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  6. Travel Fitness

    Travel Fitness

    Travellers often neglect their fitness. I practice exercise routines, methods & activities that are suitable for travel & help to maintain my fitness while on the road…

  7. Ode to a Banyan Tree

    Ode to a Banyan Tree

    Temples of the forest, banyan trees are great, natural edifices rich in cultural, spiritual & folkloric symbolism. A bridge between the human, natural & spirit worlds, banyan trees are found all over Vietnam…

  8. Tet Lunar New Year, Year of the Dragon, Vietnam

    Enter the Dragon | Lunar New Year

    On the eve of the Year of the Dragon, Vietnam prepares to welcome another year of growing prosperity, opportunity & modernity…

  9. 250,000km on my motorbike, Stavros

    250,000km on My Motorbike, Stavros

    After 17 years on the road together, my motorbike & I have ridden a quarter of a million kilometres around Vietnam…

  10. First Rains: An Ode to the Monsoon in Vietnam

    First Rains: An Ode to the Monsoon

    Monsoon downpours & tropical storms are the quintessential expression of the tropics, representing the exotic & the mysterious. For me, the monsoon embodies the excitement & romance of living far from home….

  11. Sketches of Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Sketches of Saigon: 5 Scenes

    Over the course of a week, I sat & wrote for half an hour on five separate occasions at five random locations in Saigon, and described the scenes as they appeared to me, in the hope of capturing something of the spirit of the city….

  12. Instant Pot Noodles in Vietnam

    Instant Noodles: Pandemic Staple

    A national comfort food, a convenience, an indulgence & in some cases a necessity, instant noodles are a staple of the Vietnamese diet. During the pandemic, however, national consumption rose by 30%…

  13. An Interview with Vietnam Coracle

    An Interview with Vietnam Coracle

    A written interview featuring long-form, detailed answers to questions ranging from the evolution of Vietnam Coracle to its purpose and function, and the nature of travel writing in the Internet age…

  14. Don't Miss the Dawn in Vietnam

    Don’t Miss the Dawn

    Dawn is the best time of day in Vietnam. Yet most travellers and expats never experience it. Wake up before sunrise and you’ll witness exquisite skies and the ‘roots’ of Vietnamese daily life. Rising early should be on everyone’s list of things to do in Vietnam….

  15. The New Vietnam Coracle Logo

    New Logo

    Vietnam Coracle has a new logo. Read the story behind the logo’s creation & design…

  16. Vietnam Coracle 2022 End of Year Review

    2022: Year-End Review

    I reflect on a significant year, focusing on post-pandemic travel and life in Vietnam…

  17. 'Fourth Wave': The Covid-19 Pandemic in Vietnam

    ‘Fourth Wave’ | The Pandemic in Vietnam

    A long-form personal narrative & travelogue describing my experiences during the ‘fourth wave’, Vietnam’s worst outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic…

  18. Quarantine in Vietnam during COVID-19 virus

    The Quarantine of Taz in Vietnam

    My friend, Taz, was quarantined for 17 days in Vietnam as part of the government’s strategy to contain COVID-19. After her release, I interviewed Taz about her experiences at the quarantine facility, just outside Ho Chi Minh City….

  19. The Pandemic Sessions: Interviews from Vietnam

    The Pandemic Sessions | Interviews from Vietnam

    A series of long-form interviews with people in Vietnam focusing on their experiences & opinions of the pandemic, and how their lives have changed as a result of Covid-19

  20. The Odes: A Collection

    The Odes | A Collection

    Over the years, I’ve written ‘odes’ in praise of aspects of Vietnam: from natural phenomena to types of food to specific places & personalities…

  21. Contributing Writers on Vietnam Coracle

    Contributing Writers

    I’m excited to introduce the new writers on Vietnam Coracle. Together, we’ll create great content from across Vietnam…

  22. Anthony Bourdain in Vietnam: All 8 Episodes Reviewed

    Anthony Bourdain in Vietnam: Retrospective & Review

    Anthony Bourdain felt a special attachment to Vietnam. Over the course of his TV career, he filmed multiple episodes in the country. I’ve pulled together & reviewed all 8 of his Vietnam shows…

  23. Bell tower at the General Võ Nguyên Giáp's tomb

    The General’s Tomb | A Memory

    Sometimes referred to simply as ‘The General’, Võ Nguyên Giáp is a giant of Vietnamese history. Following his death, in 2013, millions have made the pilgrimage to his tomb in Central Vietnam, myself included…

  24. Trash in Vietnam's beauty spots

    Trash Talk: Litter in Vietnam’s Beauty Spots

    Vietnam is an extraordinarily beautiful country, but thousands of scenic areas across the nation are increasingly ruined by trash. A major catalyst for litter in beauty spots are picnickers, who neglect to clean up after themselves….

