Why Vietnamese pho is one of the best hangover cures

Nobody likes a dry throat or a thumping headache after drinking, so Lonely Planet suggests a few ways to heal a hangover. “A type of Vietnamese soup, typically made from beef stock and spices to which noodles and thinly sliced beef or chicken are added.” That’s the definition you get from Google when you type […]

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Hue to hold hot air balloon festival

The festival will take place at Ngo Mon Square in the former imperial capital from April 28 to May 1, featuring ten hot air balloons from the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, and Viet Nam. Visitors can take a balloon ride to see Hue City from a different perspective. In addition, numerous […]

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Private toilets open their doors to tourists for free in central Vietnam

Visitors can now relieve themselves in many offices, hotels and restaurants in Hue without charge or embarrassment. Office buildings, government agencies, cafés and hotels in Vietnam’s former capital Hue are being encouraged to open their toilet doors to tourists and locals in response to complaints that there aren’t enough public facilities. In response to the […]

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Tourism firms see red as new ban sinks kayaking in Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay

Operators lament that the ban takes effect almost immediately, leaving them scrambling to make changes to their scheduled tours. The decision by local authorities to ban all kayaking trips in the world-renowned Ha Long Bay last week has come as an unpleasant surprise for many tourism firms. Ha Long authorities announced the decision last Wednesday […]

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Hanoi Street food

There’s no doubt visitors to Hanoi – especially the food-centric ones – notice the constant presence of edible stuff on their strolls around the Old Quarter and further afield. Street-side meat, bicycles laden with fruit and vegetables, simmering pots of stock on doorsteps, boiling kettles, tipping teapots, sacks overflowing with rice – the streets are […]

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