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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.

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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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[Video] Drone Reveals Hong Kong's Natural Charm

In addition to a pretty impressive 3D rendering of Hong Kong's skyline, courtesy of Google, armchair travelers can now experience the city from up above.

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[Photos] Remnants of War Along Laos' Ho Chi Minh Trail

During the American War, Laos' Ho Chi Minh Trail connected northern and southern Vietnam, providing revolutionary fighters with troops, supplies and vehicles.

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[Video] Tokyo Timelapse Makes Airport Travel Sexy

Airports can be hell. Just ask anyone who's ever had a delayed flight, a missed connection or a particularly feisty customs agent which, if you've ever been to Tan Son Nhat, is everyone.

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VNAT Orders Background Checks on Vietnamese Tourists

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) is encouraging tour companies to perform thorough background checks on local travelers going abroad.

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How to Spend 36 Hours in Luang Prabang: NY Times

After spending 36 hours in Hanoi, Saigon and Phnom Penh, the New York Times recently took a trip to Luang Prabang, a tiny, UNESCO-protected town which the paper describes as full of “lo...

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Ha Long Bay Tourists Claim Crew Abandoned Burning Boat

Two German tourists are claiming the crew aboard their Ha Long Bay cruise ship did nothing to save passengers after a fire broke out on the vessel's top deck.

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[Video] Take a Mind-Blowing Tour of Myanmar's Capital

Naypyidaw is a strange place.

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Da Lat Makes New York Times 'Places to Go in 2016' List

As we all finalize our Tet plans and prepare for the madness of travel during the largest annual human migration on earth, it's going to be a long, slow, holiday-free slog from March to September.

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[Video] Let These Russian Kitesurfers Give You a Tour of Mui Ne

As a destination, Vietnam is sold to travelers in many different ways. Up north, there are nationally protected cultural and historical relics; in central Vietnam, Hue is packed with the country's bes...

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[Photos] Take a Tour of Hue's Eerie Abandoned Waterpark

As far as tourism goes, Vietnam has some weird attractions and no shortage of strange and unusual things which might fall under the ambiguous header of “Cultural Heritage Park.” Ho Thuy Tien...

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Vietnamese Travel Photographer Makes Finalist List for International Award

In the photo, the fields are awash with bright yellow flowers, adding a pop of color to the countryside. An elderly man ambles by, guiding his bike full of bamboo fishing baskets, staring directly int...

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[Video] Travel Through Myanmar in 9 Stunning Minutes

These days, the internet is home to about a zillion travel videos, most of which feature a heavily edited, heavily soundtracked version of some millenial's gap year journey through Southeast...

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Hoi An Could Lose 50 Ancient Houses in Anti-Flooding Project

Nearly 50 homeowners in Hoi An's Old Town are at risk of losing their homes, as a current anti-flooding project threatens to destroy the long-standing structures.

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Vietnam's International Arrivals Drop for First Time in 6 Years

As 2015 draws to a close, Vietnamese tourism has had something of a roller coaster year.

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Foreigners Pose Nude Atop Vietnam's Fansipan

While Cambodia has already seen its fare share of naked foreigners this year, posing sans clothing at ancient temples on more than one occasion, Vietnam had been spared from such debauchery ...

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Vietnam's 5 Weirdest Airline Stories of 2015

Vietnam's skies – and its airports – are a strange place to be. Whether it's a pilot accidentally hitting the “hijack” button, Jetstar's perpetually late planes or VietJet's master bikini marketi...

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[Photos] Sapa Is Currently Covered in Ice

While the sun seems intent upon scorching every surface in Saigon, it's winter elsewhere in Vietnam. Up north, people are pulling out their heavy coats and staving off the December chill with scarves,...

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Vietnam Approves Proposal for 1-Year Visas for American Citizens

After months of discussion and foot-dragging, the Vietnamese government has finally approved a proposal to extend the validity of temporary visas for Americans from three months to one year.

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Nha Trang Just Held Its First-Ever LGBT Tourism Seminar

In the last couple years, Vietnam has made some impressive strides in the realm of LGBT rights. From legalizing same-sex marriage (though such unions are still not officially recognized by the state) ...

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[Photos] Saigoneer Getaways: Boracay and Tourism Done Right

With picture-perfect beaches, well-organized tourism activities and customer service a cut above its Southeast Asian neighbors, could the Philippines' Boracay be a glimpse into the future of Vietnam's...