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In Hue, in 2010, I could smell the flowers and the still-living water of the Perfume River, and in the Celadon Palace hotel, in Hue, which is now the Indochine Palace, part of the Best Western chain, I could smell the wool of the carpets in the suite and the leather of armchairs in spots such as the Au Rendezvous lounge. [ more... ]
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On the eastern, or windward, side of the headland from which the fishing village Mui Ne derives its name, on a wide sweeping bay with a mile or so of sandy beach and standing in well tended gardens, you will find the Muine Bay Resort, which celebrates its first birthday this month. [ more... ]
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Can Gio District is about 60 kilometres south east of downtown Ho Chi Minh City. It is the city’s only seaside district and is also considered the city’s lung. [ more... ]
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T he northeastern province of Bac Giang is known for its cool year-round. One weekend, my friends and I decided to visit Dong Cao Village, in Thach Son Commune, in the province’s Son Dong District. At 8 a.m., our bus left Bac Giang Town and headed northeast. It covered almost 90 kilometres before taking us to the centre of Thach Son Commune. [ more... ]
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In 1994, an Englishwoman, Maria Coffey, and her husband travelled Vietnam by boat and bicycle, prompted by the nostalgia of a Vietnamese friend. In a book called Three Moons in Vietnam, published in 1996, Coffey wrote, ‘Hoi An looks like a sleepy suburb with historic houses full of mulberries in dense foliage.’ Despite big changes in much of Vietnam, Hoi An retains today much of the quiet and meditative feel Coffey found. [ more... ]
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At noon, the market was over. The Hmong women left the market for home with weary steps, their feet _wearing Chinese plastic shoes. On the way to the parking place. [ more... ]
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T he sentiments of the poet Henly are mine too – ‘the passing of the years finds and leaves me unafraid’. I may be too young to worry. I am just fifty six. Yet I believe my skin looks younger than its years. My strategy so far has been simple. I exercise regularly, wash in soap and water and eat a daily ration of extra-virgin olive oil. [ more... ]
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Not so far from the madding crowd but definitely well away from it, hidden in a cove at the remote end of a peninsula, lies the An Lam Ninh Van Bay all-villa resort. [ more... ]
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As I arrived by night after an arduous mini-bus ride north from Danang, Phong Nha Farmstay was an array of _coloured lanterns over the front porch of a French-colonial-style building. [ more... ]
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I pulled my luggage on a tree-lined gravel path, passing buffaloes placidly grazing on harvested paddy fields, farmers tending vegetable gardens and lotus ponds blooming pink petals in mountain shades. [ more... ]
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