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The Quiet Calm of Hiding From the Heat Under Phan Rang's Grapevines

The punishing mid-day sun dictates the pace of life in the corridor between Phan Rang and Cam Ranh, where locals escape to their living rooms or hammocks, and tourists seek the cooling breeze of the beach, seafood restaurants or resort pools. Perhaps one of the most underrated ways to take refuge from the heat is to duck into one of the nearby grape vineyards where winding vines create a natural oasis.

Paul Christiansen

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The Curious Case of Quy Hoà Leprosy Colony's Park of Busts

A delightfully bizarre place, Quy Nhơn’s Quy Hoà leprosy colony deserves exploration in full , but clustered in a grove of...

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On Japan’s Shonan Coastline, a Wintry Vista of Mount Fuji

It was my first trip to Zushi Beach and the sun was beginning to set. 

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Finding Solace in the Placid Water of Trị An Lake as a City Dweller

I took a deep breath, realizing that I was suspended in the midpoint of everything, above the calm, glassy surface of Trị An Lake and beneath the vast, enveloping azure sky that blanketed Mã Đà forest.

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In Gò Vấp, a 'Floating Temple' Stands the Test of Time and River Currents

On an isle amid the Vàm Thuật river in Gò Vấp District, Phù Châu Temple, colloquially known among locals as the “floating temple,” has welcomed religious practitioners looking for a serene quarter in fast-paced Hồ Chí Minh City for over three centuries.

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Just 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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Tà Năng, One of Vietnam’s Most Beautiful Trails and Best-Kept Secrets

Whether we choose to participate or not, most of us are fascinated by Vietnam’s motorbike culture.

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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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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.