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Must-Know Taboos Of Local Ethnic Villages in Sapa

Sapa is a great place to visit if you plan to discover the Northwest area of Vietnam. Sapa become one of the must-see places in the list of many travelers because once visiting Sapa, you will be never able to…

A brief history of Hoi An

Between the seventh and 10th centuries, the Cham (people of Champa) controlled the strategic spice trade and with this came tremendous wealth. The former harbour town of the Cham at the estuary of the Thu Bồn River was an important…

Shopping in Hoi An

Shopping in Hoi An promises an unforgettable experience for any first-time visitor thanks to its plethora of quality yet affordable tailoring services. As one of the best places for made-to-measure clothing in the world, this quaint town is teeming with…

Hoi An Arts and Festivals

With the influx of tourists, Hoi An is becoming a centre for the arts. A delightful hour-long medley of traditional music and dance is performed most evenings in a cramped room rather grandly known as the Traditional Arts Theatre, 75…

Hoi An Travel Tips

Accessibility In Hoian, ATMs are widely available (they really want you to spend here). Most charge around 20,000 dong per withdrawal, with a frustratingly low limit of 2 million dong per transaction. However, Agri Bank on the corner of Tran Hung…

International Hospitals – Health Care in HCMC

Make sure you have good travel insurance that includes full evacuation in the event of serious illness or accident. While Saigon is home to Vietnam’s best equipped hospitals and clinics, they’re still behind the best international standards. Regional centres like…

Some common scams in Ho Chi Minh City

It is always better to know what to expect before you travel. Though it is, by no means, you will surely face any of these, to know the common scams and crimes in Saigon will actually help you to avoid…

Ho Chi Minh City Safety Guide

“Is Ho Chi Minh City safe?”. It’s a tough question because it depends on what you think is safe. In my opinion, Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam, in general, is one of the safer places we have visited provided you…

A brief history of Ho Chi Minh city

Following the fall of Saigon in 1975, Saigon was “officially” renamed Ho Chi Minh City. However, the old Saigon name is still used by both Vietnamese and foreigners, especially when referring to the most central part of the city to…

A brief history of Hanoi

Hanoi, the 1000-year-old capital city of Vietnam has been through different periods of its own history. Pre-Thăng Long period Hanoi has been inhabited since at least 3000 BC. The Cổ Loa Citadel in Dong Anh district served as the capital of…

How cold does it really get in Hanoi?

With the temperature dropping notably over the last week and my friend calling me this morning to ask where she could buy a heater, I thought it was an appropriate time to comment on the frequently asked question: “How cold…

Surviving Hanoi traffic on foot

Hanoi is one of the craziest places in Southeast Asia to roam the streets, whether on some form of transport or on foot. Here’s how to get out alive. Look left, look right, look left, look right again … It…

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