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Temples and Tombs in Vietnam

The Vietnamese have not been prolific builders like their Khmer neighbours, or the Chams, whose graceful towers and temples adorn many southern parts of the country, but even so Vietnam boasts an eclectic collection of monuments. All of the big ...

The Old Quarter

Walk north from Hoan Kiem Lake, across Cau Go, and suddenly you’re in the tumultuous streets of the Old Quarter, a congested square kilometre that was closed behind massive ramparts and heavy wooden gates until well into the nineteenth century.

Hoan Kiem Lake

Early morning sees Hoan Kiem Lake at its best, stirring to life as walkers, joggers and tai chi enthusiasts limber up in the half-light. Space is at a premium in this crowded city, and the lake’s strip of park meets multiple needs, ...

Hanoi and Around

By turns exotic, squalid, gauche and hip, the high-octane Vietnamese capital of Hanoi provides a full-scale assault on the senses. Its crumbly, lemon-hued colonial architecture is a feast for the eyes; swarms of buzzing motorbikes invade the ear, while the ...

8 Tips For Hanoi

Vietnam's coffee heritage is strong because of its French colonial legacy and it produces the second-largest amount of beans in the world. Most cafes have superb espresso, or alternatively try Vietnamese coffee, which is slightly bitter, often tar-thick, and comes ...

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