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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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Hanoi-Sapa Train Cars Receive Major Upgrades

In an effort to attract more tourists, the Hanoi Railway Transport Company recently carried out a thorough upgrade on its current Hanoi-Sapa route.

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[Video] Breathing Vietnam: A Visual Diary of Vietnam

When it comes to travel videos about Vietnam, at this point it might seem that we’ve seen everything, from breathtaking drone footage to extreme close-ups of the country’s street food bounty.

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Quang Binh Moves Ahead With Son Doong Cable Car Plan

The government of Quang Binh province is proceeding with plans to build a cable car system inside Son Doong Cave, the world's largest.

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[Video] A Bird's-Eye View of Vietnam's Natural Landscape

It’s not often that you can see Vietnam in all its snowy glory.

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Vietnamese Trekker Earns Spot on Coveted Polar Expedition

Vietnamese athletes continue their foray into cold weather sports as local trekker Hoang Le Giang was selected to conquer the North Pole with a 300-kilometer sled trip this month.

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AirAsia to Launch Vietnamese Budget Airline in 2018

One month after VietJet made its debut on the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange, regional budget carrier AirAsia has announced its intention to expand to Vietnam, launching a new airline with the help o...

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Looking Ahead While Remembering the Past: Cu Lac’s Bomb Crater Bar

The village of Cu Lac in central Vietnam is a postcard image of rural life. Water buffaloes and cattle graze among low-slung houses, and verdant rice paddies stretch to the nearby Ho Chi Minh Highway....

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[Video] A Mesmerizing Timelapse of Mui Ne From Above

It’s safe to say that Rufus Blackwell has a soft spot for Vietnam.

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Officials Ban Kayaking in Ha Long Bay

Starting this Saturday, kayaks will no longer be permitted in Ha Long Bay.

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[Video] Vietnam Airlines’ Latest Promotional Video Is Lit

Vietnam's airline game is fierce these days. Competition among local carriers is cutthroat, with Vietnam Airlines and VietJet locked in an ongoing battle to become the country’s top domestic carrier a...

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UK Warns Citizens of Adventure Travel Risks in Vietnam

After several recent accidents involving Brits in Vietnam, the UK government is warning its citizens about the risks associated with adventure trips in the Southeast Asian country.

Michael Tatarski

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Saigoneer Getaways: Vietnam’s Subterranean Wonders

The dense, untouched forests of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh province hide some of the world’s greatest underground geological formations. Beneath the park’s stunning limestone mounta...

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Speedboats to Con Dao Will Begin This June

Starting this June, high-speed boats to Con Dao will be available from the Mekong Delta’s Soc Trang province.

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Hoi An Tour Outfit Offers Kayaking Excursion With Trash Cleanup

Environmentally conscious travelers can now add river cleanups to their tourist to-do list in Hoi An.

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Vietnam Image Makes Final Round of Smithsonian Photo Contest

A Vietnamese photographer’s work is among the finalists of the Smithsonian’s 14th annual Photo Contest.

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Ha Long Bay Disposes of 2 Tons of Rubbish Per Day: Official

In order to keep Ha Long Bay relatively clean for tourists, local authorities in Quang Ninh province are currently struggling to deal with the massive amount of rubbish found in the bay on a daily bas...

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Vietnam Tourism Board Mulls Hotel Surcharge for Foreigners

In the future, hotel stays in Vietnam may be slightly more expensive for foreigners.

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Vietnamese Travel Firm Debuts Luxury King Kong Tour

Ahead of the forthcoming blockbuster Kong: Skull Island, a local travel company is capitalizing on Vietnam's prominent role in the movie by introducing a luxury tour of its filming locations.

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Vietnam and Australia Begin Work and Holiday Visa Agreement

Australia and Vietnam have begun a reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangement.

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Saigoneer Getaways: Exploring the Izakayas of Japan

“I always liked side-paths, little dark back-alleys behind the main road,” Dostoyevsky writes in his 1879 novel, The Brothers Karamazov. “There one finds adventures and surprises, and precious metal i...

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