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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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Vietnam’s Hike in Airport Service Fees Could Prompt Airfare Increase for Travelers

Airport service fees are set to rise this October, signalling a potential increase in airfare costs for local travelers.

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Aviation Authorities to Blame for Vietnam-US Direct Route Delay

Travelers might have to wait until the end of this year to start flying directly from Vietnam to the US due to issues with the Southeast Asian country’s aviation authorities.

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[Photos] A Visit to Nghe An's Verdant Tea 'Islets'

You’ve probably heard of kayaking in between Ha Long Bay’s mesmerizing limestone rocks, now get ready for a voyage to Nghe An province’s verdant tea islets.

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Japan Airlines, VietJet Air Enter Strategic Partnership

Japan Airlines and VietJet Air have become strategic partners, an agreement that will allow the airlines to expand their networks and improve service. 

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[Photos] Flycam Photographers Capture Vietnam's Mesmerizing Landscapes From Above

From lush, green tea plantations stretching towards the horizon to islets dotting the ocean blue, flycam photography captures unique angles of Vietnam's landscapes in crisp, vivid images.

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Is Over-Tourism Threatening Sapa?

Heading back from So’s village, there is only one way into Sapa, and one way out.

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[Video] Wanderers: A Reminder of Vietnam's Intricate Beauty

After spending two months traversing the vast landscapes of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, videographer Stanislas Denis documented the intimate beauty of Southeast Asia in a series of contempla...

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Cambodian Temple Complex Recognized as World Heritage Site

Sambor Prei Kuk, a Kompong Thom temple site that predates the Angkor period, has been acknowledged by the UN’s cultural organization as a World Heritage site.

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VietJet Employees at Noi Bai Take Sick Leave en Masse, Delay 11 Flights

Fifteen ground service personnel at Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport simultaneously took sick leave on Tuesday, delaying 11 VietJet flights at the facility.   

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Hanoi Launches Double-Decker Bus Tour for Visitors

In an effort to beef up Hanoi’s tourism sector, local authorities recently launched a city bus tour to give visitors a taste of the capital’s scenery.

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Jetstar Pacific to Fly Directly From Hanoi and Da Nang to Osaka This Fall

Globetrotters on a budget will soon be able to jet off from Vietnam to Japan via Jetstar Pacific's new direct routes.

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Hanoi's 5-Star Hotels Are Fully Booked Until Early 2018

For wealthy travelers, Hanoi seems to be the “it” destination to explore this year.

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[Video] Travelogue Showcases the Vibrant Beauty of Southern Vietnam

It’s so easy to fall in love with Vietnam.

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Construction of Son Doong Ladders Halted Over Public Concern of Damage

The installation of ladders inside Son Doong Cave has been put on hold due to public opposition.

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Property Developer FLC Group May Launch Airline Called 'Viet Bamboo'

FLC Group, a prominent real estate group, plans to set up a new domestic airline in Vietnam.

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Microsoft Vietnam to Turn Nha Trang Into Smart Tourism City

The administration of Khanh Hoa province recently signed an agreement with Microsoft Vietnam to turn Nha Trang into a smart tourism city.

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[Photos] A Peek Inside Da Lat's Abandoned Franciscan Mission

Da Lat is rightfully beloved for its cool climate, pine-scented air and verdant mountains. However, there is more to this popular Central Highlands city than just natural escapes.

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Vietnam Should Extend Visa Exemptions to More Countries: Tourism Association

The Vietnam Tourism Association (VTA) has proposed expanding and extending the country's visa exemption program in order to attract more tourists.

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VietJet Air to Launch Direct Hanoi-Yangon Route in August

Globetrotting Hanoians might be happy to hear that budget carrier VietJet Air is launching a direct Hanoi-Yangon route.

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Vietnam Welcomes 1 Million Foreign Tourists for 4th Straight Month

Vietnam welcomed over one million foreign visitors in April, marking the fourth consecutive month with tourist arrivals in the millions.

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