Destination Vietnam

Hanoi street food - preparing prawn cakes at a street stall in Hanoi, North Vietnam

Hanoi street food tour a taste of Vietnam

Hanoi street food tour Food, glorious food. Vietnamese cuisine is famous for its freshness and flavour and there's no better way to find out more about it than to take ...
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The cyclos of Chau Doc did not have much in the way of hand-holds but were fun to ride

Weird wheels and why you should use them

Saigon cyclo The Vietnamese cyclo is a three-wheel bicycle taxi introduced to Vietnam by the French in the colonial period. There used to be thousands of them on the streets ...
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The unicorn and the lion dancing to the sound of drums and cymbals at Bat Trang, North Vietnam.

Vietnamese unicorn and lion dance

One of the joys of river cruises is being able to travel in comfort and style while countryside, villages and towns pass slowly by. Once or twice a day we ...
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Tea and whisky

Tea and whisky

The village of Duong Lam, about 60 kilometres from Hanoi, is recognised as a UNESCO heritage site because of the large number of well-preserved ancient traditional houses. Some of these ...
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Dien Xa bonsai village

Dien Xa bonsai village

We visited several craft villages in North Vietnam. The noisiest was the blacksmith village of Ly Nhan but the most peaceful was Dien Xa bonsai village. IĀ  used to think ...
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Cheerful sampan lady at Tam Coc, North Vietnam - Halong on land

Halong on land ā€“ Tam Coc, Vietnam

Halong Bay might be the most popular tourist attraction in North Vietnam, but the weird karst (limestone) landscape can also be found in other parts of the country including Tam ...
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Colourful costumes and marching bands at the Ninh Giang Buddhist festival

Festival time in Ninh Giang

As we cruised towards Ninh Giang we could see the boat landing was crowded. There was no way we were going to land there. Streams of people were crowding onto ...
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Halong Bay and the Red River ā€“ 2

Halong Bay and the Red River ā€“ 2

It was cloudy when we left last night. This morning it is cold and misty with a sprinkling of rain if you stand in the observation area at the bow ...
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Halong Bay and the Red River - 1

Halong Bay and the Red River – 1

The road from Hanoi to Halong Bay is a 180 kilometre long consruction site. The work is necessary to accommodate a constant stream of trucks heading from the port of ...
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The blacksmiths of Ly Nhan

The blacksmiths of Ly Nhan

North Vietnam still has many traditional villages that are home to experts in crafts such as bonsai, carpentry, ceramics and hat making. All very quiet and peaceful. But Ly Nhan ...
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The water puppets of Than Ha

The water puppets of Than Ha

Water puppets in Thanh Ha village in North Vietnam. March 2017. We travelled to North Vietnam in March this year (2017) and in Thanh Ha village we saw a traditional ...
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