Category: Vietnam Travel Guide

Phan Rang–Thap Cham

Phan Rang–Thap Cham

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A twin city located on an arid coastal strip known for its grape and Cham textile prod uc tion, Phan Rang–Thap Cham is an important road junction linking the coastal provinces with Dalat and the Central Highlands. Thap Cham means Cham Towers, and  three of the country’s best- preserved Cham religious  complexes are situated here. […]

Mui Ne Beach

Mui Ne Beach

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A 12-mile (20-km) strip of palm-shaded white sand, Mui Ne Beach (Ham Tien) curves from just east of Phan Thiet to the small fishing village of Mui Ne. The coast is backed by two excellent roads that run parallel to the beach along its entire length. By the end of the 1990s, the beach had […]

Phan Thiet

Phan Thiet

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This pleasant seaside town features an active fishing fleet and a port extending along both banks of the Ca Ty river. For visitors staying at nearby Mui Ne Beach, the town is convenient for both shopping and exploration. Phan Thiet was once at the heart of Panduranga, the last semi-independent Cham principality, which was finally […]

Ta Cu Mountain

Ta Cu Mountain

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The scenery around Ta Cu is flat and arid, and the mountain, although only 2,100 ft  (650 m), affords spectacular views of the coast on clear days. Linh Son Truong Tho Pagoda and Linh Son Long Doan Pagoda, both established in the mid-19th century, are important sites for the many Buddhist pilgrims who come to […]

Exploring South Central Vietnam

Exploring South Central Vietnam

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With its numerous beaches and easy accessibility, the long coastal strip of South Central Vietnam sees many more visitors than the interior, and the resorts of Mui Ne and Nha Trang make good bases from which to explore much of the southern coast. Travelers tend to hurry past the fishing towns in the north of […]

South Central Vietnam

South Central Vietnam

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Covering much of the ancient Kingdom of Champa, South Central Vietnam possesses a densely populated coast scattered with fishing towns and quiet beaches, as well as a substantial hinterland inhabited by indigenous minorities. The resort towns of Nha Trang and Phan Thiet and the honeymoon hill station of Dalat are firmly on the tourist itinerary, […]

Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Island

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Claimed by Cambodia, this kite- shaped island played a key role in Vietnam’s history as the base for French missionary Pigneau de Behaine, who sheltered the future emperor, Gia Long, during the Tay Son Rebellion. Around 31 miles (50 km) long and just 12 miles (20 km) wide, the island is still relatively undeveloped, with […]

Ha Tien

Ha Tien

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Overlooking the idyllic shores of the Gulf of Thailand, and surrounded by limestone promontories, Ha Tien is one of the more attractive towns in the delta. With its riverfront having undergone a major clean­up and a vast new suburb growing to the west of the town center, it is also one of the fastest developing […]

Chau Doc

Chau Doc

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Life and commerce in Chau Doc, a bustling border town, centers on the water. Many people live not only by the river in stilt houses, but on it in floating houses. The town’s exceptionally busy market is also located along the riverfront. During a period of several centuries, control over Chau Doc has passed between […]

Houses in the Mekong Delta

Houses in the Mekong Delta

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Home to thousands of people who live not only beside the river, but on it, the Mekong Delta is known for two of Vietnam’s most distinct forms of houses – stilt and floating. While stilt houses line the steep banks, villages of floating homes occupy the river, completely independent of land. Resting on tall bamboo […]