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How To Get A Visa For Vietnam
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How To Get A Visa For Vietnam

What’s more fun than getting off a plane and immediately being hit up for cash just to step foot outside the airport? (I’ll answer my own question. The answer is: getting the seat next to the lavatory for your 16-hour flight. Oh the stories you’ll tell.) The fact is, visas […]

Experiencing The Garden Of Eden That Is Ha Long Bay
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Experiencing The Garden Of Eden That Is Ha Long Bay

I never saw the movie “Indochine.” According to its summary, the flick was released in 1992, and is about a French naval officer and his young Vietnamese lover who are escaping banishment. They seek refuge in the labyrinthine crags erupting from the sea in Ha Long Bay. Those of you […]

Everything You Wanted To Know About Banh Mi
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Everything You Wanted To Know About Banh Mi

As synonymous with Vietnamese food as the country’s signature dish, pho, it turns out banh mi is actually quite a new invention for this very old culture. What, did you think the rice farmers along the Mekong Delta were munching on French baguettes back before the 19th century? As the […]

Your Best Meal In Saigon Is Made By This Woman
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Your Best Meal In Saigon Is Made By This Woman

Meet Nguyen Thi Thanh, or better known in these parts as the “lunch lady.” Due to the relentless coverage of television (Bourdain visited her last year on No Reservations) and the blogosphere, Saigon’s own Nguyen Thi Thanh has become the David Chang of Ho Chi Minh, creating legions of foodie […]

Exploring Cambodia And Vietnam Through The Eyes Of “La Marguerite”
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Exploring Cambodia And Vietnam Through The Eyes Of “La Marguerite”

Most cruise lines seek to provide its customers with what I call the “Best Of” trip (e.g., “See the Best of the Mediterranean: From Scenic Livorno to the Seascapes of San Tropez”). While this is probably a very lovely way to sail and explore, I often want to experience all […]

Where To Avoid The Tourists In Vietnam
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Where To Avoid The Tourists In Vietnam

This week the NYT headed off-the-beaten-path in Vietnam in search of a little respite from the hustle and bustle that is the rest of the country, and where they found it may be a little surprising: Con Dao — the infamous island chain known more for their prisons than for […]

A Video Trek Through Southeast Asia
A Video Trek Through Southeast Asia

A Video Trek Through Southeast Asia

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re big on starting travel groups on sites we like. Jon started up our flickr group for us a little ways back for photos, and I started a travel video group on Vimeo, aptly titled: “Travel Videos” (it was a less than creative day for […]

The 5 Must-See Beaches In Vietnam
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The 5 Must-See Beaches In Vietnam

Your guide to the five must-see beaches in Vietnam. Vietnam, a country reminiscent of a war-torn epic that rang of rock-and-roll, decadence, and destruction­ was, up until recently, visited by only the adventurous traveler. Though late in its arrival as a member of part of the Southeast Asian travel belt, […]

So You’re Looking For The Best Island In Southeast Asia . . .
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So You’re Looking For The Best Island In Southeast Asia . . .

We’re going to be running a piece on Monday about the five must-see beaches in Vietnam, but in an effort to get everyone in a Southeast Asia state of mind (my first and likely last Billy Joel reference ever on this site) we’re taking a look at Budget Travel’s top […]

The Sepia-Toned Pandemonium Of Hanoi, Vietnam
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The Sepia-Toned Pandemonium Of Hanoi, Vietnam

I arrived in Hanoi airport after a white-knuckle roller coaster courtesy of the lingering typhoon in the area. I had no idea what to expect, really. My idea of Southeast Asia was something along the lines of a ramble through Cambodia and Laos. Like the good relationship maintainer that I […]

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