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5/6/2020 5:24:56 PM

5 MUST- SEE HERITAGE SITES IN VIETNAM

For culture lovers, every small moment of discovery is a step closer to understanding a new and different way of life. Scattered throughout the country, Vietnam's UNESCO Heritage Sites are jackpots for these moments of discovery. Each one promises exceptional beauty and exceptional insight into Vietnamese culture. Of the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites found in Vietnam, here are five you absolutely must not miss.

5/6/2020 5:18:52 PM

10 MUST-DO ACTIVITIES IN NINH BINH

Ninh Binh is a playground for adventurers, and an oasis for nature lovers. Vietnam’s first capital was established here, and today the area is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site, full of mossy pagodas, striking limestone karsts, and surreal landscapes. Ready for an adventure? Here are ten must-do activities when in Ninh Binh.

5/6/2020 5:14:31 PM

DRIFT,CYCLE, EXPLORE: HOW TO TRAVEL THE MEKONG DELTA

The Mekong Delta is one of Vietnam’s most mysterious and fascinating destinations. And there’s no one way to see it. Cruise along mangrove-lined riverways, ride a bicycle through coconut groves or jump headfirst into local life at a rustic homestay — whatever you do, prepare to make memories that last. Here are five favourite ways to go.

5/6/2020 5:11:58 PM

7 FRESH WAYS TO SEE VIETNAM

Vietnam is a nation always on the move. Look away for a moment, and a business pops up, a new experience breaks ground, a route appears where there was none before. In 2020, travellers to Vietnam have more options than ever before, and it only gets better from here. Below are seven inspired ways to get to know Vietnam now.

5/6/2020 5:02:59 PM

7 AMAZING PARKS IN VIETNAM

Vietnam’s national parks and nature reserves offer tremendous diversity. The north is rich in staggered rice terraces that shift with the seasons. The centre boasts the world’s largest caves and the country’s loudest waterfalls. And the south is home to mangrove forests and exotic wildlife. Here are the top seven Vietnamese national parks and nature reserves you shouldn’t miss.

5/6/2020 4:55:28 PM

4 MEMORABLE DAYS IN THE MOKONG DELTA

The Mekong Delta is a vast and beautiful region of Vietnam, known for its tropical climate, tasty food and friendly people. Only two hours from Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll find yourself immersed in rice paddies, coconut groves and mangrove forests. This lush area is one of Vietnam’s most alluring stops for nature and culture lovers. From mouthwatering noodle soups to ancient Khmer temples, this four-day itinerary covers the best of the Mekong Delta.

5/6/2020 4:50:37 PM

PU LUONG FOR NATURE LOVERS

One glance at the Pu Luong Nature Reserve and you’ll see why the ethnic Thai people made this enchanting valley their home long ago. The slow pace in Pu Luong is a striking contrast to life in the capital just a few hours away. Endless mountains, fertile valleys and pristine jungle are just a few good reasons to visit. Here are seven ways to make the most of your time in this beautiful destination.

5/6/2020 4:48:01 PM

DISCOVERING CAO BANG: 7 MUST DO EXPERIENCE

Tucked away in a remote area of Northern Vietnam, Cao Bang Province is bursting with beautiful geo-cultural sites. With five major river systems and 47 lakes, water plays a vital role in shaping the landscape and local life. Much of Cao Bang is protected as UNESCO Global Geopark. The province's extraordinary diversity makes it a spectacular place to explore, especially for adventure travellers. Here are seven stops in Cao Bang you must not miss.

5/6/2020 4:45:39 PM

A SAPA ITINERARY FOR SUSTAINABLE TRAVELLERS

Clinging to the peaks of Vietnam's Hoàng Liên Sơn Mountain Range, Sapa is known for challenging treks, stunning photo opportunities and rolling rice terraces. The district is also home to eight ethnic minorities, and has one of the richest webs of culture in the country. Ready for an adventure? Travel Sapa sustainably and have the trip of a lifetime with this three-day Sapa itinerary.

5/6/2020 4:37:47 PM

VIETNAM'S OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Take a walk on the wild side in Vietnam, a country overflowing with outdoor adventures. Go kitesurfing off the rugged coastline, scale mountains for spectacular views, or burrow inside the world’s largest caves -- so much awaits you in Vietnam’s wonderful outdoors. Here’s the “what, where, and how” on seven must-try experiences across the country.

5/6/2020 4:31:39 PM

VIETNAM'S FIRST ETHICAL ELEPHANT EXPERIENCE

It’s hard to be yourself in any circumstance, but especially when you’re an elephant who’s been told what to do for the past 20 years. However, deep in the forests of Dak Lak, four Asian elephants are learning to do just that, free of chains, chores and (worst of all) set mealtimes. Bun Kham, Y Khun, H Non, and Thong Ngan are the stars of Vietnam’s first ethical elephant tours, which open a window into the extraordinary world of elephant behaviour. Travellers from all over can sign up for the tour, created by Yok Don National Park and Animals Asia. There’s no bathing, riding or interaction with the elephants involved. You may not even get close to the animal. Still, the opportunity to observe and learn about the elephants in their own environment is a rare experience, and a must for animal lovers.

5/6/2020 4:18:33 PM

7 OUTSTANDING TOURS OF HO CHI MINH CITY

Few things can crack open a new city and tell its stories the way a great tour can. With its buzzing energy and countless hidden treasures, Ho Chi Minh City offers some of the best tours in Vietnam. But where to start? If you're eager to see the real Ho Chi Minh City, sign up for any (or all!) of these seven insightful tours. Each one presents a different side of life in Vietnam's largest city, and will take you places most travellers never get to see.

5/6/2020 4:07:13 PM

DISCOVER DAK LAK PROVINCE

Thundering waterfalls, endless coffee plantations, remote ethnic villages — these are the first things you’ll hear about Dak Lak, if you hear anything at all. This under-the-radar province in Central Vietnam is in no hurry to reveal its treasures. Of course, that's half the appeal. Where else can you go glamping on a vast lake, get up close with elephants in the forest, and sit down to coffee with ethnic tribes? If you’re looking for a reason to visit, here are seven compelling things to do in Dak Lak.

5/6/2020 4:04:21 PM

INSPIRED IDEAS FOR RESPONSIBLE TRAVELLERS

Booking community tours, shopping at social enterprises, eating locally grown food — there are many ways your travels in Vietnam can make a difference. For travellers who enjoy giving back everywhere they go, Vietnam offers wonderful opportunities to immerse yourself in local culture while supporting worthy enterprises. Read on for some of our favourite sustainable brands and ideas to inspire your Vietnam itinerary.

5/6/2020 3:54:25 PM

20 MUST HAVE VIETNAM MOMENTS

Great Vietnam moments come in many forms. They can be the messy delight of trying fruit in a floating market, or the eye-opening first taste of phở. They can happen in the frenetic streets of a city, or a whisper-soft morning in the mountains. Your best Vietnam memories will probably also have something in common: a smile from a local, a delicious aroma, or a slash of tropical sunlight. From the hardy North to the sandy South, here are 20 quintessential Vietnam experiences to seek out on your trips.

5/6/2020 3:48:17 PM

7 ESSENTIAL THINGS TO DO IN MAI CHAU

Rolling rice paddies as far as the eye can see. The sound of chickens clucking. Stilt houses surrounded by forest-covered mountains. Simple and fresh plates of food. These are the impressions Mai Châu will give you. Situated in easy reach from Hanoi, Mai Châu is a breath of fresh air, and a great option if you’re looking for a calm destination rich in nature and culture. Here are seven top things to do in Mai Châu.