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Vọng Cảnh, the Picturesque Hill in Huế That Even Emperors Cherished

The poetic Hương River flows calmly, the fresh air and breeze whisper through the lush pine forest, a coming sunset colors the peaceful natural spectacle. All of this can be experienced during a late-afternoon visit to Huế's Vọng Cảnh Hill.

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New App ConstructionBnB Helps You Explore Vietnam's Beautiful Construction Sites

If you live in Vietnam, chances are you live next to a construction site: hotels, condos, shopping centers, etc. But why see the same old site every day when there are so many different ones out there to experience?

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The Charm of Hòn Yến, Where Coral-Watching Doesn't Involve Diving

Every year, from May to August, when the water reaches its lowest levels at Hòn Yến, a “jungle” of vibrant coral reefs and other marine creatures rises to the surface.

Paul Christiansen

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On the Hunt for Colorful Murals in Đà Lạt's Hilly Hẻms

Was color a casualty of COVID-19? Along with the freedom to gather, to attend live concerts and travel, did the pandemic rob us of opportunities to fully appreciate color?

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12km From Huế, a Hidden Lake Welcomes You to a Night of Stargazing

If you’ve been meaning to embark on a trip to escape from the chaos of daily life but aren’t quite keen to plunge straight into the wilderness, Huế might be the perfect next destination. The city center embodies calm, quietude and a sense of poetic beauty — these are all great qualities that have long drawn visitors to it, but not many are aware that there’s an entirely different side of Huế if one just takes a short ride away from the urban heartland alongside the Perfume River.

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All Aboard the Languorous Train From Hanoi to Saigon

The train connecting Vietnam’s largest cities takes 35 hours. Yet even after the first time I finished the trip, I was already coming up with excuses for why I needed to do it again. For me, the journey is much more than a chance for great views and time to reflect. It’s an exploration of life itself.

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Just 50km From Hanoi, Đường Lâm Village Is a Charming Historical Relic

If one were to strike out west from Hanoi and follow the Red River for some 50 kilometers, there they will find Đường Lâm Village — a quintessence of rural Vietnam.

Paul Christiansen

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An Awe-Inspiring Bird's-Eye View of Bình Định's Chăm Towers

What if memories were not collections of chemicals and electrical impulses stored in the fleshy recesses of a mind, but physical objects made of brick and stone?

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Quang Binh Homestay Owners Struggle in Price War Against Major Hotels

Price reduction by companies with deep pockets disproportionately harms homestay proprietors, who used to be farmers living near Phong Nha–Ke Bang National Park.

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[Photos] Playing Beneath Galvanic Skies in an Isolated Laos Village

I left Nong Khiaw and began a demanding drive down a dirt track, trying to find a village I’d only seen on satellite images on Google Maps. It lay nestled right on top of a distant peak.

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[Photos] Morning Over the Fish Markets and Salt Fields of Phan Rang

I live in Da Lat, so the most direct route to the coast brings me to Phan Rang, which is where I often go for the beach and seafood.   

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Hue's Tu Duc Tomb Is Now Preserved Digitally in Google Arts and Culture

Open Heritage 3D aims to provide open access to digital preservation data of heritage sites around the world.

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VietJet to Start Flying to From Saigon to Bali This May

Indonesia's most popular beach destination just got one stop closer for Saigon residents.

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Iconic Da Lat College Closes Doors to Tourists Indefinitely

A well-traveled tourist attraction in Da Lat recently closed its doors to visitors due to insufficient resources.

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[Photos] Born in California, a Vietnamese-American Returns to Traverse Vietnam

My parents are originally from Vietnam and came to the United States as refugees after the war. I was born in Orange County, California, where many Vietnamese people who came to America made their new...

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Hanoi–Saigon Becomes World's 6th-Busiest Flight Route

The Hanoi–Ho Chi Minh City route moved No. 6 in the study of world’s busiest air routes in 2018, reported by British aviation analysis company OAG.

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Born in California, a Vietnamese-American Returned to Vietnam. This Is What She Saw.

My parents are originally from Vietnam and came to the United States as refugees after the war. I was born in Orange County, California, where many Vietnamese people who came to America made their new...

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Struggling With Trash From Tourists, Con Dao Decides to Charge Entrance Fee

Con Dao District is currently dealing with 70,000 tons of garbage.

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VietJet Will Start Daily Flights From Saigon to Tokyo in July

VietJet currently operates 39 domestic routes and 69 international routes.

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Taiwan to Reinstate Special Visa for Vietnamese Tourists, Albeit With Stricter Rules

Beginning March 20, Vietnamese will again be able to travel to Taiwan under the Kuan Hung, or Quan Hồng in Vietnamese, visa.

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After Trump-Kim Summit, North Korea Tours Are Trending Among Vietnamese Tourists

In the past, tours to North Korea were often avoided due to high costs, political conflict, and a lengthy, strict visa procedure.

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[Photos] On Photographing the Gentle Romance of a Hueless Hue

Any mention of Hue or Hoi An within a conversation about central Vietnam tends to conjure up images of intensely vibrant colors: crimson paper lanterns dotting the sky; neighborhoods filled with the d...

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With New Flight Routes, Can Tho Hopes to Revitalize Underused Airport

The international airport, which is currently operating below 30% capacity, will hopefully see a boost in passengers thanks to six new routes being added to service the city.

Chris Humphrey

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[Photos] The Poetry of Everyday Life in Vietnam's Coastal Towns

Traveling south through central Vietnam by train can bring you to the familiar or the obscure: the Disney-fication of Hoi An, the peaceful bays of Quy Nhon, or the thrill of derelict spaces in Hue.

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Vietnam Expands E-Visa Pilot Program to 35 More Countries, Territories

A pilot program granting tourists 30-day electronic visas has been expanded to include 35 additional nations and territories.

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Travel Agency Vietravel Wants to Launch Vietnam's 6th Airline

Is Vietnam’s air travel market big enough to accommodate another air carrier?

Chris Humphrey

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[Photos] Ha Giang: Evocative Portraits From Hoang Su Phi

Nestled amid the textured, corduroy rice terraces of Ha Giang Province lies Hoang Su Phi, a rural district that’s home to an array of ethnic minority communities.

Michael Tatarski

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[Photos] Saigoneer Getaways: Dak Lak and an Abundance of Central Highlands Charm

For many, Tet is a time to reunite with family they haven't seen in months. For those like me without relatives in Vietnam, it's the perfect time to take a break from increasingly stressful city life....

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