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Working With BLV: A Personal Reflection by Kaitlyn Knoll

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Source: http://wayfarerkate.com/2017/09/03/2728/ Two weeks ago, I had the privilege of visiting a small village in Vietnam as part of my work with the non-profit, Better Life Vietnam. Better Life Vietnam works to help children rise out of poverty and stay in school. In many rural areas, children are not able to continue their educations because of family […]

5 Days Itinerary Hanoi (2018): What to do in Hanoi Vietnam for 5 Days 4 Nights

by Nguyễn Anh Quanh @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

5 Days Itinerary Hanoi  or Things to do in Hanoi for 5 Days ? How do you plan these 5 days? You know it. You know Hanoi is full of amazing attractions. You heard people telling epic stories about Hanoi. And you have 5 days to spend here in Hanoi. You’re excited to pack it up and make a Hanoi 5 days itinerary. But… You don’t know what to do in Hanoi—for 5 days!!! Scratching your head ferociously, you think: “I come here, but what can I do for 5 days in Hanoi? “How can I make a 5 days […]

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Schumer, White House Respond To Shutdown By Pointing Fingers

Schumer, White House Respond To Shutdown By Pointing Fingers

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Updated at 9:45 p.m. ET The federal government is in the midst of a partial shutdown, and it appears it will be that way for some time. President Trump and members of Congress publicly say they want to reopen the federal government, but, in the first day of a shutdown, Republicans and Democrats on both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue showed no signs of ending their stalemate. In a midafternoon press conference Saturday, White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short reiterated the position of the president and congressional GOP leadership that they will not negotiate on immigration and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program while the government is shut down. Short also placed blame on Democrats. "We continue to remain anxious to reach a deal on DACA, and we look forward to resuming those negotiations as soon as the Senate Democrats reopen the government," Short said. Members of the House and Senate reconvened at the Capitol on Saturday to try to find a way to resolve the

Check-in 4 Saigon plazas to have nice pictures in Christmas

by Ha Nguyễn @ Vietnam Travel Guide

In addition to the churches, the plazas insaigon also have a great decoration in Christmas. Let’s check in these places to have beautiful photos right now.

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High-ranking delegation of HCMC visits Laos & Cambodia

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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 […]

Saigon Street Food Tour of Ho Chi Minh City by Motorbike

Saigon Street Food Tour of Ho Chi Minh City by Motorbike


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One of the best ways to understand this sprawling and the frenetic city is to do a Saigon Street Food Tour of Ho Chi Minh City by Motorbike .. at night

Best Cherry Blossom Experience in Washington DC

by Jenia Ustinova @ House to Laos

As your resident DC experts we have a great post for you today – our best tips for optimal sight seeing of Cherry Blossoms in the US capital. The peak bloom is likely to come super early this year – March 18-23, as opposed to the average early April timeframe – so get your walking shoes and cameras ready, hop on the next bus or plane, and get ready to experience Cherry Blossoms in DC like a pro! First, a bit of background – cherry blossoms are kind of a big deal in Washington DC, maybe even THE biggest deal. The National Park Service issues an official peak bloom forecast, and we have a National Cherry Blossom festival to celebrate the blooms every spring. The festival has been going on for over ONE HUNDRED years. And hundred years is a long time for the United States – that fact alone makes it a big deal. The original cherry trees were a gift from the city of Tokyo to Washington DC in 1912 to commemorate the lasting friendship between the two countries. And though relations between the US and the land of the rising sun haven’t always been so cordial, we […]

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Government Hurtles Toward Midnight Shutdown

Government Hurtles Toward Midnight Shutdown

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ye4heQO1v0o Updated at 11:16 p.m. ET A partial government shutdown now looks inevitable after the Senate lacks the votes on a stopgap spending bill late Friday night. The vote was 50-48 in favor of the measure with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., yet to vote. The White House, Senate Republicans and Senate Democrats were unable to reach a deal to get to the 60 votes needed to proceed after a flurry of meetings, leading to finger-pointing and blame over who was responsible for the unprecedented shutdown on the one-year anniversary of President Trump's inauguration. Shutdowns are usually the product of divided government, but this likely shutdown would be the first time one occurred when the same party controlled both chambers of Congress and the White House. Republicans stepped up their attacks on Democrats throughout the day Friday, blaming them for forcing the standoff. McConnell, R-Ky., accused Democrats of using immigration as a

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8 beautiful homestays suitable for holidays (P2)

by Ha Nguyễn @ Vietnam Travel Guide

If you still dream about the pretty beautiful and strange homestay in Da Lat, when coming to Moc Chau for flower seeing, do not ignore Bo House. That is really beautiful.

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Visiting The Medieval Village of Eze in France

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

We started our tour of Monte Carlo in Monaco, and Visiting the Medieval Village of Eze in France, by driving along the scenic roads of the Moyenne Corniche. From here we h…

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5 ideal destinations near Saigon for New Year Holiday 2018

by Ha Nguyễn @ Vietnam Travel Guide

About 100km from Saigon, Tan Lap floating village, Con Phung or Long Hai beach will surely be good choices for short holiday.

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Nguyễn Thị Thảo Linh

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Born: 04/12/2002 Her father left her family with a huge gambling debt. He even used the deed to their house to pay off his gambling fees. Most of the time during our visit, Thao Linh was in the back sewing garments for a factory. She only took a break to briefly have her picture taken, […]

Sapa Trekking full day

by Ha Nguyễn @ Tour Guide – Vietnam tour guide

Sapa is famous for its beautiful landscapes, cool climate and colorful markets of ethnic minorities. With Sapa Trekking full day, you will visit Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai villages of the H’mong minority and have opportunity to experience their daily life, work and original custom.

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Should you Attend a Travel Blog Conference?

by Jenia Ustinova @ House to Laos

So, travel blogger conference. I made the decision to go to TBEX North America 2015 kind of on a whim, a month before the event. I spent the rest of the 4 weeks prior to the conference questioning, and even regretting, my snap decision making abilities. First of all, I am not a huge networker and we are also not certain how far down the ‘professional’ path we want to take this blog. In general, I find the whole concept of selling our ‘stats and message’ to anyone who would listen unnerving. Then, there’s the whole money matter – is it really the best way to spend our disposable income, given the first point? In the end I went – but only because of sunk costs. So, with those negative caveats in mind, here’s a rundown of my impressions from the first ever travel blogger conference that I attended. TBEX is a fantastic value The fact that TBEX is a fantastic value – in purely monetary terms – was my least expected conclusion. But it’s true. The $150 admission ticket gets you one pre-TBEX tour to area attractions (plus the option to just show up and take an unclaimed spot on […]

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Hanoi Noodle is more than Pho Hanoi| Restaurants Recommendation

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

“Hanoi: What to eat” The Series Vietnamese Noodles Is More Than Phở (Pho Hanoi) Pho Hanoi seems to be familiar with most of people, who have interest about Hanoi. It is regarded as a spirit of Hanoi. Let’s take a Hanoi Tour to know more about Things to do in Hanoi and has a chance to taste Pho Hanoi But there is much more than Phở. You might be suprise with different type of noodle in Hanoi. You might fall in love with the Hanoi’s Cuisine. A. Phở – Rice noodle A.1. What is phở? Phở is a kind of […]

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A poetic and romantic place for the trip at the end of the year 2017

by Ha Nguyễn @ Vietnam Travel Guide

Pleiku, on these days, have enough pink grass, wildflowers and beautiful highly blue sky.

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Federal Judge Says Texas Still Needs Oversight To Fix Its 'Broken' Foster Care System

Federal Judge Says Texas Still Needs Oversight To Fix Its 'Broken' Foster Care System

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A federal judge has ruled Texas will continue to need oversight of how it cares for vulnerable children, even after sweeping legislative changes last year. In a 116-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Janis Jack ruled on Friday afternoon that Texas leaders will remain under the watchful eye of federal special masters for three years as they implement more policies for how abused and neglected children are protected. She wrote in her ruling that “the system remains broken and DFPS has demonstrated an unwillingness to take tangible steps to fix the broken system.” “Because the State of Texas has failed to rectify long-standing problems with its foster-care system despite decades of awareness and extensive reports and recommendations by internal and external authorities, this Court concludes that “unless directed otherwise by some authority, the studies and testing will continue, no remediation will occur and the dangerous condition[s] will continue to exist,” Jack wrote. The news comes

Sapa trekking and homestay tour by bus 2D1N

by Ha Nguyễn @ Tour Guide – Vietnam tour guide

Explore and experience Sapa by road via the new Noi Bai highway, Lao Cai, with length of 245km. This new road shortens the travel time and distance from Hanoi to Sapa. Moreover, you will have chance to admire the beautiful scenery as you travel the longest highway in Vietnam before enjoying yourself in Sapa – the city in cloudy. Let’s come and join with us!

