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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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Epic Drone Video Takes You From Saigon to Hanoi

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from drone video maker Troy Nguyen, and for good reason. The Youtuber has spend the last few months traveling the length of Vietnam to produce this 1 hour video tha...

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Foreign Arrivals in Vietnam Surge 20% in November

Vietnam’s tourism sector has had a strong showing in November with 723,740 international arrivals, a 12.9% increase over October and 20.4% compared to the same time period last year.

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You’ll Soon Be Able to Play Slot Machines at Vietnam’s Airports

In what may be a push to compensate for poor mixed airport rankings earlier this year, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a proposal that will allow Vietnam’s international airports to i...

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Who Are the Top-Spending Tourists in Vietnam?

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism has released its first-ever annual tourism report that contains some interesting data about visitors to Vietnam.

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What CNN's Saigon Guide Got Right

Earlier this month, CNN released its Insider Guide to HCMC, hitting all the usual highlights of our fair city, from Ben Thanh Market to the Reunification Palace. Here's what it got right and what we f...

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British MP: Tourists Won't Visit Vietnam If They Know About Dog Meat Trade

For whatever reason, last week Britain's House of Commons decided to discuss the number of dogs killed annually in Asian countries like China (20 million), Vietnam (5 million) and South Korea (2 milli...

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Vietnam May Waive Visas for Tourists on Package Holidays

In the ever-changing world of Vietnamese tourist visas, a new crop of foreign visitors may soon receive a free pass into the country.

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Hanoi, Saigon Make No. 2 Spot on Lonely Planet's List of Value Destinations

On Tuesday, guidebook publisher and thorn in the side of locals everywhere Lonely Planet released its list of 'Best Value Destinations for 2016'. Of course, Vietnam was on it.

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Tourists Are Ruining Ha Long Bay With Cave Graffiti

Ha Long Bay, the crown jewel of northern Vietnam's tourism industry, is looking a little worse for wear these days. Between the toxic slurry flowing into its waters earlier this year and the ghos...

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[Video] One Traveler's Mind-Bending 3D Images of Southeast Asia

When photographer Garret Suhrie packed his bags and bought a ticket to Southeast Asia, he had plans to make a travel video, something more and more travelers seem to be into these days.

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Pham Ngu Lao Looks Downright Whimsical in This Travel Video

There are a lot of mixed feelings when it comes to Pham Ngu Lao. Some see it as a haven for cheap beer and wild nights; others avoid Bui Vien like the plague.

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Miniature Landscape Video Showcases Snapshots of Nature in Ba Ria

In a city that's increasingly devoid of nature, it can be hard to recall the sight of a lush, green forest or a crystal-clear river.

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Vietnam Tourism Authority Supports Son Doong Cable Car

It's hard to argue with the majesty of Son Doong. As the world's largest cave and one of the most remote places not just in Vietnam but on earth, this never-ending subterranean wilderness is truly one...

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Vietnam to Cut Visa Fees Next Month

In the wonderful world of Vietnamese tourist visas, the rules seem to change everyday. Whether it's permitting certain passport holders to enter the country visa-free or discussing whether to wai...

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Pack Your Bags: VietJet Now Flies to Yangon

Planning a trip to Myanmar just got a little easier, thanks to VietJet. 

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Vietnam May Waive Visas For 19 More Countries But Who Knows

In this week's installment of visa-related news, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) is discussing the possibility of waiving visas for 19 more countries in an end-of-year push to ra...

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[Video] Southeast Asia Travel Video Weaves Together Vignettes of Everyday

Thanks to GoPros, Vimeo and the power of the internet, we've all seen our fair share of Southeast Asia travel videos. These days, it's pretty hard to stand out amid the sea of camera-toting backpacker...

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The Guy Who Visited 198 Countries Thinks Hanoi Is Great

Everyone in Vietnam is, of course, partial to their hometown. For locals, it's the place they grew up; for foreign residents, it's where they first fell in love with Vietnam. But for one intrepid trav...

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Vietnam's Visa Waiver Fail

While Vietnamese officials are making an effort to boost the number of visitors to the country, it may not be enough to pull Vietnam out of its tourism slump.

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The Tragic Demise Of Phu Quoc's Coral Reefs

Phu Quoc, Vietnam's top island destination, has been the subject of environmental controversy for a while now. Between luxury hotels dumping wastewater into the ocean, thousands of sea cucumbers washi...