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Take your taste buds on a journey to South East Asia

by Jo @ Insider Places

From the sizzling hawker stalls of Penang to Michelin-starred dining in Bangkok, the cities of South East Asia are a sensory experience that will satisfy even the most demanding of foodies. Dishes range from the weird and wonderful – snake, crickets and locusts – to fragrant, delicately spiced rice and fiery curries. Let us help … Continue reading "Take your taste buds on a journey to South East Asia"

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High-ranking delegation of HCMC visits Laos & Cambodia

by robert @ Talk Vietnam

Its target contributes to promote and tighten further the solidarity, traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Laos, and good neighboring relations, sustainable traditional friendship between Vietnam and Cambodia.  Additionally, the visit is also to strengthen and consolidate the friendship cooperation relationship with the localities of Laos and Cambodia including Vientiane capital, Champasak, Savannakhet […]

Plan ahead for the best holiday experiences

by Jo @ Insider Places

Forward planning and insider knowledge are key to the best holidays The best hotels and experiences get booked up fast, don’t miss out on the trip of a life time, plan ahead and book one of these awe-inspiring ideas hand-picked by our local travel experts: Immerse yourself in the Borneo rainforest. Spend the day exploring … Continue reading "Plan ahead for the best holiday experiences"

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Coffee and Adventures

by Jo @ Insider Places

Coffee and Adventures We are delighted to be sharing #coffeeandadventures with The Lovely Coffee Company.  What have we, Insider Places got in common with The Lovely Coffee Company? The Lovely Coffee Company bring top quality coffee to discerning coffee drinkers across the UK. Hand-packed and posted by a small UK team, they deliver excellent coffee … Continue reading "Coffee and Adventures"

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How to stay safe and avoid scams in Vietnam – Part 1: North Vietnam

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

Generally, Vietnam is a very safe country in which to travel. Compared to most major tourist cities in the West – Paris, London, New York, Rome – the streets of Vietnam’s urban centers are much less threatening. However, in some of the more popular tourist destinations in Vietnam, there are a handful of tourist scams and…

Vietnam’s coach Park confident to deal with Qatar

by robert @ Talk Vietnam

Vietnam U23’s head coach Park Hang-seo has said that Qatar U23 are strong opponents, but they also have weaknesses that his team can exploit. Coach Park Hang-seo and his squad at a training session on January 22 Speaking at a press brief ahead of their semi-final clash this morning, the Korean strategist said that Iraq […]

3 reasons you should not book with XO Tours

by XO Tours @ XO Tours Blog

Although we are very proud of the acclaim our tours have received over the years, we realize that they are not suitable for everyone. These are the 3 main reasons we think some guests should not book our tours: If you are looking for a typical food tour – All the dishes and stops on the “Foodie” tour are carefully curated to…

How to stay safe and avoid scams in Vietnam – Part 2: South Vietnam

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

In this, the second part of our two-part series on avoiding common tourist scams in Vietnam, we focus on popular tourist destinations in the south of the country. Saigon, Nha Trang and Hoi An all have their fair share of scams and safety hazards that travelers should be aware of. (Read Part 1 of this series…

Off The Beaten Path in Vietnam

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

Vietnam is seeing more and more visitors each year, with the actual number of tourists per year reaching well over 6 million.  Some areas in Vietnam, such as Halong Bay, Sapa, and Hoi An, are very beautiful but also packed with tourists year round.  Fortunately, if you want to get away from the crowds, you…

Cave of Wonders: inside Vietnam's hidden caves - Liv

Cave of Wonders: inside Vietnam's hidden caves - Liv


Liv

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, 500 kilometres south of Hanoi, is a little way off the beaten track and hosts some of the most impressive cave systems in the world. Two of the largest caves in the world sit in this UNESCO world heritage site and just three decades ago they were unknown to anyone …

Inside Vietnam tour - Insider Places

Inside Vietnam tour - Insider Places


Insider Places

Let a local guide immerse you in hill-tribe country and take you on in-depth sightseeing tours around Vietnam’s most dynamic cities.

