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Ha Long Bay

Located in northeastern Vietnam, Ha Long Bay is part of the western coast of the Gulf of Tonkin, including the waters of Ha Long City, Cam Pha town and part of Van Don island district. The world-recognsied Heritage Area of 434 sq.m includes 775 islands shaped in a triangle with three vertices, the island of…


Where buffaloes have more than iconic value

A young boy drives his buffalo cart full of sand in Ha Uc Village, Thua Thien-Hue. Photos by Tuyet Khoa On the streets in Ha Uc Village, the honking of vehicles is supplemented with the sounds of guttural commands like tac and ri. The commands are issued by men giving orders to buffaloes pulling their carts….


Making a stimulating discovery about coffee

How can you discover something that has been around for nearly two centuries and is actually used widely to this day? Last weekend, I discovered the answer to this question: dive into the nearest doorway when you are caught in a sudden afternoon shower. So I ducked into this doorway and ended up in Tuno…


Keeping it simple and yummy

  Many young people in Saigon call it the Vietnamese style pizza. To some extent, the reference is correct, given the fact that since it was introduced in the southern city a few years ago, bánh tráng nướng has been modified, if not upgraded. Many sellers have added sausages, shrimps, beef, chicken, and even cheese….


Getting really high on tea

There is no gainsaying that the Hoang Lien Son Range is a favorite destination among visitors to the resort town of Sa Pa in the Northern Highlands province of Lao Cai. It is home to the 3,143-meter Mt. Fansipan, the highest peak in Vietnam and among the highest in Southeast Asia. Its biodiversity, waterfalls and…

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Adventures by the caveful

  Have you ever heard about the Son Doong Cave? Do you know that it is so big that a 40-story building can fit inside it quite easily? And that there is even a jungle inside it? If you are curious enough and ready to explore the world’s largest cave, do not hesitate to set…