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Luxury Tour: Romance and Intrigue of Vietnam

  If you are drawn to the romance and intrigue of books and movies set there, you will love this very special small-group luxury tour of Vietnam. Not only will you be seeing...

Pedals test the mettle in a Vietnam adventure

  I don’t know what it was that inspired me to embark on a four-day cycling adventure in Vietnam with my (grown-up) son. We were meeting there to spend a week together anyway but four days...

Magical Myst Dong Khoi puts a sigh in Saigon

  THE LOCATION If you’re in the mood for a little mystery the next time you visit Vietnam, the Myst Dong Khoi hotel will pique your curiosity. Just off the end of Ho Chi Minh City’s Dong...

Vietnam… with a side order of Romance and Intrigue

Vietnam has plenty of attractions, writes Jimmy Thomson, but when you travel with The Quiet American by Graham Greene in your pocket, and Indochine on your laptop, a whole new world opens up to...

Tour of duty

With Vietnam increasing in popularity for all sorts of tours, including the recent, chaotic 50th anniversary of the battle of Long Tan, Tunnel Rats author Jimmy Thomson recalls how his first tour as a guide...

Travel Notes from Laos

Visiting Laos is a bit like going to Vietnam 20 years ago before that country's "Open Door" policy showed that Communist countries can extract Capitalist dollars just by offering a few decadent luxuries to...

Work for free to free the bears

The old moon bear is not for sharing. A cracked open coconut has been tossed into his enclosure and he is alternating chews with muffled growls as the younger bears sidle up .   If...

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