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My ninety-year old father and younger brother came to Vietnam to visit for just six days. They had requested a trip outside of Ho Chi Minh. Time being of the essence, the easiest place for a quick getaway, I thought, would be Vung Tau. [ more... ]
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I sat under the beach umbrella with its thatched roof and drowsily contemplated the sea. Its endless murmurings sounded like the chanting of a group of monks [ more... ]
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Beach resorts catering to mass tourism are a relatively new phenomenon in Vietnam and I am happy to report that the mistakes that were made at such brash places as Kuta Beach, Bali or Benidorm, Spain so far have not repeated here. [ more... ]
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Ha Giang is Vietnam’s northernmost district, bordering China, with Lao Cai to its west. It is famous for its rugged high mountains and spectacular mountain passes, for the many ethnic minorities who live there [ more... ]
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Each vacationer seeks something different, but all can agree that each of them wants freedom of choice and the serenity of solitude. Both are in great measure at Le Belhamy Resort in Hoi An. [ more... ]
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It’s noon on a Saturday and from the throne of a huge bathtub that the tropical sun paints in gold, I watch a dwarf bamboo grove nurtured skillfully right on the tiled floor. [ more... ]
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The Con Dao Archipelago, in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, in southwest Vietnam, has 16 islands and islets, with a total area of 76 square kilometres. It was listed as one of the world’s top ten romantic destinations in the world for 2011 by UK’s Lonely Planet magazine. [ more... ]
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As an elderly porter, big and broad, with anchor tattoos on his forearms guided me through a verdant tropical garden with such determination as if he was steering a ship at rough seas rather then carrying my baggage [ more... ]
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In Cu Chi, during the lunar New Year in February, Quoc, a tour guide, led two dozen Japanese tourists into a tunnel. They were middle-aged and had heard a lot about the Vietnam War. [ more... ]
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It’s tiring to climb up the top of Small Mountain (Núi Nhỏ) but once you’re there, you can not only see the largest statue of Jesus Christ in Asia but also the giant cannons and a panoramic view of this city. [ more... ]
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