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Hoi An guide fined for not buying tickets for tourists

Many tour guides have avoided buying tickets for tourists visiting Hoi An by taking shortcuts.

A Vietnamese tour guide has been fined for evading entrance tickets to Hoi An by taking foreign tourists through a shortcut. Le Trung Quang, 28, was fined a total of VND7 million (US$315) for avoiding paying for tickets and causing a public nuisance. He fought with security guards after he …

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Tour enables visitors to explore Vietnamese life through a lens

Sprawling market: An overview of Long Bien market at dawn in a "contact" photo.

A trip can definitely be much less fulfilling if one cannot keep photographs of places visited, beautiful scenery, happy locals or even just miscellaneous things that catch one’s eye. Habitually, I take photos instantly with my iPhone. That means, no matter how magnificent the landscape, the picture quality is limited …

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Tour enables visitors to explore Vietnamese life through a lens

Sprawling market: An overview of Long Bien market at dawn in a "contact"

A trip can definitely be much less fulfilling if one cannot keep photographs of places visited, beautiful scenery, happy locals or even just miscellaneous things that catch one’s eye. Habitually, I take photos instantly with my iPhone. That means, no matter how magnificent the landscape, the picture quality is limited …

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Blown away by Quy Nhon

Time to recharge: It's ideal to rest and relax at Quy Nhon's peaceful, romantic beach.

Visitors can find endless hours of relaxation, explore small sections of history and gorge on fresh seafood in Quy Nhon, a peaceful city on the central coast. Bui Quynh Hoa reports. A cup of hot coffee on a winter’s day is a small luxury that most people can afford, but …

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Tram Tau town, land of smiles

Women at work: Local sellers at a market in Tram Tau town.

Tram Tau in Yen Bai province may be one of poorest districts in Viet Nam, but it is probably the region with the most smiling and optimistic people I’ve ever seen in the country. During my recent field trip to this region for a few days, I was amazed to …

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