Category: Vietnam Travel Guide

Tra Vinh

Tra Vinh

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With its large Khmer, Christian, and Chinese population, Tra Vinh is distinguished by the diversity of its places of worship. Of the many Khmer­style religious buildings, Ong Met Pagoda is distinctive for its portico posts surmounted by four­faced images of the Buddha. The 10­ft  (3­m) tall gilded stupas, mound- shaped reliquary monuments,  are dedicated to […]

Ben Tre

Ben Tre

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Being off the tourist trail, Ben Tre does not get as many visi tors as other delta cities, thus providing a rare glimpse into an ancient river town still living by its traditional ways. The capital of Ben Tre Province, this town is famous in Vietnam for its coconut candy, and is lush with vast […]

Phoenix Island

Phoenix Island

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Midway between My Tho and Ben Tre are numerous small islands, the best known among them being Con Phung or Phoenix Island. This was the lonely bastion of the Coconut Monk. On this small spot of dry land, he built his quaint little temple complex. On a circular base, about 75 ft (25 m) in […]

My Tho

My Tho

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Because of its proximity to Ho Chi Minh City, My Tho, on the northernmost tributary of the  Mekong River, is the most popu- lar day­trip destina tion in the  delta. It is an ideal base from which to hire a boat and cruise along the canals, stop ping along the way to explore the surrounding […]

Exploring Mekong Delta and Southern Vietnam

Exploring Mekong Delta and Southern Vietnam

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The Mekong Delta is a unique region where life on the water has remained unchanged for centuries. Closest to Ho Chi Minh City, My Tho is known as a launching pad for boat tours, as is Vinh Long, which lies to its south. Can Tho, the delta’s largest city has several lively floating markets in […]

Mekong Delta And Southern Vietnam

Mekong Delta And Southern Vietnam

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Life on the delta revolves around the Mekong River, with its green expanses of paddy fields, thick orchards, and intricate patchwork of canals. Floating houses, markets, and fishing boats bob on the rivers, while the islands boast dense forests and beautiful white-sand beaches. Amid the bells, drums, and chanting of the delta’s many pagodas, an […]

Ho Chi Minh City Street Finder

Ho Chi Minh City Street Finder

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Finding your way around the narrow streets and winding alleys of Ho Chi Minh City can be a challenging experience. The city is divided into 19 quan, or urban districts, and five suburban districts. Vietnamese addresses are usually straightforward but they are more complicated in Ho Chi Minh City because  the same street begins new […]

Flora, Fauna and Birds of Northern Vietnam

Flora, Fauna and Birds of Northern Vietnam

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Under a thick, rich canopy of evergreen forests, the rugged mountainous hinterland of Northern Vietnam protects an amazingly diverse biosphere. Thousands of types of flora flourish here, as do a plethora of bird, mammal, and reptile species. However, a vast number of animals, many endemic to Vietnam, are currently under threat. Critically endangered species include […]

A Portrait of Vietnam

A Portrait of Vietnam

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Lush green mountains, scenic beaches, ancient pagodas, and the allure of a fascinating culture attract millions of visitors to Vietnam each year. The country emerged from the 1990s as an increasingly prosperous nation, with a strong tourism industry, largely due to economic reforms and an effort by its people to rebuild after the war and […]

Discovering Vietnam

Discovering Vietnam

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The following tours have been designed to take in as many of the country’s highlights as possible in a limited time. The first itineraries outlined here are two 2-day tours of Vietnam’s major cities: Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Additional suggestions are included in case visitors want to spend more time in either city. […]