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Sunshine returns ahead of fast-moving storm system overnight in mountains

Sunshine returns ahead of fast-moving storm system overnight in mountains

by Chris Tomer @ FOX31 Denver

DENVER — The snow is done in Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and the mountains as the largest snowstorm of the season has moved out. There will be sunshine and highs around 39 on Monday, with teens in the mountains. It will be windy above treeline, the foothills and across the west side of the Denver metro area. There will be gusts to 40-45 mph with some blowing and drifting snow. The eastern Plains continue to have snow and wind on […]

Theme Tours or Focus Specific Tours

by More Fun Travel @ More Fun Travel

Our theme tours are created with a different level of interest for each group. From simple arts and crafts style activities to more in depth, meaningful relationships. It’s possible for you to meet local residents and help improve their lifestyle

In multiple deployments, soldiers saw a changed Vietnam

In multiple deployments, soldiers saw a changed Vietnam


dailypress.com

In Vietnam, multiple deployments prompted different perspectives on the war

Guilt trips: war vets return to Vietnam

Guilt trips: war vets return to Vietnam


South China Morning Post

Haunted by their past, veterans of the Vietnam war are returning to former battlefields to make peace with the ghosts of the conflict and help those who are still picking up the pieces, writes Eric San Juan

We Offer the Best Guides for Every Tour

by More Fun Travel @ More Fun Travel

Our military or veteran tours are very unique and are second to none because we have the best guides in the business. We’re very proud to be able to offer this type of tour of Vietnam. More Fun Travel is

The US veterans going back to live in Vietnam

The US veterans going back to live in Vietnam


BBC News

More than 40 years after the end of the Vietnam war dozens of ageing former American soldiers have gone back - and have succeeded in finding peace.

A greeting from Luxembourg…

by Dog Tag Tours @ Dog Tag Tours

In Luxembourg, during our September 2017 tour, acclaimed historian Roland Gaul will host our group for a reception commemorating the 28th Infantry Division, PA’s National Guard, credited for the liberation of Luxembourg in 1944-45.  Traveling in our group, former 28th ID Commander Major General Wesley “Wes” Craig (2003-05).   Join us for this very special […]

Vietnam surprises vets returning to battleground (photos, video)

Vietnam surprises vets returning to battleground (photos, video)


cleveland.com

Seeking closure, reconciliation, or just a look at a formerly war-torn land, many veterans of the war in Vietnam are returning to that country, and are often surprised by what they find.

What to Look For in a South African Vacation & Safari

by admin @ smarTours

A trip to South Africa is the vacation of a lifetime, especially if you treat yourself to a safari experience. Tourism has increased substantially in South Africa over the last 20 years since the Apartheid, and the country is now one of the best destinations on earth to visit for its combination of safari and […]

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Why I Write

by Nicholas Warr @ Nicholas Warr

At my core, I am a United States Marine. I was once a Marine, I am today a Marine, and I will always be a United States Marine. Further, I am a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, having served … Continue reading

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Veteran tour of Vietnam | Audley Travel

Veteran tour of Vietnam | Audley Travel


Audley Travel

This Audley itinerary allows you to learn about the Vietnam conflict, visiting battle sites & meeting war veterans.

Featured Traveler:  Garret, from Chicagoland

Featured Traveler: Garret, from Chicagoland

by Bryan Herb @ Traveler Interviews - Zoom Vacations

Garret has been part of the extended Zoom family for years, and we always new that he would love our tours, and that our travelers would love him right back

Featured Traveler:  Rick, from NYC

Featured Traveler: Rick, from NYC

by Bryan Herb @ Traveler Interviews - Zoom Vacations

Ric joined Zoom Vacations in China over a year ago, and now he is about to take our tour to southern Africa.

Fun Facts about Vietnam

by More Fun Travel @ More Fun Travel

Hanoi is the capital city, while the currency is Dong Vietnam has a population of over 85 million We have one of the lowest unemployment rates among all developing countries. Vietnam has a literacy rate of 94%. Potbelly pigs are

Sydney To Ho Chi Minh | Cheap Sydney To Vietnam Flights

Sydney To Ho Chi Minh | Cheap Sydney To Vietnam Flights


Flight Centre

Travelling from Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City? Compare, book and save on cheap flights to Vietnam from Sydney with our Lowest Airfare Guarantee online today!

Return to the Citadel Fortress of Hue - Nicholas Warr

Return to the Citadel Fortress of Hue - Nicholas Warr


Nicholas Warr

Early next year, many of the Marines and Sailors who fought with 1/5 in the Citadel Fortress of Hue will return to Vietnam. It will be both an honor and a privilege for me to lead this group as a … Continue reading →

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 […]

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 […]

SIEM REAP’S 10 BEST BARS: CLASSY, HIDDEN DIVES JUST OUTSIDE OF ANGKOR

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

Every year I find myself in Siem Reap, Cambodia for a week. It’s inevitable, and always enjoyable.

