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The B-52 Victory Museum, An Airplane Graveyard

Nothing in the arsenal of the American military was as deadly to the people of Hanoi as the B-52. During one operation, charmingly nicknamed the …

Aerospace

Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, A Surreal Experience

Thank you, Uncle Ho: our hero! Leader of the struggle to free Vietnam from foreign influence! As a humble token of our gratitude, we honor you inside …

Vietnam

The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

As a country made up of 54 ethnicities, Vietnam is uniquely in need of an ethnology museum. And happily, the one found in the west of Hanoi is …

Vietnam

St. Joseph's Cathedral Near Hoan Kiem Lake

Consecrated in 1886, St. Joseph’s Cathedral was one of the first buildings constructed by the French after the conquest of Hanoi. With a prime …

Europe

Bia Hoi in Hahoi... Banoi... Haboi (burp) Hanoi! | Hanoi For 91 Days

After one weekend in the city, we had already established Bia Hoi as our favorite new Hanoi weekend tradition. Bia Hoi joints are found on almost …

Vietnam

Hoàn Kiếm Lake

Legend has it that Emperor Lê Lợi was fishing on Hoàn Kiếm Lake, when a turtle god emerged and asked for his magic sword. Although the sword, which …

Nature

The Heritage House at 87 Ma May

Because the Old Quarter of Hanoi has given itself over so completely to tourism, it can be hard to get a sense of its history. But if you’d like to …

Vietnam

The Temple of Literature during Graduation Season

Built in 1070, the Temple of Literature was Vietnam’s first university, where the country’s brightest scholars aspired to the role of mandarin, or …

Ancient History

Welcome to Hanoi | Hanoi For 91 Days Travel Blog

We named this iteration of our travel project “Hanoi For 91 Days” more for aesthetics than for accuracy; “Central and Northern Vietnam For 91 Days” …

Vietnam

The Vân Long Nature Reserve

Located about 30 minutes north of Ninh Binh, the Vân Long Nature Reserve protects one of Northern Vietnam’s largest unspoiled natural areas. Visitors …

Nature

The Ancient Capital of Hoa Lư

During the 10th and 11th century, Hoa Lư was the capital of Vietnam. Located in the karst hills southwest of present-day Ninh Binh, the site is today …

Vietnam

The View from Hang Múa, Amazing Panorama

If you’re looking for an unforgettable view of the karst hills south of Ninh Binh, you might want to skip on the popular boat tour of Tam Cốc, and …

Travel

The Temples of Bích Động And Cave

Located a few kilometers north of Tam Cốc, the mountainside complex of Bích Động consists of three temples arranged in a vertical order. A climb to …

Travel

The Bizarre Landscape of Tam Cốc

Among Vietnam’s most stunning images is the aerial view of Tam Cốc: a region of rice fields and steep limestone hills, just south of Ninh Binh. If …

Vietnam

More Photos from Pù Luông Nature Reserve

Rarely have we spent time in an area so beautiful and remote as the Pù Luông Nature Reserve. In fact, in terms of sheer beauty and remoteness, I’m …

Photography

Party Time in Bản Kịt, Pu Luong

It wasn’t exactly how we planned to spend our day exploring the Natural Reserve of Pù Luông. And it wasn’t an experience we had really even …

Vietnam

The Pù Luông Nature Reserve

After a few days in the Phong Nha National Park, we were happy to stay focused on Vietnam’s nature, and relocated to another park: Pù Luông. Just …

Travel

Paradise Cave in Phong Nha National Park

Deeper into the Phong Nha National Park, and much more difficult to reach than the park’s eponymous cave, the Paradise Cave is even more spectacular. …

Vietnam

Phong Nha Cave - You Have To See This

Phong Nha Cave isn’t the biggest cave, or even the second-biggest, in the Phong Nha National Park. But it’s the one which bears the park’s name. So …

Vietnam

A Hike in the Phong Nha National Park

We spent four nights in the Phong Nha National Park, which is home to more than 300 caves including, incredibly, two of the world’s three largest. On …

Vietnam

The Cuisine of Hue

As the capital of Vietnam for 143 years, Hue had plenty of time to refine its cuisine to imperial standards. As a result, the city is today regarded …

Vietnam

The Thanh Toàn Bridge in Hue

The best day we had in Hue wasn’t spent visiting ancient tombs or forbidden cities, but a humble pedestrian bridge. Found in the village of Thủy …

Travel

The Abandoned Water Park of Thủy Tiên

Imperial tombs are not the only thing to see in the hilly, forested landscape to the west of Hue. An abandoned water park provides a totally …

A Tour of Sucre's Hat Factory

It’s no secret that Bolivians love their hats. Especially among <i>campesinos</i>, a smart hat is an essential part of the wardrobe, and every region in the …

The Tiger Arena and More Hue Tombs

Who would win between a gorilla and a cheetah? A cheetah and a giraffe? A giraffe and an elephant? An elephant and a tiger? Well, if you had been …

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Off to Hue Through the Hải Vân Pass

Of the entire 1600-kilometer train journey which unites North and South Vietnam, the most spectacular is the short segment connecting the cities of …

Danang's Sơn Trà Peninsula

A large and densely-forested peninsula jutting into the sea north of Danang, much of Sơn Trà is an officially-protected wildlife zone. Exploring the …