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Top 10 Most-Popular Vietnam Coracle Guides

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When I reached 1,000 subscribers to this website, I decided to celebrate by compiling a list of the top 10 most-popular (i.e most-read) guides on Vietnam Coracle. I used Google Analytics to find out which of my guides, articles, and reviews received the most hits over the years I’ve been running Vietnam Coracle. Thank you for reading, using, and interacting with my content, and thank you for sharing, spreading the word, and talking about Vietnam Coracle. Tom

Top 10 Most Popular Vietnam Coracle Travel Guides

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I’ve listed the following top 10 most-read Vietnam Coracle guides in order of their popularity: starting with the most popular. For each guide, I’ve included the title, the number of times it’s been read and shared on social media, the date of publication and latest revision, a brief synopsis, a title image, and a direct link to the guide. I’ve also plotted each of the 10 guides on my map. If you want to know more about Vietnam Coracle, take a look at this interview or my About Page; if you’d like to help this website, please see my Support Page; and for an interactive archive of all my guides check out the Vietnam Coracle Map.

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The 10 Most-Popular Vietnam Coracle Guides

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1: Saigon to Hanoi: 5 Routes [read here]

Pageviews: 237,025 | Map views: 2,344,100 

Social media shares: 1,500

First published: April 2016 | Last updated: March 2017

Synopsis: Riding the length of Vietnam by motorbike is definitely one of the best ways to see the country, and, in my opinion, one of the most rewarding travel experiences currently available anywhere in Asia. These 5 great routes between Saigon and Hanoi are specifically designed to suit the needs of different travellers, based on scenery, time frame, and ease of navigation, among other things……read more

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Saigon to Hanoi by Motorbike: 5 Suggested Routes

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2: Ha Giang Extreme North Loop[read here]

Pageviews: 160,201 | Map views: 663,350

Social media shares: 1,010

First published: October 2014 | Last updated: December 2017

Synopsis: Home to a mythical landscape of conical limestone peaks & craterous valleys, Ha Giang is Vietnam’s northern-most province. Over the years, Ha Giang has gained an almost legendary status among travellers, mainly because of an incredible motorbike loop around the ‘north pole’, which is perhaps the most thrilling road trip in the entire country……read more

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Ha Giang Extreme North Motorbike Loop

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3: 7 Streets for Street Food in Saigon: [read here]

Pageviews: 101,453 | Map views: 569,230

Social media shares: 648

First published: July 2014 | Last updated: November 2016

Synopsis: Arguably the best place to explore Vietnam’s extraordinary street food scene, Saigon is a city that boasts so many street food outlets that it feels like a gigantic open-air restaurant. This is my guide to 7 of the best streets for street food in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)……read more

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7 Great Street Food Streets in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

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4: Ho Chi Minh Road: Motorbike Guide [read here]

Pageviews: 90,368 | Map views: 367,634

Social media shares: 1,225

First published: October 2013 | Last updated: May 2016

Synopsis: Stretching almost 2,000km along the mountainous spine of Vietnam, the Ho Chi Minh Road is fast becoming famous as one of the finest motorbike rides in Asia. Now fully paved from Saigon all the way to Hanoi, this is my full guide to the entire length of what is surely one of the most evocative road names in the world……read more

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The Ho Chi Minh Road by Motorbike, Vietnam

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5: Phu Quocs Beaches: A Guide [read here]

Pageviews: 90,086 | Map views: 317,602

Social media shares: 453

First published: July 2014 | Last updated: November 2018

Synopsis: Vietnam’s largest island, Phu Quoc is fast becoming one of Southeast Asia’s premier beach destinations. There are dozens of excellent beaches on Phu Quoc Island, and this guide covers them all: 19 beaches, bays, and coves, including my tips for accommodation on each one……read more

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Phu Quoc's Beaches, a guide, Vietnam

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6: Hai Van Pass: Motorbike Guide [read here]

Pageviews: 83,532 | Map views: 685,7587

Social media shares: 351

First published: April 2012 | Last updated: February 2018

Synopsis: One of the most famous roads in Vietnam, the Hai Van Pass weaves around a mountainous stretch of coastline in Central Vietnam. Combined with several other scenic coast roads, the Hai Van Pass forms a fun, easy & picturesque ride between Hoi An, Danang & Hue……read more

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The Hai Van Pass Motorbike Guide, Vietnam

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7: The Cafe Apartment in Saigon: [read here]

Pageviews: 64,398 | Map views: 101,002

Social media shares: 2,390

First published: June 2016 | Last updated: February 2017

Synopsis: Boasting over 30 independent coffee shops & fashion boutiques, the old apartment block at No.42 Nguyen Hue is the coolest address on Saigon’s Walking Street. I call it the Cafe Apartment, and this is my complete floor-by-floor guide……read more

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The Cafe Apartment at 42 Nguyen Hue Street, Saigon

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8: Expenses for a Motorbike Road Trip: [read here]

Pageviews: 43,883

Social media shares: 270

First published: April 2015 | Last updated: March 2018

Synopsis: A list of expenses and an estimated daily budget in three separate price categories to help riders prepare for a Vietnam road trip. These costs are based on hundreds of road trips that I’ve taken – both solo and in a group – over many years of motorbiking in Vietnam……read more

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Guide to expenses for a motorbike road trip in Vietnam

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9: 13 Public Pools in Saigon: [read here]

Pageviews: 41,072 | Map views: 241,331

Social media shares: 215

First published: September 2013 | Last updated: December 2016

Synopsis: If you’re not lucky enough to be staying at one of the smarter hotels with a pool, or if you’re an expat looking to escape the heat & clamour of the city, Saigon has plenty of good & inexpensive public swimming pools to choose from……read more

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Public Swimming Pools in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

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10: Con Dao Islands: A Guide [read here]

Pageviews: 30,287 | Map views: 166,708

Social media shares: 541

First published: June 2012 | Last updated: August 2018

Synopsis: With its wild and beautiful beaches, rugged, jungle-covered interior, and fascinating but tragic history, the Con Dao Islands is a remarkable place. Once a brutal penal colony, established by the French colonial administration, today the Con Dao Islands is one of Vietnam’s most beguiling destinations……read more

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A Travel Guide to the Con Dao Islands

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  1. Heike Adam says:
    April 21, 2019 at 7:59 PM

    Dear Tom,
    thanks so much for your guides, which are so helpful!
    We also love Con Dao! Just one week ago we habe been there.
    We booked the Red Hotel but were disppointed by a very small room. But the worse thing was that the other guests were really loud the whole nigth. So we decided to move to another Hotel – Poulo Condor Boutique Resort 🙂
    It is a great place to stay and we really enjoyed it. And as we are squirrel lovers we loved that the resort is full with squirrels 🙂
    We are sure we will come back to Con Dao.

    Best regards from Germany,

    1. Tom says:
      April 21, 2019 at 8:49 PM

      Hi Heike,

      Great to hear you enjoyed the Con Dao. And thanks for the hotel tip 🙂