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118 Lê Duẩn, Văn Miếu, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
My first day in Ha Noi, I was lucky enough to meet up with fellow AFAR traveler Heather, who also aimlessly wanders to get a sense of a new place. Soon after dropping off our bags, we started following our curiosities. At some point in the...
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Down this side street is an alley full of locals eating delicious street food!
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Chợ Đồng Xuân, Đồng Xuân, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
One of the best parts about visiting Hanoi as a traveler is the food—so fresh, so delicious, and so abundant that you can literally trip over it when trying to navigate the city's notoriously crowded sidewalks. This vegetable vendor outside Dong...
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Mễ Trì, Từ Liêm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
The Motorbike Parts Market. Everything from bike lights to outboard boat motors — the ultimate Home Depot!
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Hanoi, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
Delicious local treat of fresh rice noodles with minced beef, crispy fried garlic and basil.
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Bát Sứ, Hàng Bồ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Most places to eat in Hanoi have stools scattered outside their premises. Sometimes there are no tables. Therefore, a person has to balance a bowl of hot noodle soup with hands while slurping soup into the mouth.
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2 Hùng Vương, Điện Bàn, Ba Đình, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Though the venerable Vietnamese leader asked to be cremated, Ho Chi Minh's remains now reside embalmed inside this imposing, pillared, gray-granite memorial. His resting place is hugely popular, drawing Vietnamese in droves as they pay their...
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1 phố Hoả Lò, Trần Hưng Đạo, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Perhaps the most relevant museum in Hanoi for American visitors is the Hoa Lo Prison Museum, popularly known as the "Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War. Its exterior is a strangely cheery yellow, and it was part of a complex built by the...
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Cái Bè District, Tien Giang, Vietnam
If you fancy an adventure, take a three hour bus ride from Ho Chi Minh City and get yourself to Cai Be. From there, you will be able to enlist the services of one of the many women who pilot boats up the Mekong River. Hardly a word of Engish is...
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Mỹ Tho, Tien Giang, Vietnam
Cao Dai Temple in My Tho, outside of Ho Chi Minh, is a surreal destination-especially if you arrive during the prayers of it's loyal followers. We arrived in the morning and quietly were lead to the upper balcony by our private guide to witness...
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Boating Through the Jungle
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Chợ, Lê Lợi, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam
Jackfruit and dragonfruit on display at a fruit stand in Banh Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh.
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In January 2010, I traveled to Saigon with Vietnamese-born New York chef, Michael "Bao" Huynh. He took me to some of his favorite restaurants, including Minh Duc, an eatery that has a very unique feature: the kitchen is across a busy street from...
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phường 5, Quận 5, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
If you aren't ready to hop on a motorbike and join the craziness of HCMC traffic on your own - then do the next best thing - hire a cyclo driver to give you a chance to be a part of the transportation culture. Instead of cyclo-ing around District...
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Đồng Khởi, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
To know Saigon is to know the traffic and the madness that it is as compared to the rest of the civilized world. Every aspect of moving around the city by foot, motorbike, or taxi is made more complex by the whistling wheels of the common Honda...
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
I watched as the streets flooded rapidly and the Vietnamese locals didn’t skip a beat. Rain doesn’t stop them – and it shouldn’t stop you. I often get people who tell me they are skipping a country in Southeast Asia because...
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160 Pasteur, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
nha hang ngon, located in three cities--Saigon, Ha Noi, and Phnom Penh--serves traditional Vietnamese food from all regions. at least the one in Saigon does, and its book of a menu makes that part clear. with various prep stations and kitchens...
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Vũng Tàu, Ba Ria - Vung Tau, Vietnam
Vung Tau is a picturesque beach village that is accessible from Ho Chi Minh City by hydrofoil. Traveling by boat takes approximately 2 hours and is an experience in and of itself. Note that Vung Tau’s coastal roads are best explored by motorbike....
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Bông Trang, Thạnh Đức, Gò Dầu, Tây Ninh, Vietnam
my travel buddy and I had been to the Cu Chi tunnels near Ben Dinh where she bravely toured the system of tunnels below the surface that I (luckily) was too wide to manuver my way through. as we were exiting the site, we passed several vendors of...