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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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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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