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Ho Chi Minh City Free Walking Tours - Saigon Activities

Ho Chi Minh City Free Walking Tours - Saigon Activities


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Free walking tours in Ho Chi Minh City are great for getting to know the history of the city and some of its most popular landmarks through the eyes of a local. A quick search online will lead you to several non-profits or universities organising free walking tours to help

Fansipan Summit full day

by Ha Nguyễn @ Tour Guide – Vietnam tour guide

This Fansipan Summit full day is offered for anyone who likes adventures. It is a memorable experience with conquering the Roof of Indochina – Fansipan peak in Hoang Lien Son range and enjoying fully the emotion of the winner when you reach the top of the mountain at the height 3143m.

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SAIGON FREE WALKING TOURS

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A non-profit managed by Hospitality & Tourism students, Hoa Sen University, Ho Chi Minh city.

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There are 3 steps to book tour: Step 1: Complete and submit booking form: http://goo.gl/forms/9qg0usPKM3 Step 2: Wait for confirmation. Your request will be responded in 12 hours at the latest. Step 3: Confirm. Please note that the sooner you make reservation, the better service we provide. We recommend you to book tour 24 hours in advance.     […]

Saigon Free Day Tours

by Ha Nguyễn @ Vietnam Travel Guide

Every year, Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, receives thousands of tourists around the country and from all over the world. Therefore, there are quite a few tours for different services and prices in Ho Chi Minh City available for travellers to choose. With Saigon Free Day Tours, you can explore the whole city without charging any fee to the guide.

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Report Finds Asylum Seekers In El Paso Face Violence And Delay

Report Finds Asylum Seekers In El Paso Face Violence And Delay

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From Texas Standard: President Donald Trump took office a year ago promising to ramp up border security. New data from the Hope Border Institute and the Borderland Immigration Council show the situation for asylum-seekers has gotten worse. The U.S. can’t turn away migrants who express fear of persecution; they're legally entitled to a screening interview to see if they qualify for asylum. But new data show asylum-seekers are being denied those interviews and being mistreated, both at the border and while in detention.

Cádiz in Spain will be the next Hot Spot Travel Destination

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

I am calling it here and now; Cádiz in Spain will be the next Hot Spot Travel Destination. I probably shouldn’t tell people this and ruin what is one of the most delight…

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#1 Hotel in Ireland – Harvey’s Point Hotel, Donegal

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Harvey’s Point Hotel, Donegal has been named ‘No 1 Hotel in Ireland’ by TripAdvisor for the fifth year in a row, 2017 ‘Travellers Choice’ Awards on its websi…

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Ho Chi Minh City

by Phu Truong Thang @ Saigon Free Walking Tours

Known to most as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a city of contrasts. The pace of life is frenetic, and yet the wide boulevards and parks help the city retain an air of calm. Classic French architecture competes for attention with brand new high-rise buildings. The port hosts vast tankers and cruise-liners while tiny […]

Visiting the Seaside Town of Weymouth in England

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Located just 20 minutes from Portland, we spent a day Visiting the Seaside Town of Weymouth in England. Weymouth is the archetypal English seaside holiday destinatio…

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Welcome Aboard!

by Jenia Ustinova @ House to Laos

Pardon our tardy announcement – but here it goes – we have added a new travel companion to our team back in June: Nicholas.  Its been a very new type of adventure for us, but we are slowly getting into the groove as a team of three. And while things have certainly changed around here with the new addition, we have no plans to stop traveling. Being able to explore, journey, and experience the big wide world is our way of knowing we are doing things right (for us). Nicholas has already proven himself already on one road trip this summer. We took the long holiday weekend in July to attend a friends’ wedding and explore a bit of southern Virginia. At the time N just turned 4 weeks, and we were a bit nervous about how he would take to our escapades. Sergey and I have a bit of a different perception on how ‘easy’ Nicholas is (who is surprised here?) I will just say, and I think Sergey has to agree, he is no magical baby that you only hear about from a friend of a friend that never cries, only coos, and sleeps through the night by the end […]

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Senate Advances Measure To End 3-Day Government Shutdown

Senate Advances Measure To End 3-Day Government Shutdown

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Updated at 3 p.m. ET The Senate has advanced a stopgap spending bill that is the first step in ending the partial shutdown of the federal government, now in its third day. Shortly before the Monday procedural vote was set to begin, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced that he would vote to reopen the government along with enough Democrats to ensure it reaches the 60 votes needed to advance. After 24 hours of furious negotiation over plans to consider immigration legislation in the coming weeks, the Senate voted 81-18 to move forward with the continuing resolution, which would fund the government through Feb. 8. In exchange for his support, Schumer said, he has received assurances from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., that if an agreement isn't reached by then, the GOP leader will bring a vote to the floor on legislation to grant legal status to those protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, roughly 700,000 immigrants who are

DC like a local: Cherry Blossoms

by Sergey Guryakov @ House to Laos

Last week we published our guide to the Best Cherry Blossom experience in Washington DC in the most iconic spot – the Tidal Basin. And it’s true, if you only have time/patience for one place, you’ve got to hit up Thomas Jefferson Memorial loop (exact location to see the memorial at sunrise). But! As great as that experience will be, it will be something that you will share with lots and lots of other tourists, locals, photographers, and brides-to-be. If, like us, you like to explore a bit more hidden places, away from the big crowds – then this guide is for you. Below are the best cherry blossoms spots in Washington DC – enjoyed mostly by locals, and a few tourists-in-the-know. Hains Point This is cheating a bit, as Hains Point is part of the Tidal Basin circuit. It’s a longish walk from one to another (30 minutes to get there from FDR memorial – your suggested location on the Tidal Basin, and then another 30 minutes or so to actually stroll the area), far enough that only about 10 percent of the Tidal Basin crowd ever makes it to Hains Point. Annual Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run, Hains Point, Washington DC.  Here are several […]

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Open Or Closed? Here's What Happens In A Partial Government Shutdown

Open Or Closed? Here's What Happens In A Partial Government Shutdown

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ye4heQO1v0o Updated at 5:08 p.m. ET So, here we go again. The federal government is once more on the verge of a shutdown, and just like the last time, in October 2013, there will some things you'll notice that are shuttered and others you won't. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters on Friday that the Trump administration is going to manage the shutdown differently than the last time. "We're not going to weaponize it," he said. But for the most part, like four years ago, essential services will continue, and essential workers will remain on the job, albeit without pay. That means: Social Security: Those checks will continue to be mailed out in what is a largely automated process. Military: The active-duty military will remain on the job, and military operations in places like Afghanistan would continue. Guidance from the Defense Department issued on Friday said military personnel would not be paid — neither would necessary

Reflection by Cassandra Tan from Singapore

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It wasn’t the usual Thursday routine of going to the gym and grocery shopping. I woke up feeling great, knowing that I would be somewhere in Ha Nam in a couple of hours, meeting children who have never met or spoken to foreigners before. I collected boxes of books from the store and got onto […]

Autumn spirit served up in the form of rice flakes by Hanoi village

by Thuc Nguyen @ Paloma Motorbike Tours

Like pumpkins and candy at Halloween, rice flakes are a must during the fall in the capital. It is an unwritten rule that when you talk about autumn in Hanoi, you have to mention rice flakes. No one knows when the flat sticky rice first became an autumn delicacy in the capital, but the art of making the tasty snack has been well-preserved for more than a century in Me Tri Village. More than 50 households in this village have their fires burning for rice flakes twice a year, depending on the harvest season. Experience shows that rice picked during fall makes the best rice flakes because it is sweeter and more aromatic. The sticky rice used for rice flakes should come from young plants. Me Tri Village in Nam Tu Liem District and Vong Village in Cau Giay District are the most famous places in the north for this treat. These women are removing the grains from paddy flowers. The grains are soaked in water. The tailings, which float to the surface, are removed. The grains are roasted for two hours.  Then they are ground under a wooden pestle, and the ground grains are screened again to remove all the husks. The final product is wrapped in lotus leaves, and these green-yellow...

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I didn’t really like the Medieval Island of Rhodes in Greece

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

I didn’t really like the Medieval Island of Rhodes in Greece. Rhodes  (pronounced rho-dos) is an odd little place, with a highly controversial history. Visi…

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Green lotus tea

by Thuc Nguyen @ Paloma Motorbike Tours

Green lotus tea has other names: trà sen, chè sen or chè ướp sen (in Vietnamese) Vietnamese lotus tea is a type of green tea that already absorbed the scent of lotus. Lotus is a type of flower that grows in a lake, and it symbolizes beauty, purity, and good fortune in Vietnam.  Traditionally, workers will row out to the lake in the middle of the night when nectar of the lotus is at its fullest. Then, they will carefully open up all petals of the flower, fill it with green tea leaves (without making it wet), tie the petals together tightly with string, and let tea sits and absorbs the scents overnight. To collect the tea, workers have to row out to the lake again in the morning, open up the flower petals, and harvest the natural lotus scented green tea. Due to the natural process of making lotus tea, it is considered an art in Vietnam. HISTORY Lotus tea was originally created for King Tu Duc during the 19th century Nguyen Dynasty, but the people also love the art of making tea and it became a custom for them to take their boats out onto the ponds and...

