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Vietnam’s prison – island paradise

Con Son Island

Despite being a quick 45-minute turboprop flight from Ho Chi Minh City, Con Son is a world away from Vietnam’s well-beaten tourist trail, with inexplicably few Western travellers. At 5 am and 6 pm, government loudspeakers crackle to life all over Vietnam. Relics of an era before homes had televisions ...

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Is the banh mi the world’s best sandwich?

bánh mì

A product of Vietnam’s colonial past, the beloved concoction combines a crunchy French baguette with pork, pate and an ever-changing array of fresh vegetables. The cab driver stopped on the bustling boulevard Pho Hue and pointed at a mishmash of incongruent four and five-story buildings across the street. I hopped ...

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Visa-free entry throws life-line to Vietnamese tourism

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After many debates on zero cost registration free before the Mekong Tourism Forum in Danang last week, Nguyen Van Tuan, director general of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism unexpectedly announced the official approval for visa-free entry for tourists from the five mentioned countries, beginning from July 1, 2015.

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Vietnam is the less-crowded and cheaper Thailand

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FOR the longest time, Thailand was the classic Southeast Asian destination. Its beautiful beaches, cheap accommodations, and amazing food secured the country on the top of most travellers’ lists for the region. But over the last few years, Vietnam has started to steal the Southeast Asia spotlight — offering less-crowded ...

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Beautiful Sapa captured on flying camera drone

The patterns of terrace rice fields

Max Seigal, an American photographer has used a flying camera drone to tour the Sapa Town, one of Vietnam’s prettiest destinations. The short clip of Max Seigal has gone viral on Vietnamese internet because it fully shows the magnificent and enchanting scenes of the mountainous areas. Seigal used GoPro Hero ...

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