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Vọng Cảnh, the Picturesque Hill in Huế That Even Emperors Cherished

The poetic Hương River flows calmly, the fresh air and breeze whisper through the lush pine forest, a coming sunset colors the peaceful natural spectacle. All of this can be experienced during a late-afternoon visit to Huế's Vọng Cảnh Hill.

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New App ConstructionBnB Helps You Explore Vietnam's Beautiful Construction Sites

If you live in Vietnam, chances are you live next to a construction site: hotels, condos, shopping centers, etc. But why see the same old site every day when there are so many different ones out there to experience?

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The Charm of Hòn Yến, Where Coral-Watching Doesn't Involve Diving

Every year, from May to August, when the water reaches its lowest levels at Hòn Yến, a “jungle” of vibrant coral reefs and other marine creatures rises to the surface.

Paul Christiansen

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On the Hunt for Colorful Murals in Đà Lạt's Hilly Hẻms

Was color a casualty of COVID-19? Along with the freedom to gather, to attend live concerts and travel, did the pandemic rob us of opportunities to fully appreciate color?

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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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All Aboard the Languorous Train From Hanoi to Saigon

The train connecting Vietnam’s largest cities takes 35 hours. Yet even after the first time I finished the trip, I was already coming up with excuses for why I needed to do it again. For me, the journey is much more than a chance for great views and time to reflect. It’s an exploration of life itself.

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Just 50km From Hanoi, Đường Lâm Village Is a Charming Historical Relic

If one were to strike out west from Hanoi and follow the Red River for some 50 kilometers, there they will find Đường Lâm Village — a quintessence of rural Vietnam.

Paul Christiansen

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An Awe-Inspiring Bird's-Eye View of Bình Định's Chăm Towers

What if memories were not collections of chemicals and electrical impulses stored in the fleshy recesses of a mind, but physical objects made of brick and stone?

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[Photos] For Vietnam's H’Mong Communities, Life Tilts on a Precipice

On a small goat path beneath the high peaks of the Ma Pi Leng Pass, a group of H'Mong ladies walked uphill with more than 10 kilograms of wood and grass on their backs.

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Bamboo Airways to Launch Vietnam–Germany Flight Routes From July

The upstart airline will operate flights to Munich from Saigon twice a week and from Hanoi once a week starting July.

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[Photos] Immersing in a Lonely Japan Outside the Urban Crowds

Japan's cities are known for their dense urbanity and crowded subways, but they can also be isolating.

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Vietnam Launches Campaigns to Revitalize Tourism Industry Hit by Coronavirus

The campaigns are the effort to compensate for the losses in tourism revenue due to the Covid-19 epidemic.

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[Photos] On the North-South Railway, Open Windows Frame Portraits of Everyday Life

Traveling on the Reunification Express from Saigon to Hanoi feels like a ride through history and time.

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UN Report Names Vietnam World's 7th-Fastest Growing Destination of 2019

Will the coronavirus put a dent in that?

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Almost 2m Foreign Tourists Visit Vietnam in January, a Record Number

Vietnam's tourism industry saw unprecedented growth in international arrivals last month, though the timing of this success — right in the middle of a coronavirus outbreak — is unfortunate.

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Almost 2m Foreign Tourists Visited Vietnam in January, a Record Number

Vietnam's tourism industry saw unprecedented growth in international arrivals last month, though the timing of this success — right in the middle of a coronavirus outbreak — is unfortunate.

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Vinpearl Air, Slated for a Summer Launch, Is Suddenly Cancelled by Vingroup

The move comes as Vietnam's largest private company looks to focus on its technology and industry operations.

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Google Names Da Nang as 2020's Top Trending Travel Destination

The central coastal city experienced the biggest increase in travel searches, according to Google analytics.

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[Video] Travelogue Captures Quotidian Life in Northern and Central Vietnam

Oscillating between wide-angle scenes and the more close-up views of everyday people's interactions, the video is an ode to the country’s beauty.

Michael Tatarski

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Saigoneer Getaways: To a Saigoneer, Phnom Penh Is Same Same, But Different

Is it possible to even recognize everything that has changed after 10 years?

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Vietnam Welcomes 18m Foreign Tourists in 2019, an All-Time Record

According to the General Statistics Office, in December 2019, the country welcomed 1.7 million tourists from other countries.

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VietJet Launches 3 New Routes From Da Nang to Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore

The new routes could be beneficial for Da Nang's tourism revenue.

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Vietnam's Direct US Flights Will Take at Least 2 Years to Happen, Official Says

A variety of logistics challenges and US regulations will keep Vietnamese carriers from launching direct routes to America for the foreseeable future.

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Bamboo Airways Is Vietnam's Most Punctual Airline in 2019 (So Far)

But do they play 'Hello Vietnam' on endless repeat while taxiing?

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Hoi An Inches Closer to 'Bicycle Town' Goal With New Pedestrian-Only Street

Another major street in Hoi An has been approved to become a walking plaza in the future.

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Vietnam's Latest Tourist Attraction Is a Glass Bridge and Elevator Near Sapa

At least it's not another cable car?

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After VietJet, Vietnam Airlines Launches Direct Flights From Saigon to Bali

The flagship carrier joins VietJet in offering direct flights from the southern metropolis to the Indonesian beach hotspot.

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Is This Really the End of the Line for Hanoi’s ‘Train Street’?

Hanoi officials shut down the celebrated stretch of railway last weekend, citing safety concerns as the main reason.

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