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Saigon to Hanoi by Motorbike: 5 Suggested Routes

by Thuc Nguyen @ Paloma Motorbike Tours

Riding from Saigon to Hanoi by motorbike is probably the most popular road trip in Vietnam, and it’s unquestionably one of the best ways to experience the country. For years, travellers simply took the most obvious route: Highway 1. Today, however, thanks to ambitious road building programs, there are far more scenic, pleasant and less trodden ways to ride between the country’s two main cities. Having ridden south to north on numerous occasions (the first time, predictably, on Highway 1), I’ve put together the following 5 suggested motorbike routes from Saigon to Hanoi, so that travellers who are planning this road trip have more of an idea of the kind of options available to them. 1. THE CLASSIC: Total Distance: 2,770km Average Duration: 2-4 weeks Road Conditions: paved rural & coastal back-roads, new & old highways Navigation: mostly simple, some tricky bits in central areas Scenery: coast, highlands, mountains, limestone, cities, villages, cultural sites DESCRIPTION: Weaving a course between coast and highlands, The Classic route is equal parts beach and mountain. Quiet, stunning coastal roads in the south and central provinces yield to a mighty landscape of limestone karsts on the Ho Chi Minh Road in the north-central region. Popular towns and sights, such as Mui...

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2018| VIETNAM MUSEUM of ETHNOLOGY| Entrance fee – Opening hour – Map

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

ALL ABOUT VIETNAM MUSEUM OF ETHNOLOGY (Entrance fee – Opening hour – Map) As Vietnam is a multi-ethnics nation composed of 54 ethnic groups, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology plays an important role in preserving and presenting the cultural heritage of various ethnic groups. This place is a must-see for people who want to have more knowledge about Vietnamese histories and culture. Another place that also contributes a lot in preserving the cultural heritage of Vietnam is Temple of Literature. Please click here to read A. Introduction A.1. Cultural value: The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is a convergence of cultures and […]

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How to Travel with an Office Job

by Jenia Ustinova @ House to Laos

We’ve been getting this question  a lot lately – how do you travel so much? Or rather, do you work? I guess that’s the appeal of travel for so many – it’s the opposite of the office, of work, spreadsheets, meetings. In fact, work was the driving factor that lead us to get off the wheel back in July 2013, and leave it all behind for 14 months. Now we are back in Washington D.C., and will call the nation’s capital our home base for the foreseeable future. November 1 will mark a year of us moving back into our house. And yet, we’ve traveled more in this year than in the previous three and half years that we’ve lived in our current home. How? What changed? And…do we work? The short answer to the question is yes we work, but we prioritize our time and money to channel towards travel. Just go – it’s that simple. But let’s break it down a bit more: Perspective & Attitude Perspective and attitude is the biggest reason we travel all the time. All other factors are supplementary and fluid — they can change at any time. I don’t know if we would have been as […]

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Wanderlust Friday

by Jenia Ustinova @ House to Laos

Pardon the interruption in posting — we just spent the most amazing month on the road exploring Mexico. We have so many memories, thoughts, souvenirs, stories and tips to share with you. We will bump up Mexico in priority coverage, and start posting about it shortly. For now, I would like to discuss our addiction. It is known as travel, and I fear it’s getting worse. The day we left Mexico to go back to the US, I cried. And we were actually in Tulum — our least favorite (but not to say that it was totally bad) place out of all that we’ve explored in this amazing country. I feel a bit like a crack user  — nothing will compare to the high of our first long term travel, but I must have more (and each fix is still so, so good). Anyone out there feel the same way? I am not going to ask how to alleviate this longing, because neither one of us really feels the need to do that. We will continue to travel, both short and long term for as long as we feel this need. On the plus side, I can say that choosing a lifestyle […]

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Living Lagom in Sweden: An Interview With Lola Akerstrom

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Lagom is the key to unlocking the Swedish psyche, and it governs all aspect of Swedish society. In this interview, Lola A. Åkerström talks about why lagom is about more than just balance, and what it's like to assimilate into life in Sweden as a writer and photographer.

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Cyber Monday: All Books and Courses Up to 50% Off!

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This Cyber Monday, all of my books and courses are up to 60% off! If you've ever thought about learning to blog, improving your writing or photography, or wanted to become a travel vlogger then you'll definitely want to check out this sale! There is something for everyone, but the sale won't last so don't wait!

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7 Best Banh mi Hanoi – TripAdvisor highly recommended

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

One of 41 things to do in Hanoi is to taste banh mi Hanoi – a symbol of Vietnamese street food and a signal of modern Vietnam lifestyle. It promises to turn your Hanoi Local Experience into the TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY Vietnamese taste adventure.  I. What is BANH MI? Banh mi has been recognized as TOP 10 most delicious sandwiches in the world by Traveller. Not only Vietnamese, a lot of celebrities could not resist the mouthful taste of banh mi. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull or famous Chef Gordon Ramsay and Anthony Bourdain all highly recommend banh mi as must-try […]

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Top 5 Children Activities in Saigon, Vietnam!

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

We’re quite proud to say that we had our tours customers aged from 1 to 95 years old, and they all enjoyed it! Though parents are often quite scared to let their children on a motorbike in busy Saigon, we believe that is also a...

My Mom Says This Blog is Boring

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Last month, my mom told me she thought this blog was boring. “Where’s all the fun stuff? I want to see more photos of you traveling. I don’t care about these other updates.” “Mom, I live in Austin now. You know I’m not on the road that much,” I replied. “I know but still….I want […]

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Eating Tapas and Exploring Cartagena in Spain

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

I can’t say I knew a lot about this town, but I can tell you that Eating Tapas and Exploring Cartagena in Spain was one of those serendipitous moments. This city was amaz…

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Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing and Night Food Tour

Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing and Night Food Tour


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Experience fast-paced Ho Chi Minh City from morning till night, traveling through the city by air-conditioned minivan and on the back of a motorbike.

The 60 Best Lighthouses in the World

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

What is it about lighthouses that appeal to so many people? We live next to two lighthouses in Australia, and we love them. So maybe that has something to do with it. Check …

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The Best Value Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

After the best boutique hotels in Saigon, we decided to have a look at a cheaper selection of accommodation in our city. As always this is only based on our opinion nor this is a sponsored article/video by any of these hotels. Check out the...

Hanoi’s notorious black market, where anything goes

by Thuc Nguyen @ Paloma Motorbike Tours

Don’t expect a receipt if you’re looking to buy anything from this market. Most Hanoians would be flummoxed if you asked them where Hoa Binh Market is, but if you asked them about Chợ Giời, it would be a different story. The name Chợ Giời tells a story itself as its earliest vendors used to gather in an open-air spot to sell pretty much everything they owned, hence the name “Giời”, meaning sky, God and outdoors in Vietnamese. The market is believed to have opened in 1955 on the corner of two streets, but since then it has expanded to more than four streets and two big alleys along the busy thoroughfares of Hue and Hang Bai. In Chợ Giời, vendors sell everything from car parts and metal springs to TV remotes. Some old, some new, some possibly stolen. The majority of the goods are mechanical items, and here you can find the tiniest screwdrivers to rare 1980’s amplifiers all under the same roof. Following the war and the subsidy period, Chợ Giời was split down into different departments. Yen Bai 2 Street was known for its CDs and DVDs  —  before the Internet and Youtube changed all that. Nguyen Cong Tru Street draws vendors selling...

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Capital connection: The 7 bridges of Hanoi

by Thuc Nguyen @ Paloma Motorbike Tours

Nhat Tan Bridge Nhat Tan Bridge, also known as the Vietnam – Japan Friendship Bridge, was inaugurated in January 2015. It is the first cable-stayed bridge in Hanoi with a total length of 8.9km (5.5 miles) with five spans, representing the capital city’s five ancient gates, crossing the Red River. The project had total investment of VND13,600 billion ($598 million), split between the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Vietnamese government. The bridge was opened for public together with Nhat Tan – Noi Bai Highway which helps shorten travel time between Noi Bai International Airport and Hanoi’s center. Dong Tru Bridge Dong Tru Bridge opened to traffic in October 2014. The 1.1km bridge crossing the Duong River in Long Bien District cost VND882 billion and has eight lanes. It is 55m wide and has two 80m side-spans and a 120m central span. The bridge was built using concrete-filled steel arches, the first time this technology had been used in Southeast Asia. It is also the widest bridge in Vietnam. Thang Long Bridge Thang Long Bridge was built from 1974 to 1985. The 3,250-meter long bridge connects the city with Noi Bai Airport and was considered a symbol of Vietnam-Soviet relations....

