Need some peace in Saigon? Try a church

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Need some peace in Saigon? Try a church

Saigon is intense. And it seems to get more intense by the day. So places of sanctuary and... enlarge

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Environment: Doing something about Vietnam's plastic problem

Phu Quoc Island Blog

Environment: Doing something about Vietnam's plastic problem

Cities and countries around the world are getting serious about reducing the amount of plastic waste they produce. In Vietnam, the tourism industry churns through horrendous... more

Meet this adorable Hanoi couple

Hanoi Blog

Meet this adorable Hanoi couple

Check out this beautiful old Hanoi couple. They’ll warm your heart. A couple of weeks ago I took myself on a little random, self-guided... more

Beautiful ruins: The abandoned Franciscan Mission in Dalat Vietnam

Dalat Blog

Beautiful ruins: The abandoned Franciscan Mission in Dalat Vietnam

We love a good ruin. This crumbling complex of church buildings, an abandoned Franciscan Mission outside of Dalat, maybe the most stunning... more

The rise, fall, and rise and fall, of the Dalat Palace Hotel

Dalat Blog

The rise, fall, and rise and fall, of the Dalat Palace Hotel

In Vietnam, historic hotels mostly don’t get much love. The Metropole in Hanoi and the La Residence in Hue are exceptions. In the past,... more

An unexploded shell on An Bang Beach, Hoi An

Hoi An Blog

An unexploded shell on An Bang Beach, Hoi An

Unexploded ordnance (UXO) still kills in Vietnam. Victims tend to be poor farmers and their family members. I’ve never heard of a tourist... more

Saigon's pavements still a disaster for tourists and walkers

Ho Chi Minh City Blog

Saigon's pavements still a disaster for tourists and walkers

Saigon’s campaign to clear sidewalks sounded like a great idea for tourism. Now we’re not so sure. We’ve been bemoaning Saigon’s demise... more

Kong saved Skull Island - can Vogt-Roberts save Vietnam’s besieged natural treasures?

Halong Bay Blog

Kong saved Skull Island - can Vogt-Roberts save Vietnam’s besieged natural treasures?

Jordan Vogt-Roberts, director of the recently released, “Kong: Skull Island” has been made a tourism ambassador for Vietnam. We hope he... more

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