Vietnam firms give employees a break to cheer U23 team in AFC U23 semis

by robert @ Talk Vietnam

Many companies in Vietnam have allowed their staff to get some time off of work to watch the Golden Stars’ historic semifinal game at the AFC U23 Championship in China on Tuesday afternoon. Vietnam won the historic semifinal spot after a 5-3 quarterfinal penalty shootout victory, following a tense 3-3 draw after extra time, over Iraq […]

Trekking through the Tu Lan Cave system in Vietnam

by Jo @ Insider Places

Discover the incredible Tu Lan Cave system with Dai our insider expert in Vietnam We have traveled quite a lot in the region but the most exciting and memorable experience we have had so far is our caving adventure to Tu Lan Cave in the center of Vietnam. This cave system has recently become more … Continue reading "Trekking through the Tu Lan Cave system in Vietnam"

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Leading Places to Shop in Saigon – Saigon Shopping Master

by Blue @ Vietnam Travel Information

What places to shop in Saigon might be a big question to the first-time shopaholics to the city, though many of them are suggested to see Ben Thanh Market. Find a list of the top shopping addresses to go in Saigon (or Ho Chi Minh City) here. #1: Sai Gon Square – This Ranks Top ...

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Inside Vietnam's astonishing caves on a local tour

Inside Vietnam's astonishing caves on a local tour


the Guardian

Since Son Doong, the world’s biggest cave, opened to visitors in 2013, tourism has soared, but locals around Phong Nha are keen to protect the area and promote community homestays and tours

Tu Lan Adventure Race 2018

by Ngoc Nguyen @ Oxalis Adventure Tours

Tu Lan Adventure Race 2016 is a competition between 10 teams throughout multiple activities such as boat racing, jungle trekking, rivers crossing, caving and swimming inside caves. This year (2016) program happens from 01 April 2016 to 03 April 2016.

Discover natural wonders in brilliant Borneo

by Jo @ Insider Places

By Times travel writer James Ellis They say ‘it’s a jungle out there’ and nowhere is that more true than on Borneo, the third biggest island in the world. Straddling the equator in Southeast Asia and covered in lush rain forest, Borneo is an adventure lover’s paradise with incredible dive sites, towering mountains, and diverse … Continue reading "Discover natural wonders in brilliant Borneo"

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The number of international visitors in Dalat is growing rapidly

by Blue @ Vietnam Travel Information

In 2016, Dalat City of Lam Dong Province welcomed 5.4 million visitors, an increase of 6% in comparison to the same period. In particular, international visitors increased rapidly to reach the number of over 270,000 people, an increase of 5% in comparison to the last year. In 2016, thanks to the investment to improve the ...

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Taking A Secret Food Tour Around San Francisco - The Curious Explorers

Taking A Secret Food Tour Around San Francisco - The Curious Explorers


The Curious Explorers

Any food lover visiting San Francisco will love the Secret Food Tour. It's a great way to explore the cultural Mission District while also tasting delicious food. Let us show you why you'll love this food tour around San Francisco

Top 5 Tips for a Safe Beach Holiday in Halong Bay

by Blue @ Vietnam Travel Information

Halong Bay is blessed with the dramatic sand and stone area beside the sea, which is ideal for a beach holiday all time. If you are about to visit the beaches in the UNESCO site during the scorching summer, then get to know top 5 tips for the safe beach holiday in Halong Bay to ...

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Tu Lan Adventure Race 2017

by Dat Nguyen @ Oxalis Adventure Tours

Tu Lan Adventure Race 2016 is a competition between 10 teams throughout multiple activities such as boat racing, jungle trekking, rivers crossing, caving and swimming inside caves. This year (2016) program happens from 01 April 2016 to 03 April 2016.

Son Doong Cave from Word Viet Nam

by Ngoc Nguyen @ Oxalis Adventure Tours

Our Guide to the Galápagos islands

by Jo @ Insider Places

Venture into another world A visit to the Galápagos islands is likely to be both life-affirming and life-changing. This small archipelago of 19 islands and numerous smaller islets, around 1,000km off the Ecuadorean coast, is the most biodiverse place on earth, famously providing the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s epoch-changing Origin of the Species. Thanks to … Continue reading "Our Guide to the Galápagos islands"

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XO Tours in Hanoi

by XO Tours @ XO Tours Blog

XO Tours does not operate in Hanoi, and it’s unlikely we ever will. So why the misleading blog title? We felt the need to write this blog post to protect our brand, so that when our valued guests search for XO Tours they will know that XO Tours only operates out of Ho Chi Minh City…

The Beauty of Flowers in Hanoi Vietnam

by Blue @ Vietnam Travel Information

Hanoi is charming, with several interesting towns named after the flowers a long time ago and the natural landscapes filled with the pink water lily. Let’s discover the beauty of flowers in Hanoi Vietnam with Vietnam Tour Agency ! The towns with the names of flowers in Hanoi The oldest one is Kim Lien Town, ...

