Brian Letwin

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The Quiet Calm of Hiding From the Heat Under Phan Rang's Grapevines

The punishing mid-day sun dictates the pace of life in the corridor between Phan Rang and Cam Ranh, where locals escape to their living rooms or hammocks, and tourists seek the cooling breeze of the beach, seafood restaurants or resort pools. Perhaps one of the most underrated ways to take refuge from the heat is to duck into one of the nearby grape vineyards where winding vines create a natural oasis.

Paul Christiansen

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The Curious Case of Quy Hoà Leprosy Colony's Park of Busts

A delightfully bizarre place, Quy Nhơn’s Quy Hoà leprosy colony deserves exploration in full , but clustered in a grove of...

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On Japan’s Shonan Coastline, a Wintry Vista of Mount Fuji

It was my first trip to Zushi Beach and the sun was beginning to set. 

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Finding Solace in the Placid Water of Trị An Lake as a City Dweller

I took a deep breath, realizing that I was suspended in the midpoint of everything, above the calm, glassy surface of Trị An Lake and beneath the vast, enveloping azure sky that blanketed Mã Đà forest.

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In Gò Vấp, a 'Floating Temple' Stands the Test of Time and River Currents

On an isle amid the Vàm Thuật river in Gò Vấp District, Phù Châu Temple, colloquially known among locals as the “floating temple,” has welcomed religious practitioners looking for a serene quarter in fast-paced Hồ Chí Minh City for over three centuries.

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Just 12km From Huế, a Hidden Lake Welcomes You to a Night of Stargazing

If you’ve been meaning to embark on a trip to escape from the chaos of daily life but aren’t quite keen to plunge straight into the wilderness, Huế might be the perfect next destination. The city center embodies calm, quietude and a sense of poetic beauty — these are all great qualities that have long drawn visitors to it, but not many are aware that there’s an entirely different side of Huế if one just takes a short ride away from the urban heartland alongside the Perfume River.

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Tà Năng, One of Vietnam’s Most Beautiful Trails and Best-Kept Secrets

Whether we choose to participate or not, most of us are fascinated by Vietnam’s motorbike culture.

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In Bangkok's Sunday Market 'Baan Yuan,' Flavors of Vietnam Abound

A stroll down the start of Soi Samsen 13 was utterly uninteresting at the beginning: it first appeared to be a typical Thai soi (alley) filled with SUVs and shuttered shops on a typical Sunday morning...

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[Photos] Kahtein Festival: The Joy of Giving in Myanmar’s Shan State

Nestled in the luscious green hills of Myanmar's Shan State and peppered with Buddhist temples, the sleepy town of Hsipaw is perhaps not the most obvious location for a bustling street party.

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VietJet Will Open Flight Route to Brisbane, Australia in 2019

This move follows the launch of flights to India.

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A Pilgrimage to the Grave of Vo Thi Sau on Con Dao Island

“Every time they had a chance to go by the grave, they would put a stone on it, burn an incense stick or stick a flower they had picked up from the roadside on the grave to show their respect and ador...

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Hoi An Establishes Curfew, Noise Limit to Curtail Rowdy Nightlife

Local authorities are fed up with the rowdy nightlife that's invaded downtown Hoi An.

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Saigoneer Getaways: Indulging Your Inner Castaway on Con Dao

Knowing the time of the tides is important here. The shallow waters around the 16 islands which make up the Con Dao Archipelago some 240 kilometers south of Saigon make for impressive golden beaches a...

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Every Holiday Season, Da Lat Chokes Under Tourism Pressures

It would take from three to five years for the problem to get worse, according to the director of the Da Lat Department of Construction.

Michael Tatarski

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[Photos] A Pre-Tet Trip to Sa Dec, the Mekong Delta's Flower Capital

Sa Dec, a small Mekong Delta city four hours away from Saigon, turns into a vibrant flower kingdom in the weeks leading up to Tet.

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Quang Binh Plans to Build World’s Longest Zip Line Over Cave Kingdom

The 3.5-kilometer-long zip line will be part of a large tourism service complex in Phong Nha–Ke Bang National Park, which is home to world-famous Son Doong cave.

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Muji's First Hotel in China Is Where Your Minimalist Dream Comes True

Popular Japanese minimalist homeware brand Muji opened its first hotel on January 18th in Shenzhen, China.

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[Video] The Beauty of Vietnam Seen With Fresh Eyes

Claire Imler’s new video Vietnam lets viewers experience what it's like to see the country for the first time: from grass brooms swishing warm rain across a tile floor; charcoal flames caressing ...

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Amid Tourism Boom, Hoi An Places Stricter Regulations on Homestays

Hoi An Town authorities have issued new regulations requiring all homestays be operated by residents who are not married to foreigners.

Michael Tatarski

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[Photos] Hue's Abandoned Waterpark Is a Post-Apocalyptic Beauty

Just south of Hue sits the Ho Thuy Tien Waterpark. Once a sign of aspirational middle-class family entertainment, it now sits abandoned, creating an eerie, graffiti-splashed destination in its own rig...

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VNA Plans to Establish More Routes to the US, China, Australia, Europe This Year

2018 will see a boom in Vietnam’s aviation industry.

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Vietnam Welcomes Record Number of Foreign Tourists in 2017: GSO

Last year was a good year for Vietnam's tourism industry.

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[Video] Fly Across the Length of Vietnam in Filmmaker Thang Soi's Latest Short Film

Thang Soi’s short film Vietnam - Dream of Unity (Non Song Mot Dai) opens with a panoramic view of nacreous clouds reflected atop an idyllic expanse of flooded rice fields.

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Vietnam Approves Master Plan to Turn Dong Van Plateau Into National Tourism Site

A new tourism development master plan has been approved for an area of Vietnam's northernmost province known for its stunning natural beauty.

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VietJet Holds In-Flight Bikini Show to Celebrate Launch of Bangkok-Da Lat Route

VietJet has one again lived up to its reputation worldwide as “that bikini airline in Vietnam” after passengers on one of its new Thailand-Vietnam routes posted a surprise swimwear show.

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[Photos] Snow Blankets Mount Fansipan During Winter Freeze

Many Saigoneers have bundled up for their morning commute this week, but the cool temperatures here are nothing compared to the weather up north.

Michael Tatarski

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[Photos] Saigoneer Getaways: The Serenity of Japan's Countryside

Japan is rightfully famous for its exciting, neon-bathed major cities. Every year, Tokyo and Osaka draw millions of visitors with their incredible food and bars, as well as their mix of traditional an...