Angkor Wat is, along with Bagan in Myanmar, one of the two most spectacular temple sites in Asia, if not the world. I’ve come back again and again with friends, or by myself. Although lately I barely spend time in the temples of Angkor Wat, I love the cafe and bar scene of nearby Siem Reap, a charming little French colonial town adjacent to Angkor that now serves as the tourist-amenity center of the region. Though a tourist town, it’s far from a tourist trap. There is something about the clear blue sky, slow clouds and that long twilight that I love here. And, there’s the drinks.

Pub Street is famous here. It is the center of Siem Reap and the fulcrum of activity in ... Read More »

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 Featured Traveler: Kent, from Emmitsburg, MD

Featured Traveler: Kent, from Emmitsburg, MD

by Bryan Herb @ Traveler Interviews - Zoom Vacations

This was Kent and Will's first Zoom Vacation, and they were so much fun to have on the trip, we certainly hope it will not be their last.  Kent shared with us his thoughts on gay travel and Peru.

Zoom:  Why did you decide to take this trip with Zoom Vacations?

Kent:  It was a kind of last minute decision to go to Peru after our trip to Puerto Rico was cancelled because of the hurricane. Peru is someplace we had wanted to visit and we liked the idea of a pre-planned trip.

Zoom:  Was this your first time in Peru?

Kent:  Yes it was - we have a good friend who had fallen in love with the country years ago and he had really piqued our interest in a visit.

Zoom:  Was coming during American Thanksgiving a good choice?  Why?

Kent:  For us, we were not loving the idea of spending Thanksgiving in the U.S. - we typically host a big event so the idea of NOT doing that and letting someone else worry about it was an appealing change from our routine.

Zoom:  Did having a Zoom Concierge (Bryan) make a difference in your trip?

Kent:  Bryan was really fun to travel with and he was a great resource during the trip if any problems came up and we needed help with something. Having made the trip before, he was a great source of information and in addition, he was charming and funny too.

Zoom:  Did the hotels live up to your expectations?

Kent:  We found all the hotels to be really nice and definitely the kind of places we would look for when we travel. They were all a little different but definitely comfortable and luxurious. 

Zoom:  How about Machu Picchu?

Kent:  We found it to be a wondrous place and really enjoyed the trip, although I have to say I enjoyed some of the other sites we visited just as much. I feel like we would have missed a lot of out-of-the-way spots if it wasn’t for our Zoom guides. Everything was really effortless and I didn’t really find it to be too much - there were plenty of opportunities to skip excursions or stops if the mood struck you.

Zoom:  What were your favorite parts of the trip?

Kent:  We enjoyed Cusco very much and definitely the food - I had heard that Peruvian food was good and I was not disappointed. Very good quality and lots of opportunities to try things that featured local ingredients and traditions. The coco and muna tea was really refreshing and kind of nice change from coffee drinking.

Zoom:  What were some of your biggest “wow” moments?

Kent:  We found the whole sacred valley was pretty amazing with lots of incredible vistas of cities built on the tops and hanging off the sides of mountains, and so on. Personally, being a little afraid of heights, it was a little dizzying at times but that could have been the altitude.

Zoom:  How were the other people on the trip?

Kent:  We met some very interesting and charming people in our group and I really enjoyed the size - we only had 12 on our tour and it was a good number. I definitely met some interesting people that I wouldn’t have an opportunity to meet at home.

Zoom:  Will you be taking another trip with Zoom Vacations?  To where?

Kent:  For us, I think Zoom is the perfect trip to make to places where the logistics of travel might be a little daunting. We both have busy jobs and getting time off is always a challenge, so having everything pre-arranged with so much attention to detail is a real luxury and well worth the money. 

I like the fact that the company is a 'pop&pop’ operation and we like supporting gay businesses.  I also felt confident that Bryan would keep us out of trouble.  We’d like to try a trip to Africa and India in the future.

One minute from Omaha Beach

by Dog Tag Tours @ Dog Tag Tours

Many WWII tours visit the American Cemetery of Normandy; we add to the experience, taking you down to Omaha Beach, below the cemetery, where an estimated 2500 men died in a single twenty-four hour period on June 6, 1944, “D-Day.”    Our 2017 WWII Western Front Tour  will have a lengthy stop here.  Randy Ent, […]

Halong Bay, Vietnam

by Jasmin Tonkin @ Jasmin Tonkin Travel

Halong Bay, Vietnam is one

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Photos of Hanoi

by More Fun Travel @ More Fun Travel

Take a virtual walk through the streets of Hanoi. Enjoy the sites and color photos of Hanoi as we step back in time with some of our favorite memories. Traveling to Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia? Contact Us! We’re able to

Luxury Vietnam Tours, Private & Tailor-made | Jacada Travel

Luxury Vietnam Tours, Private & Tailor-made | Jacada Travel


Jacada Travel

Private, bespoke trips to Vietnam with Jacada Travel. Contact one of our experts today to start planning your luxury getaway.

