A floating market inside a modern city

A floating market inside a modern city

When it comes to floating markets, people will immediately think of the peaceful Mekong Delta where southerners attach their rustic lives to boats and waterways. But in a noisy and dynamic Saigon, there are still some floating markets existing along Binh Dong Wharf and…

CNN’s travel program to showcase Ho Chi Minh City hot spots next week

CNN’s travel program to showcase Ho Chi Minh City hot spots next week

CNN International’s monthly travel show CNNGo will explore local life and hot spots in Ho Chi Minh City this month. The city, formerly known as Saigon, is in the middle of balancing a growing economy with an intense desire to hold onto its history….

Hanoi to develop ‘no-smoking’ tourist zones

Hanoi to develop ‘no-smoking’ tourist zones

Ha Noi has unveiled a plan to develop ‘no-smoking’ tourism zones in an attempt to build a friendly and civilised image for both domestic and international visitors. The plan aims to establish models, such as “no-smoking tourist sites”, “no-smoking restaurants and hotels” and “no-smoking…

Vietnam – a top travel spot for the over 50 crowd

Vietnam – a top travel spot for the over 50 crowd

For those desperate to escape Britain’s miserable weather – growing numbers of those over 50 are seeking brighter shores in farflung destinations across the globe such as Vietnam. A new study by Staysure has found Vietnam is one of the top travel destinations and…

Savoring Ninh Hoa pork skewers

Savoring Ninh Hoa pork skewers

One of the most mouth-watering dishes in Nha Trang City must be grilled pork skewers. The dish is a specialty of Ninh Hoa Town, which is about 30 kilometers north of Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa Province. To prepare it, pork is mixed with…

Tourism sector expects to benefit from ASEAN Community

Tourism sector expects to benefit from ASEAN Community

The ASEAN Community, scheduled to establish in 2015, is expected to greatly benefit tourism sector as the Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Tourism Professionals (MRA-TP) among ASEAN members will take effect in all member countries. Currently, ASEAN has built common standards for six tourism areas,…

One-day tour to Ban Gioc Waterfall

One-day tour to Ban Gioc Waterfall

Standing in front of Ban Gioc Waterfall in the northern upland province of Cao Bang, I think one cannot resist its magnificence. Cao Bang is a remote mountainous province, so tourists seldom choose to come there but once they are there, they will never…

Pagoda Festival to draw massive crowds again

Pagoda Festival to draw massive crowds again

The Tram Gian pagoda festival, which is held at one of the oldest pagodas in Viet Nam, will begin on Sunday and conclude on Tuesday. Located in the Tien Lu Village of the Chuong My district, 20 kilometres southwest of central Ha Noi, the…

The seven most famous Vietnamese dishes

The seven most famous Vietnamese dishes

Pho (Vietnamese noodle), bun rieu cua (crab soup with vermicelli), and bun cha (grilled pork & noodle) are street food dishes that captivate thousands of international visitors. Here are the seven dishes and drinks that have made Vietnam an attractive spot on the culinary…

5 safe havens for a Tet breakaway

5 safe havens for a Tet breakaway

If you are still chewing over what to do during the week-long Tet holiday, how about hopping on a trip to one of these destinations that have become popular among many Vietnamese people choosing to break away from endless gatherings and parties.  Make sure…

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