How to Stay Safe and Avoid Scams in Southern Vietnam –...

In this, the second part of our two-part series on avoiding common tourist scams in Vietnam, we focus on popular tourist destinations in the south...

Mapping Street Food Culture in Saigon

Before delving into Saigon’s rich street food culture, it is helpful to know what makes Vietnamese street food cuisine special. Why does it beat...

The Art of Finding the Best Tailors in Hoi An

With over 400+ tailor shops in Hoi An today, it's not so easy to find the best tailors in Hoi An. So what is...
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Breaking Down the Banh Mi (Vietnamese Sandwich)

As a traveller in Vietnam, Banh Mi is one of the safer street foods you can enjoy (take a look at our previous blog...
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How long to travel in Vietnam: The perfect itineraries

We're going to give you a quick breakdown of the major places to visit in Vietnam, what there is to see and do, and...
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The Ultimate Hanoi Shopping Guide – What to buy and where to buy it

We wrote a very popular article focused on Ho Chi Minh City shopping awhile back, and have since had many requests for a similar piece for shopping...

How-to-Guide to Travel Vietnam by Air, Land and Water

Vietnam is a long coastal country stretching 1650 kilometers (1,025 miles) from north to south. Dotting its narrow landmass are beautiful cities, beaches, and...
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Top 5 Historical Sites to Explore in Hoi An Ancient Town

With so many places to visit in Hoi An Ancient Town, it may be overwhelming to travelers that are only visiting this beautiful coastal city...
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The Best City Tours In Vietnam

As Vietnam's tourism industry skyrockets, many tour operators offer travel experiences that vary drastically in quality. There's a huge number of tours and activities...
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How to Spend One Day in Hoi An – Custom Itineraries for Vietnam

Hoi An is one of the few cities to remain firmly in Vietnam's cultural history.  The Old Town portion of the city is a UNESCO...
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The Complete Guide to Ba Na Hills and the Golden Bridge

Ba Na Hills has been in the news a lot recently due to images of their latest attraction “The Golden Bridge” going viral. In...
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Top 8 Off The Beaten Track Destinations in Vietnam

Vietnam is seeing more and more visitors each year, with the actual number of tourists per year reaching to well over 12 million.  Some...

Entrepreneurship in Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam is truly a country of entrepreneurs, pretty much every house facing a street is a business of some kind. Many are traditional family-owned...

XO Foodie Tour Review by a Renown New York Chef

Here is an excerpt from the food diary of Mario Tolentino, a New York Chef and winner of The Food Network's "Chopped" in 2010....
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