Category: Vietnam Cities

Quang Binh

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Quang Binh is a province in Vietnam, about 490km south of Hanoi. The entire area spans 8,037sqkm and serves as home to a population of more than 800,000 people. The city of Dong Hoi is the provincial capital. Quang Binh has diverse terrain with everything from mountains to lowlands, forests and islands, as well as [...]

Ninh Binh

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Ninh Binh is 120km south of Hanoi, famed for its tranquil countryside typical of northern Vietnam. While Halong Bay has karst islands sprouting out of the emerald water, Ninh Binh has karst mountains sprouting out of the sea of green rice fields. On Halong Bay, travelers take luxury junk cruises amid the islands; at Ninh [...]

Vinh

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Vinh is in the north of the Central Region of Vietnam. The capital city of Nghe An is Vinh City, 300km south of Hanoi. Vinh is famous for its harsh weather characterized by red-hot summer, floods, drought and freezing cold winter. Nghe An was known as the "bakery of Indochine" among the French troops. Nghe [...]

Kon Tum

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Kon Tum Province is located in the northernmost area of the Central Highlands of Vietnam with mountains, coffee plantations and hill stations above 1,000m in elevation. The region of Kon Tum is home to many ethnic minorities whose life has been basically untouched by far. Kon Tum is not on the travel itineraries of most [...]

Pleiku

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The little town of Pleiku, and its surrounds, in southern Vietnam played host to the first conventional battle of the Vietnam War. Today the village stands reconstructed as a quiet, friendly frontier town. The NVA (North Vietnamese Army) attack on Pleiku in 1965 sparked what became known as the Rolling Thunder campaign. Some 10 years [...]

Buon Ma Thuot

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Buon Ma Thuot may not be as well known as other places in Vietnam such as Hanoi, but it is worth seeing. It is the provincial capital of Dak Lak (or Dac Lac) Province and approximately 360 kilometres from Saigon, deep in the Central Highlands of the country. Despite being one of the biggest towns [...]

Lai Chau

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Nestled in a valley, this small northern town is surrounded by spectacular mountains and the Da River. While there has been a recent increase in tourism to the area, these precious dollars unfortunately reach only a few and it is a poor town. Lai Chau has been particularly successful in trading both timber and opium. [...]

Dien Bien Phu

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Best known as the setting for one of the most decisive battles in Vietnam's recent history, Dien Bien Phu is a remote heart-shaped valley just 35kms from the Lao border.

Son La

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Head east of Dien Bien Phu and you'll reach paddy and banana plantations nestled amongst limestone hills - entrance to the small town of Son La. Although small, Son La is an industrious, interesting and welcoming town. Wander round taking in the charm of this isolated provincial capital, and be sure to check out the [...]

Mekong Delta

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Vietnam’s most fertile region, the Mekong’s riverine environment is simultaneously unique and beautiful. From Vinh Long, travel by sampan along narrow canals to tropical fruit orchards and bonsai gardens; sample freshly-picked fruits and the local delicacy, fried elephant ear fish; and navigate though the waterborne bustle of the area’s famed floating markets. Many of our [...]