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Explore Saigon Chinatown — The Little Hong Kong of Saigon
“A hub of commerce”, “hustling and bustling”, and “young and effervescent” are just some ways to describe the modern beauty of Saigon. However, this city has more to offer. Saigon hides inside it a poetically tranquil appearance and takes time to explore. Actually, from the very first moment I set foot in Saigon, I didn’t know where a peaceful secret corner of this city was. I simply thought that all I needed was to follow my heart and keep going, looking, and listening. I got o ...
Hello Binh Duong Province!
As a new to Vietnam, I like to travel around the country to learn more about people, culture and traditions. Text: Zukhra One of my first trips was to Binh Duong Province. This is not really famous tourist destination which makes it more interesting to people who like to discover pure beauty and authenticity of the countryside. Although Binh Duong is not a countryside but an industrialized province with high economic growth rate. Located in the Eastern part of the Southern region of ...
Hanoi - A worthy place to live
Gaspard, a French digital nomad, shares why he and his girlfriend chose to leave Bangkok for Hanoi. So we've left Thailand for our life in Bangkok. It was easy. Everything we own fits in two backpacks so it was just a matter of booking tickets, packing and getting a taxi to the airport. Leaving was easy, but it took us some time to decide where we wanted to go. Asia is big, and so we had a lot of options. We wanted to find a place that would match all our needs and expectations, the perf ...
8 things to do and see you shouldn't miss while traveling to Hoi An, Vietnam
Hoi An, Vietnam has recently been named one of "The Top 50 Cities To See In Your Lifetime". Having visited Hoi An over new year 2015, I can definitely agree with this article. The 4 days I spent in Hoi An were fantastic! Filled will tailors, markets, Ancient temples and bridges, bicycles, baguette (Banh Mi) and scooters. This is my list of top things to do while you're in Hoi An. Written by Nico Vermeulen 1. Tailor shops Hoi An is famous for tailor-made clothes. You ...
12 things to do you shouldn't miss when traveling in Ho Chi Minh City
We started our Vietnam trip with Ho Chi Minh City. We didn't expect much of it, because many people have said there isn't much to do. Upon arrival we quickly learned that “what people said” about Vietnam, turned out to be very subjective (more than normal). Each place that we had visited was a great experience, but I think it was great because of some amazing people we had met along the way and not necessarily Vietnam. Written by Nico Vermeulen There aren't many thi ...
On board L'amant cruise on the Mekong river
Standing on the sundeck of L’Amant cruise, I look at the rows of trees on both sides of the river with the sparkling light of fireflies appearing like falling stars. Here and there, white smoke curls up from a brick kiln and spreads out into the air. A church bell chimes entrancingly. I feel absolute comfort when going on board a cruise named L’Amant on the Mekong river in the southwest of Vietnam. See more Mekong travel guide at here. Text and photos: Duong Thuy Touring on ...
11 best Mai Chau travel tips
Few days ago we made 2-days trip to Mai Chau. It is a small town in the Northwest Vietnam, only 3-4 hours driving from Hanoi. Everybody who has been there says that it’s one of the most beautiful places in Vietnam. If you want to see stirring rice fields, tranquil scenes and the real everyday life of Vietnamese people, Mai Chau is definately a place you should go. We were enchanted by its charm. It is so different than hectic and busy Hanoi. Mai Chau is a place where you can rela ...
Kitesurfing in Mui Ne: Earn your living at 20 knots!
WHAT’S IT LIKE working in kitesurfing in Mui Ne, Vietnam? It can be a sweet life filled with jumping in the sand, flying high in the waves and getting to know locals as well as travelers from all over the world! This week we went to the yellow sand beaches of Mui Ne to hang out with some of the most well regarded kite surfing professionals in Vietnam. The staff at C2Sky were super fun and let us work with them for a few days to get to know a bit more about working in kite surfing ...
Climbing Takou Mountain Mui Ne, Vietnam
After spending some nice, lazy and relaxing days at the White Sands Dunes in Mui Ne, Vietnam, we figured we needed some exercise. And what is better than climbing a mountain when you get restless?! We had read in travel blogs about this Tà Cú (Ta Ku or Takou) Mountain with a big Buddha, so we booked a taxi and headed inland for the mountain. Well, taxi and taxi, it was actually a rusty ramshackle open jeep! The driving turned out to be a complete nightmare in the crazy noisy ...
A trip to Lang Co
More than 16 hours on the train from Hanoi TN1, we were “compensated” with endless beaches, Lap An lagoon blue and Bach imposing mountains of Lang. 1. The trip Lang – member club of the world’s most beautiful bays is determined lightning – just two days before departure. Seven agreed to go slow train TN1 to save costs. Many people in the group feel the time as when first stopped the rocking chair sat prescription, no conditioning. More than 16 ho ...
Con Dao Islands, Vietnam’s last unspoiled coastal destination
The Con Dao Islands are possibly the last unspoiled coastal destination in Vietnam. Traveling there, you feel you’ve made it to the end of the country. Less than two decades ago, the only air link to the mainland was a helicopter carrying mostly military personnel that flew a few days a week. Read on to find out why those remote and obscure islands should be on the adventurous traveler’s list. See more Con Dao Islands travel guide at here. Last spring I traveled to Vie ...
