Hoi An named world’s best city by Travel & Leisure

The ancient city of Hoi An in the central province of Quang Nam topped the list of 15 best cities in the world in a readers’ vote of the US travel magazine Travel & Leisure. The vote based on the cities’ scenery, vision, culture, cuisine, locals’ friendliness, shopping, and mutual values. According to these criteria, Hoi An is on top of the list. What draws readers to what one called…

June 26, 2020

Vietnam to resume international flights to safe places

June 12, 2020

Vietnam will reopen international commercial flights to a number of destinations where no new coronavirus cases have been detected during the past 30 days, according to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Tokyo, Seoul, mainland China’s Guangzou city, Taiwan and Laos are among destinations being considered for early reopening of international flights, according to the recent notice. The flights should undertake strict anti-pandemic measures in line with the Health Ministry’s regulations….


Life after lockdown in Vietnam: This is what it’s like when an entire country reopens

May 15, 2020

As the faint smell of smoke rose up from the sidewalk and into my bedroom, I jumped up and stepped out onto the balcony to survey the Hanoi streets. The owner of my building was burning joss paper (fake money) as an offering of good fortune to their ancestors. After a week with no new Covid-19 cases, Vietnam’s government had just eased its 22-day social distancing initiative, allowing some businesses…


Hanoi attractions reopen with restrictions

May 15, 2020

Many historical relics in Hanoi started to reopen on Thursday May 14, 2020 after remaining closed for more than a month to contain the coronavirus while Hanoi’s historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Ba Dinh Square welcomed tourists back on Tuesday May 11, 2020. The Temple of Literature, Ngoc Son Temple, Hoa Lo Prison and other historic sites are also in the list, while still deploying safety precautions. Body temperature…


Vietnam’s Golden Bridge among one of the most world’s stunning bridges

April 20, 2020

The Vietnam’s Golden Bridge in the central city of Da Nang recently has been ranked as one of the 28 world’s most stunning bridges by the U.S. Magazine Insider. The pedestrian bridge, looks like it’s supported by two giant hands, designed by a company called TA Landscape Architecture. This whimsical bridge extends about 1,414 meters above sea level. Spanning nearly 150m long in the Paradise Garden of Ba Na Hill…


Why Mu Cang Chai should top your travel list in 2020

March 2, 2020

Deep in the valleys forged by the waters of Vietnam’s Red River, a series of colorful mountain villages are encircled by fields of towering rice terraces. The fields are agricultural feats of precision — rugged mountains blanketed with emerald stairways that, seemingly, ascend to the heavens above. Centuries ago, the ancestors of Northern Vietnam’s local hill tribes created this place of practicality and profound beauty for the most basic of…


COVID-19 updates in Vietnam

February 17, 2020

Update: Coronavirus 02.04.2020: Vietnam officially declares COVID-19 a national epidemic. The decision comes as the COVID-19 has spread to 25 cities and provinces across the country. As of April 1, Vietnam has recorded a total of 212 infections, of which 63 have been subsequently discharged from hospital. All Vietnamese residents are required to stay at home for 14 days from April 1 to 15. People are permitted to go out…


Cambodia ends elephant rides at Angkor Wat by 2020

December 2, 2019

By 2020, elephant rides will no longer be allowed at Angkor Wat, Cambodia. In 2016, an elephant died while giving ride to tourists, triggered an outpouring of grief and criticism on social media. A petition was posted on change.org addressed to the Apsara Authority who oversees the Angkor archaeological site, calling for the end of elephant riding. This practice had been offering to tourists since 2001 at this UNESCO World…


Things You Need to Know About the Formula 1 Vietnam Grand Prix 2020

October 23, 2019

Update on April 2020 The  Vietnam Grand Prix 2020, due to take place on April 3rd to 5th ,had been postponed after the extensive consideration of the ongoing and developing coronavirus situation as well as after the recent WHO declaration of the outbreak as a global pandemic. See the official statement by the Vietnam Grand Prix Corporation here. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2020 Vietnam Grand Prix….


Vietnamese cuisine honored as Asia’s Leading Culinary Destination

October 18, 2019

On 12 October, Viet Nam was honors as “Asia’s Leading Culinary Destination” at the World Travel Awards (WTA) Asia and Oceania Gala Ceremony 2019. This is the first time Vietnamese cuisine has been recognized by a prestigious and world-class award organization. Particularly, Vietnam also is being voted to be the World’s Leading Culinary Destination. Vietnam had diversified and plentiful cuisine with the must-try menu including Pho (rice noodle soup), Bun (rice vermicelli), Nem (spring rolls), Cha…