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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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Hà Giang's Thôn Khun Is a Soothing Oasis for the World-Weary Traveler

Located in the heart of a valley surrounded by verdant stretches of forest, the little hamlet of Khun retains much of its pristine natural charms. From the enigmatic beauty of the local Bó Mỳ Cave to babbling creeks, Khun is a must-visit destination during northern Vietnam’s sweltering summer season.

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[Video] Inside Vietnam Airlines' Sexy New 787-9 Dreamliners

Vietnam Railways isn’t the only Vietnamese transportation company upping their standards. In an effort to compete at the highest levels of international air travel, Vietnam Airlines has plans to buy 2...

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Da Nang to Launch Helicopter Tours in April

Starting in April, visitors to Da Nang will be able to take in the city’s sights from the air with helicopter tours.

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[Photos] What It’s Like to Take a Flight on North Korea’s Air Koryo, 'World’s Worst Airline'

According to Skytrax, which ranks and reviews 681 airlines, North Korea’s Air Koryo is the least pleasant to fly. The state-owned airline is the only carrier on the site that has a 1-star ranking and ...

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[Photos] A Closer Look At Vietnam’s New 5-Star Trains

More details and photos of Vietnam’s new 5-star trains have popped up in the local press this week, providing pricing information and a deeper look at the upscale amenities which promise to provide a ...

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[Photos] 5-Star Train Makes Debut on Vietnam’s North-South Railway

After four months of upgrades, a train consisting of Vietnam Railway’s typical rolling stock has been relaunched as a 5-star train, the first of its kind in Vietnam.

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[Photos] Tà Chì Nhù: Vietnam’s "Ocean Of Clouds"

Within the rolling hills of Yen Bai Province sits Tà Chì Nhù, Vietnam's 6th tallest mountain at 2,979 meters.

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Vietnamese Airlines May Soon Offer Direct Flights to the US

For Vietnamese and expats who frequently travel between Vietnam and the U.S., you may not have to endure long stop overs much longer.

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Construction Of Phan Thiet Airport Set To Kick-Off This Month

After getting the Prime Minister’s approval last September, construction of the Phan Thiet Airport is scheduled to commence this month according to provincial People’s Committee.

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[Photos] Phú Quốc: An Idyllic Beach Getaway…For Now

A short 45-minute flight from Saigon takes you away from the city’s frenetic energy and drops you in a place where the sounds of waves hitting the sand replace the endless honking horns of busses and ...

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Jetstar Tops The List Of Most Delayed Airlines In Vietnam

According to a recent survey, Jetstar Pacific is Vietnam’s tardiest airline with 30.6% of their flights delayed.

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Da Nang Makes NY Times' '52 Places to Go in 2015' List

Over the past decade, Da Nang has boosted its profile as an international tourist destination with its beautiful beaches, fine dining and luxury hotels.

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Huffington Post: “21 Reasons To Fall In Love With Vietnam”

The Huffington Post recently released their list of “21 Reasons To Fall In Love With Vietnam,” highlighting the country’s natural beauty, food and people among other things.

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48 Hours In Tam Cốc-Bích Động

As you approach the small town of Tam Cốc-Bích Động, limestone karsts jump out of the endlessly flat terrain like monuments to the days of yesteryear.

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Condé Nast's "10 Reasons To Visit Ho Chi Minh City Now"

In a mix between a Rough Guides list and a "36 Hours" New York Times piece, Condé Nast, one of the World’s leading publishers, recently compiled “10 Reasons To Visit Ho Chi Minh City Now.”

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You Can Now Take A Seaplane From HCMC To Phan Thiet

After a seemingly successful launch of its seaplane service between Hanoi and Ha Long Bay last September, a Vietnamese aviation company kicked-off its HCMC – Phan Thiet service last Saturday.

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[Video] 1200 Hours In Vietnam Hyperlapse

Last October, Evan Corrigan used his iPhone 5 to create this nifty hyperlapse of his 1200 hours in Vietnam.

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Vietnam Resort Makes Designboom’s 2014 Top Hotel And Resort List

Designboom, the world's first and most popular digital architecture and design magazine has just released its rankings of the world’s top hotels and resorts, judged based on function, location and for...

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[Video] Dirt Bikers Slip And Slide Their Way Across The Vietnamese Countryside

Earlier this year, five Vietnamese guys took the Cuong Mud Challenge which took them off the beaten path and into the muddy waters of the Vietnamese countryside.

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Rough Guides: Mekong Delta Among Top 10 Best-Value Destinations

UK travel publication, Rough Guides has ranked the Mekong Delta as one of 2015’s “Best Value Destinations.”

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New Expressway Cuts HCMC–Vung Tau Travel Time in Half

The Ho Chi Minh City – Dong Nai expressway opened up two major sections on Saturday, 5 months ahead of schedule.