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The Ultimate Hanoi Shopping Guide – What to buy and where to buy it

by Graham Stein @ XO Tours Blog

We wrote a very popular shopping article focused on Ho Chi Minh City 2 years ago, and have since had many requests for a similar piece for Hanoi. Shopping posts are difficult to do however, because there are so many unique things that you can buy in Vietnam that it’s impossible to include everything in a single article. We…

13 Things You Must Do in Vietnam – Vietnam Bucket List

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

From exploring the depths of a mysterious subterranean world to bargaining in a Mekong market, from sleeping under a bamboo roof in the mountains to scaling waterfalls in the Central Highlands, Vietnam is bursting with exciting things to do. In this XO blog post we outline the very best activities across the country – from…

‘Super attraction’ shows gap between Hong Kong and mainland tourists

‘Super attraction’ shows gap between Hong Kong and mainland tourists


South China Morning Post

Mainland visitors sign up in droves to see ‘super attraction’ from a distance while Hongkongers are indifferent to it

‘Jumanji’ continues to stomp N. American box office competition

‘Jumanji’ continues to stomp N. American box office competition


vietnamnews.vn

 Sony's family film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle continued to stomp the competition at the North American box office, taking the top spot for the third straight week, according to industry estimates Sunday.

Wildlife adventures which are out of this world

by Jo @ Insider Places

Wildlife adventures which are out of this world Discover some of the Worlds greatest wildlife destinations, from the mountains of Ecuador to the wilds of Borneo with our experienced and passionate guides. In many places you can experience wildlife in its natural environment, like swimming with sea turtles in the Galapagos or watching giant otters … Continue reading "Wildlife adventures which are out of this world"

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Top 5 Places to Visit in Myanmar to First-time Travelers

by Blue @ Vietnam Travel Information

Myanmar is an enigmatic land blessed with beautiful and idyllic landscapes throughout the country. People might never run out of choices of where to travel in Myanmar. But for the first-time travelers, it’s best to get recommendations of the top destinations before they go. Get to know the top five places to visit in Myanmar! ...

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Discovery Indochina

Discovery Indochina


Discovery Indochina Tour Vietnam Cambodia Laos and Myanmar

Discovery Indochina offers quality tours, hotel booking services, car rental, air ticketing, customized tour throughout Indochina

A Comprehensive Guide to Vietnam Visas

by Scott Jones @ XO Tours Blog

*** Disclaimer: We believe all the information in this article was correct at the time it was published however, regulations in Vietnam change often so we urge travelers to not rely solely on the information in this blog post when planning their trip to Vietnam. We cannot be held responsible for any lost monies or travel time due to any…

The Most Modern and Best Recreational Activities in Halong Bay

by Blue @ Vietnam Travel Information

Halong Bay is amongst the elite travel destinations in Vietnam that many individuals desire to contemplate. This fantastic UNESCO World Heritage site, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, delivers the amazing settings for various recreational activities. Besides several activities in Halong Bay already-known such as squid fishing, kayaking, cave discovery, etc., the destination ...

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Leading Places to Shop in Saigon – Saigon Shopping Master

Leading Places to Shop in Saigon – Saigon Shopping Master


Vietnam Travel Information

What places to shop in Saigon might be a big question to the first-time shopaholics to the city, though many of them are suggested to see Ben Thanh Market.

Pacific Coast Air Museum Home Page | Aviation Museum

Pacific Coast Air Museum Home Page | Aviation Museum


Pacific Coast Air Museum

Visit Pacific Coast Air Museum, Santa Rosa CA. 707-575-7900. Wed-Sun 10-4. 35 Historic Airplanes: Fighter Jets, Bombers, Attack Aircraft, Helicopters. Parties. Tours

How to get around Saigon on the cheap!

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

As tourists, Ho Chi Minh City can seem very centralized because not only are many of the tourist attractions around District 1, the centre of the city, but this district is also quite compact.  However, with 24 districts, the city is actually very spread out and some of the other districts are more than twice…

Iconic Hoi An Street Food You Should Always Relish

by Blue @ Vietnam Travel Information

Hoi An Street Food appeals to foodies who appreciate local authentic cuisine as well as the full-of-lantern Old Town. Ranked as one of the top destinations for the culinary travel all over the world, the street food in Hoi An is so delicious, unique, and diverse that satisfy the guests. If you are in this ...