  25. A Year of Contributing Writers on Vietnam Coracle

    A Year of Contributing Writers

    To celebrate 12 months of publishing content by other writers on Vietnam Coracle, I look back at what they’ve produced so far…

  26. Pandemic Season in Vietnam, Covid-19

    Pandemic Season in Vietnam: Pre-Covid, Lock-Down, Post-Virus

    Part travelogue, part personal narrative, part analysis of Vietnam’s containment of Covid-19, this is a long-form account of the pandemic….

  1. Mango Bay, Phu Quoc | Independent Review

    A long-time favourite beach retreat for travellers & expats, Mango Bay is still the best place to stay on Phu Quoc Island in its class & price bracket. Mango Bay offers guests both comfort & a connection to nature, but not one at the expense of the other…

  2. The Anam Mui Ne, Independent Review

    The Anam Mui Ne | Independent Review

    The latest luxury resort on the sands of Mui Ne beach, The Anam is an elegant, Indochine-themed property…

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  4. Camia Resort, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

    Camia Resort, Phu Quoc | Independent Review

    A lush, tasteful & understated property with a narrow but beautiful beachfront & two elegant infinity pools, Camia Resort is a good value mid-range place to stay on Phu Quoc Island…

  5. Bamboo Cottages, solar-powered resort, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

    Bamboo Cottages Off-Grid Resort, Phu Quoc Island

    Situated on one of Phu Quoc Island’s most attractive & least developed bays, Bamboo Cottages is a small, tasteful, mid-range beach resort powered by solar energy….

  6. Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa, Vietnam, Independent Review

    Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort | Independent Review

    A large, elegant & family-friendly oceanfront resort with architectural features echoing the style of the nearby Old Quarter in Hoi An…

  7. Amiana Resort & Spa, Nha Trang, Vietnam

    Amiana Resort Nha Trang | Independent Review

    Ten kilometres north of Nha Trang, Amiana Resort features a long seafront, lush gardens & several enormous, highly photogenic infinity pools…

  8. Crown Retreat, Quy Nhon, Vietnam, Independent Review

    Crown Retreat Quy Nhon | Independent Review

    Situated on a long, sweeping bay north of Quy Nhơn on the south-central coast, the Crown Retreat is a tasteful, attractive, low-rise beach resort…

  9. Ho Tram Beach Boutique Resort & Spa

    Ho Tram Beach Boutique | Independent Review

    A tasteful, understated & peaceful resort within easy reach of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Ho Tram Boutique is a favourite retreat of mine….

  10. The Secret Con Dao Resort, Independent Review

    The Secret Con Dao | Independent Review

    Featuring minimalist décor & contemporary design, The Secret is a luxury resort on the beautiful & elegant seafront road on Côn Sơn Island…

  11. Mia Resort Nha Trang, Vietnam, Independent Review

    Mia Resort Nha Trang | Independent Review

    A crisp, clean & contemporary beach resort straddling the cliffs on the spectacular coast road south of Nha Trang, Mia is the embodiment of minimalist-chic….

  12. InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort, Independent Review

    InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort | Independent Review

    Immaculately clean, well-designed, well-maintained, well-run & luxurious, the InterContinental features outstanding facilities, spacious & well-equipped rooms & a great beach…

  13. Gold Coast Resort, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

    Gold Coast Phu Quoc | Independent Review

    In the northwest of the island, Gold Coast is a mid-range resort with excellent food, a good beach, easy access to local life & superb views of Phu Quoc’s rugged northern bays & jungles

  14. Fusion Suites, Vung Tau | Review

    With an immaculate rooftop infinity pool & sky bar with 360-degree views of the city & sea, Fusion Suites is set to become one of the most photographed places in Vung Tau…

  15. The Shells Resort, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam, Independent Review

    The Shells Phu Quoc | Independent Review

    Quirky but classy, The Shells is a modern resort on the west coast of Phu Quoc Island, offering generously proportioned rooms with sea-views & lots of light & space…

  16. Timothe Beach Apartments, Vịnh Hòa, Phú Yên, Review

    Timothe Beach Apartments | Independent Review

    On a secluded, sweeping bay on the south-central coast, Timothe Beach Apartments is a tropical paradise at affordable, mid-range prices…

