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[Photos] The Incredibly Eye-Catching, Organic Signage of Sa Đéc

Signs are like voices.

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Short Story: 'Left-Eared' by Trần Thị NgH

'Left-Eared' (Người Thuận Tai Trái) is a short work of fiction originally written in Vietnamese by author Trần Thị NgH and translated with her assistance for Saigoneer.

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[Photos] For a Tết Full of Rich Traditions, Head to Saigon's Hoa Community

Up until 2011, I thought that everybody in Saigon had the same Tet every year, with apricot flowers in the living room and bánh chưng or bánh tét on the altar, and family trips to the Nguyen Hue flower street and prayers to Buddha at pagodas.

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[Photos] A Stroll Through Eclectic Chợ Lớn

Until fairly recently, Chợ Lớn was its own city, long inhabited by người Hoa who carved out an economic hub along the banks of the Saigon River over 200 years ago.

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[Photos] Watching the Sunset From Fansipan, the Roof of Vietnam

Conquering Mount Fansipan’s 3,147 meters was once a feat reserved for those willing to take on the potential multi-day hike from Sapa to the summit and back.

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How DiaCritics Creates a Platform for Diverse Vietnamese Voices From Abroad

“Vietnamese communities can sometimes/often demand conformity and tradition of people in order to feel a part of things; I have always seen diaCRITICS as an opportunity to trouble the definitions, push the boundaries, to include the atypical voices and stories and viewpoints.”

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An Eye-Opening Mushroom Farm in Da Lat for Budding Mycologists

It could be argued that mushrooms are among nature's strangest creations.

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Saigon Postcard No. 28: Embrace a New Fashion

What if cải lương tuồng cổ costumes became a new trend?

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[Video] Day Dreamers: A Day in the Life of a Saigon Hipster

As Vietnam becomes increasingly connected to global trends, the country’s 20-somethings have embraced everything from rap to graffiti art.

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Bitexco Wants To Manage Ha Long Bay

With Ha Long Bay becoming one of Vietnam’s most popular tourist destinations, the UNESCO World Heritage Site has become difficult to manage.

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Startup Seeks To Change The Way You Experience Hanoi And Beyond

Soundwalk is a location-based audio tour: as you walk around the city, you hear sounds as you pass through the streets, presenting a fundamentally different urban experience.

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[Video] "Memories Of Vietnam" Shows The Country Through A Poetic Lens

Earlier this yeah, Léo Bigiaoui and his friends traveled across Vietnam for a month, filming in Sapa, Hanoi, Cat Ba Island, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An and Phu Quoc.

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[Photos] Water Jet Packs Now Available In Nha Trang

The extreme water sport, Flyboarding (basically water jet packs) has made it way to Nha Trang. Now you can fly above the water like Marty Mcfly.

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5 Funky Illustrated Maps of Vietnam

They Draw & Travel is a website for artists to express that passion, and for readers to discover their creations by creating their own artistic maps.

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[Photos] Saigon’s Rooftop Bonsai Gardens

Growing bonsai trees is becoming an increasingly popular business in Saigon. The Japanese plants, revered around the world, can fetch billions of đồng but take 2 to 3 years to grow.

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Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport Launches Sleep Pod Services

After first capsule hotel opened its doors in Saigon earlier this year, the pod concept is now being applied at Noi Bai International Airport.

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5 Remarkable Places To Discover In Lai Châu

Blessed with cloudy peaks, enchanting valleys and stunning rice paddies, one can marvel at Lai Châu’s beautiful scenery without spending a fortune.

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Live Music - Jeremy Ginsburg @ deciBel

Jeremy is back to rock the house at Decibel for another performance.

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Son Doong Cave Tours Fully Booked Through 2015

Vietnam's Son Doong Cave, the largest in the world, is fully booked until 2015, according to Vietnamese tourism officials.

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A Guide To Phu Quoc’s Beaches

Phu Quoc, the popular tourist island and former prison, is set for some major changes between now and 2030. Though many feel that these plans will turn the island into another generic SE Asian re...

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3 Vietnam Hotels Named “Best In Asia”

3 Vietnam hotels have made Travel + Leisure’s 2014 “World’s Best Awards,” according to DTI News.

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Tan Son Nhat Ordered To Reduce Food Prices

Outside of Burger King and Popeye’s, most of the food sold at Tan Son Nhat Airport is provided by one of two companies Autogrill VFS or Song Viet, both of which think that their prices are fair. But t...

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[Photos] Photographer Spotlight: Réhahn

Frenchman, Réhahn, has been taking pictures in Vietnam ever since he first visited the country in 2007 with a non-profit organization. He was immediately hooked, making annual trips to the country unt...

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This Great Annotated Map Shows The Best Route Between Saigon And Hanoi

Intimidated by the prospect of driving from Saigon to Hanoi? While this awesome annotated map from Vietnam Coracle won’t help you with the winding roads full of busses and trucks, it should at least a...

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[Video] Stunning Ha Long Bay Timelapse

When timelapse photographer, Rufus Blackwell traveled to Ha Long Bay last year, he brought along his Canon 5D mk3 and a GoPro to make this awesome video.

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Vietnam Picked as One of the World’s 20 Most Beautiful Countries

Last week, the users of International travel publication, Rough Guides, were called upon to vote on the world’s most beautiful counties. After tallying thousands of votes, Vietnam found itself in the ...

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A Short History Of Vietnam And Palestine

Israel is (yet again) attempting to bomb Palestine back into the stone age. At the time of writing, the Palestinian death toll is at least 98 (the Israeli death toll is 0), which leads me to suspect t...

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11 Photos of Vietnam’s Amazing Bac Son Valley

Called Văn Lan during the reign of the Lýs, Bội Lan under the Minhs, Văn Quán under the Nguyễn’s and finally Bắc Sơn after 1945, this mountainous region in north Veitnam is the home to 6 of Vietnam’s ...