Featured Traveler:  Vickie from Yukon, OK

Featured Traveler: Vickie from Yukon, OK

by Bryan Herb @ Traveler Interviews - Zoom Vacations

But being a straight woman on a trip for a week through Peru with a small group of gay men did make her wonder if this would be the best thing ever or a mistake.

Our Favorites List, by Zoom Owners, Bryan Herb and Joel Cabrera

Our Favorites List, by Zoom Owners, Bryan Herb and Joel Cabrera

by Bryan Herb @ Traveler Interviews - Zoom Vacations

With 30 years of combined international travel experience, Joel Cabrera and Bryan Herb, Zoom Vacations’ co-founders and Tour Leaders, have traveled to the ends of the Earth gaining invaluable travel information that they happily share with others.  Here are a few of their favorite things

Featured Travelers: Chris and Dennis from Churchville, NY

Featured Travelers: Chris and Dennis from Churchville, NY

by Bryan Herb @ Traveler Interviews - Zoom Vacations

Chris and Dennis have been on a number of Zoom Vacations tours, from Australia to Peru, and they are always such great travelers that we were thrilled that they were able to join us recently for Zoom Egypt. 

A Trip Back in Time to Vietnam – Part 2

by More Fun Travel @ More Fun Travel

Day 3 – April 18 While at breakfast at the hotel, 8 Mig 21’s took off from Da Nang and flew right by our hotel. Those guys must get up real early. Pickup by our guide was at 0815. We

Journeys of the Heart - Back to Vietnam: Tours of the Heart

Journeys of the Heart - Back to Vietnam: Tours of the Heart


Back to Vietnam: Tours of the Heart

In 2006, forty years after Bruce served there as an Army officer during the war, we traveled the length of Vietnam in a modern, air-conditioned bus as part of a group of veterans returning to find reconciliation. We found modern day Vietnam a study in contradictions; a Communist government and a capitalist economy; modern cities …

Luxury Family Trip in Vietnam, Tailor-made for You | Jacada Travel

Luxury Family Trip in Vietnam, Tailor-made for You | Jacada Travel


Jacada Travel

Book your luxury Family Trip to Vietnam with Jacada Travel. Private, bespoke trips designed for you. Contact one of our experts today.

Top 5 tourist attractions in Hue

by IV Blogging Team @ Vietnam Private Tours

Thanks to the richness of culture and history as well as romance, gentleness, Hue has been one of the attractive tourist destination for a thousands of Vietnamese people as well as foreign tourists. To have more in-depth understanding about Hue’s culture here is top 5 tourist attractions anyone should visit: Indochina holidays Hue Imperial Citadel

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Vietnam: Love It or Hate It

Vietnam: Love It or Hate It


Alex In Wanderland

I can think of very few countries that inspire as passionately varied reactions from travelers as Vietnam does. Its fans wax poetic about the breathtaking landscape, the intriguing culture and the resilient population. Its detractors spew bitterly about the traffic, the crime, and most of all: the unfriendly people. I’m fascinated by this. What is it …

Why US veterans are returning to Vietnam

Why US veterans are returning to Vietnam


The Christian Science Monitor

Nearly 40 years after the war, American vets who live in Vietnam are working to foster reconciliation between the two countries, while other former US soldiers are traveling there to find 'closure.'

Vietnam Tour | Luxury Vietnam Travel Package Trip to Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoian, Saigon

Vietnam Tour | Luxury Vietnam Travel Package Trip to Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoian, Saigon


China Tours, Vacation Travel Tour Packages to Japan, Indochina, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand

Vietnam tour - luxury travel package trip to Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Danang, Hoian, Saigon from Vancouver, Toronto, San Francisco, New York. Best Vietnam trips.

Shan Tuyet green tea in Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang

by admin @ Vietnam Private Tours

Ha Giang is province which has the oldest Shan Tuyet trees in Vietnam. Are you wondering why the green tea is growing here better than other places? In Ha Giang, Shan Tuyet tree is located throughout most of the districts which generally have an elevation of 300 to 1000 meters. Phin Ho village is located

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INDIA TIES: What My Daughters Knew Intuitively

by Becca Piper @ Adoptive Family Travel

by Neale Schwarting I have to say, when planning on our return trip to India, I kept saying, ‘I could do this so much cheaper, I don’t like traveling with people I don’t know, I want my own schedule.’ After talking to our girls, they thought making friends and experiencing this with others “like them” on this trip of a ... Read More

Vietnam - The return 14 days - Vietnam Private Tours

Vietnam - The return 14 days - Vietnam Private Tours


Vietnam Private Tours

The famous trail for American Veterans to come back and see how Vietnam has been changed in the last decades and visit the highlights of the country.

