Traditional fishing boats on the beaches of Hoi An. Photo courtesy of Hanumann via Flickr.

Beaches of Hoi An

With its distinctive architecture, bustling markets and UNESCO-listed Old Town, Hoi An is far removed from the cheap cocktails and all-night parties synonymous with South East Asian beach resorts, but the most traditional of Vietnamese cities still boasts some of the country’s top beaches.

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July 24, 2014 by
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Cruising the Perfume River from Hue. Photo courtesy of Karen Clarke Ng via Flickr.

Cruising the Perfume River from Hue

Winding through the heart of UNESCO-listed Hue, beneath the verdant peak of Ngu Binh Mountain, the evocatively dubbed Perfume River takes its name from the thousands of orchard blossoms that tumble into its waters during the autumn, infusing the waters with a heady floral scent. The uniquely scented river is at its most enchanting during this time, but whatever time of year you visit, cruising along the Perfume River is a popular choice for a day trip from Hue, with traditionally painted dragon boats setting sail from the banks of the Old Town.

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July 10, 2014 by
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Celebrating Trang Nguyen Festival in Hanoi

Offerings made during the Trang Nguyen Festival in Hanoi. Photo courtesy of Julien Boulin via Flickr.

With lavish offerings left at the city’s pagodas, families gathering to feast on local specialties and a procession of colorful lanterns flickering down the city’s waterways, celebrating Trang Nguyen Festival in Hanoi offers a unique insight into one of Vietnam’s most sacred ceremonies. Known as Wandering Souls’ Day or Vu Lan Day and held annually on the 15th day of the 7th month, Trang Nguyen is revered as the day when ‘the living and the dead meet in thought’.

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July 3, 2014 by
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Best Markets of Ho Chi Minh City

Shopping at the Ho Chi Minh City markets. Photo courtesy of amfufm via Flickr.

Whether you’re rummaging for bargains, haggling over local handicrafts or bravely munching on a fried tarantula, Ho Chi Minh City’s bustling street markets are the heart and soul of local life, and you can’t leave the city without losing yourself in their midst. Grab some small change, hone your bartering skills and join the locals at one of these 5 best markets of Ho Chi Minh City.

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May 29, 2014 by
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Best Day Trips From Hanoi

The Huong pagoda makes a popular day trip from Hanoi. Photo courtesy of Everjean via Flickr.

With a prime location at the heart of the Red River Delta and excellent transport links, the Vietnamese capital makes an ideal base for exploring the country’s northern region, and there’s plenty to see and do around Hanoi. From cruising the islands of the UNESCO-listed Halong Bay to hiking in one of the region’s renowned National Parks, these are some of the best day trips from Hanoi.

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May 8, 2014 by
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5 Reasons to Visit Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

A dizzying metropolis perched on the banks of the Saigon River, Vietnam’s biggest city might not be the official capital (that honor goes to Hanoi), but Ho Chi Minh City still carries the air of a capital city. Whether you’re haggling over goods at the famous night markets, discovering the country’s harrowing history or tucking into delicious local cuisine, the city is top of many Vietnam itineraries, but if you still need convincing, here are 5 good reasons to visit Ho Chi Minh City.

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May 8, 2014 by
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Exploring the Old Town of Hoi An

Exploring the Old Town of Hoi An. Photo courtesy of Jean-Marie Hullot via Flickr.

A world away from the bleak office blocks of Hanoi and the bright lights of Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An remains one of Vietnam’s most traditional cities, with its beautifully preserved Old Town set on the banks of the Thu Bon River. Once an important maritime center of Southeast Asia, the cosmopolitan district remains the heart of the modern-day town and exploring the UNESCO-listed Old Town of Hoi An is the principal pastime of visitors to the city.

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May 1, 2014 by
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A Street Food Tour of Hanoi

Hanoi street food tour comes to an end

The best way to explore Hanoi, Vietnam is by foot and on an empty stomach. We toured the city on the Hanoi Street Food Walking tour and our local expert guide Thanh.

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April 17, 2014 by
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Popular Foods to Try in Vietnam

Bo Kho, Saigon, Vietnam.

Vietnam has arguably the finest food culture in Southeast Asia. Where some travelers may have a preference for the spicy tinge of Thai cuisine or the diversity and fusion of Malaysian food, the sheer volume of Vietnamese dishes–using an abundance of regional ingredients and cooking techniques—puts Vietnam’s food tradition near the top of most anybody’s list.

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February 20, 2014 by
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10 Reasons to Visit Sapa

Rice terraces viewed while trekking near Sapa. Photo Credit: Lara Dunston.

With its mist-covered mountains, colorful local tribes-people and the faint but undeniable feel of a French Alpine town – albeit one with rice terraces – it’s pretty easy to find reasons to visit Sapa. Just an overnight train ride and an epic bus ride away from Hanoi, Sapa is unmissable. Here are our 10 reason […]

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January 16, 2014 by
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