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5 ways to enjoy Vung Tau as a family

The laid-back beach town of Vũng Tàu does little to advertise itself. Yet local families from Ho Chi Minh City have been coming here for a quick beach break since the 1980s. A smooth two-hour drive will take you out of the city buzz and into the serenity of a sun-drenched stay by the ocean. Here are five ideas for a family holiday in Vũng Tàu.

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7 reasons to try Sailing Club Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc lures travellers with its sparkling beaches, underwater corals, and enticing resorts. Lately though, a new attraction is getting attention. Just steps from the soft sands of Long Beach, Sailing Club Phu Quoc is becoming a destination in its own right, offering hours of fun in a relaxed, sophisticated setting. Here are seven reasons you may want to visit. 

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Where to go in Vietnam: a monthly guide

It's always bright and sunny somewhere in Vietnam, with colourful festivals and cheery celebrations scattered on the calendar throughout the year. Watch mind-blowing fireworks light up the summer skies in Đà Nẵng, or fill your lungs with the fragrance of ripe rice in Sapa during harvest season -- below are the best places to go in Vietnam from January to December. 

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Where to see Vietnam's rice terraces

In Vietnamese folklore, there is a story in which the gods gifted rice to the people so they could live easily. However when carrying out the gods’ wishes, the messenger mistook a bag of grass for a bag of rice. Because of this, grass grows easily, while rice has to be tended with special care. 

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Vietnamese home recipes

Missing the flavours of Vietnam? Then it’s time to get creative in your own kitchen. Enjoy authentic Vietnamese dishes at home with these five simple recipes. Watch the videos below to see how to create five classic Vietnamese dishes step-by-step, then download the recipe booklet for specific measurements and instructions. Have fun and happy cooking! 

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The colourful charms of Chau Doc

The Chau Doc riverfront is the perfect scene for a 1000-piece puzzle. The pieces would have colourful stilt houses, olive water, lush green islets, floating fish farms, barges and motorboats, and of course the brilliant blue skies and cottony clouds of southern Vietnam. 

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Fish sauce: Vietnam's first love

At every Vietnamese meal, one small bowl takes pride of place. This bowl holds a sauce that ties together everything on the table. Salty, amber brown, and rich in flavour, there’s nothing more Vietnamese than fish sauce, or nước mắm

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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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