourists. We also got a quick tour of the vast underground tunnels and rooms the Viet Cong used.

The country's coastline runs 2,000 miles One beautiful spot where Shapiro stayed overnight was Na Trang, Vietnam's "premier seaside resort."

Vietnam remains one of the poorest nations on earth. The average national income is about $250 per year but they are friendly people who always made our host feel welcome. .The spectacular scenery didn't come until only six minutes were left when we saw (something that sounded like Hai Long) Bay, with its 3,000 limestone islands which have many caves inside them. We got a tour of one of them. Three-quarters of Vietnam is mountainous and much of it remains unexplored to this day. I was hoping to see more the beautiful scenery in this country. That was the only disappointment in this DVD. I'm not complaining, though, because I did learn a lot about this country that will always be famous because of the war.

Among the extras, there is another "tour" on this disc, one called: "Treks In A Wide World: Motorbiking In Viet Nam. Zay Harding takes us on another tour of Vietnam beginning with the Ba be Lake National Park in the northern part of Vietnam not far from China. Harding is a bit full of himself, but he has a good sense of humor and will try anything to impress the ladies or get a laugh."
Worth the money!
V. L. Janak | Florence, SC USA | 11/03/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I have enjoyed watching this DVD several times. The cinematography is great, and it gives a nice overview of Vietnam. Since I will be traveling to Vietnam sometime next year to adopt a baby, I wanted a DVD on Vietnam that would give me a sense of the country and the people, and I am very pleased with it.

My only complaint is that it's too short! It left me wanting more!"