  17. Mövenpick Resort Waverly Phu Quoc, Independent Review, Vietnam

    Mövenpick Resort Waverly Phu Quoc | Independent Review

    An enormous, five-star accommodation on a long beachfront with great facilities, the Movenpick is ideal for large families with children or travelling groups…

  18. Green Bay Resort & Spa, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam, Independent Review

    Green Bay Phu Quoc Resort | Independent Review

    A lush & peaceful location in the northwest of Phu Quoc Island, Green Bay is set in beautiful grounds featuring rustic-luxury villas & two infinity pools…

  19. Premier Village Resort, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

    Premier Village Resort Phu Quoc | Independent Review

    A luxurious resort in a spectacular location comprised of large villas with private pools, two beaches & a plethora of high-end facilities. Premier Village would usually be out of my budget. But, due to unique pandemic-related circumstances, my friends & I were able to stay for a reduced rate…

  20. Victoria Resort, Phan Thiet

    Victoria Beach Resort, Mui Ne

    One of the first luxury resorts to grace the sands of Mui Ne, Victoria Resort & Spa is still one of the best places to stay on this popular beach on Vietnam’s southeast coast. With lush tropical gardens & a long stretch of beach, Victoria is far more spacious than its competitors…

  21. Thanh Kieu Resort, Phu Quoc Island

    Thanh Kieu Beach Resort, Phu Quoc Island

    The unsung hero of seafront, mid-range accommodation on Long Beach, Thanh Kieu Resort is an exceptionally lush, peaceful, and unassuming place to stay on Phu Quoc Island. It’s been my go-to resort for years…

  22. The Pier Phu Quoc Resort, Vietnam, Independent Review

    The Pier Phu Quoc Resort | Independent Review

    A small, modern, mid-range resort on Phu Quoc’s lesser-known east coast, The Pier occupies a fabulous position beneath jungled hills with sweeping coastal views.

  23. Lahana Resort, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam, Independent Review

    Lahana Resort Phu Quoc | Independent Review

    An excellent, tasteful mid-range resort on a lush hillside with a fabulous infinity pool overlooking the trees & ocean….

  24. Escalade Resort, Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam

    Escalade Resort, Cam Ranh Bay

    A small-scale, affordable mid-range resort with dazzling sea views over one of the prettiest bays in Vietnam, Escalade Resort, Cam Ranh is tasteful, good value for money & great place to unwind….

  25. The Grand Ho Tram Casino & Resort

    The Grand Ho Tram Resort & Casino

    Big, indulgent & exceptionally good quality, The Grand Resort & Casino marks the beginning of the transformation of the quiet & unassuming coastline of Ho Tram, into what is hoped will become Vietnam’s answer to Macau & Las Vegas….

  1. Wild camping in Dalat, Vietnam

    Camping in Dalat: A Guide

    One of the best travel experiences in Vietnam’s Central Highlands is wild camping under a canopy pine trees in the misty mountains north of Dalat….

  2. Wild Camping in Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam

    Wild Camping | Ninh Thuan Province

    A rugged region of rocky mountains interlaced with blue rivers & streams falling over giant boulders, Ninh Thuận is wild camping country….

  3. Camping on Trong Veo Stream, Dalat, Lam Dong, Vietnam

    Camping on Trong Veo Stream

    Wild camp by a cool, clear, freshwater stream amidst pine-studded hills & a beautiful waterfall near Dalat in the Central Highlands

  4. Wild camping on the La Nga River, Vietnam

    Wild Camping on the La Nga River: A Guide

    Midway between the coast & the mountains, the La Nga River runs clean & clear with dozens of potential campsites on its banks & opportunities for wild swimming

  5. Camping on Dragon Beach & the Northern Bays, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

    Camping on Dragon Beach & the Northern Bays | Phu Quoc Island

    Sleeping on the sands of the beautiful & deserted northern beaches is a real adventure & an experience that will stay with you for a long time…

  6. Camping Season in Southern Vietnam

    Camping Season in Southern Vietnam

    A period of ideal weather conditions for sleeping outside in the varied landscapes of the south, Camping Season lasts from December to March…

  7. Motocamping in south-central Vietnam in the dry season

    Motocamping South-Central Vietnam in the Dry Season

    One of the most rewarding & deeply satisfying travel experiences I’ve had in over a decade of travelling in Vietnam, motocamping (‘motorbike-camping’) is thrilling, challenging, fulfilling & still a fairly niche activity…

