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All by Myself in Sapa: How I Learnt That Traveling Alone Doesn't Have to Be Lonely

One item on my “bucket list” is a journey to discover an exciting new land on a solo trip. It’s not a simple aspiration so I didn’t think that I would get a chance to accomplish it any time soon, but right on my 19th birthday, Châu, my “big boss” and mentor at Urbanist Travel, surprised me with an unforgettable vacation to Sapa.

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Brise-Soleil, Đá Rửa, and Other Modernist Curios to Befriend on a Walk Across Saigon

My non-existent architectural background leaves me unable to do anything beyond expressing a distaste for tacky constructions and a vague idea of what constitutes a well-designed building. I can speak on the tasteful placement of a brise-soleil with as much confidence as a nervous five-year-old cooking beef wellington for an unhinged Gordon Ramsay. I hadn’t even heard of Vietnam’s modernist architecture movement until a few weeks ago, but when I was given the opportunity to take part in Urbanist Travel’s modernist architecture tour, I was intrigued to learn more about the stories behind the remnants of history I drive past in Saigon on a daily basis.

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Introducing the '2 Years of Memories' Travel Writing Competition

To celebrate the 2 nd anniversary of Urbanist Travel , we are excited to invite you to participate in Saigoneer ’s first-ever ...

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Meet Urbanist Travel, Saigoneer's Sister Company Bringing the World Closer to Vietnam

Loyal readers might know Saigoneer as a home where all things fascinating, whimsical and insightful about Vietnam are celebrated, but not many are aware that for the past years, we have been a tiny bit more than just writers. Two years ago, we officially welcomed our sister company Urbanist Travel into the family.

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The Punishing, Breathtaking, and Fulfilling 14 Days in Nepal to Reach Everest Base Camp

Our trek to Everest Base Camp from Lukla begins on the first days of summer. Just two weeks into May, throngs of mountain climbers have already congregated here, despite the bitter cold, striving to conquer Earth’s highest base camp.

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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.

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[Video] Saigon, the City That's Always on the Move

Saigon is a city of constant movement, as demonstrated by the sleek video below.

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Quang Binh Resumes Son Doong Ladder Project, Launches New Tour in 2018

Tour company Oxalis has finally received the nod from the local government to resume the installation of a ladder that would allow tourists to traverse Vietnam’s world-famous Son Doong cave from the b...

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You Can Fly Directly From Phu Quoc to Bangkok Starting This October

Visitors to Vietnam’s southern tourism island can start adding Bangkok to their itinerary soon.

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Vietnam Aims to Attract 1m Visitors From Japan by 2018: Official

Vietnam’s tourism administration is turning to Japan as the next important partner in the industry.

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[Video] Sleek Travelogue Highlights Thrilling Side of Ha Long Bay and Hanoi

This sleek, well-edited travelogue by filmmaker Alex Schiller will take you on a thrilling ride around Ha Long Bay and Hanoi.

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VietJet Will Fly to Phnom Penh From Saigon Starting This November

It seems that VietJet is ramping up its regional services as the company has been announcing new flight routes every month.

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Vietnam Is Asia's Fastest-Growing Travel Destination in 2017 So Far: UN Report

A recent study by the United Nations shows that during the first four months of 2017, Vietnam was the fast growing travel destination in Asia.

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The Gradual Decline of Mekong Delta's Floating Markets

The traditional floating markets of the Mekong Delta are being threatened by the rapid rise of the region’s economy and infrastructure.

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Saigon Needs Proper Ports to Attract More Cruise Ships: Tour Agencies

Tour agencies in Saigon are calling for the municipal administration to construct more ports in the city to accommodate large cruise ships.

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[Video] This Majestic Montage of Vietnam's Landscapes Might Make You Weep

Just the right amount of moving music and majestic shots of nature to make your day better.

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Phu Quoc Restaurant Stirs Controversy With 'No Lying on Beach' Sign

A restaurant on Phu Quoc caused quite a stir online over the weekend thanks to its bizarre sign forbidding tourists from lying on the beach.

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[Photos] These Striking Drone Shots of Vietnam From Above Will Take Your Breath Away

A collection of drone photos submitted for a recent competition highlights Vietnam's stunning beauty from above.

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VietJet Now Offers Direct Flights From Hanoi to Yangon

After Jakarta, VietJet has added another Southeast Asian destination to its regional service.

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Tourists Will Soon Be Able to Ride Steam Locomotives From Hue to Da Nang

Train travel in central Vietnam is about to get more nostalgic.

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[Photos] Towering Brick Kilns in Vinh Long Form Mesmerizing 'Red Kingdom'

In the Mekong Delta, ancient clay deposits give rise to robust communities of terracotta roof tile and brick makers.

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[Photos] On the Early Morning Trail in Da Lat, Romance and Halcyon in the Mist

Vietnam is a country that rises early. Before the sun comes up, you’ll find street vendors hauling out their wares, elderly people exercising in the park and kids shuffling off to school.

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VietJet to Launch Saigon-Jakarta Route This December

Traveling to the Indonesian capital from Saigon will be cheaper in the near future.

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[Video] Stunning Travelogue Showcases the Poetic Intimacy of Hanoi

For newcomers to the city, Hanoi seems like a complete sensory overload.

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Tourism Businesses Are Trying to Clean up Vietnam

The sun already threatens to sap our energy even though it’s barely mid-morning on Thanh Da Island. Devoid of the tall buildings and claustrophobic blocks found downtown, this small patch of greenery ...

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[Photos] Local Photographer Captures the Magic of Long Hai's Bustling Morning Port

Nguyen Hoang Phi, a photographer from the fishing town of Long Hai, has captured the bustling port under beautiful morning light in a series of vivid photos.

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