Discover Hue by bicycle
My hands grip the rain-slicked handlebars. My tired legs turn the wheels in trembling circles as I wiggle my way down the road. Erica and Rich’s bright rain macs are up ahead, beacons in the drizzle. Perhaps you can indeed forget to ride a bike. See more Hue travel guide at here. Wary of not wasting our first day in Hue, Vietnam because of bad weather, we’d optimistically decided to hire bikes. At $1 to hire for the day, alarms bells should have probably rung, part ...
Sunsets and soup in Mui Ne
I ate one of the best soups of my life in Mui Ne. I have absolutely no photographic proof of its existence, but I will never forget the soup’s perfectly balanced taste. Rich pork and beef broth. Chunks of tender meat perched atop a nest of fresh rice noodles. While the noodles soaked up the liquid, a mountain of herbs added new tastes. Freshly-squeezed lime provided a subtle but perfect punch to the flavourful broth, cut off by the urgency of the chili oil that followed. My tastebuds l ...
A practical guide to Mui Ne: Where to stay, what to eat & what to do
In my prior post about Mui Ne, I talked about some wonderful soups, of lazy nights watching the sun set into the water and of taking a motorbike along the beach. While the narrative is usually my focus, it’s always good to give some practical information with the narrative, so my part two for my time in Mui Ne is just that. (I have two other “crash courses” as well – Marrakesh and Montreal. Perhaps I’m just writing them for cities starting with an M?!). Mui N ...
Hungry and haunted in Hue
On my first day in Hue, I crossed the bridge into the old city from the South Bank, walking over the Perfume River (Huong River) and into the mist surrounding the Citadel. My goal was to find banh ep, a small disc made of tapioca or cassava flour flattened between two heavy iron plates and served at the side of the road. In Saigon, my mid-afternoon rewards were a hodgepodge of other fun snacks, but banh ep remained elusive. See more Hue travel guide at here. Before I mad ...
Notes on Phu Quoc Island – Southeast Asia’s next big thing
Phu Quoc is an island of Vietnam in the deep south of the country, off the coast of Cambodia. I had never heard of it until I came to Vietnam, and having been in Vietnam for much of the past two years I’ve since heard varying opinions about it. For my first visit I combined a Mekong Delta trip, making my way through the Delta to Rach Gia for the ferry to Phu Quoc, and then got a flight back to Saigon. I figured three days would be enough time to visit. Turns out I was wrong. The island ...
Red dirt and sea food: Phu Quoc Island
We returned to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), this time with the visiting family in tow. I’m not sure there is a gentle way that you can introduce folks who’ve not back packed before to Vietnam, so we decided we’d just go all in. See more Phu Quoc Island travel guide at here. First stop after their evening arrival. Bui Vien Street. No better way to get to know backpacking Vietnam. Then there was our second trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels – we took the pu ...
Enjoy a special night in Bach Ma National Park
Located about 50 kilometers from Hue city, the Bach Ma National Park is home to the land border between the former quiet capital city and the dynamic city of Danang. Bach Ma National Park Hue is 1.450m high compared to sea level. It used to be a safe shelter for our soldiers in the fiercest years of war against America. It was discovered by the French engineer M. Girard in 1932, but the French then turned the place into a resort area with 139 distinct system villas, hotels, pools, road ...
One day at Thuan An beach – a bustling beach in Hue city
Hue city is not only famous for the Citadel, royal tombs but also for its beautiful and attractive long beaches. Along with Lang Co beach, Tam Giang lagoon, Thuan An beach is the masterpieces of Hue which attracts a lot of tourists. Thuan An beach is situated nearby Thuan An mouth, where Huong River runs to Tam Giang lagoon and then to the sea… Different from the neighboring beaches of Centre, the terrain and climate create Thuan An miraculous beach. People coming to Hue cannot leave ...
Local flavor: Pho in Hanoi
The origins of pho, the beloved noodle soup of Vietnam, are thought to coincide with the French colonial period, which began in the late 1800s. (Photograph by Luong Thai Linh, Corbis) Pho — Vietnam’s unofficial national dish—might look like a run-of-the-mill noodle soup. But the flavors and the history are as complex as the country itself. See more Hanoi travel guide at here. Many Vietnamese culinary experts believe pho is a unique adaptation of “po ...
A photo journey inside Hang Son Doong – The world’s largest cave
At the beginning of 2015 we were lucky enough to take part in a 5-day expedition to Hang Son Doong, the world’s largest cave. Run exclusively by the adventure tour company Oxalis, we had been spending a few months in the town of Phong Nha, close to where the cave is located. Through a number of cancellations and an opportunity to do some work with Oxalis, we had been given the opportunity to visit this true wonder of the world. Hang Son Doong was discovered in 1990 by Ho Khanh, a local ...
Top 5 reasons to visit Vietnam with kids
Last summer we were ready for an adventure in Asia with kids. We wanted an active family vacation in a culturally interesting destination with the availability of beaches for some relaxation. Originally, we were thinking Thailand, however when we started talking with Indochina Travel’s owner, Patrick, he swayed us towards Vietnam when he raved about the gregarious people and how authentic and un-westernized Northern Vietnam is for travelers. Sure enough, we were often the only westerner ...
24 hours in Nha Trang
“The sea always filled her with longing, though for what she was never sure.” ― Cornelia Funke, Inkheart We have been in Nha Trang for almost a week now and it is exactly what we needed. Just a glimpse of the sea fills me with more joy than any mountain range ever can. There’s something about beachside towns that makes me extremely happy; locals tend to be just as laid back as the tourists, the air is full of the buzz of people on holiday, and there’s a ...
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