Top 5 islands you must visit in Nha Trang

by IV Blogging Team @ Vietnam Private Tours

Nha Trang, Vietnam is one of the 29 most charming beaches in the world. Come to Nha Trang, you can not only lie under the sun, enjoy the picturesque sceneries and peaceful atmosphere but also have a nice tour around a lot of pretty islands. Here are the most beautiful islands that you cannot miss

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Featured Traveler, Greg from Michigan: His First Return to Vietnam Since the War

Featured Traveler, Greg from Michigan: His First Return to Vietnam Since the War


Zoom Vacations

Greg was an Air Force medic during the Vietnam War, and was part of the Operation Babylift mission.

Cambridge, Princeton, Bletchley Park…acclaimed but condemned

by Dog Tag Tours @ Dog Tag Tours

During our 2017 May Tour,  Bomber Boys of the Royal Air Force & United States Army Air Force, we visit Bletchley Park, a quiet estate northwest of London, where civilians achieved one of the greatest accomplishments of WWII.  Brilliant cryptologist Alan Turing and his team of mathematicians toiled in prefabricated wooden bungalows behind the estate […]

One Million Steps, by Bing West

by Nicholas Warr @ Nicholas Warr

I’m a big fan of Bing West’s work, having read several of his earlier books including The Village, which is about the Combined Action Marines during the Vietnam War, and The March Up, which covered the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force’s … Continue reading

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Third Tour in Vietnam

by More Fun Travel @ More Fun Travel

Planning My Return to Vietnam In Memory of Jack O’Neil Download the Third Tour Journal (PDF) At approximately 1700 hours 31 January 2015, Jack O’Neil died. Jack was my best friend. We first met on the airstrip at Quan Loi

Why I'll Never Return to Vietnam

Why I'll Never Return to Vietnam


Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

My trip through Vietnam, my awful experience, and why I never want to go back there for the rest of my life.

Thank you for your kind words!

by More Fun Travel @ More Fun Travel

More Fun Travel and our professional team of tour guides enjoy meeting people, from all over the world, traveling to Vietnam. They bring joy to our hearts and we look forward to meeting them again on another adventure tour with

Southern Vietnam Discovery (6 days, 5 nights)

by admin @ Vietnam Private Tours

Activities: cruises, history, culture
Starts in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Finishes in Ho Chi Minh City

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Hoian cooking class – best way to explore Hoian’s cuisine

by admin @ Vietnam Private Tours

With uncountable restaurants, no matter what their location or size, offering courses lasting from an hour to a day long, with the prices significantly ranging, it is not hard to join a Hoian cooking class. The luxury Indochina tours ThuanTinh island cookery class Joining Thuan Tinh cooking class, you will experience a few additional activities.

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Water Storage System Designed For Hiking, Skiing, Backpacking, Camping, Hunting

Water Storage System Designed For Hiking, Skiing, Backpacking, Camping, Hunting

by Dara Bitler @ FOX31 Denver

If you’re looking for a super compact, versatile and collapsible water storage system, the new Seeker from  HydraPak , is a great option! From hiking to backpacking, and even trips to ski and snowboard, the Seeker bottle can provide you with the hydration you need without taking up extra space! The new Seeker, available in 2L and 3L sizes, is an ultra-light water storage system designed for the outdoorsmen. Whether hiking, backpacking, camping, or hunting, the Seeker collapses down to be […]

Featured Traveler:  Shane from Chicago

Featured Traveler: Shane from Chicago

by Bryan Herb @ Traveler Interviews - Zoom Vacations

Having just come back from our mega-yacht trip in the Caribbean, Shane took some time to tell us about his first Zoom Vacations experience.

25 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING IN VIETNAM - The Hungry Suitcase

25 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING IN VIETNAM - The Hungry Suitcase


The Hungry Suitcase

Thailand enjoys a 50% return rate for foreign tourists. In contrast, Vietnam only pulls back 5% of visitors.Personally, I feel that Vietnam walks all over Thailand in almost every travel category except beaches. So, why do so many people have such bad experiences and never return to Vietnam?I hope the list I have made below helps out first-time visitors. It may seem cynical and anti-Vietnamese. It’s not. I love this country; I want you to love it, too. I’d just like to alert travelers to beware of the common first-time mistakes that may sour their experience of the local people and the country overall.Do your homework, know what to expect, and this is the most rewarding country in Southeast Asia to explore.Here goes:-1-TAKE YOUR VISA SERIOUSLY, VERY SERIOUSLY INDEEDYes, it seems like common sense, but I have seen tourists turned ... Read More »

Featured Traveler: Michael from NYC

Featured Traveler: Michael from NYC

by Bryan Herb @ Traveler Interviews - Zoom Vacations

Michael is a tall, strapping man from New York City who had wanted to visit Southeast Asia for years, and much to the delight of his fellow travelers, he was able to join Zoom on our recent tour!  Here is what he had to say about his experience.