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End Year Trip 2017

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On December 22, Better Life Vietnam took a final trip of the 2017 giving books and teaching English to 450 children of Co Do second primary school in Ba Vi, Hanoi. This trip was much more special because we brought the children not only books, English lessons but also Santa Claus. It was the first […]

TV programme recounts great significance of Spring 1968 Uprising

by robert @ Talk Vietnam

NDO – A live television programme was held in Ho Chi Minh City on January 21 to highlight the historical significance of the General Offensive and Uprising in Spring 1968. The event, bringing together nearly 650 artists and actors, was attended by Politburo member and Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen […]

24 Hours in Los Angeles: A Day of Eating, Drinking & Art in LA

by Madeline Burch @ Departful

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What to Pack for a Ski Trip to Japan

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

You are Planning a Ski trip to Japan. Well done you. Ever wondered What to Pack for a Ski Trip to Japan? As veterans of skiing in Japan, we can tell you that it is one of the mos…

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A useful 2 day itinerary for your trip to Ho Chi Minh City

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

Most visitors spend around 2 days in Ho Chi Minh city, and although the city has a lot to offer, with a well designed itinerary you can certainly get a good taste of the city lifestyle and make the most of your time here. Here’s a list of things to do for your 2 day […]

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And the winner is….

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

I received thousands of submissions for my round the world contest, and I enjoyed reading every single one of them. Unfortunately, there can only be one winner. Today, I'm very excited to announce the official winner of the round the world contest! The journey begins next month.

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Is Wind Energy Making Texas Even Warmer? Scientists Say No.

Is Wind Energy Making Texas Even Warmer? Scientists Say No.

by Laura Rice @

From Texas Standard . Global warming and climate change are two oft-used phrases in the conversation about energy production. Much of the time, scientists and reporters present the remedy as “green” energy, such as solar or wind. But there’s a lot we still don’t know about the climate effects of these energy sources. Texas leads the nation in wind energy production, so it makes sense that researchers from New York would turn to the Lone Star State to study how wind power affects local climates.

Thien Duong cave – kayak and zipline Dark Cave

by Ha Nguyễn @ Tour Guide – Vietnam tour guide

A special day tour in Quang Binh will give you the most interesting experience.Your journey is a discovery trip in Phong Nha- Ke Bang National Park with two famous attractions: Paradise Cave and Dark cave with the beauty of the natural creation. Taking part in many exciting activities with a boat trip on Chay River. Join us for a lifetime experience.

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PHOTOS: On Anniversary Of Trump's Inauguration, Austinites Rally For Second Women's March

PHOTOS: On Anniversary Of Trump's Inauguration, Austinites Rally For Second Women's March

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Women's Marches are taking place across the country on the anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration. Last year, tens of thousands of protesters packed streets in many cities — including in Austin, where an estimated 50,000 people crowded along Congress Avenue and on the Capitol grounds. This morning, a much smaller group of protesters gathered at Austin City Hall in preparation for a march to the Texas Capitol. It’s blustery, but there’s still quite a crowd at City Hall protesting Trump. There’s a handful of counter-protesters, too. pic.twitter.com/MbnsMsiIci — Ashley Lopez (@AshLopezRadio) January 20, 2018 Obviously not as packed as last year, but lots of Austinites are protesting Donald Trump again on the anniversary of the Women’s March. pic.twitter.com/DxBewjRk6D — Ashley Lopez (@AshLopezRadio) January 20, 2018 Lisa Smith, Jessica Salinas and Jill Young came to protest today. Salinas says she’s “Appalled by everything except the spirit of people turning out.” These ladies say

Ho Chi Minh City and around Guide | Vietnam Travel

Ho Chi Minh City and around Guide | Vietnam Travel


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Ho Chi Minh City – or Thanh Pho Ho Chi Minh, to give it its full Vietnamese title – is Vietnam’s centre of commerce and the country’s biggest city...

Meeting lovely and adventurous family on 27th April, 2014

Meeting lovely and adventurous family on 27th April, 2014

by hochiminhfreetours @ ho chi minh free tours

After doing a lot of tours in the last 2 years, we accidentally forget some of amazing moments we had from the tours. To remind us and to share some of our thoughts and feelings we start writing those down. … Continue reading

20 Best Lighthouses in the World

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

We recently published The 60 Best Lighthouses in the World, and then we received another 20 Best Lighthouses in the World. Considering that everyone loves lighthou…

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SAIGON FREE WALING TOURS

by admin @ Saigon Free Walking Tours

Founded in September 2014. We have accompanied more than 200 tourists so far.

SAIGON STREET FOOD

by admin @ Saigon Free Walking Tours

Transport: Scooter Depart: Daily 6:00 PM Duration: 4 hours **Scooter surcharge: 70.000 VND/ person/ tour** OVERVIEW: People once said that “Saigon is the kitchen of the world”, it certainly feels that way. Indeed, whenever you feel like grabbing some foods, to satisfy either your stomach or your appetite, it is always easy to find some […]

HOA LO PRISON MUSEUM HANOI (2018)|Opening Hours–Entrance Fee

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

HOA LO PRISON | HISTORICAL INFORMATION | TOURIST INFORMATION (Hours  – Map – Ticket) Top.1 Things to do in House in Hanoi is Hoa Lo Prison. As a Local Tour Guide from Hanoi Free Local Tourrs, I will give you an article about Hoa Lo Prison, And give you some reasons why you should pay a visit to this tourist attraction.   Hỏa Lò Prison, also known as Maison Centrale, is a representative of the period of Vietnamese revolutionary struggle against the French colonists. This place might answer your question “Things to do in Hanoi ” in Hanoi. Located in the […]

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Nick the Greek and Exploring the island of Corfu in Greece

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Let me tell you about Nick the Greek and exploring the island of Corfu in Greece. I am fairly sure that when you get off a cruise ship in Greece, the waiting hordes of taxi dr…

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LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

by admin @ Saigon Free Walking Tours

Transport: Scooter Departure: Daily 6:00 PM Duration: 4 hours  *Scooter surcharge: 60.000 VND/ person/ tour  **From 14/10/2015, the scooter surcharge will be 60.000 VND/ person/ tour. Note: ***scooter surcharge*** will be 70.000 VND/person/tour starts on 17th February 2016 OVERVIEW: Saigon, Vietnam’s economic hub, is reputable for its hectic daily life and sparkling nightlife that is popular amongst […]

Plan your travel on the New Year Holiday 2018 based on financial capacity

by Ha Nguyễn @ Vietnam Travel Guide

After a long year of hard-working, the New Year Holiday is the time for you to relax and reward yourself an interesting holiday. However, not all people have financially qualified to travel on the bustling and expensive New Year Holiday.

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Youths act as free tour guides for foreigners in Vietnam's popular locations - Tuoi Tre News

Youths act as free tour guides for foreigners in Vietnam's popular locations - Tuoi Tre News


Tuoi Tre News

If you are to visit Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, or Hoi An, you may want to seek help from young volunteers who are bursting with energy and willing to offer tourists much-needed guidance

It's 'Hi, How Are You?' Day Today In Austin

It's 'Hi, How Are You?' Day Today In Austin

by Jimmy Maas @

Today is officially “Hi, How Are You Day” in Austin – a holiday that both honors onetime Austinite Daniel Johnston and hopes to raise awareness of mental health issues.

Hanoi Free Local Tours | BEST HANOI FREE TOUR GUIDES

Hanoi Free Local Tours | BEST HANOI FREE TOUR GUIDES


Hanoi Free Local Tours

Hanoi Free Local Tours (HFLT), a non-profit organization, is established to bring tourists and locals together. Take a free tour now to discover Hanoi city.

The Best Place for Shopping in Saigon

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

Everyone likes to go on a shopping spree sometimes, and Saigon is definitely one of the best place for this. Through a quick Google search will help you find countless of high end shopping malls (Vincom A and B, and the most recent Takashimaya), we...

The Best Desserts in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

  It’s not always easy to explore Saigon under this unbeatable heat, and sometimes a quick ice cream stop can be the best way to refresh yourself and have enough energy for your adventures here. Fortunately, with a summer all year round, Ho Chi Minh...

Ho Chi Minh vs Hanoi: 6 highlights and you’ll get your perfect choice

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

Finding reasons to love Vietnam is not a difficult task, especially when you look at the charming landscapes, sprawling beaches, mesmerizing mountains and unique scenery only found in Vietnam. With all this, it is easy to forget the big cities of Vietnam, such as Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. We are going to compare and […]

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TEMPLE OF LITERATURE HANOI | Opening Hours – Dress code – Entrance Fees – Introduction

by Hằng Nguyễn Thị @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

ALL ABOUT TEMPLE OF LITERATURE (HOURS – DRESS CODE – MAP – ENTRANCE FEE) Temple of Literature is one of Things to do in Hanoi, a must-see historical site when visiting Hanoi, the Capital City of Vietnam. Temple of Literature not only represents the enduring progress of Vietnamese culture ( sự thay đổi Văn Hóa Việt Nam theo thời kỳ)  , but also contributes significantly to both Confucian civilization (Đạo Khổng Tử) in Vietnam and other cultures in the world. Temple of Literature was ranked as the cultural and historical site on 28th April, 1962. I. Temple of Literature In Hanoi I.1 Temple of […]

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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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Saigon Free Walking Tours in Ho Chi Minh - Activity in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam - Justgola

Saigon Free Walking Tours in Ho Chi Minh - Activity in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam - Justgola


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Saigon Free Walking Tours is a non-profit organization, which is managed by Hospitality & Tourism students at Hoa Sen University, Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam.

