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Hoi An: A Fairytale

How many travel articles does Hoi An feature on? Countless. How many stories can this fabled old town tell? Countless. How many photos will you take of the gorgeous architectural blend? You guessed it – countless. And how many tourists are there in Hoi An at any given time? Well, you can see the pattern. Hoi An is Vietnam’s most successful tourism destination, and that’s largely due to the pristine (but minute) old town. Hoi An is one of the few port cities that survived the wars unscathed, maki

Top 10 Phong Nha Caves That Will Blow Your Mind

The Phong Nha caves are Vietnam’s top natural highlight and anyone telling you otherwise is lying. Sure, Ninh Binh is pretty, but it doesn’t even compare. Yes, the mountains of Sapa are good, but let’s face it – the photos are better. May as well forget Halong Bay – it’s too crowded anyway. For something authentic, that isn’t just another stop on the cookie-cutter tourists’ route through Vietnam, you need to check out the Phong Nha caves.

Vietnam's Ethnic Groups: A Rainbow of Diversity

The Hmong live in daring houses that cling to the sides of mountains and farm on precarious slopes that may collapse at any moment. Peering across valleys in Vietnam’s most mountainous provinces, like Lao Cai, you’ll see unlikely Hmong hamlets nestled in some of the harshest topography in the country. Lingering typhoons can lash Hmong villages for days, not to mention the risk of landslides, extreme cold, and occasional snow storms. Living and working in severe conditions has made the Hmong har

Ho Chi Minh City: Intoxicating Contrasts

Surprising Saigon. Storied Saigon. Sexy Saigon. Vietnam’s biggest city (officially known as Ho Chi Minh City) has more alliterative epithets than you can shake a stick at. That’s because there are so many sides to this layered city that stretches over 100km, houses over 13 million people, and contains 24 jaw-droppingly different districts. Vietnam is booming, and nowhere is this more obvious than in the country’s biggest city. The central districts still boast grand colonial mansions, Art Deco

Beyond the Highlights: Bangkok

Formidable Bangkok is undeniably a place of contrasts; a city bursting with modernity and yet still steeped in tradition. Speed through the city on the sleek sky train while glancing up at the almost dystopian skyline or peering down at the occasional ramshackle wooden house. Move gently along the river in the shadow of fabulous five star hotels that, despite their enormity, still fail to outshine the gorgeous Thai temples that glisten in the sunlight.

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Topas Travel is your trusted local travel partner in Vietnam, with a selection of tour packages that blend the highlights of Vietnam with some of the lesser-known but equally magnificent landscapes and culturally-rich destinations. Our tour packages typically include carefully selected accomodation, safe transport options, and a number of guided activities such as cycling, walking and hiking, to go further and deeper than any standard travel experience in Vietnam. Our packages can all be tailor
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