Brian Letwin

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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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Vietnam Sees Record Tourist Arrivals in First Quarter of 2016

When it comes to tourism, Vietnam is back.

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Vietnamese Tourists Called out for ‘Shameful’ and ‘Awful’ Behavior

Chinese tourists have received a great deal of criticism in recent years for their tourism habits, which include obliterating seafood buffets and defacing ancient Egyptian temples. However, according ...

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Meet Vietstar, Vietnam's Next Airline?

Just in case you felt something was missing between Vietnam's straight-laced national carrier and the flurry of budget airlines that have stormed onto the aviation scene in recent years, Vietnam will ...

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[Photos] It's Cherry Blossom Season in Japan

Springtime signals its presence differently around the world, but Japan's spring awakening is particularly famous. Every year, thousands upon thousands of cherry trees blossom across the country in a ...

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Hanoi Makes Trip Advisor’s Top 10 Destination List

While Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport was recently named among the best 100 in the world, the capital itself took home a bit of an honor this week, making the top 10 in Trip Advisor’s “Best Dest...

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[Photos] Time Stands Still Around Long Bien Bridge

Hanoi’s iconic Long Bien Bridge, once described as a “misshapen but essential component of Hanoi’s heritage”, has spanned across the Red River for over 100 years. It has been – and will continue to be...

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Hanoi's Noi Bai Airport Named Among 100 Best in the World

Hanoi's Noi Bai Airport is among the world's 100 best airports, according to a recent global survey.

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Cambodia to Resume Capital-to-Coast Train Service in April

After 14 years, Cambodia's train cars will once again begin carrying passengers next month.

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[Photos] China Has Its Own Jurassic Park

Like something out of Jurassic Park, China's Dinosaur Valley is home to a museum and theme park dedicated to earth's prehistoric residents.

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[Video] Mongolia's Epic Landscapes in Under 5 Minutes

In a city as densely populated as Saigon, it's easy to forget that wide, open spaces exist.

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[Photos] Saigoneer Getaways: Pastoral Scenes of Pindaya, Myanmar

Myanmar is no longer the secret of Southeast Asia. With tourist numbers increasing every year, its dusty country roads, seemingly endless parades of monks and crumbling colonial architecture are now o...

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[Video] Mesmerizing Train Travel Video Shows Details of Vietnam

From a sequence of 1,000 pictures taken on a train bound for Hanoi, video artist Patrick Bergeron recreates the faded memories of his Southeast Asian travels in this trippy five-minute video loop.

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Another Tourist Has Drowned in Da Lat

On Sunday, February 28, Belarusian tourist Banradenka Viktar, 26, drowned while swimming downstream of Pongour Falls, 50 kilometers south of Da Lat, the second fatal incident in the area since last we...

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[Photos] Scaling the Great Wall of Vietnam

Last June, cave photographer Ryan Deboodt revisited Son Doong, the world’s largest cave, to capture its latest attraction: the Great Wall of Vietnam.

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Ha Long Bay Airport to Open in 2017: Report

After a year-long delay, Quang Ninh is moving ahead with the construction of a new airport meant to serve the throngs of tourists visiting Ha Long Bay.

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Vingroup Denies Claim of 1,700 Dead Animals at Phu Quoc Safari Zoo

Following a zoo expert's claim that roughly 1,700 animals have died and 500 escaped at Vinpearl's newly opened Safari Phu Quoc facility, Vingroup came forward on Sunday to respond to the allegation.

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[Photos] Delays Abound as Tan Son Nhat Receives 100,000 People a Day

No matter where you're headed this holiday season, travelers flying out of Saigon should expect to make a day of the journey.

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Vietnam to Purchase 160 Old Train Cars From China

Remember those flashy five-star trains Vietnam recently added to its fleet? Well, they're about to get some company.

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Tet Travel to Make Tan Son Nhat a Living Hell

As residents across the country gear up to participate in the largest human migration on Earth, it's safe to say Tan Son Nhat International Airport is going to be a living hell.

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Vietnam Adds More 5-Star Trains to Its North-South Line

With one five-star train already in service, Saigon Railway Transport JSC recently added a new set of high-end trains to the country's north-south line.