In Trump's First Year, Anti-Abortion Forces Make Strides

In Trump's First Year, Anti-Abortion Forces Make Strides

by Julie Rovner, NPR @

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump promised abortion opponents four specific actions to "advance the rights of unborn children and their mothers." One year into his presidency, three of those items remain undone. Nevertheless, opponents of abortion have made significant progress in changing the direction of federal and state policies. Indeed, on Friday, as anti-abortion protesters gathered in Washington for the 45th annual March for Life , the Trump administration announced two new policies. One is a letter to states aimed at making it easier for them to exclude Planned Parenthood facilities from their Medicaid programs; the other is a proposed regulation to allow health care providers to refuse to perform services that conflict with their "religious or moral beliefs." "In my administration, we will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life," President Trump said in a video address from the Rose Garden to the marchers.

The Top Cities in Mexico for Digital Nomads

by Lauren Barth @ Departful

I truly detest Toronto in the winter. Admittedly, I don’t do well with the cold and working from home all […]

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Gastronomic gastropods- Vietnamese loves snails !

by Thuc Nguyen @ Paloma Motorbike Tours

From Michelin-starred fine dining, to chili-laden, beer-swilling, street-food staple, the humble snail takes many forms. Oysters, lobsters, sushi and snails; all now “posh” and expensive elements of global food culture. They were, however, once all considered to be the food of the lower-classes. In fact, oysters were so plentiful during the European colonization of the Americas that their crushed shells were a common component in brick making. Likewise, the practice of wrapping raw fish (and other meats) in rice was, many centuries ago, a common way for Japanese farmers and fishermen to preserve food for several months at a time. And then there’s lobster, that ubiquitous element of modern fine dining. According to a report on the creature’s recent popularity by the U.K.’s Telegraphnewspaper, the clawed crustacean was “once not deemed worthy for anything other than the ‘lowest of the low.’” It’s funny how things change. Add a bit of gold leaf, a smear of pureed veg, a froth of salty foam, and a jacked-up price tag, and suddenly the cuisine of the working classes jumps a few steps up the social ladder. As with bread, beef, carrots and coffee, it would be easy to assume that the practice of...

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Sophie's Art Tour - Ho Chi Minh City - Tour Guide

Sophie's Art Tour - Ho Chi Minh City - Tour Guide


Tour Guide - Vietnam tour guide

Depart at 0900 from your hotel to a café to enjoy traditional Vietnamese sweet coffee and have an overview of the art tour

2 famous eateries in Da Lat with Lau ga la e

by Ha Nguyễn @ Vietnam Travel Guide

If you want to enjoy Da Lat’s Lau ga la e in Tao Ngo or 668 eatery, you should com there before 6 p.m to ensure that they do not run out of tables.

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8 beautiful homestays suitable for holidays (P1)

by Ha Nguyễn @ Vietnam Travel Guide

The reasonable price, comfortable room and impressive decor are the highlights of these beautiful homestay. Let’s check it out!

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Ho Chi Minh City Walking Tour – You’ll find it’s more than a modern city

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

Ho Chi Minh City – also known as Saigon – is no longer a strange destination for travellers visiting Vietnam. Arriving at Tan Son Nhat Airport, you are free to venture and explore a number of destinations in Vietnam, but believe me, don’t mistake Ho Chi Minh as another sprawling modern city without personality. With […]

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A Study in Contrast when you visit Le Meridien Saigon

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Le Meridien Saigon is one of Ho Chi Minh City’s most ultra-modern 5-star hotels. If you like bright and shiny things, you will love this hotel. It is located across fro…

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Learning about Lisbon from a local

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

We spent some time with Nuno, a local Lisbon man from Lisbon Riders, a tour company where we spent our day Learning about Lisbon from a local. There is nothing like spendi…

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An Illustrated Guide To Vietnam’s Motorbikers

by admin @ Saigon Free Walking Tours

Published on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 09:26. Written by Illustrations by Nam Núm. If you spend more than 5 minutes on Vietnam’s streets, you’re bound to run into one of these characters.               (source: Saigoneer)

Phong Nha – Ke Bang adventure: kayaking and zipline

by Ha Nguyễn @ Tour Guide – Vietnam tour guide

The Phong Nha – Ke Bang Adventure tour is the perfect option for visitors who would like to get to know more about the National Park and its geology, biodiversity and history rich environment within full day. Especially, It is the first time you experience a great feeling when taking part in zipline to discover Dark Cave, and other adventure activities.

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One day in Tirana, Albania

by Jenia Ustinova @ House to Laos

We’ve spent more than one day in Tirana, Albania — three days, in fact! — and found it to be a very pleasant experience to amble between our coffee shop of choice, several green spaces in downtown area, and a few monuments and notable buildings. Tirana is not going to win any awards for the most beautiful, or historic, city in the Balkans – in fact until 1920 Tirana was little more than a village and majority of it was built post World War II in ‘socialist ugly’ style. But, there is so much youthful energy and great ambiance in the fashionable boutique cafes and restaurants  in Tirana, that we had a great time eating, drinking, and people watching through our three days here. If pressed for time, you can really see Tirana in one day – or even less. Below is how we would spend the day: 24 hours in Tirana, Albania Fill up on excellent coffee at the Mulliri Vjeter café right by the Youth Park. Grab one of the tables outside or right by the window and watch the comings and goings of stylish citizens of the capital city. Another bonus – you can catch up on the […]

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The best breakfasts in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

If you’re like us and got the Vietnamese habit of waking up with the sun and a cup of cà phê sữa đá, you probably have already your favorite Phở or Bánh Mì joint that will help you start the day in ease. For most...

French Quarter Hanoi | Map and Guide for First Time Visitors

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

French Quarter In the past, under the domination of the French colonialist, Hanoi was separated into three regions which are French area, Vietnamese area and concession area. Up till now, the French area has been known as the French Quarter. Compared to the Old Quarter, French Quarter might be not as bustling as its neighbor but it would take you to another part of Hanoi soul – the charming and elegant one. Let us help you to grasp some must-know things about the area. 1. History: French Quarter in Hanoi mainly formed and developed during the French colonial period, from […]

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Mai Chau Adventure 2 Days Group Tour

by Ha Nguyễn @ Tour Guide – Vietnam tour guide

This 2-day adventure group tour offers tourists the chances to visit the best of Mai Chau with many exciting activities such as biking to villages to see the rice fields, weaving scarves, trekking to visit remote villages and having special BBQ party in the garden, watching traditional music show and tasting local wine.

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Saint Joseph Cathedral Hanoi| Opening Hours – Schedule – Address

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

Saint Joseph Cathedral Hanoi | Historical Information | Tourist Information An Neo-Gothic Cathedral located in the heart of Hanoi Capital, Saint Joseph Cathedral is the representative evidence of the French colonial architecture. Familiarly called by the local as “The Big Church”, Saint Joseph Cathedral is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi for more than 4 million Catholics in the country. Another place that also represents the evidence of French colonies is Hỏa Lò Prison (also known as Maison Centrale). Click here to read more about Hỏa Lò Prison. A. History of St. Joseph Cathedral Hanoi A.1. The […]

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Texas Comptroller, The State Bureaucrat Who Can Grind Budgets To A Halt

Texas Comptroller, The State Bureaucrat Who Can Grind Budgets To A Halt

by Ben Philpott @

The Texas Legislature writes the state budget. The governor signs it into law. But with a single action, the Texas comptroller can kill the entire appropriations process. But before we get to that, let's start with the real burning issue: How do you pronounce comptroller? Do you pronounce it controller or comptroller? The name, job description and spelling originally come from England. The full title there is Comptroller General of the Receipt and Issue of Her Majesty's Exchequer and Auditor General of Public Accounts . Anyway, Texas started using it and pronounces it with the P. "It's really what side of the Red River you're on is how you pronounce it," says UT Law School Professor Hugh Brady. OK, pronunciation aside, what does the office do? The simple answer: The office deals with the state's money. Former state representative and budget writer Talmadge Heflin knows a thing or two about the comptroller’s office. He’s calls the comptroller the chief financial officer of the state.

Mother Tells Son The Story Of Her Family's Escape from Vietnam

Mother Tells Son The Story Of Her Family's Escape from Vietnam

by Mike Lee @

The StoryCorps mobile booth is in Austin this month, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that are being recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air on Monday and Wednesday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here. Tu Russo was born in Saigon, Vietnam, in 1964, during the Vietnam War. Her father worked in the justice system there, and when Saigon fell in 1975, like many government employees, he was sent to jail, where he would remain for many years. In 1979, Tu, her sisters, and her mother left Vietnam, hoping to reach America. She shared the story of their voyage with her son, Ethan Russo.

