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New Luxury Tour: Romance and Intrigue of Vietnam

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 tour of his favourite country in South-East Asia. Jimmy has written three books set in Vietnam so not only will you […]

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Vietnam… with a side order of Romance and Intrigue

[huge_it_slider id=”4″] 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 you. There’s something magical about travelling to the locations of your favorite works of fiction. It’s not as if […]

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Tour of duty

[huge_it_slider id=”5″] 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 began with less than military precision. I was standing in the courtyard of a small temple in Long Phuoc, […]

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Tunnel Rats Tour 2014 – Day by day

DAY 1 Our first day proper begins with a short walking tour from our base at the Liberty Central hotel, near Ben Thanh market, to the centre of the city. Notre Dame Cathedral, the city hall and the Central Post Office, designed by the same M. Eiffel who built the tower in Paris are fairly […]

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Vietnam caves get under your skin

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 City (Saigon). I even get a thrill going through the new road tunnel under the Saigon River, wondering if there was […]

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Stop the bus: Confessions of a tour guide

“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 turns out to have been as suspicious as it was delicious, or you’re on the wrong bus completely. Unless, of course, you are running the tour. […]

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