  8. Camping, Hiking & Cloud Hunting in Cau Dat Highlands, Vietnam

    Camping, Hiking & Cloud-Hunting in Cau Dat

    Wild camp above the clouds in a haunting & beautiful landscape near Cầu Đất village in the Central Highlands…

  9. Lak Tented Camp, Lak Lake, Dak Lak, Vietnam

    Lak Tented Camp | Independent Review

    With luxury safari-tents & lakeside bungalows spread over a lush hillside on the shores of Lake Lak in the Dak Lak highlands, Lak Tented Camp is an atmospheric accommodation with a deep attachment to the natural environment…

  10. New Year's Camping in the Pine Forests, Dalat, Vietnam

    New Year’s Camping in the Pine Forests

    To mark the end of 2020 (the ‘Lost Year’), my friends & I went on a wild camping trip in the pine forests of the Central Highlands: an activity that’s possible in Vietnam, even as many countries continue to endure lock-downs & social-distancing

  11. Camping the Ocean Road: Saigon to Nha Trang

    Camping the Ocean Road: Saigon to Nha Trang

    Pitch your tent under a coconut palm just metres from the surf & enjoy Vietnam’s south coast sleeping in the open air: This is my guide to camping on the beaches along the Ocean Road from Saigon to Nha Trang….

  12. Tet Lunar New Year, 2018, Vietnam

    On the Road & Under the Sky: Lunar New Year, 2018

    Lunar New Year (Tết) is a time of gathering: of family & friends; of people & parties. But this year, I undertook to spend my Tết holiday in peace & solitude: I took my motorbike, my tent & my guitar & set off for 11 days on the road & under the sky…

  1. Island-hopping in Vietnam: A Guide for Independent Travellers

    Island-Hopping in Vietnam: A Guide

    From north to south, the Vietnamese coast is flecked with thousands of islands; hundreds of which are inhabited & dozens of which can be visited by island-hopping. A handful of these islands are already well-established tourist destinations, but many are only just emerging as potential attractions….

  2. Cat Ba Island, Halong Bay, Travel Guide, Vietnam

    Cat Ba Island, Halong Bay: Travel Guide

    An island of dramatic coastlines & jungle-clad limestone pillars, Cat Ba is one of Vietnam’s star natural attractions & part of world-famous Halong Bay….

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  4. Dai Lanh Beach, Travel Guide, Vietnam

    Dai Lanh Beach

    A broad sweep of sandy beach squeezed between two headlands in a dramatic bay enclosed by green mountains…

  5. The beaches of Quy Nhon & Phu Yen, Vietnam

    The Beaches of Quy Nhon & Phu Yen: A Guide

    The beaches of Phu Yen Province & Quy Nhon have been laying low, but their popularity is on the rise: now is the time to visit this seductive coastal region, full of hidden bays, beaches & coves. This is an extensive guide to Vietnam’s next big beach destination….

  6. Nam Du Islands, Kien Giang Province, Vietnam

    Nam Du Islands: Travel Guide

    A glistening archipelago of small tropical islands off the southwestern coast of Vietnam, Nam Du is beautiful & undeveloped. With mesmerizing beaches & bays, a jungle-clad interior, and over 20 outlying islands, Nam Du is a treat…

  7. Vung Tau: City by the Sea, a travelogue & guide

    Vung Tau | City by the Sea

    An illustrated travelogue-cum-guide to Vung Tau intended to inspire a trip to this rejuvenated city by the sea…

  8. Con Dao Islands, Travel Guide

    Con Dao Islands: Travel Guide

    With wild & beautiful beaches, jungle-covered peaks & a fascinating but tragic history, the Côn Đảo Islands is a remarkable destination…

  9. 23 of the Best Beaches in Vietnam

    23 of the Best Beaches in Southern & Central Vietnam

    With a coastline of over 3,200km & thousands of islands lying offshore, Vietnam is a great beach destination. Blue bays, hidden coves, white sands, swaying palms & dramatic cliffs, Vietnam has it all….

  10. Ly Son Island, travel guide, Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam

    Ly Son Island: Travel Guide

    A volcanic island surrounded by a ring of reefs, Ly Son is a striking, stark & geologically fascinating destination. Easily reached by regular fast ferries, Ly Son Island is located off the coast of central Vietnam….

