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Vietnam

Is your next stop Vietnam? Check out the advice, stories and tips I can offer after my July-August 2010 trip there, which saw me visit the cities of Hanoi, Nha Trang and Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City); as well as rural regions like Mui Ne, Hoi An and Sapa.

The Truth About Vietnam’s Cities

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Vietnam’s largest cities are also similar when it comes to my own recent history in both.

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The Best Version of a Vietnam Trip

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Although two weeks is the perfect length of an itinerary for Vietnam—especially if it’s your first time—it will almost certainly leave you wanting more.

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Saigon, Reborn

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In Saigon as in Hanoi, there was a boy. But that’s where the similarities between these two stories ends.

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A Crash Course in Vietnam Visas

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It’s tempting to think of a Vietnam visa on arrival as easy and stress-free, especially if you’ve never been to Vietnam.

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Fairytales of Hanoi

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It’s tempting to create your Hanoi itinerary based on fairytales—I should know.

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Halong Bay for Fancy Folks

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I’m not sure the end result of a Halong Bay luxury cruise is any different than an ordinary one.

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What to Do—and Where to Stay—in Can Tho

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Depending on where you make your home in the Mekong Delta, the journey and the destination can be one in the same.

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The Poor Man’s Forbidden City

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Whatever you do in Hue, be careful about what you eat—otherwise, you might have to wait a decade to truly discover the city like I did.

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