Is Mai Chau the New Sapa in Vietnam?

Is Mai Chau the New Sapa in Vietnam?

Most travelers interested in traveling around Southeast Asia have heard of Sapa, Vietnam—an area showcased by incredible photos of lush green rice fields terraced on the side of mountains, and colorful local ethnic minority women and men working the rice fields. Sapa has long been on the popular traveler’s route from Hanoi in the north …

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Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay - UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vietnam

From the World Heritage inscription for Ha Long Bay: Ha Long Bay, located in the Gulf of Tonkin, within Quang Ninh Province, in the northeast of Vietnam, is165 km from the capital of Ha Noi. Covering an area of 43,400 ha and including over 1600 islands and islets, most of which are uninhabited and unaffected …

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Complex of Hué Monuments

Complex of Hué Monuments - UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vietnam

From the World Heritage inscription for the Complex of Hué Monuments: The Complex of Hue Monuments is located in and around Hue City in Thua Thien-Hue Province in the geographical center of Vietnam and with easy access to the sea. Established as the capital of unified Vietnam in 1802 CE, Hue was not only the …

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My Son Sanctuary

My Son Sanctuary - UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vietnam

From the World Heritage inscription for My Son Sanctuary: During the 4th to 13th centuries there was a unique culture on the coast of contemporary Vietnam, owing its spiritual origins to the Hinduism of India. This is graphically illustrated by the remains of a series of impressive tower-temples in a dramatic site that was the …

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Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An Ancient Town

From the World Heritage inscription for Hoi An Ancient Town: Hoi An Ancient town is located in Viet Nam’s central Quang Nam Province, on the north bank near the mouth of the Thu Bon River. The inscribed property comprises 30 ha and it has a buffer zone of 280 ha. It is an exceptionally well-preserved …

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Last Night in Vietnam

Tonight is my last night in Vietnam. Tomorrow I fly to Luang Prabang in Laos. The bus trip was extremely long, so I decided to fly. It is a 22 hour trip to Vientiane and from there you have to take another bus to Luang Prabang. No thanks. I’d love to explore the Laos countryside, …

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Jane Fonda Was Here

After another 12 hour bus trip, I’ve arrived in Hanoi. It was probably one of the worst bus trips I’ve taken so far. The bus was packed and I got the misfortune of sitting next to a guy who decided to sprawl all over both of the seats. My cab driver tried to scam me …

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Onward to Hanoi

It has rained almost non-stop since I’ve been in Hue. Yesterday the rained stopped and I finally got the chance to go visit the Citadel and former grounds of the royal palace. It was sort of anti-climatic given how long I had to wait to go see it. The royal palace isn’t an ancient structure. …

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Off to Hue

I went and visited the My Son Sanctuary today as well as roamed around the Hoi An old city with my camera today. My Son was a bit disappointing. First, it rained which sort of made for difficult conditions taking photos. Second, it was much smaller than I expected. It was the size of a …

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