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Cambodian PM hosts new Vietnamese Ambassador

by robert @ Talk Vietnam

The diplomat conveyed greetings from General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Nguyen Phu Trong, President Tran Dai Quang, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan to Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife. Ambassador Minh presented his credentials to Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni in […]

PM’s visit to India helps foster political trust

by robert @ Talk Vietnam

The visit will deepen defence and security ties, intensify cooperation in economics, investment and tourism, and better tap potential in education, science and technology, said Vietnamese Ambassador to India Ton Sinh Thanh in an interview with Vietnam News Agency. Regarding ASEAN-India relations, Thanh said that since the two sides established their dialogue relationship 25 years […]

Touring San Francisco in style!

by Danik @ The Curious Explorers

We just couldn’t say no when we found out that this amazing city can be explored by a vintage Volkswagen van. Coming across Vantigo’s website online and seeing what the tour offered, we had to make sure we were on … Continued

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The best experiences for travel in 2018

by Jo @ Insider Places

The best experiences for travel in 2018 The best way to switch off and disconnect from your everyday life whilst on holiday, is to immerse yourself in a different culture and way of life. Our local guides will show you how to connect with the locals and share some truly unique experiences. Check out our … Continue reading "The best experiences for travel in 2018"

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Rio de Janeiro: The South American city that never sleeps

by Jo @ Insider Places

From stunning sunsets to all-night samba Local legend has it that God created the world in seven days – and then took an extra one just to create Rio de Janeiro – and it’s easy to see why when you visit the ‘City of Gods’. Watched over by the Christ the Redeemer, one of the … Continue reading "Rio de Janeiro: The South American city that never sleeps"

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Weekend Pedestrian Street in Hue Calls More Tourists to Central Vietnam

by Blue @ Vietnam Travel Information

Hue Vietnam now has Nguyen Dinh Chieu Pedestrian Street for the exciting weekend nightlife experiences that most travelers appreciate. The travel turns to be more fantastic when you have more nice things to expect from the Imperial City of Vietnam, including the enjoyable shopping, chatting, and sightseeing during your walk in the shining Pedestrian Street. ...

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Taking A Secret Food Tour Around San Francisco

by Claire @ The Curious Explorers

One of my new favourite things to do when visiting a new destinations is to take a food tour. Travel has really expanded my sense of adventure when it comes to food. It’s hard to believe a few years ago … Continued

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Hanoi XO Tours | XO Tours Blog

Hanoi XO Tours | XO Tours Blog


XO Tours Blog

Beware! XO Tours does not operate any tours in Hanoi. Many tour companies use our well-known reputation to market their illegal and unsafe motorbike tours.

Taking a Tour of Anchor Brewing Company

by Claire @ The Curious Explorers

The more interested I get in craft beer, the more fascinated I get with the brewing process which is why I’ve started trying to find more brewery tours to do in cities I visit. While researching for San Francisco I … Continued

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Demand for beef up in Vietnam

by robert @ Talk Vietnam

The ministry’s Livestock Department reported that Vietnam imported 262,321 live cattle and nearly 42,000 tonnes of meat (mainly beef with bone) worth a total of US$410 million. Meanwhile, the nation imported more than 6,500 tonnes of pork worth a total of about US$11.07 million, and more than 81,000 tonnes of poultry, valued at more than US$75.7 […]

Vietnam’s steel export enjoys 34% growth

by robert @ Talk Vietnam

The VSA’s data showed that the country’s steel output was 21.062 million tonnes, up 24.3% against the previous year.  Domestic steel consumption stood at nearly 18 million tonnes, 20.7% higher than the last year. Notably, in the year, Vietnam shipped 1 million tones of building steel abroad, a year-on-year increase of 62%. Meanwhile, the total […]

Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex for Wonderful Ninh Binh Honeymoon Packages

by Blue @ Vietnam Travel Information

Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, nested in Ninh Binh Province of the northern Vietnam, is a wonderful honeymoon landmark which makes the sweet trip to Ninh Binh truly enjoyable. The destination refers to the convergence of culture, nature, and sweetness. More and more couples take wedding photography in the dreamlike sceneries of this destination, and ...

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Some Hanoi Street Food – Very Delicious But Not Many People Know

by Blue @ Vietnam Travel Information

Hanoi owns the busy street food scenarios with many delicious choices, beautiful landscapes, and reasonable prices. The capital of Vietnam is where to find an uncountable number of good dishes to try and delight the palate. While some food is highly notable such as Phở Bò (rice noodle with beef), Bún Riêu (rice vermicelli with ...

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The Best Day Trips from Hanoi

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

Beware! XO Tours does not operate in Hanoi. If you book with a tour operator in Hanoi that claims to be XO Tours, you have been defrauded! Hanoi sits on a bend in the Red River. To the south and east lies the watery world of the Red River Delta, where farms and villages continue as…

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