Top 30 Things to do in Killarney, Ireland

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

There is no doubt that Killarney is a popular destination, and we share the Top 30 Things to do in Killarney, Ireland from our recent trip to this beautiful Irish town. Fr…

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In Lake Fork, A Tiny Plant Threatens Trophy-Sized Fish, And A Way Of Life

In Lake Fork, A Tiny Plant Threatens Trophy-Sized Fish, And A Way Of Life

by Michael Marks @

From Texas Standard: Anglers come from all over the world to fish Lake Fork, a 27,000-acre lake in east Texas with a reputation for producing monster fish. And in their quest to land a lunker, those fishermen also sustain the local economy. Which is why a new species in the lake has caused quite a bit of concern. And it’s not a species of fish, but a plant – an invasive floating fern called giant salvinia .

THE ORIENTAL SAIGON 2

by Phu Truong Thang @ Saigon Free Walking Tours

THE ORIENTAL SAIGON 2 Transport: Scooter Depart: Daily 8:00 AM* Duration: 4 hours **Scooter surcharge: 50.000 VND/ person/ tour Note: ***scooter surcharge*** will be 70.000 VND/person/tour starts on 17th February 2016 * The tour will not available on Monday. **If you’d like to do tour at afternoon, please make reservation 24 hours prior to the […]

How to Travel Like a Local in Europe & North America

by Lauren Barth @ Departful

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6 (Non-Millennial) Solo Female Travelers Share Their Travel Wisdom

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Solo female travel isn't just for millennials! In this column, Kristin Addis introduces us to some older solo female travelers who are following their dreams to see the world. These women come from all backgrounds and all walks of life, proving it's never too late to start traveling.

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The eatery of grilled fermented pork roll and Hue cakes in Saigon

by Ha Nguyễn @ Vietnam Travel Guide

If you have the opportunity to go to the area behind Ban Co market (the alley 51 Cao Thang, District 03) in the early afternoon, you can see many attractive eateries. There is a small parking space for customer to feel free when wandering to find the favorite dishes. Among them, the most outstanding one is the eatery of Hue cakes in fornt of the house No. 51/75.

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Friday Five: Top Saigon Travel Resources for Visitors

Friday Five: Top Saigon Travel Resources for Visitors


Departful

Saigon is an exciting mix of rising towers and bustling streets. For travelers who want to tour Saigon without being a tourist, here are five must do things

What to do in Katakolon, Greece

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Katakolon, Greece is a hole-in-the-wall port that is surprisingly charming. The port of Katakolon or Katakolo is a popular stop for cruise ships, offering an opportu…

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Visiting ABBA The Museum in Stockholm, Sweden.

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

We visited ABBA The Museum in Stockholm, in Sweden. Gordon wasn’t really fussed, but I said, ‘take a chance on me.‘ He said well, ‘you are the danc

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Who, What, Where, When and How of TBEX

by Jenia Ustinova @ House to Laos

Given my misgivings about attending a travel blog conference (and really, I would have very similar feelings about any other networking event, especially one that stretches over several days), I attempted to calm my nerves by researching what to expect of TBEX. I was able to find quite a bit of information, which reassured me a bit that it wasn’t going to be completely terrible. And that is in fact what happened. All in all, I though TBEX was a great investment of time, energy, and money. So if you are feeling unsure about attending, read part one on why I thought travel conference ended up being great investment for me, and hopefully that will help you to decide whether you should attend. And if you do decide to go – here’s part two on what to expect from TBEX. WHO: Goes to TBEX Expect to find lots and lots of travel bloggers. Some will be aspiring bloggers – as in, never have written a single post, and maybe they don’t even have a name for their blog yet. Others will be rather senior – but, most big time bloggers will be there in speaker capacity. A vast majority will […]

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Fancy one of the world’s greatest food experiences? Try Hanoi

by Thuc Nguyen @ Paloma Motorbike Tours

                                       Tourists eat out late at night in Hanoi. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy The Telegraph gets its teeth into Hanoi cuisine, and it’s not the famous ‘pho’ or Obama’s ‘bun cha’ Many people are drawn to a destination just because of how well it triggers their appetite, and for that reason, Hanoi is one of the world’s greatest cities to visit, The Telegraph recommends. The U.K. newspaper published a list of “the world’s 17 greatest cities for food” on Sunday and the Vietnamese capital grabbed second spot, after Tokyo. “Hanoi’s compact old center is arguably the better place to sample the balance of salt, sweet, sour and spice in Vietnamese cuisine,” it said, comparing the city with the popular southern metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City, which is “more international”. Hanoi is where one can take to the streets and eat like a local, it said. The city offers some of the most popular Vietnamese dishes such as “banh mi”, a baguette usually filled with grilled pork, meatballs or cold cuts, cucumber, cilantro, pickled carrots, liver pâté and a swipe of mayonnaise, or “com...

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SGGP English Edition

SGGP English Edition


SGGP English Edition

SGGP - Sai Gon Giai Phong Online - Bao Sai Gon Giai Phong - SGGP English Edition

HTL Travelers’ Gift Guide: 2015

by Jenia Ustinova @ House to Laos

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Gift time!! Just kidding — the holidays is one of the reasons we decided against the permanent nomadic lifestyle. We love evenings spent with friends and family, sipping whiskey in the warm glow of the fireplace and of course christmas tree (or as we call it — new year tree), reflection on the year past, and anticipation of new, exiting adventures. We love the coziness, the holiday parties, the pleasant errands that come with this all. And, you know what else we are super excited about? Our gift to each other this holiday season — a month long exploration of Mexico in January. We are super pumped about this. With this trip in mind, we’ve put together our 2015 HTL travelers’ Gift Guide. This list includes special items that we already own and LOVE, and a few items that would complete our travelers’ packs…in case, you know, you are thinking of getting us a gift, ahem. HTL Travelers’ Gift Guide: Technology Mobile Power Station for Smartphones/Tablets/Mobile Devices Our smart phone is an essential piece of technology we would not travel without. Some would disagree, and we their point, but we love our […]

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Ho Chi Minh City Travel Guide

Ho Chi Minh City Travel Guide


Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

A comprehensive budget travel guide to the city of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam with tips and advice on things to do, see, ways to save money, and cost information.

4 Days Itinerary Hanoi (2018): What to do in Hanoi Vietnam for 4 Days 3 Nights

by Nguyễn Anh Quanh @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

What is the best Hanoi 4 days itinerary? So you’ve already known what to do in hanoi—if you haven’t—please read this article first. What to do for a 4 days itinerary Hanoi? It must not be harder than a 5 day itinerary in Hanoi right? What are the things to do in Hanoi for 4 days 3 night? Making an itinerary is definitely a pain in the neck—especially a 4 days Hanoi itinerary. Today we will create your perfect 4 days 3 night itinerary in Hanoi—so you can make the most out of your time with an itinerary 4 days in […]

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The Best Lunch Foods in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

What to eat for Lunch in Ho Chi Minh City a.k.a Saigon? Entering the world of Vietnamese food can be a daunting task for a beginner out there on their own. What is it? Where is it? Is it the best? These are the questions...

Mai Chau 2 Days Classic Group Tour

by Ha Nguyễn @ Tour Guide – Vietnam tour guide

Within 2 days, tourists will visit some villages of Mai Chau including Lac Village and Poom Coong village by biking and a hiking to visit 1000 Steps Cave, optional to stay overnight in a homestay of Thai people or bungalow.

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Saigon Riding and Dining Tour

by Ha Nguyễn @ Tour Guide – Vietnam tour guide

The Saigon Riding and Dining tour is designed to get you out on the road when Saigon really comes alive. Eating, drinking and spending time with friends out on the town is a big part of the social fabric of being Saigonese. From restaurants, bars, street stands to the many parks, people like to get out and relax.

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Top 5 hostels for backpackers in Saigon

by Khue Nguyen @ Inspitrip Blog

Hostels are the way to go for budget-oriented travelers. Visitors can enjoy full of services with small angles, affordable rates. the suggestions below will give you the perfect choice. The Common Room Project Bizarre in concept yet strangely nice in the way it brings it all together, The Common Room Project is where hotel meets […]

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Khuất Thị Nhung

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Born: 01/08/2000 Nhung lives with her grandmother, parents and a younger brother. Her  father has a mental disease. Her mother is the only one who works to feed the whole family. Her mother works in a garment shop, where she makes clothes for upwards of ten hours a day. During primary and secondary school, Nhung had to […]

The Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

If you are following us on our YouTube Channel (and you should!) you probably would have watched all of our top 5 already. Our goal as always is to provide travelers with the best spots, according to us, for various Vietnamese street food or activities here...