  11. Phu Quoc Island Beach Guide, Vietnam

    Phu Quoc Island: Beach Guide

    This guide covers all 21 beaches on Phu Quoc Island, including tips for accommodation, food, drink & things to see & do on each one of them…

  12. Hon Son Island, travel guide, Vietnam

    Hon Son Island: Travel Guide

    Hon Son Island is a gem. It’s a rugged yet green & exceptionally beautiful isle. With jungle-covered mountains rising from the ocean, peaceful fishing hamlets in picturesque bays, and palm-fringed beaches, Hon Son has got it all…

  13. Vung Ro Bay and Bai Mon Beach, Phu Yen, Vietnam

    Vung Ro Bay & Bai Mon Beach

    A gorgeous promontory on the south-central coast yet to be developed & remaining virtually untouched by mass-tourism…

  14. Phu Quy Island, travel guide, Vietnam

    Phu Quy Island: Travel Guide

    A new & exciting destination, Phu Quy Island is but a drop of green land in the vast blue ocean, and has only very recently opened its doors to domestic & foreign travellers. A fascinating place with a real sense of isolation, this is my comprehensive guide to Phu Quy Island….

  15. Phu Quoc Island, North & East Coasts

    Phu Quoc Island: North & East Coasts

    Newly completed roads have opened access to the beaches, bays, forests & hamlets of the north & east coasts of Phu Quoc Island. Previously difficult to get to, these parts of Phu Quoc are the least developed, most characterful & charming on the island….

  16. Con Dao: Boat Trips to the Outlying Islands

    Con Dao: Boat Trips to Outlying Islands

    The smaller islands in the archipelago can be reached by speedboat, offering remote beaches, hiking, snorkeling & swimming…

  17. Ho Tram & Ho Coc beaches, Vietnam

    Ho Tram & Ho Coc Beaches

    Just 120km from the city, Ho Tram & Ho Coc are by far the best beaches within easy reach of Saigon. Forget Vung Tau, Long Hai & Can Gio, this is where you should head for sun, sea & sand when you don’t have time to go to Mui Ne or Phu Quoc.

  18. Pirate Islands (Dao Hai Tac), Travel Guide, Vietnam

    Pirate Islands (Đảo Hải Tặc) | Travel Guide

    Lying in the Gulf of Thailand, just off Vietnam’s southwest coast, Pirate Islands is a rugged archipelago, only recently opened to foreign visitors…

  19. Tam Hai Island, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam

    Tam Hai Island: Travel Guide

    A small & tranquil island at the mouth of a river, Tam Hai is within easy reach of Hoi An & Danang. This little island is a self-contained, peaceful world, with its own beauty, its own festivals, and its own resort….

  20. Cam Ranh Bay, Cam Lap Promontory, Vietnam

    Cam Ranh Bay: Cam Lap Promontory

    Cam Lap Promontory is one of those rare places that’s easily accessible yet largely undeveloped and utterly beautiful. It’s the kind of place you fall in love with, and one that really does deserve the overused epithet of ‘hidden gem’….

  21. Diep Son Island & Sandbar, Van Phong Bay

    Lying in the calm, warm waters of Van Phong Bay, just an hour north of Nha Trang, Diep Son is a mini-archipelago of small green islands. At low tide, a curving sandbar is exposed, linking three of the islets via a ‘sand bridge’….

  22. Hon Gom Sandbar, travel guide, Vietnam

    Hon Gom Sandbar

    Stretching 30km out to sea, like a giant causeway to a sunken castle, Hon Gom Sandbar is a beguiling peninsular on the south-central coast. A road leads along most of its length, offering access to deserted beaches, sheltered coves & isolated fishing hamlets…

  23. Bai Rang Beach, Quy Nhon, Phu Yen, Vietnam

    Bãi Rạng Beach, Quy Nhon

    A small crescent of toast-gold sand lined with coconut palms & casuarina trees, Bãi Rạng Beach is squeezed between two rocky bluffs, 15km south of Quy Nhon. It’s still a local, working beach & remains undeveloped….

