New Luxury Tour: Romance and Intrigue of Vietnam

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There are plenty of cheap-as-chips tours of Vietnam on offer at the moment but if you want something with a little luxury, allied to romance and intrigue, Jimmy Thomson is putting together another small-group...

Pedals test the mettle in a Vietnam adventure

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  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...

Vietnam… with a side order of Romance and Intrigue

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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

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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...

Tunnel Rats Tour 2014 – Day by day

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DAY 1 Our first day proper begins with a short walking tour from our base at the Liberty Central hotel, near Ben Thanh market,...

Vietnam caves get under your skin

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I seem to have a thing about going underground in Vietnam.  If it’s not the Vietcong tunnels at Cu Chi it’s the escape tunnel from the Reunification (formerly Presidential) Palace in Ho Chi Minh...

Stop the bus: Confessions of a tour guide

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"Stop the bus!" The only time you usually get to say that on an organised tour is at a time of disaster: Someone's been left behind, last night's dinner...
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