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What to Know about Halong Bay & Lan Ha Bay?

What to Know about Halong Bay & Lan Ha Bay?

Last weekend, my wife and I came back to Halong Bay for an overnight stay on a wooden boat, being a tourist couple. Those were beautiful days of the north Vietnam’s autumn weather, the white painted wooden cruiser was teeming with eager, and the Gulf of Tonkin sparkled like wrinkled cellophane. The short trip was my wife’s first overnight boat experience, so she was moving around quite often taking photos of the islands and selfies around the vessel.


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Which are the Best Local Restaurants in Sapa?

Which are the Best Local Restaurants in Sapa?

That is one of the most asked questions I have as a trip leader, which I do love to answer. I like delicious food, so I want to make sure my travelers find their ways to the best local restaurants in the town. Also, it requires quite an amount of sometime to reach the mountains of Sapa, then beside enjoying the mountain hikes we should be rewarded with good local food available there as well. This article therefore shows you the best 5 local restaurants in Sapa.


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Our Trip to Ninh Binh, Halong Bay and Sapa

Our Trip to Ninh Binh, Halong Bay and Sapa

September is the beginning of the best time to travel Vietnam, as it’s the harvest time in the region. Visitors to northern Vietnam this month will have opportunities to see the golden color of the ready-to-harvest rice fields, spreading from Red River Delta to terraces on the hillsides around Sapa. On my most recent tour, I took my clients from Hanoi to Tam Coc, to Lan Ha Bay, and to Sapa. Following is how we experienced the destinations in our 7 days exploring northern Vietnam.


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Tipping Custom: Complete Guide to Tipping in Vietnam

Tipping Custom: Complete Guide to Tipping in Vietnam

Being a tour guide and trip leader for the last 12 years, I see that one of the most confusing things for visitors to Vietnam is figuring out the tipping custom. Unlike the United States and other western countries where tips are expected, and considered as a part of the wages paid, in Vietnam, tip is not a part of the culture, wherever you drink or eat. However, in the past decade, it’s become common to leave a tip when you are pleased with the services provided.


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Embassies in Hanoi

Embassies in Hanoi

Vietnam has been opened to befriend with all countries in the world. Up to now there are 57 countries and territories have their embassies in Vietnam. This is the list of embassies and their addresses.


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Vietnam 101- Behaviors at cultural sites

Vietnam 101- Behaviors at cultural sites

With thousands years of history, Vietnam offers a rich and deep culture through many cultural sites all over the country. Cultural sites are important parts of tours in Vietnam. Here are proper behaviors at cultural sites in Vietnam.


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Vietnam 101- Consumer Behavior

Vietnam 101- Consumer Behavior

Shopping is always one of the fun activities when traveling to a new destination. Some souvenirs can be a good memory for the places you visit. Like any other countries, Vietnam can be a paradise for shoppers. To make the best shopping experience for your time traveling in Vietnam, here are a few consumer behaviors that travelers should know.


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Vietnam 101- Safety Alerts

Vietnam 101- Safety Alerts

Vietnam is known for being a safe destination with less major problems to tourists. But like any other country in the world, notes should be taken when visiting Vietnam to make sure you fully enjoy the country without problems caused by not knowing how things work.


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Vietnam 101- How NOT to use chopsticks

Vietnam 101- How NOT to use chopsticks

Learning how to use chopsticks and the taboos about using chopstick is important when in Vietnam. It ensures your best enjoyment of Vietnamese food as well as its culture. Here are how you should NOT use chopsticks when in Vietnam.


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