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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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89B Bà Huyện Thanh Quan, Phường 7, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
It’s been said that when the Buddha was on his deathbed, his followers stood by ready to turn his remains into relics to spread throughout the world. The Xa Loi Pagoda houses one such artifact. Visit on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. to join a...
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135 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam
While visiting Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, I decided to swing by the Reunification Palace. I figured that if the city planners did such a great job with the layout, and the parks were impeccably designed, that a building with such a name would be...
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34 Lê Duẩn, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam
Want a place to meet some locals? Try the cosmic bowling on the fourth floor of the Diamond Plaza Shopping Centre. A lot of this crowd speaks English, so there are plenty of folks to talk to.
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71 Đường Trần Hưng Đạo, TT. Dương Đông, Phú Quốc, tỉnh Kiên Giang, Vietnam
Sometimes the purest foods can be the most fulfilling. Phu Quoc, Vietnam
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73 Phan Bội Châu Sơn Phong tp. Hội An Sơn Phong tp. Hội An Quảng Nam 越南, Cẩm Châu, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
When I traveled to Hoi An, the prettied-up UNESCO-protected town on Vietnam's central coast for AFAR, I wanted to unravel the mysteries of the town's iconic (and secretive) noodle (and noodle dish of the same name), cao lau. One family has had a...
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6 Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Phú Hoà, Thành phố Huế, Thừa Thiên Huế, Vietnam
My best food tip? Ask your taxi driver for the best place to eat. You'll be pleasantly surprised. That's how I came to Lac Thien, a street cafe, for Banh Khoai--a savory crepe pan-fried to a golden crisp, stuffed with shrimp, bean sprouts and...
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58 Quốc Tử Giám, Văn Miếu, Đống Đa, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
A must see and iconic landmark for Hanoi
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38 Ngõ Cầu Mây, TT. Sa Pa, Sa Pa, Lào Cai, Vietnam
"If you don't buy something from me, I will die tomorrow," the Hmong woman said with a straight face, "then my husband will marry someone else." Caught off guard by the drama of this statement, I stared at her with a dumb, shocked expression...
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tt. Bắc Hà, Bắc Hà, Lào Cai, Vietnam
Visiting markets is a passion of mine. Sometimes I head for home with a hefty bag full of just picked veggies; warm, steamy-fresh bread; or flowers from someone's garden. Sometimes I carry nothing but photos or wonderful memories. While wandering...
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19, Ngu Xa Street, Ba Dinh District, Trúc Bạch, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Sweet corn, lightly battered and fried, served sizzling hot with a bowl of dipping sauce - SO delicious. I couldn't remember the name of this amazing dish, so I emailed an expat we met living in Ha Noi. Matt told me it's called ngo chien...
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Thanh Hà, Hội An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
One overcast day in Hoi An, my husband and I wandered down to the river and found a lady and her 2 young daughters willing to row us about 30 minutes up river, to a pottery-making village we had read about. When we arrived, the little girls...
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341 Cao Đạt, Phường 1, Quận 5, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Whenever I get the urge to complain about my lack of space in the US, I remember the efficiently packed tight way that almost everyone else in the world lives. For instance, SE Asians are the masters of balancing their wares on bicycles. They also...
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Cẩm Kim, Hội An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
A 10 minute slow ferry ride away from the Ancient Town in Hoi An, Cam Kim sits years back from the rest of town, separated by a small inlet of water. Hop off the ferry and explore by bicycle the thin alleys, rice paddies & floating bridges, and...
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Pho Ga (chicken pho) is traditional to northern Vietnam and is served all day. The best time to get it from a local vendor is early in the morning because it's SO fresh and makes for a perfect breakfast. As a side note about this photo, I love...
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Thu Bồn River, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, Cẩm Nam, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Let me set the scene for you. A sleepy Vietnamese town on the Thu Bon River, a place where colorful shops loom over ancient cobbled streets, lanterns illuminate the path through a grandiose covered bridge, and tiny men pilot tiny skiffs across the...