Tourists From United States Return to Vietnam :  VIETNAM: American Tourists Venture Back to Scene of Battle

Tourists From United States Return to Vietnam : VIETNAM: American Tourists Venture Back to Scene of Battle


latimes

The small group who assembled at Manila Airport recently were waiting for flight PR 591, although the departures board had left blank PR 591's destination.The green light was flashing for "immediate...

Featured Traveler: Rick from San Francisco

Featured Traveler: Rick from San Francisco

by Bryan Herb @ Traveler Interviews - Zoom Vacations

As a second generation Chinese American whose family has been in the USA for over 100 years and has contributed immensely to the place we call home, Ricky was in for a trip of a lifetime, in a very personal way.

Featured Traveler: Michael, from Los Angeles

Featured Traveler: Michael, from Los Angeles

by Bryan Herb @ Traveler Interviews - Zoom Vacations

From the moment I landed in Casablanca to the moment I was dropped off at the airport in Marrakech , every aspect of the trip was well thought out and organized.

25 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING IN THAILAND

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

Thailand, with over 26 million foreign entries in 2016, can be a very touristic place to visit. By some accounts, 20% of the Thai GDP is based on tourism (worldwide nations average about 10%). Thailand is often an entry point for all of Asia, a constant revolving door of tourists on short or extended trips. We’re writing this article to help you avoid getting your hand caught in that often dangerous door.

Thailand is a country that can live up to its high expectations and reputation. It really can be paradise. On the other hand, it can be a disappointing place filled with drunken pub crawlers, tourist scams, empty promises and subpar made-for-tourists versions of local dishes. Pad thai made with instant noodles? You’ll find it all over Phuket and Koh Samui. If you venture past the tourists districts, the food ... Read More »

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Voices of Service: Soldier returns for second tour in Vietnam

Voices of Service: Soldier returns for second tour in Vietnam


The Sentinel

The following is the second part of Jerry Comello’s story. Details of his first tour in Vietnam ran in the Sept. 9 issue of The Sentinel.

the money-saving airfare search tools

the money-saving airfare search tools


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FareCompare provides robust airfare shopping tools that give you the power to save some serious cash on your next flight. Discover the FareCompare difference today!

Where to go for breakfast in Hanoi

by admin @ Vietnam Private Tours

A steaming bowl of beef noodle soup for breakfast is not bad. But it is not everyone’s idea of an ideal breakfast, especially foreigners, whose tastes, lie more in the direction of waffles or croissants, eggs and bacon. If you want to give noodle soup a break, let’s check out some options below. Let’s go

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Return to Vietnam - Vietnam, Cambodia Adventure Travel & Tours

Return to Vietnam - Vietnam, Cambodia Adventure Travel & Tours


Vietnam, Cambodia Adventure Travel & Tours

Return to Vietnam

Homestay- a good choice among kinds of accommodation in Hanoi

by admin @ Vietnam Private Tours

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam- a wonderful destination for you in the Indochinese Peninsula. About Hanoi, maybe you can hear about traffic jam, noise and so on. However, a lot of foreign tourists come here every year. So, why? Over those, Hanoi still contains many traditional beauties and characteristics. They can be small ancient

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How to Order Coffee in Vietnam Like a Local

by Bill @ The Hungry Suitcase

Vietnam is a country that runs on coffee. There is a cafe on just about every block in Saigon and Hanoi and they’re packed most of the day with a mix of locals leisurely sipping away enjoying the day and others grabbing a quick fix on their way to wherever they’re headed. The cafe culture in Saigon is why it’s one of our favorite cities in the world. To see the list of our favorite Saigon cafes, check out our post on it.

Coffee is brewed differently in Vietnam. It’s sort of a mix between the French press and pourover methods and despite producing great coffee, it’s surprisingly “low tech”. You won’t see any chem-lab looking siphons or giant blown-glass drip towers. Coffee is brewed in a little metal filter called a “phin”. Grounds go in, water goes in, and coffee ... Read More »

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Questions of Identity, International Adoptees

by Becca Piper @ Adoptive Family Travel

A thought provoking statement… “Visiting one’s birth country is a series of directed questions at one’s own identity, whether an adoptee is aware of their own questions or not.” Janelle Bentley, an international adoptee, is the author of those profound words. Janelle traveled on a Ties trip to her birth country when she was 17. Janelle is 27 now and ... Read More

Featured Travelers: Brandon and Vince from Sugarland, TX

Featured Travelers: Brandon and Vince from Sugarland, TX

by Bryan Herb @ Traveler Interviews - Zoom Vacations

It had been their longtime dream to visit Peru and after the trip, we spoke with Brandon about his experience.  This is what he had to say.