  24. Long Thuy beach village, Phu Yen Province, Vietnam

    Long Thủy Beach Village, Phu Yen

    More than just a lovely white sand beach & glistening sea; Long Thủy is also a charming network of narrow backstreets, lined with crumbling homes, small temples & cowsheds. Wandering through its tangle of alleyways is like stepping back several generations…

  1. Train Travel in Vietnam

    Train Travel in Vietnam: A Guide

    A richly rewarding travel experience, rail journeys in Vietnam are exciting, affordable, comfortable & a great way to see the country…

  2. Vung Tau→Con Dao New Big Ferry

    Vung Tau→Con Dao Express Ferry

    A new, modern ship with capacity for over 1,000 passengers is now operating on the sea crossing from Vung Tau to Con Dao…

  3. How to Send a Motorbike on a Train in Vietnam

    How to Send a Motorbike on the Train

    Put your motorbike on the train & send it from one destination to another. This is a convenient, reliable & efficient service for riders in Vietnam…

  4. Saigon Waterbus, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Saigon Waterbus: Guide & Itinerary

    The Saigon Waterbus should be near the top of every visitor’s itinerary for Ho Chi Minh City. As a way of seeing the city’s skyline, of experiencing its many different neighbourhoods & for sheer value for money, the Saigon Waterbus is practically unbeatable…

  5. Vietnam to Cambodia by Boat: Chau Doc to Phnom Penh

    Vietnam to Cambodia by Boat

    An express boat service from Châu Đốc, in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, across the international border to Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital…

  6. Saigon to Vung Tau by Ferry Boat

    Taking the boat between Saigon & Vung Tau is one of Vietnam’s most underrated journeys. It’s a fascinating voyage from downtown Saigon, along several rivers, and across open sea to Vung Tau. New, comfortable & more reliable boats now ply this route…

  7. The New Can Gio-Vung Tau Car Ferry

    The Can Gio→Vung Tau Car Ferry

    A great boon to travellers, this new ferry connects two of the most popular destinations near Ho Chi Minh City: Can Gio mangrove forest and Vung Tau beach…

  8. Thien Thanh Limousine bus, Saigon to Rach Gia, Vietnam

    Beach Bus: Saigon↔Rach Gia Limousine | Passengers & Motorbikes

    Thien Thanh Limousine runs luxury buses between Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) & Rach Gia in the Mekong Delta, gateway to Vietnam’s islands in the Gulf of Thailand. This is a great service for passengers & motorbikes…

  9. Hanoi to Hai Phong by Train: Passengers & Motorbikes

    The Hanoi↔Hai Phong train is a brilliant option for travellers with motorbikes looking to get from the capital city to Cat Ba Island (or vice-versa), without having to negotiate the horrible highways….

  10. Soc Trang to Con Dao Express Ferry, Vietnam

    Soc Trang→Con Dao Express Ferry

    The fastest, cheapest & most reliable boat connection from the mainland to the islands, the Sóc Trăng→Côn Đảo ferry takes just 2 hours…

  11. Can Tho→Con Dao Islands Express Ferry

    Can Tho→Con Dao Express Ferry

    A fast ferry route connecting the largest city in the Mekong Delta with Con Son Island in the Con Dao Archipelago…

  12. Fanxipan Express, sleeper train, Hanoi to Lao Cai, Vietnam

    The Fanxipan Express: Hanoi to Lao Cai by Train (Passengers & Motorbikes)

    Rattling through the night from the capital city, along the Red River Valley, and into the northwest mountains surrounding Lao Cai on the Chinese border, the Fanxipan Express is a romantic rail journey that’s cheap, comfortable & easy to organize….

  13. Car Ferry from Cần Giờ (Ho Chi Minh) to Cần Giuộc (Long An)

    The Can Gio→Can Giuoc Car Ferry

    This ferry enables travellers with their own wheels to bypass Saigon completely when travelling between the southeast coast & the Mekong Delta…

  14. Hanoi→Lang Son→Dong Dang by Train: Passengers & Motorbikes

    A train runs once daily in both directions between Hanoi, Lang Son & Dong Dang, on the Chinese border. Linking Vietnam’s capital with its mountainous northeastern provinces, this is a scenic rail journey & passengers can carry their motorbikes on board

  15. Saigon to Phan Thiet by Train: Passengers & Motorbikes

    Saigon to Phan Thiet by Train: Passengers & Motorbikes

    The daily, non-stop express train between Saigon & Phan Thiet/Mui Ne is a cheap, easy, fun, fast & efficient way to get from the city to the beach. Put your motorbike on the train with you & let the rails carry your wheels….

  16. Phu Quoc Island by ferry boat, Vietnam

    Phu Quoc Island by Boat

    Taking the boat between the Mekong Delta & Phu Quoc Island is fun, cheap, convenient & relatively hassle-free. A huge increase in fast boats & car ferries operating on several routes, means it’s now easier than ever to reach Phu Quoc Island by sea….

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