​Ho Chi Minh City to begin closing downtown sidewalk parking lots

by robert @ Talk Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City authorities will begin shutting down CBD sidewalk parking lots before extending the effort into other neighborhoods. The municipal People’s Committee has issued a document calling on administrations of the city’s 24 districts to prohibit informal parking lots from operating on local sidewalks within the first quarter of this year. However, sidewalk […]

Many great reasons to visit Kilkenny, Ireland

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

From the hole in the wall pub run by the towns cardiologist, who was the doctor for Metallica, to the milk bar where you can get a whisky, to the hospitable publicans at the …

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Ho Chi Minh City Food Tours - Saigon Food Tours

Ho Chi Minh City Food Tours - Saigon Food Tours


Saigon Food Tours

Sample the world's best street food with a Saigon Street Eats food tour, run by an Australian-Vietnamese couple who are obsessed with Vietnamese food.

24 hours in Dublin

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Let’s face it, 24 hours in Dublin is never going to be enough time, but if that’s all you’ve got, then here is how to make the most of it. 24 hours in Dubl

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Free Tour Guide In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Vietnam travel forum

Free Tour Guide In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Vietnam travel forum


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Hi, my name is Hung. I'm a student in [url=http://www.travelfish.org/location/vietnam/saigon_and_su... : Travelfish Vietnam travel forum

Phu Quoc Adventure Boat tour

by Ha Nguyễn @ Tour Guide – Vietnam tour guide

Spending a day to discover Phu Quoc Island is really an enjoyable trip. With Phu Quoc Adventure Boat tour, you take part in exciting activities: snorkeling, swimming & visit the islands, and join an interesting itinerary.

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Best restaurants in Hanoi: Wander in the map of tastes

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

Hanoi has complex layers of culture to distinguish itself from others big cities in Vietnam. The border between the ancient Hanoi and the Hanoi of modernity and luxury one is not chaotic but unusually remarkable: With a walk down the same street, one can admire an antique Buddhist temple and soon after, the French architecture […]

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Sapa Motorbiking full day

by Ha Nguyễn @ Tour Guide – Vietnam tour guide

With this tour, you will sightseeing Sapa’s amazing scenery of mountains and rice paddy fields on terraces as far as the eye can see home of the H’Mong people with scenic landscape of the mountain. In Ta Phin, you will witness the daily life of the Red Dao and Black Hmong minorities.

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Castle Hopping in Albania

by Jenia Ustinova @ House to Laos

Is it surprising that Albania is a great destination for castle hopping? Like, really great. Albania is not a large country, and there are by no means countless historic fortresses and edifices — which means that castle sightseeing is not overwhelming, there’s no FOMO, or castle fatigue. Another huge plus – you don’t have to have a PhD in architecture or history to discern the variations of the Albanian castles — set centuries apart, these sites represent little known, but endlessly fascinating history of a country whose long road to nation state is interwoven with the storied histories of the Greek, Roman, and Ottoman empires. We knew nothing about Albania or its history before we showed up in the capital city of Tirana ready for our grand tour organized by Albania friends. Our poor knowledge of the country was not entirely our fault — Albania spent the better part of 20th century completely isolated from the rest of the world by the design of its dictator in charge, Enver Hoxha. No one in Albania knew what was happening in the world, and conversely, the world knew very little about Albania, either past or present. Albania’s communist era dictator, Enver Hoxha had his name carved into the […]

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Visiting Valentia Island in Ireland

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

To be quite honest I had never heard of Valentia Island in Ireland. When we were planning our road trip of 3 weeks in Ireland, we knew we couldn’t do everything beca…

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Discover Saigon with free English-speaking tour guides

Discover Saigon with free English-speaking tour guides


Thanh Nien Daily

A group of university students take tourists around to the main attractions and introduce the city’s culture in exchange for the chance to speak English

Visiting Vigeland Park in Oslo, Norway

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

A screaming kid with a gold fist; a woman who looks like me first thing in the morning and yes, we were Visiting Vigeland Park in Oslo, Norway.

Frogner Park is the largest p…

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Multigenerational Travel – Why We Do It – Contributing Writer

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Multigenerational travel is certainly one of hottest travel trends these days. Taking a trip with three or more generations of a family is making the travel ind…

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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 […]

17 Do’s & Don’ts when Visiting Vietnam

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Vietnam is one of the most rewarding places you can visit, but you need to be aware of these 17 Do’s & Don’ts when Visiting Vietnam. From the frenetic cities of Ho …

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Higher Ed: What 'Like' Means In Education

Higher Ed: What 'Like' Means In Education

by Jennifer Stayton @

We know what it means to "like" something. But does that word carry extra meaning in education and learning? What does it mean when students say they "like" a class or fear a teacher doesn't "like" them? In this episode of KUT's podcast Higher Ed , KUT's Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger explore perceptions and realities of "likes" in education.

Spending Christmas in Saigon, Vietnam

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

Christmas is nearly a month away, and can be trully a magical time in Vietnam (minus the snow). If you decided to spend our favorite holiday in the South of Vietnam, make sure to check out our video on what Xmas is really like like...

How to Spend 24 hours in Aarhus in Denmark

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

As the 2017 European Capital of Culture, here is how to Spend 24 hours in Aarhus in Denmark and make it a very worthwhile experience. In our opinion, Aarhus is a contempor…

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30 of the Best Lighthouses in the World

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

It appears that I am not the only one with a thing for lighthouses, and here are 30 of the Best Lighthouses in the World. It all started when we visited Hook Lighthouse in Ir

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Vũ Thị Thuỳ Trang

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Born: 03/23/2002 One of three children, she lives with her grandfather and disabled father. Her father faces discrimination and abusive employers in the workplace due to his disability. Although he wants to support his children he has faced many struggles. Her family raises chickens, and hopes to work with Better Life to create a sustainable […]

The Best Boutique Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

While it is quite easy for anyone to look up on TripAdvisor or Agoda for the best hotels in Saigon (and get some great deals), we have decided this time to search some accommodations here that stands out (to us) for their decor and style....

A perfect itinerary for your two-day Mekong Delta tour suggested by a local

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

The Mekong Delta, otherwise known as the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam, is a colourful display of various shades of green. Here in this water world, boats float in the lazy rivers, buffalos wander in the rice fields and ripe fruits adorn the trees. It is also here that visitors will get a true taste of […]

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3D2N at The Cliff Resort & Residences Phan Thiet at the price of only 2.899.000 VND / person

by Ha Nguyễn @ Vietnam Travel Guide

Staying at The Cliff Resort & Residences Phan Thiet with unbeatable rates, you will find that the money spent on the experience is perfectly worth it.

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Micheal’s Reflection

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A little over one month ago, I contacted Better Life Vietnam after noticing a post my friend shared on Facebook. The post contained a picture of a young girl who dreams one day of becoming a doctor and an appeal to help make that dream come true through a sponsorship program. Keen for more information, […]

Nguyễn Thị Thanh Thương

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Born: 02/01/2001 At just 16, Thuong has faced many struggles and challenges. Thuong lives with her grandparents,as her parents are working in Ho Chi Minh City. Her eldest sister was forced into dropping out of school at fourteen to support their family, and Thuong is worried that she will face the same fate. She is an […]

President Quang upbeat about growing Vietnam-Mongolia ties

by robert @ Talk Vietnam

At the reception, President Quang praised the Mongolian top legislator’s visit to Vietnam and attendance at the 26th Asia-Pacific Parliament Forum (APPF-26), showing his belief that the visit will contribute to strengthening  friendship and traditional cooperation between the two countries.Vietnamese people always bear in mind the support Mongolian people gave to the country during the […]

7 winter warmers to ward off the cold in Hanoi

by Thuc Nguyen @ Paloma Motorbike Tours

Follow the locals to nameless roadside eateries as the cold snap bites in Vietnam’s capital. Snails Unlike the spicy snails that are carefully fried or grilled in Saigon, the snails served on cold days in Hanoi are simply boiled. Feel the steam from the snails served with ginger sauce and lemongrass. Snails tend to appear in the rivers around Hanoi between autumn and winter. Try the tasty treats in small restaurants at 5 Tong Duy Tan, 1 Dinh Liet, 34A Tran Phu and 88 Cua Bac. Sweet dumplings These dumplings are made from sticky rice stuffed with mung beans or black sesame. The rice balls are then soaked in ginger syrup and served hot. Head to Hang Dieu, Quan Thanh or Tay Ho far a sample of these sweet balls from either age-old eateries or street vendors. Rib porridge Hanoi people love rib porridge and it’s needless to say why this hot congee with quay(fried dough) is a perfect choice for a cold day. There’s a nameless roadside stall at 2A Ly Quoc Su Street that man locals say serves the best rib porridge in Hanoi. You can also find this hot treat in Dong Xuan Market. Cassava dessert Cooked cassava paired with...