Let’s Send Another Set of Students Abroad (Exciting Updates from FLYTE)

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Two years ago I started FLYTE, a charity designed to help students from underserved communities see the world. Since then, we have raised over $100,000 and sent three classes on trips around the world. Here are updates on the organization.

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National D-Day Memorial: Veteran remarked “our stripes didn’t look like that”

by Dog Tag Tours @ Dog Tag Tours

The National D-Day Memorial sits on a bluff overlooking the town of Bedford, Virginia.  Bedford sustained the highest per capita D-Day losses than any other town in America ….a town of 3,000 lost nineteen “boys” serving with the 116th Regiment of the 29th ID.  Three more were lost within days. “The ultimate D-Day sacrifice.”  Alex Kershaw, […]

This Fall Is A Perfect Time To Visit Croatia

by admin @ smarTours

Imagine a destination where you could get fantastic coastline views, a nice warm breeze and a little bit of sand between your toes. Croatia is one of the best places to vacation because of its ideal location. The Croatian coast is lined with waterfront properties facing the Adriatic Sea, providing an excellent experience of the […]

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Vietnam Journeys

Vietnam Journeys


Adoptive Family Travel

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TZ1: Vietnam tour 11 Days Hanoi - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City

TZ1: Vietnam tour 11 Days Hanoi - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City


Go Asia Travel

Vietnam tour 11 days 10 nights from North to South included flight and train tickets. Destination covers Hanoi, Halong bay, Da Nang, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh city, Mekong delta

PROJECT UPDATE: The Forgotten Marines at Hue; Tet, 1968 Documentary Film

by Nicholas Warr @ Nicholas Warr

With just over two months to go before our trip to Vietnam, and considering my poor fund-raising results as of today, I’m now changing strategy and moving to “Plan D.” Plans B and C were efforts to reduce the cost … Continue reading

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Featured Traveler: Alex, from Las Vegas

Featured Traveler: Alex, from Las Vegas

by Bryan Herb @ Traveler Interviews - Zoom Vacations

Alex heard of Zoom Vacations years ago and had always wanted to join us on a tour.  Our Danube River Cruise trip lined up perfectly for him and his travel-buddy, Steve, and they joined us on this unique Easter Europe vacation.

Return to Vietnam

Return to Vietnam


WRAL.com

WRAL producer/director Clarence Williams is going back to Vietnam, where he served in the war 44 years ago. He'll blog about his experience during his 13-day trip and share stories and pictures along the way.

Rediscover Your Love Life with V-Lase

Rediscover Your Love Life with V-Lase

by Travis Dooley Harrison @ FOX31 Denver

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Featured Traveler: Rick, from NYC.  Part TWO

Featured Traveler: Rick, from NYC. Part TWO

by Bryan Herb @ Traveler Interviews - Zoom Vacations

We interviewed our feature traveler a little bit differently this time around. Last month, we interviewed Rick before his Zoom Vacations Southern Africa trip.  Rick has now returned home from his southern African adventure and below are his thoughts as he reflects on the tour.

Zoom: Did this tour live up to your expectations?

Rick: The tour surpassed my expectations.  I was ready for fabulous hotels, and informative tours.  What I also got, was an engaging and enthusiastic tour guide in Cape Town (Tim), who was informative, engaging, and with whom the group easily established a rapport, an over-the-top safari experience beyond anything I could have imagined, from the 5+ star lodge to the fabulous meals (oh, those 8 course lunches!), incredibly friendly staff, unforgettable walks with well behaved lions and cheetah, and an exciting ride with Mary the elephant!  In addition to the safari at Krueger, the activities in Livingstone / Victoria Falls were thrilling!  Not to mention the fabulous property with wildlife walking on the grounds freely!!!  I could easily have added an extra night or two on my own there.

 

Zoom: You said you were hoping to have an incredible and unforgettable cultural experience, and appreciation for the miracle that is the animal kingdom and nature.  Did this happen?

Rick: From the unique fauna in Hermanus and the Cape Town botanical gardens we got to see, the baby elephant in Krueger mocking a charge to our jeep only to be frightened at the sound of the engine starting up and running to its mother, the giraffes staring at us with curiosity as we drove by, and the exciting close encounters with lions and cheetah, I can certainly answer yes!

 

Zoom: What was your highlight of the trip?

