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.

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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How to Stay Sane in Hoi An

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Of all the things to do in Hoi An, my favorite activity in this ancient town is to reminisce.

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Da Nang Days

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Although my trip started stressfully, I look back fondly at all the things to do in Da Nang—and outside the city as well.

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A Crash Course in Vietnam Visas

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Getting a Vietnam visa on arrival is easy, though it does require some preparation.

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Why I’ve Got to Get Back to Saigon

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I’ve wanted to return to Vietnam, in general, since almost the day I left, but Saigon in particular has changed and evolved in ways that belie the near-seven years that have passed.

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You’ll Never Want to Leave This Ecolodge in Vietnam

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Although it’s just a few hours southwest of Hanoi, Vietnam’s Mai Chau Ecolodge feels like another world entirely. Here’s why you should stay there.

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The Easiest Way to Get a Vietnam Visa

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Apply for your Vietnam visa remotely and obtain it on arrival at any of Vietnam’s international airports.

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