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Top 10 Things To Do in and Around Hanoi, Vietnam

17 February 2014

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Top 10 Things To Do in and Around Hanoi, Vietnam

Vietnam’s bustling, atmospheric capital Hanoi is crammed with interesting pursuits for the curious backpacker, from dodging motorbikes in the Old Quarter to sampling unique street food cuisine and even visiting the embalmed body of one of the world’s most famous Communist leaders – there’s a lot to write in your travel diary! With so much to delight your senses we helped you boil it down to the top 10 things not to miss while in this undeniably electric city!

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Newsflash! Hop-on Hop-off Bus Company Stray, Drive Onward into Vietnam!

18 September 2013

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Newsflash! Hop-on Hop-off Bus Company Stray, Drive Onward into Vietnam!

With their roots in New Zealand, the popular Stray travel company have been operating trips in South East Asia for the past three years. This month, the company are forging new ground and heading into the diverse and intriguing country of Vietnam to start their first adventures. We caught up with Stray Asia General Manager, Holly Zimmerman, to find out more about how the little orange bus will take on the land of 37 million motorbikes!

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10 Great Places to Eat for a Cause in South East Asia!

2 September 2013

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10 Great Places to Eat for a Cause in South East Asia!

Helping students learn English. Helping families gain financial independence. HIV and contraception awareness. Promoting the use of local organic vegetables. You've gotta eat, so why not make sure that your money is going back into the pockets of the local community. We've found 10 fabulous restaurants to try in South East Asia that support more than just your stomach!

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Hungry in Hanoi? Top 8 Street Foods to Try

17 July 2013

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Hungry in Hanoi? Top 8 Street Foods to Try

Hanoi offers some of the best street food in South East Asia. The charming city is a street food paradise with the interwoven alleys of the maze-like Old Quarter offering up a marvelous range of steaming local dishes. Venture beyond the touristic Old Quarter and you can find even more dishes ranging all the way from barbecued dog (thit cho) to snail soup (canh ốc). Traveller and expat in Hanoi, Siobhan Smith, gives us the ‘top picks’ of Hanoi Street Food – guaranteed to make your life a little easier!

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Chop Chop! Make Sure you Know your Chopstick Etiquette Before you Travel

18 May 2013

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Chop Chop! Make Sure you Know your Chopstick Etiquette Before you Travel

A lesson in chopstick history and etiquette for all fumbling foreigners. From Confucius to Bill Bryson, we explore the oldest, longest and unluckiest pair of chopsticks! If you're concerned that you might starve rather than master the skill of the chopsticks, don't fear, we're here to help with all the chopstick dos and don'ts!

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As Lonely Planet are sold for a massive loss, we question the future of the travel guidebook…

26 March 2013

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As Lonely Planet are sold for a massive loss, we question the future of the travel guidebook…

With Lonely Planet being sold by the BBC this week for a shocking £55 million loss, does this put the future of guidebooks into question? This happens in the same week that we hear Frommers guidebooks, born in 1957 with the groundbreaking ‘Europe on 5 dollars a day’, announce the decision that they will publish no more titles. So what do you think? What is the future of Lonely Planet and the travel guidebook in general? Is there still a place for the guidebook when you are planning your trip?

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