Rick: For me, the entire safari experience.  The luxurious 5+ star lodge in the middle of Krueger National Park, where equally wonderful meals were served along with excellent South African wines, our knowledgeable, friendly, and welcoming safari guides, who took us on twice daily game drives, the two swimming pools for afternoon cool downs, all made for an experience I will always remember.

 

Zoom: There were some other Zoom Vacations travelers with whom you have traveled in the past, did you enjoy seeing them again?

Rick: I loved seeing Bob, my roomie for this trip, and John again.  They made the trip that much more fun and special, as I consider them my friends.

 

Zoom: You said you were anticipating making new friends on this trip  Did that happen, and in the way you expected?

Rick: I absolutely loved meeting the other travelers.  Several reside in the NYC area, and I look forward to keeping in touch with them, as well as those who reside in other states.

 

Zoom: Did you do as much shopping as you planned?

Rick: No.  Now I have to go shopping in NYC to make up for it. I still have availability on my credit cards.

 

Zoom: How do you think that Zoom vacations tours are different from going on your own? How are they different from other companies?

Rick: For one thing, I could never have organized such an ambitious itinerary on my own, and thus, would have missed out on several activities.  I think Zoom selects the activities it knows are interesting, and must-sees!  All of our activities were coordinated efficiently to make the best use of our time.

I think Zoom differentiates itself from other companies by limiting group sizes, which allows for a very personal touch, and through the final product it markets.  Tours are designed for travelers who want to experience their time away from home in style.  The fact that there is a Zoom escort on the trip to ensure all is going smoothly is also a plus. 

 

Zoom: Zoom Vacations owners, Joel and Bryan accompany almost every tour. Does this have an impact?  How?

Rick: Yes.  For me, it is comforting to know that a Zoom escort is on the trips to ensure the itinerary is being followed, to handle any changes to the itinerary that might arise, or other unforeseen situations.  It also adds the very personal touch to the travel experience.

 

Zoom: Was the tour better, worse, or as you expected it would be?

Rick: Much better.  The group of 19 were a delight to be with; logistically, there weren't any hiccups; and we had great weather each and every day!

 

Zoom: During the trip, you decided to sign up for Zoom Vacations’ India tour, 2017.  What made you decide to sign up for this trip?

Rick: India has been on the bucket list for several years now.  For one reason or another, I've postponed it, but 2017 will be the year!  It is also nice to know that a fellow traveler on this trip plans to book the Zoom India 2017, as well.

Featured Traveler, Greg from Michigan: His First Return to Vietnam Since the War

Featured Traveler, Greg from Michigan: His First Return to Vietnam Since the War

by Bryan Herb @ Traveler Interviews - Zoom Vacations

Greg was an Air Force medic during the Vietnam War, and was part of the Operation Babylift mission.

Vietnam firms give employees a break to cheer 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 […]

Featured Traveler, Jim from Chicago

Featured Traveler, Jim from Chicago

by Bryan Herb @ Traveler Interviews - Zoom Vacations

Jim is always so much for to have on our tours, and those who meet him, instantly love him. Having joined us in India, Bhutan, Nepal, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and more, it was time to Zoom to Colombia.

8 of the Best Cafes in Hanoi

by Bill @ The Hungry Suitcase

The big cities in Vietnam have a cafe culture that is virtually unknown to the rest of the world. Don’t expect a Chemex of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe with hints of blueberry and strawberry or an Aeropressed Kenyan. You might be able to locate one eventually, but not before tripping over scores of cafes serving up tumblers of coffee so dark it looks like used motor oil and smells like the most intense mocha you’ve ever had. It’s no secret that we love Vietnamese coffee and as a follow up to our very popular Saigon cafes list, we offer a list of some of our favorites in the northern capital city. Also be sure to check out our handy guide to ordering coffee in Vietnam.

So, in the event that you can’t find this guy rolling around town, keep scrolling and we’ve got ... Read More »

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Veterans to return to Vietnam to close chapters of their lives

Veterans to return to Vietnam to close chapters of their lives


San Antonio Express-News

Soto is one of 27 veterans whose trip is paid for this year by Operation Comfort, which supports military service members wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan and their families. The nonprofit paid the fees to Vietnam Battlefield Tours, founded by six Vietnam veterans to offer planned tours to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, modified to areas specific to each veteran. “We take pride in putting people on the spot of where they want to go,” Stiteler, 67, said, citing the use of tactical maps and GPS research. Garrett, a medevac helicopter pilot, remembers the landscape from the air as he picked up wounded soldiers across the country.

