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30 Amazing Things to Do in Hue City

In Hue you can explore ancient burial sites, pagodas, the royal citadel, and savor the unique cuisine. Nearby you can enjoy pristine beaches, the largest as well as longest caves in Asia, trekking tropical forest, or visiting modern battlegrounds.

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Beaches, retreats and former prisons: Island hopping in Vietnam

When I fled Vietnam as a child, I never imagined that the islands we attempted our escapes from would one day become luxurious beach resorts. But more than 30 years later, that’s exactly what’s happening around Nha Trang, a seaside town where I grew up about 200 miles north of Saigon (or Ho Chi Minh […]

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Vietnam street food: 10 essential dishes

Not only did President Barack Obama sample some of Vietnam’s finest local eats in Hanoi in May, but his guide was none other than “Parts Unknown” host Anthony Bourdain. “There is no better place to entertain the leader of the free world, in my opinion, than one of these classic, funky family-run noodle shops you […]

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Saigon street food: What to eat in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is widely considered the food capital of Vietnam. While Hanoi can lay claim to inventing pho, one of Vietnam’s proudest food exports, it’s in Ho Chi Minh City that visitors will truly discover the variety and breadth of Vietnamese cuisine. Influences and regional dishes from all over the country crowd the […]

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Vietnam: Insider Travel Guide

  Whatever the movies have taught you about Vietnam, forget it. The country is shedding its old look, disrobing itself of the heavy cloak of history to become a pulsating, spirited destination able not just to compete, but to surpass its peers in the region. You want to spend? Try a shopping trip to Ho […]

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Ca tru: A night at the opera in the streets of Hanoi

On a Sunday evening in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, you’ll likely hear the purr of motorbikes, calls of street vendors and clicks of camera shutters as wide-eyed tourists capture the city’s manic atmosphere. But if you find yourself wandering along Hang Bac — also known as “Silver Street” — another sound might catch your ear. After […]

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Vietnam by motorcycle: History and culture on two wheels

Vietnam is a nation that moves on two wheels. A 200,000-kilometer road network connects cities with farming villages, beach resorts to mountain escapes and dense jungles to a jagged coastline. Over 37 million scooters snake their way from the Mekong Delta in the south to the snow-dusted peaks on the Chinese border. It’s the favored […]

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Cruise Vietnam’s scenic and lush Red River

The boatman appears to be cycling. As the small wooden craft approaches, I can see his legs rotating the oars in perfect rhythm. I assume they must be attached to some kind of mechanized bicycle chain, but no, he’s simply rowing with his legs, looking as comfortable as if he were watching TV while pedaling […]

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Barack Obama, Anthony Bourdain chew the fat in Hanoi

We started talking internally about the possibility of shooting a scene with the President of the United States a long way out — nearly a year before it actually happened. Some people at the White House had reached out and hinted at the possibility that maybe, just maybe, we might find a time and a […]

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