After a restful night aboard the Victoria Express, we arrive at Lao Cai Station as night fades into day. We are welcomed by our driver and start the one-hour journey to Sapa as the sun comes up. Even though it’s early, it’s a lovely way to start a relaxing weekend getaway in this former hill station.

Diane Lee and Julie Vola head south out of Hanoi to Ha Thai, a village known for its lacquer products.

Surrounded by mountains, rivers and rice fields, and located 22km by road from the centre of Phong Nha, Chay Lap Farmstay has the benefit of location; it’s next to the entrance of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, 3km away from Dark Cave, 4km away from Mooc Stream and just 6km away from Paradise Cave.

Julie Vola takes a 48-hour trip to Hong Kong and captures the city’s sights

With so many good accommodation options and places to see within a short distance of Ho Chi Minh City, it can be difficult deciding on where to go. Perennial favourites like Phu Quoc, Dalat and Hoi An are a quick hop away by plane. Vung Tau is a short drive these days or 80 minutes by boat. Likewise, it doesn’t take long to get to the Mekong Delta cities of Ben Tre and Can Tho further south.

Matt Cowan and Mike Palumbo explore the land where the oddest-looking fruit in Vietnam is grown, the dragon fruit.

On the way to Vung Tau you’ll come across a mountain range called Chau Pha. Zoe Osborne goes out there to explore

When’s the best time to visit the capital of the UK? Now, says Nick Ross, and with good reason

Diane Lee and Julie Vola head to the village where all those bamboo hand-crafted goods come from

With Vietnam closed down for Tet, Vu Ha Kim Vy headed to El Nido in the Philippines for a brief respite

Little Cat Ba opened three-and-a-half years ago, aiming to provide idyllic island accommodation to guests who appreciate something more quaint, with a personal touch.

In the depths of a northern hemisphere winter Nick Ross embarks on the non-Vietnam road trip — by car through Europe

 

South of Hue lies an amusement park, Ho Tuy Thien. But it’s popularity with visitors lies not in the amusements, but in the fact that it’s abandoned. Words and photos by Thomas Barrett

Thomas Barrett heads down the now defunct train line from Dalatto Thap Cham and meets the last remaining train driver. Photos and translation by Pham Thu Nga

Vu Ha Kim Vy heads southwest in search of old houses and an untouched beach in Go Cong.

In a country with 3,444 km of shoreline, a beach would have to be pretty special to stand out, right? So what’s so special about Nha Trang? OK, tick the boxes. Six kilometres of fine white sand set against a backdrop of forested hills. Clear turquoise water. Excellent swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving. Catamarans, diving equipment, surf boards, paddle boards, kayaks, para-sails, and wind kites up for hire. Massages and beauty treatments available at the wave of a hand. Food and cold beer on demand. Seafood galore — what’s not to like?

Matt Cowan visits Hoi An and asks the question: How much more tourism can the most popular destination in Vietnam take? Photos by Mike Palumbo

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