What Currency Should I Take?

by More Fun Travel @ More Fun Travel

This all depends on where you’re from, but we certainly suggest you exchange some of your country’s currency into Vietnamese Dong so that you can experience our culture in a more meaningful way. Not to mention, some areas of the

Must-try dishes before leaving Ha Giang

by IV Blogging Team @ Vietnam Private Tours

Ha Giang is one of the most beautiful places in northern Vietnam. With 90% of the population are ethnic minorities, Ha Giang is diverse in the culture. It offers visitors interesting experiences not only by its majestic natural landscapes but also a lot of culinary specialties. Visiting this mountainous province, it would be a miss

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Vietnam Tour Packages | Angkor Wat Tours | smarTours

Vietnam Tour Packages | Angkor Wat Tours | smarTours


smarTours

Tour Vietnam, Angkor Wat and Cambodia with smarTours! Book now & discover the best places to visit in Vietnam on your next vacation!

Why Most Tourists Never Return To Vietnam | The HoliDaze

Why Most Tourists Never Return To Vietnam | The HoliDaze


The HoliDaze

The culture is great, the scenery impressive, and the food delicious, but many travelers never return to Vietnam. Here's why; & how you can have a good trip

Return to Vietnam: Veterans travel back to war zone for first time

Return to Vietnam: Veterans travel back to war zone for first time


FOX31 Denver

HANOI, Vietnam -- With Veteran’s Day approaching, FOX31 Denver’s Jeremy Hubbard traveled 8,000 miles to Vietnam with a group of U.S. veterans who haven’t been back since the war ended. And those veterans were surprised by what they found.With its pristine beaches in Da Nang, bustling cities like Nha Trang and commerce that flows as freely as the waters of the muddy Mekong River, the Vietnam of today isn’t exactly the image of a war-torn country.

Eco-Tourism Spotlight: Patagonia

by admin @ smarTours

Over the past two decades, eco-tourism has been one of the fastest-growing sectors of the travel industry. Defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people,” this concept appeals to the rising number of people interested in social responsibility, similar to the booming organic food industry […]

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Where to go in Ha Giang

by IV Blogging Team @ Vietnam Private Tours

Ha Giang is the province in the North of Vietnam with many beautiful destinations. With the epic landscapes here, it is very worth being discovered. Coming to Ha Giang, tourists can see the endless roads, unique terraces and more than that. Therefore, you shouldn’t miss Ha Giang in your holiday. The followings will help you

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The Vietnam War – McNamara’s Wall and those who designed it.

by Dog Tag Tours @ Dog Tag Tours

“I gave eight years of my life to the Vietnam War, ” writes Frank Tapparo (center in photo) from his home in Arlington, VA, and he regards the first years of his Vietnam service as “…the most interesting assignment in my professional career—and I’ve had some good ones.” Tapparo is one of the Vietnam Veterans […]

Mekong & Phu Quoc island (5 days, 4 nights)

by admin @ Vietnam Private Tours

Starts in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Finishes in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

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Basic Vietnamese Phrases

by More Fun Travel @ More Fun Travel

Basic Vietnamese phrases, with pronunciation, for activities, food, transportation and the days of the week. Pleasantries English Pronunciation Vietnamese Yes yaa vâng No khong không Maybe cawtey có thể You’re Welcome kohng sao doh không sao đâu No Thank You

Win A Free Trip To Incredible India

by admin @ smarTours

Have you ever dreamed of taking a trip to India? Is visiting the Taj Mahal on your bucket list? Your dream might just come true! smarTours is offering a free trip to one lucky individual to one of the most culturally rich nations in the world – Incredible India! Your trip includes deluxe and first […]

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US door opens for Vietnam powder milk

by robert @ Talk Vietnam

It was the first time Vietnam’s milk powder have entered such a demanding market, thanks to its high quality and competitive prices. Under the contract, Delori will distribute high quality PediaPlus dissolved milk powder for malnourished children to more than 300 supermarkets in California. Nutifood had to meet the strict requirements of the US Food […]

Travel like the First Lady: Tips for Touring China

by admin @ smarTours

In just a few days, the first lady – or, shall we say, first ladies – will depart on a week-long excursion to China. Michele Obama will be taking her daughters, Malia and Sasha, as well as her mother, to Beijing, Xi’an, and Chengdu to learn about the country’s standards and methodologies for education. POTUS […]

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Adventure to the Galapagos Islands

by admin @ smarTours

Mostly known for their exotic environments and rare species, the Galapagos Islands are nestled near the coast of Ecuador. The 13 main islands that make up the Galapagos Islands are about 600 miles off the South American coast line. Due to the distance from shore, the islands are very isolated and a cruise is the […]

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Tourist Hot Spots

by More Fun Travel @ More Fun Travel

Nowadays, tourist hot spots like the Mekong Delta are very popular types of tours in South Vietnam, similar to tours around Ha Long Bay in the North. That is why the main part of Mekong Delta is touristy. Our guests

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