Tall Houses & Dead Houses of the Central Highlands

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Ron Emmons encounters the unique ethnic communities of the Central Highlands in Vietnam While the ethnic minority groups of North Vietnam like the Flower Hmong and the Red Dao are renowned for their flamboyant outfits, those that live in the Central Highlands, such as the Bahnar and the Giarai (also spelled Jarai), tend to wear workaday clothes,… Read more »

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Vietnam: Off-the-beaten-track Pagodas

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The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi is steeped in historical culture and this travel diary details some of the most off-the-beaten-track Pagodas in Hanoi, which the usual tourist trail would not allow you to see. Setting off from Hanoi After breakfast I joined Phuong and Tom and we headed east out of Hanoi to visit some… Read more »

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Hanoi: Homestay in Son Thai

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From Hanoi to further Southeast of Vietnam in the Son Thai province, this travel diary gives an insightful look at the cultures and experiences you can expect from an off-the-beaten track Vietnam tour.   After a morning running around Hanoi taking photos it was time to head to a more relaxed place. We drove Southeast… Read more »

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Vietnam: Ba Be Lake

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This travel diary gives you an insightful look into the wonders you can expect to see from an off-the-beaten track tour in North East Vietnam‘s Ba Be Lake. We drove North out of Hanoi, through the frenetic traffic of the city until the roads got quieter.  Phuong, my guide for the Northern leg of the… Read more »

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Vietnam: Dong Ky

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A piece not only on how talented the craftsmen are in Vietnam, but also something to show you why Dong Ky is a place on the map you should put a pin in.   Dong Ky   A great place to visit near Hanoi and one that is not on the tourist trail is Dong… Read more »

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Vietnam: Tribes of the Central Highlands

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Learn more about the traditional cultures of Vietnam in this travel diary exploring the tribes of the Central Highlands on a once in a lifetime, off the beaten track tour of Vietnam. Like many tribal groups around the world the minorities of the Central Highlands (as they are known here) live a traditional lifestyle in… Read more »

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Vietnam: Saigon’s motorcyclists and smiles

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Read about Ho Chi Minh in David’s travel diary about Vietnam. Discovering the beauty of this city before journeying onto the Central Highlands.   I touched down on the runway of Ho Chi Minh, was rushed through the arrival visa process in a no-nonsense manner and was on my way to my hotel through the rain… Read more »

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