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Hương Sơn, Mỹ Đức, Hà Nội, Vietnam
A three hour journey from Ha Noi (by bus, boat, gondola and foot) will bring you to Perfume Pagoda. This ancient temple attracts thousands of visitors in its peak season (February 15th- March) when many Vietnamese take a pilgrimage up the steep...
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Ninh Kiều, Cần Thơ, Vietnam
A young girl paddled her wash tub out into the middle of the river to say hello to me. She handled this boat like a pro, keeping it on a straight course and paddling side to side like in a kayak.
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Hàng Đào, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Intricately stacking and securing goods onto the back of a bike was a fairly common, but always fascinating, sight in Vietnam. Next time I visit, I'll find a place to sit with a better background (probably on the side of the main road which is...
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287A Nguyễn Đình Chiểu, Phường Hàm Tiến, Thành phố Phan Thiết, Bình Thuận, Vietnam
Beyond the property, there are several things to check out like the Sea Link Golf Course, Jibe's Bar Diving Center, and Ponashu Tower. Sea and sand can be found about seven kilometers away at Phan Thiet Beach. Expertly blending Vietnamese...
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tt. Sa Pa, Sa Pa, Lào Cai, Vietnam
I went hiking through the rice paddies in Sa Pa, Vietnam (northern mountain area). The town is swarmed with Hmong girls trying to sell handicrafts, following you throughout the city from the minute you leave your guest house. So yeah, it's full of...
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Hours outside of Saigon after Five days of driving from Hanoi to Saigon. We ended the flight in Qui Nhon leaving each other. My Brother jumped on the crippled motorbike and headed south. I stayed a few minutes as the crowd slowly dissipated after...
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Tây Ninh, Tây Ninh Province, Vietnam
Observing a service at the Cao Dai Great Temple. The religion embraces the values of Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism.
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Can Tho, Ninh Kiều, Cần Thơ, Vietnam
With the Mekong Delta sending out a web of rivers and tributaries throughout southern Vietnam, many of the best routes for commerce are on the water. One of the largest floating markets is near the city of Can Tho. You must wake up early to see...
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Mai Châu District, Hoa Binh, Vietnam
The simple life of Vietnam
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phường 7, Quận 10, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

We spent our last day in Ho Chi Minh City with Geoffrey Deetz, a restaurateur and foodie from Oakland, California, who has lived in Vietnam for the past decade and operates the wonderful Black Cat Cafe. He and his Vietnamese girlfriend took us on...

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73 Đường Mai Thị Lựu, Đa Kao, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Emperor Jade Pagoda is a fascinating temple full of haunting carvings, figures and altars. The peeling courtyard walls evoke a sense of time and history.
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Perfume River, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam
One of the things that impressed me most about Vietnam was the industriousness of its people. Their economy basically came from less than zero until trade with the US opened up during the Clinton Administration. Since that time they've been...
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Mũi Né, Thành phố Phan Thiết, Bình Thuận Province 800000, Vietnam
I took my good pal Roy Orbison to visit Mui Ne's sand dunes. At first, Roy was somewhat skeptical - sand dunes? On the ocean? no way - but it didn't take long for Roy to see the light. Mui Ne is frequently passed up as visitors shake and move from...
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Halong Bay is a breathtakingly beautiful bay in the Gulf of Tonkin, comprised of densely concentrated zone of stone islands. The only way to see it all is to take a leisurely boat ride around the bay (a day trip or an overnight stay) soaking up...
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Duy Thu, Duy Xuyên, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Meandering through the roads near My Son, Vietnam we happened upon the incense market. Colorful and fragrant, just like all of Vietnam.
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118 Dương 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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A girl and her younger brother sell paper candle boats during the Tet New Year celebrations in Hoi An, Vietnam. After purchasing these boats, a wish is made for the new year and the boat is released into the Thu Bon River.
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Dương Đông, An Minh, tỉnh Kiên Giang, Vietnam
Call it yard bird, call it squab but don't call it disgusting. These little guys are bursting with flavor. Phu Quoc, Vietnam
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An Hội, Minh An, Tp. Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Lemongrass pork grilled to a smoky, caramelized perfection over charcoal and served with herbs, lettuce, cucumber and fresh rice papers, accompanied by two friendly hosts and their delectable peanut chili sauce. The sticks resemble tiny ship masts...
