Learning the craft of traditional rice paper-making in Vietnam

Learning the craft of traditional rice paper-making in Vietnam

Nestled on a quaint country road between Hoi An and My Son is a family home that moonlights as a rice paper-making facility. A lovely lady named Hoa crafts the famous Vietnamese snack, known locally as banh cha. She gently holds my hand as she taps her arm with her...

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Ancient mysteries of the My Son Temple ruins

Ancient mysteries of the My Son Temple ruins

Tucked deep within the lush jungle that surrounds the quaint village of Duy Phu is a valley of crumbling ancient ruins unlike many others in Vietnam. Unlike most of Vietnam’s houses of worship, the royal My Son temple complex wasn’t erected in honour of Lord Buddha. Mahayana Buddhism became popular...

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In northern Vietnam, a piece of unfinished cloth tells a story

In northern Vietnam, a piece of unfinished cloth tells a story

I recently took a trip with my mother through northern Vietnam, and up into the mountainous region that borders Southern China. The people who have lived there for generations are not Vietnamese, but a mix of isolated and unique groups that retain very separate cultural styles — partly due to...

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24 hours in: Hanoi

24 hours in: Hanoi

Hanoi is a busy, bustling city that’s guaranteed to excite you — but also maybe overwhelm you, especially if you only have 24 hours to see the sites. To help you navigate the streets from old town to downtown, here are the top tips from our local Hanoi tour guides...

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This woman helped us find the best pho in the world (and can help you, too)

This woman helped us find the best pho in the world (and can help you, too)

I’m sweating. Since arriving in Vietnam, in fact, I have been in a state of perpetual perspiration. It’s a hot and humid land, and I am an Englishman not used to such hot and humid lands. But this particular sweat is a unique type of sweat — one induced by...

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What to eat and where to eat it in Vietnam

What to eat and where to eat it in Vietnam

I’m a big lover of food and I recently visited Vietnam. And as a big lover of food who recently visited Vietnam, I felt an overwhelming sense of responsibility to deliver to you, the internet, a comprehensive modern-day piece of content that shares with you some of the best stuff...

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24 hours in: Ho Chi Minh City

24 hours in: Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is one of the most popular cities to visit in Southeast Asia for a reason. The pace is frenetic and the streets chaotic, but the high-octane energy is a large part of the appeal. It sucks you in and takes you along for the ride —...

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How to eat pho in Ho Chi Minh City

How to eat pho in Ho Chi Minh City

We asked Nhi Pham, our local guide and expert in Ho Chi Minh City, about how to eat Vietnam’s most famous dish like a local in her city. Pho in Ho Chi Minh City is a bit different from what you’ll find in Hanoi and other northern cities. In the...

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Messy, tasty rolls are why you need to eat at this Hoi An joint

Messy, tasty rolls are why you need to eat at this Hoi An joint

You’ll smell it before you see it. That’s how you know you’ve found Bale Well, a tiny open-air restaurant in one of Hoi An’s back alleys. As arguably the most touristy town in Vietnam, Hoi An has a lot of fantastic restaurants, catering to visitors seeking air conditioned fine dining....

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Top Tips for a Trip to Vietnam

Top Tips for a Trip to Vietnam

No doubt about it, Southeast Asia is one of the top choices for travellers. Beautiful scenery, friendly people, and cheap food and accommodations make it a popular destination not just with backpackers, but with anyone who wants an affordable trip to paradise. As one of the less traditional stops on...

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