Tam Thanh Mural Village

Street Art: Tam Thanh Mural Village

“If you paint it, they will come.” So lies the philosophy behind the Tam Thanh Mural Village in Vietnam’s Quang Nam province. A joint effort between Vietnamese and Korean artists, mural painters spent weeks converting this poor, unassuming fishing village into one of Vietnam’s premier places for street art. And exploring the 100 or so

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Da Nang City View

A Day in Da Nang: Bridges, Beaches & the Lady Buddha

Da Nang, Vietnam’s third largest city, is also the country’s fastest growing. Local authorities are already bracing for a major tourism boom in the near future, with construction cranes dotting the skyline and high-rise hotels popping up all along the coast. As it stands today though, most tourists merely pass through Da Nang on their

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Dong Thang Chon Cave Marble Mountains

Hiking Through the Marble Mountains of Da Nang

The Marble Mountains, located about halfway in between Da Nang and Hoi An, hold true to their name. They’re a group of five marble rock formations, each one having been named after a natural element of Taoism. Most people, though, only explore one of them: Thuy Son, the water mountain. Thuy Son is home to

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My Son Group BCD

My Son: 1,000 Years of Ruins in a Single Afternoon

The My Son temple complex, the spiritual center of the Champa Kingdom, contains buildings constructed over a span of 1,000 years. Ranging from the 4th to the 14th century, this is one of the longest-occupied archaeological sites the world has ever seen. To put this into perspective, the temples of the Khmer Empire at Angkor

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Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An Ancient Town Attractions: The Ultimate Guide

Hoi An, central Vietnam’s former bustling trade port, remains one of the country’s most-visited locales. Visitors flock to the town to see its colorful buildings and its picturesque riverside views. Unfortunately, the ticketing system of Hoi An Ancient Town, where most of the main attractions are located, is far from straightforward.  To prevent you from

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Hue Elephant Temple

7 Special Temples from Hue’s Imperial Era

Beyond the Imperial City and Royal Tombs, Hue has even more to offer those with a knack for exploration. While the imperial era of the Nguyen Dynasty is long gone, many of the pagodas and temples they founded or refurbished are still in operation. Some of the places on this list, like the Thien Mu

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Minh Mang Tomb Hue

Exploring the Royal Tombs of Hue

Spread throughout Hue’s quiet rural surroundings are six large and opulent tombs which remain architectural marvels to this day. The Nguyen emperors, who ruled Vietnam from 1802 to 1945, spent much of their time and immense wealth building extravagant monuments to none other than themselves. Though it can be disheartening to learn how the projects

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Hue Citadel Imperial City

The Hue Citadel: Inside the Walls of a Lost Imperial City

In 1777, a fifteen-year-old boy was forced into hiding after his entire family was killed. His name was Nguyen Phuc An, and he was the nephew of the final Nguyen lord who ruled over the southern half of Vietnam. As the lone surviving member of a once-powerful clan, he vowed to take revenge against their

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Cao Dai Holy See Vietnam

The Symbols & Ceremonies of the Cao Dai Holy See

A few hours’ drive from Saigon is the small town of Tay Ninh, a place few outside of Vietnam have heard of. Roughly six million people today, however, consider it their holy land. It was here in 1919 that a man named Ngo Van Chieu received a revelation during a séance. An entity known as Cao

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Thien Hau Pagoda Saigon

A Day in Cholon: Touring the Smoky Pagodas of Saigon’s Chinatown

Looking for a break from the glitz and glamour of Saigon’s central District 1, I decided to spend a day in Cholon, one of the city’s most unique neighborhoods. Cholon is Saigon’s Chinatown. In fact, it’s considered the largest Chinatown in the world by area. But its size isn’t the only thing that makes it

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Saigon Colonial Architecture

Hunting for Colonial Architecture in Saigon

Vietnam is one of the fastest developing countries in Southeast Asia, and there’s no better place to witness these changes than in Saigon, its largest city. Skyscrapers are popping up all over the place, and the neon lights of corporate logos light up the nightly sky. Viewing the Saigon skyline from up on high, you’d

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Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts Saigon

A Guide to Saigon’s Best Art Spaces

Saigon may not be the first city that springs to people’s minds when thinking of burgeoning arts scenes in Asia. And it may be true that the city lacks the number of art spaces or special events of its regional neighbors. But if you know where to go, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what Saigon

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