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63 - 65 Bến Vân Đồn, Phường 12, Quận 4, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
On our last day in Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon, we hooked up with Geoffrey Deetz, an expat from Oakland, CA, who runs the Black Cat Cafe and has lived in Vietnam for 12 years. He led us through an ever-narrowing maze of streets and alleys in the...
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I first discovered Vietnamese food as a kid in Montreal, but I always thought it was just about the pho. Of course, like many countries in the region, the food differs depending on the province and one of the many dishes I learned to love were...
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8 Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm, Phú Cát, Thành phố Huế, Thừa Thiên Huế, Vietnam
When Vietnamese go to Vietnam, they go with a food list to check off. On the top of my list was Banh Beo, like my grandmother (Ba Noi, in Vietnamese) used to make. It is a common dish of Hue, my father's hometown in central Vietnam. The steamed...
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Excellent Art Deco small hotel to stay in Hue, Vietnam. Excellent Vietnamese cuisine, too. Plus, great value for money. (Ask for a room in their historic wing, rather than their more generic modern wing.) We enjoyed having cocktails each evening...
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14 Chả Cá, Hàng Bồ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
It may be on all the tourist lists, but one of our most memorable lunches in Vietnam was at Cha Ca La Vong. After winding your way through old Hanoi and up the stairs to this 100-year-old restaurant, you are seated at a communal table. No menu...
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Trần Quý Cáp, Cẩm Châu, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Markets throughout the world yield beautiful travel photos of meats and produce arrayed in dazzling patterns of eye-popping color. The market in Hoi An, Vietnam, is no different--in parts. But this fish monger was hard at work cutting up the day's...
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52 Huyền Trân Công Chúa, Hoà Hải, Ngũ Hành Sơn, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Coming down from one of Central Vietnam's famed Marble Mountains--or Ngũ Hành Sơn ("Five Elements Mountains"--we passed this garage, seemingly guarded by the statues and busts arrayed around the entrance and terraced up hillside. The mountains,...
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Hải Vân, Hải Hậu, Nam Định, Vietnam
Our driver suggested we take in the famously spectacular views of steep cliffs, waterfalls, and the ocean far below by climbing the Hai Van Pass road through the mountains between Hue and Da Nang on our way to Hoi An. About two-thirds of the way...
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Hồ B52, Ngọc Hà, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
It took ages to find the (much acclaimed at AFAR) sunken B-52 bomber in Ha Noi. The twisted pile of metal hardly resembles a plane anymore, but it was interesting nonetheless. Even more fascinating to me was the 'lake' it had fallen into. This...
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Dalat, Lâm Đồng, Vietnam
I visited an orphanage just outside of Dalat, Viet Nam, this past summer. There were 200 children living in the orphanage. Purchased some toys, food and school supplies for the children before arriving. They were all very happy to see us and to...
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Hội An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
Navigating the chaotic armada of motorbikes in a city devoid of traffic laws certainly isn't easy, but after watching the locals I learned my first important lesson of the trip - slow and steady wins the race. Contrary to the instinct to quickly...
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2 Hùng Vương, Điện Bàn, Ba Đình, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Some might say it is creepy, some might say it is a piece of History, but if you travel to Hanoi in the north of Vietnam, don't skip the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Better check the time of opening etc, because it is not opened every day. No...
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Hàng Đào, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Vietnam has a coffee culture all to its own and in Hanoi, this includes a few cafes that serve it with egg. Whipped with sweetened condensed milk, the egg sits atop the slow roasted coffee, providing you with a hot afternoon treat that you'll...
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Phường 4, Tp. Vũng Tàu, Bà Rịa - Vũng Tàu, Vietnam
Cao Dai Temple is one of the most beautiful buildings I've ever seen, inside and out. Cao means "high" and Đài means "dais" (as in a platform or altar raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it). Figuratively, it...