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Explore Hang Son Doong in Vietnam, the world’s largest cave

“Watch out for dinosaurs.” I smile at our guide’s warning and enter the lush jungle growing inside Hang Son Doong, a 3-million-year-old cave in central Vietnam. Water drips from a gaping scar in the ceiling over 100 meters (328 feet) above us. A spectacular sunbeam starts to creep down the side of the serrated cliffs. […]

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Ho Chi Minh City: Insider Travel Guide

Visiting Vietnam’s fastest-developing rising star proves that life doesn’t have to be dull, ever. In recent years the country has become a pulsating, spirited destination. Vietnam’s largest city, Ho Chi Minh City (population estimated at 9 million including surrounding areas) may be the best example. The southern Vietnamese city, formerly called and still often referred […]

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The extraordinary wooden houses of Central Vietnam

When it comes to glorious traditional crafts in Vietnam, the vibrant outfits of the Flower Hmong and Red Dao peoples of North Vietnam usually get all the attention. But venture to the little explored Central Highlands, bordering Laos and Cambodia, and you’ll find extraordinary native architecture. The Ede, Bahnar and Giarai are just three of […]

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Vietnam opens revolutionary tunnels to tourism in Ho Chi Minh City

Most visitors to Ho Chi Minh City will make the hour or so drive out of town to visit the legendary Cu Chi tunnels. What most won’t realize is that right under their feet in the city itself is a subterranean network, smaller but no less remarkable than the claustrophobic tunnels that housed so many […]

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Art of war: Propaganda posters paint a different picture of Vietnam

Trekking through the forest with hardened front line soldiers and living under the threat of American bombers: it’s not the normal experience for art school students, but it was one faced by hundreds in Vietnam during the country’s conflicts that raged between 1954 and 1975. From post-colonial struggles to the battles to reunify a Vietnam […]

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CNNGo in Ho Chi Minh City: From secret wartime hideouts to vintage Vespas

This month CNNGo sets its sights on Ho Chi Minh City. Formerly known as Saigon, Vietnam’s largest city is in the middle of balancing a growing, modern economy with an intense desire to hold onto its history. We set off our journey with Vietnam Vespa Adventures, which zoom us around to see snapshots of local […]

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Touring Ho Chi Minh City in a retro Vespa mob

There are two main ways visitors to Ho Chi Minh City cross the streets. One approach is to step with zen-like calm into the swirl of honking scooters and serenely stride across the road without breaking step. Like locals, they’re part of the flow, part of the (exhaust-choked) stream of traffic. The other is to […]

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You can fly on a combat-scarred Vietnam icon

The Huey helicopter came in from the west, the “pop, pop, pop” of its blades announcing its arrival. It made a sharp right-hand turn and flared to a landing in the grassy area. The ragtag troop of 10 passengers awaiting its arrival looked far from Army issue, dressed in Aloha shirts, T-shirts, blue jeans, shorts […]

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Vietnam’s first McDonald’s opens in Ho Chi Minh City

The wait is over for Ho Chi Minh City residents and travelers in need of a Chicken McNugget fix. Vietnam’s first McDonald’s restaurant officially opened for business this weekend. Located in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam’s commercial center, the McDonald’s branch has a 24-hour drive-through service and will feature the usual […]

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Vietnam War bunker reopened under luxury hotel

“When the sirens sounded, 15 trained defenders would go to the roof. The anti-aircraft gun mounted there was used once, when the Red River was bombed in May 1972. The planes came over the State Bank, and the shooters on that roof also shot at the plane. I don’t know if they found their mark.” […]

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