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10 reasons you'll love Vietnam

We know what you’re thinking: 'Why only 10?' The list could go on (and on), but these 10 reasons are a good starting place to describe what many travellers love most about Vietnam. Some highlights you may know well (hello, street food), while others may be a surprise. All are excellent reasons to start dreaming and planning your next holiday in Vietnam. 

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5 favourite beach bars in Vietnam

Vietnam’s beaches have great selling points — warm waves, cold coconuts, fresh seafood —  but these days there’s another reason to plan an island getaway. A new crop of spectacular beach bars have Vietnam’s coastal destinations (and Instagrammers) in a tizzy. Read on to discover our favourite beach bars around the country, and get ready to say ‘cheers’ on your next visit.

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Sapa for sustainable travellers

Clinging to the peaks of the Hoàng Liên Sơn Mountain Range, Sapa is known for rewarding trekking, stunning views and rolling rice terraces. The area is home to eight ethnic minorities who together weave one of the richest webs of culture in Vietnam. Like many beautiful places, Sapa needs tourism that helps it preserve its nature and heritage. Read on to discover our top recommendations for a sustainable getaway in Sapa.

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All about ao dai: Vietnam's national dress

Vietnam’s national dress, the áo dài is one of the country’s most striking symbols of beauty. Over hundreds of years, the áo dài has evolved alongside Vietnam, going from regal to practical, humble to high fashion, and back again. The Vietnamese áo dài  is appreciated by the young and old alike, and its elegant lines flatter both men and women. If you’re interested to learn more about the story of áo dài and tips for making your own, read on.

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Phu Quoc for nature lovers

In Vietnam, the words ‘Phu Quoc’ are synonymous with sparkling beaches, seafood feasts, and indigo sunsets. Phu Quoc Island and the An Thới Archipelago lure all types, from luxury seekers to young parents to college friends. Despite its popularity, the island still retains much of its original charm. From protected forests to hidden pagodas, marine wildlife to pepper farms, there’s plenty to discover here. If you love to learn about local culture and stay close to nature, this guide to Phu Quoc is for you. 

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Vietnam's must-see museums

Vietnamese history is far from straightforward. There have been many legends, many invasions, and many shifts, that’s why it’s helpful to have a hand in deciphering it all. Vietnam’s museums are the perfect starting point for any traveller looking to understand the destination better. Go deeper to understand a specific chapter of the country’s history, or to get to know a singular aspect of its colourful culture. Here is a list of excellent museums dedicated to the Vietnamese and their way of life.

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A foodie guide to Vietnam's noodles

Noodles for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? In Vietnam, we say, “Why not?” Hot or cold, wet or dry, fresh or fried, we love our noodles (and we think you will too.) For foodies coming to the country, the world of Vietnamese noodles is a vast and enticing place, filled with surprising discoveries and moments of pleasure. Read on for an inside guide to noodles in Vietnam, as well as a few must-try dishes to sample during your visit.

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A walk around Marble Mountains

You’ll have to climb more than a few steps to get up to Marble Mountains. These steps are cut from solid stone and each one takes you up the steep karsts and higher over the horizon. Before you know it, you’ve reached the top. Welcome to Marble Mountains. This riveting attraction outside Da Nang City is part historical treasure, part natural wonder, part spiritual setting, and totally beautiful. Below is your insider guide to exploring Da Nang’s marvelous Marble Mountains.

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Explore and embrace: Vietnam’s green tours

Ever wanted to learn to dance with ethnic minorities? Or go bird-spotting at dusk in a canoe? Or share a cup of arabica with coffee farmers? These days in Vietnam, sustainable tour operators are pioneering new ways to bring guests closer to the places they’ve come to see. Created with respect for nature, culture and local communities at the core, these tours have one thing in common: They’ll leave you feeling like you’ve connected with your destination in a meaningful way. Below are a few rising stars from tour operators across the country.

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The best sustainable stays in Vietnam

From watching the sun rise over a lake from the porch of your tent, to eating like kings and queens at a family-run homestay, sustainable accommodations present countless ways to connect with Vietnam’s nature, culture and people, in a way that creates a positive impact. Vietnam is not known for a sustainable focus, but you may be surprised to know that there are eco-friendly, socially responsible places to holiday sprinkled up and down the country. Here are some standouts to get you started.

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