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Hanoi’s lantern festival

by Thuc Nguyen @ Paloma Motorbike Tours

An exhibition has revived the old spirit as Vietnam counts down to the full moon on Wednesday night. Lanterns for sale on Hang Gai Street during the Mid-Autumn Festival in 1926. The festival peaks on the full moon of the eighth lunar month, which falls on Wednesday this week. Children are drawn to a fish lantern outside a shop on Hang Gai in the Old Quarter. Star-shaped lanterns, the most popular toy during the festival, are made on the sidewalk. A wooden fighting roosters toy in a photo captured in 1937. Animals made from rice flour were popular in Hanoi nearly a century ago. These toys are still on sale in Vietnamese cities, but they now appeal more to nostalgic adults. A lion dance troupe prepares for their performance on Hang Thiec Street. Women make mooncakes on Hang Duong Street, known as the city’s sweets street, in a photo in 1928. A family offers a festival feast on their altar. A crab lantern. The Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences is displaying the photos at the Hanoi Ancient House, 87 Ma May, Hoan Kiem District. Source: vnexpress

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School Trip By Alyssa Kopelman

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Before I came to Vietnam, and based on a lot of the research we had conducted, I had the impression that a lot of the children and families outside of the city were in “poverty.” That being “poor” meant they didn’t have warm clothes to wear, enough food to eat, a covered place to sleep […]

"Living in HCMC has changed me in many ways" - a story of local student Yen - Inspitrip Blog

"Living in HCMC has changed me in many ways" - a story of local student Yen - Inspitrip Blog


Inspitrip Blog

Bring your dancing shoes for a day with our hip-hop inspired socialite Yen. She is the perfect tour guide if you want to have fun and meet new people or if you want to slow it down and relax in one of the cities hidden coffee shops. If you are looking for someone who is …

Hanoi Coffee | About The Best Coffee in Vietnam

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

Hanoi Coffee Culture I, Hanoi Coffee Culture I.1 Overview of Coffee in Hanoi The coffee was first imported to Hanoi by French during their first colonial exploitation here. With the formation of the French Quarter where the French immigrated, they brought their favorite drink, and Hanoi coffee began to take its first steps on the streets around Hoan Kiem Lake. Following the French invasion at the 1800s, coffee was introduced in Vietnam, but the source of coffee back then was limited therefore it was considered as a luxury good, only the French colonists along with Nguyễn dynasty’s nobles could have […]

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2012 in review

2012 in review

by hochiminhfreetours @ ho chi minh free tours

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,200 views in 2012. If every person who reached the … Continue reading

The Psychology Of Nostalgia

The Psychology Of Nostalgia

by Rebecca McInroy @

Last month on All Things Considered , NPR's Kelly McEvers and Pop Culture Happy Hour 's Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon talked about this era of TV and movies, many of which are remakes or reboots catering nostalgic audiences. Weldon asserted that nostalgia is rooted in things you choose to enjoy .

Top 5 Seafood dishes to try in Vietnam

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

We always recommend travelers in Vietnam to definitely try what the locals call “ốc”, which literally means “snails”, though its meaning is actually going out and enjoying seafood, including crabs, shrimps, oyster and yes, snails. However these ốc restaurants usually have only a 5 to 10...

7 Travel Tips For Every Hijabi

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

7 Travel Tips For Every Hijabi. Hijabi is women or girl who wears the Islamic head-covering respectfully, called Hijab. This article has been written by a guest co…

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PALOMA FEMALE DRIVER

PALOMA FEMALE DRIVER


Paloma Motorbike Tours

  In Vietnamese culture, the motorbike is the primary mode of transport for the majority of families. From birth, Vietnamese people are on a motorbike so their riding skills are second nature.   Our Paloma female Tour Guides have been carefully hand picked for their driving ability, knowledge of local traffic conditions and English speaking / translation skills. You will be amazed at their skillful use of the motorbike in the Hanoi traffic. Female Tour Guides drive in a more conservative manner than their Vietnamese male counterparts. You will have a smoother, safer Tour with a Vietnamese female driving the motorbike.   One of the aims for the Paloma Management Team is to provide professional opportunities to young, dynamic Vietnamese women who wish to further their career in the Tourism Industry. The vast majority of our Guides are University educated and are very keen to meet and understand people from all over the world.  

Discover Saigon with free English-speaking tour guides

Discover Saigon with free English-speaking tour guides


Thanh Nien Daily

A group of university students take tourists around to the main attractions and introduce the city’s culture in exchange for the chance to speak English

Must Visit Sites in Hoi Chi Minh City

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

When you visit Vietnam, these are the Must Visit Sites in Hoi Chi Minh City (Saigon). Saigon is the more familiar name of this very popular city to visit. The city is beaut…

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Six reasons why summer (kinda) rhymes with sugar in Vietnam

by Thuc Nguyen @ Paloma Motorbike Tours

There are millions of ways to enjoy the cool, sweet taste of summer in Vietnam, so here are some of our favorites. Che The sweet, slippery soup is one of the most iconic Vietnamese desserts. There are dozens of versions, ranging from a simple glass of just lotus seeds to a rainbow of beans, roots, cassava and jelly cubes. Crowded che stands can be found in most big markets across the country, including Nam Dong in Hanoi and Ben Thanh in Ho Chi Minh City. For something different, tourists can try the one served at the Cambodian market in the southern city. The shop is owned by a Vietnamese man who grew up in Cambodia but returned in the 1970s, serving the best of both Cambodian and Vietamese desserts. A serving usually costs $1 or less. Ice-cream in a coconut shell One scoop of ice-cream for the summer, or two? Well, it might be easier if you just have it all in a coconut. Kem dua is a special Vietnamese version of ice-cream served in a coconut shell topped with coconut strips, peanuts and chocolate sauce. The best way to eat it is to dig the spoon deep and take a full bite...

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5 best rooftop bars in Ho Chi Minh City for a glamorous night with a view

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

If you want to enjoy Ho Chi Minh City night life at its best, don’t forget to visit a rooftop bar, overlooking the vibrant city. These are great places to meet friends to share the views with. Here are our 5 go to rooftop bars in Ho Chi Minh City. The Social Club & Pool […]

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How to Use Your Social Network to Travel the World

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Celinne da Costa spent a year traveling the world and relying on the kindness of strangers to host her. She stayed with 70+ strangers in 17 countries across four continents. In this interview, Celinne tells us how she did it all, with surprisingly very few hiccups along the way.

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HCMC’s metro line No.1 Ben Thanh Suoi Tien project

by robert @ Talk Vietnam

The metro line has 20km of track stretching of districts 1, 2, 9, Binh Thanh and Thu Duc (HCMC) and Di An district in Binh Duong province. Of which, 2.6km are underground and over 17km are above ground with 11 stations. Although facing challenges in capital source but investors have tried overcoming difficulties and to […]

The Best Cooking Class in Tuscany in Italy

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

We went to the best Cooking Class in Tuscany in Italy. This is a tour which is bookable on TripAdvisor. This was something that I have wanted to experience for a long time. …

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Where to find Street Art in Saigon

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Away but within earshot of the cacophony of motorbikes and beeping horns in Hoi Chi Minh City, you will find a little alley full of Street Art in Saigon. Most things in Sai…

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THE ORIENTAL SAIGON 1

by admin @ Saigon Free Walking Tours

THE ORIENTAL SAIGON 1 Transport: Scooter Depart: Daily 8:00 AM* Duration: 4 hours **Scooter surcharge: 50.000 VND/ person/ tour *If you’d like to do tour at afternoon, please make reservation 24 hours prior to the tour.   OVERVIEW: Beliefs and faiths are important and indispensable parts of people’s spiritual life, especially for Asian people. However, […]

Top 5 exciting shopping experiences in Hanoi

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

Besides visiting famous places or trying authentic cuisine, shopping is one of the activities everyone should have on their list while traveling. Hanoi offers so many shopping options for any kind of interests. Find out more what you buy and where to shop in Hanoi. Hanoi Shopping Malls Keangnam Hanoi  Shopping malls are the best […]

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Visit Hook Lighthouse, Ireland

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

An excellent day trip from the charming town of Kilkenny in Ireland is to go and visit Hook Lighthouse, the oldest operational lighthouse in the world.Hook Lighthouse …

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The Secret Sauce Behind Scott’s Cheap Flights

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Scott Keyes turned a simple newsletter into a popular travel hacking site, Scott's Cheap Flights. In this interview, Scott tells us how he and his worldwide team find cheap flights using a combination of manpower and knowledge of industry trends. Every flight is hand-searched!

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Weather and how to explore Hanoi in January

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam and is home to around eight million people, which is over 8 percent of Vietnam’s overall population. This area of Asia has a tropical climate with hot, humid weather in Summer but it is completely different in Winter, the temperature sometimes goes down to 8°C. The best weather […]

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A guide on choosing a hotel around Hanoi Old Quarter

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

Choosing a hotel for your holidays always takes time. Especially when you have a long list of places to visit, you have to book a hotel that is easy for you to commute. When in Hanoi, due to its complicated traffic system and the position of famous tourist attractions, you should book a hotel around […]

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48 hours in Helsinki, Finland

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

What to see, what to do, where to stay and where to eat when you have 48 Hours in Helsinki, a city that will pleasantly surprise you. As the capital city of Finland, spendin…

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