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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[Video] Here's What Vietnam Looks Like From Above

It's easy to get cynical about Vietnam's tourism industry. While this is a country with plenty to offer, there are a whole host of things that can bring a traveler down. But every now and again, someo...

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Vietnam To Waive Visas For Việt Kiều, Foreign Spouses Of Vietnamese

Việt kiều and foreign spouses of Vietnamese nationals will soon be able to save a few extra pages in their passport, thanks to a new decree from the Ministry of Public Security granting visa exemption...

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[Photos] Vietnam's Rice Terraces Among the World's Most Surreal Landscapes

In mountainous northern Vietnam, farming conditions aren't exactly ideal: the terrain is uneven and the weather fickle. But with a lot of hard work and some solid planning, the country's farmers manag...

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Check Out Vietnam's Latest Tourism Promotion Video

On September 21, Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs officially released a new video aimed at promoting tourism in the country.

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Saigon Railways To Open Daily Route To Ninh Thuan Province

On October 3, Saigon Railways will begin offering a daily train service from Saigon to Phan Rang-Thap Cham in coastal Ninh Thuan province.

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[Video] Drone Video Goes Behind the Scenes of Son Doong Cave Expedition

There's a lot of hype around Son Doong these days, and when you take a look at the ever-growing collection of photos and videos from within the place, it's not difficult to see why. The world's larges...

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[Video] A Day In The Life Of A Saigon Container Ship

When we think of container ships, the first image that springs to mind is usually a gigantic man-made vessel that pollutes the water and obstructs our view of the ocean.

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Get Ready For Gondola Rides On A Saigon Canal

Gondolas will no longer be solely the symbol of Venice, reports Tuoi Tre.

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15 Photos Of Vietnam's Most Beautiful Sunrises

Whether it is a metropolitan hub, a sleepy central Vietnam highland town in mist or a tranquil remote island, these photos of sunrise capture the beautiful transition between night and day that is rar...

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Son Doong Tops Smithsonian's List Of Places To See In The 21st Century

Late last week, Smithsonian magazine announced its 21st Century Life List, giving a fancy name to what most of us call a “bucket list”. The lineup included several hair-raising experiences, from ...

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Stunning Video Captures Snapshots Of Northern Vietnam

When German photographer Stefan Siebert visited Vietnam earlier this year, he wanted to travel light but also capture images of his journey. Using a handy Blackmagic camera and monopod, the photograph...

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Military Area in Cam Ranh to Be Converted Into Tourism Beach

In a bid to boost tourism in Cam Ranh, the Vietnamese military has agreed to hand over a beach to their civilian counterparts for tourism development.

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Uber Is Giving Away Free Helicopter Rides In Da Nang This Weekend

To inaugurate the launch of UberCHOPPER, Uber’s new helicopter service in Vietnam, the company is giving away flights to a few of its Da Nang users this weekend.

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[Video] A Day in the Life of a Vietnamese Train Conductor

Ever wonder what it would be like to drive a train through the winding, verdant hills and claustrophobic tunnels of central Vietnam?

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Vietnam Planning To Extend US Tourist Visas From 3 Months To 1 Year

In a bid to draw more visitors from the US, the Vietnamese government is planning to extend the validity of tourist visas for Americans from three months to 1 year.

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Chinese Overtake Russians In Mui Ne

Mui Ne, long a stronghold for Russian tourists has been attracting a different set of international visitors in recent months – Chinese.

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Hanoi Is A Hospitality Mecca According TripAdvisor’s Seemingly Arbitrary Algorithm

TripAdvisor has long drawn the wrath of business owners in Vietnam, as their ranking on the travel website often determines whether they thrive or fail. Many have taken issue with the site’s algorithm...

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Nha Trang To Open Beach For Night Swimming

Those living in and visiting Nha Trang will soon be able to swim in the ocean long after the sun goes down as the city has approved plans for its first night beach.

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Saigoneer Getaways: Hue

In our latest addition of Saigoneer Getaways, we bike through Vietnam’s former Imperial capital, Hue. Despite rapid modernization throughout Vietnam, Hue has somehow retained is 'charm.

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Vietnam's International Tourist Arrivals Increase for the First Time in 13 Months

For the first time in 13 months, Vietnam’s tourism industry is showing signs of life with the country registering a relative surge in international visitors.