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  • Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City: where should you visit first?

    Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City: where should you visit first?

    January 13th, 2016Helen Abramson
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    Situated at the northern and southern extremes of this long, thin country, Vietnam’s two main cities lie over a thousand kilometres apart. Southern Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), formerly Saigon, was the US base during the Vietnam War and since the country’s unification has transformed into a thoroughly modern, thriving metropolis. The somewhat less modern... Read more »

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  • Things not to miss in Vietnam

    Things not to miss in Vietnam

    January 30th, 2014Lottie Gross
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    From the chaotic motorbikes of Hanoi to the floating markets on the Mekong Delta, Vietnam is an ever popular backpacking destination. With great links by bus and rail across the entire country, it’s easy to tick off all of these amazing things to do in Vietnam: Pin Music: Crossing the Valley by Huong Thanh, available on the... Read more »

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  • Vietnam by the night train: Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi

    Vietnam by the night train: Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi

    October 14th, 2013Heidi Fuller-Love
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    If you want to take a leisurely tour of the coastline between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, the night train is the best way: you’ll travel as you sleep, leaving days free for exploring, and save money on hotel bills. Join Rough Guides writer Heidi Fuller-Love on her Vietnam railways adventure. Known as the... Read more »

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  • Creepiest places around the world

    Creepiest places around the world

    August 15th, 2013Rough Guides Editors
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    There is something alluring about the eerie, macabre side of life (or death, for that matter), so it’s not surprising that plenty of sinister, chilling places in history have become popular tourist attractions. From Western Europe to Asia, there are some truly creepy places to visit around the world – here are a few that... Read more »

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  • Getting the inside track on Hanoi

    Getting the inside track on Hanoi

    April 29th, 2013Alex Whittleton
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    The best way to explore Vietnam’s beguiling capital is to get a local to give you the inside track, says Alex Whittleton. I arrived at my hotel in Hanoi’s brash and beautiful old town in a state of bleary-eyed excitement. My flight had been long and sleepless, but I’d just had one of the most entertaining taxi rides of... Read more »

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