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Two Vietnamese locales get autumn stars

Mu Cang Chai in Yen Bai Province is famous for its iconic terraced rice fields which turn golden yellow during harvest season.

The Sword Lake and Mu Cang Chai are among 15 best places to enjoy the autumn in Asia. Singaporean travel site Tripzilla, which made this selection, has included two Vietnamese sites in the list – Hanoi’s iconic Sword Lake, and Mu Cang Chai’s golden-hued terraced rice fields in the northern …

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Vietnam offers great value for solo travelers: blogger

The famous terraced fields in Mu Cang Chai, a rural district of Yen Bai Province, in Vietnam's Northeast region.

A friendly, cheap and safe destination, Vietnam is one travel blogger’s top choice for solo travel. IndieTraveller, an independent travel blogger website, asked 10 travel bloggers to pick their favorite destinations based on their experience. Of these, Chris, a Canadian blogger at Lessons Learned Abroad, chose Vietnam as his favorite …

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Not beef, not chicken, but pork pho

The eatery opened in the Dong Xuan Market area around 40 years ago.

Satisfied customers of a Hanoi eatery have been vouching for a twist to the iconic pho for 40 years. For many residents of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Pho Tiu Ba Phuong has become a memory to cherish and refurbish. Especially at the onset of dry weather, when people long for something …

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Saigon: new kid on the foodie block

The Banh Beo Hue stall in Ben Thanh Market is very popular among the locals.

Asia’s top foodie cities have for long been Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong. Saigon’s a new kid on the block. Australian magazine Traveller has included Saigon in its list of top ten foodie cities in Asia beyond Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong. The magazine says Saigon is one of the …

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CNN lists the best banh mi restaurant in Hoi An

Banh Mi Phuong.

There`s a banh mi stand on almost every corner in Hoi An, an ancient town in central Vietnam, but which are the best of the best? CNN, a US news-based cable and satellite television channel, has picked the five best banh mi restaurant for visitors who want to discover the …

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Vietnam’s tourism benefits from Asian market

The Vietnamese tourism sector is on upward trend, largely owing to a surge in arrivals from Asian tourists, which accounted for 77.7% of the international arrivals in the country over the past nine months, according to the General Statistics Office. Data from the General Statistics Office show that over 11.6 …

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Da Nang gains stature as a must-go destination

The Singaporean Channel News Asia said Da Nang city in central Vietnam should be high on the list of places to visit in Southeast Asia. The pay TV channel has included the Vietnamese city in a list of five under the radar destinations in south and southeast Asian regions. It …

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Seafood gets fresh in a Saigon suburb

The Hang Duong Market in Can Gio District is an Eden garden for seafood lovers. Located near the 30/4 beach, Hang Duong Market is a seafood lover’s dream, especially for Saigon residents who don’t have to go far to enjoy this bonanza. The market is just a two-hour bus journey …

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Love the outdoors and get close to nature

Picture perfect: The beautiful landscape of Hien Luong Lake.

Like many mothers, 30-year-old Ly Thu Trang doesn’t want to see her children cooped-up indoors glued to the television set or sat playing video games. Living in a country as beautiful as Vietnam, she knows during the months when schools break-up, the best place for her and her family to …

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