From July 2015, you don’t need to apply for a visa to enter Vietnam if you’re a citizen from Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain
It won’t be long until the opening of an international airport changes Vietnam’s idyllic Phu Quoc island forever, so Bob James recommends you go see it now before everyone else gets there
Standing atop one of the stunning white-sand dunes near Mui Ne, Bob James reckons if you listen closely and you might hear the echoing voice of Peter O’Toole’s T.E. Lawrence
Vietnam may not be the first place that comes to mind for kite surfing, kite boarding and windsurfing, but as Bob James finds out, the small town of Mui Ne has a big adrenaline sports reputation
Considered by most little more than a bump in the road between Mui Ne and Nha Trang, Bob James finds that Phan Rang-Thap Cham holds hidden surprises for visitors looking for an isolated beach, a glimpse into a fading chapter of history, and some unique handicrafts.
Infamous as the town about which a US Army major declared “It became necessary to destroy Ben Tre to save it”, Bob James finds the city has become a fascinating stop to see everyday life in rural Vietnam – and also has one of the country’s best (and not outrageously priced) hotels
Can Tho Vietnam is one of the key areas to see life lived on the water in the Mekong Delta – and also to see just how fast Vietnam is changing. Bob James explains why you should try to get to Can Tho sooner rather than later.
Get a unique view of night time Saigon from the back of a motorbike with XO Tours’ elegant female guides. Bob James heads out on a whistlestop run through six of Ho Chi Minh City’s districts with three spectacular pitstops for Vietnamese food.
One of Vietnam’s most famous tourist attractions, the stunningly beautiful Halong Bay is also a bit of a minefield for finding a straightforward boat trip tour package. Russ Brooks explains how to find the best Halong Bay tour operator so as make sure you get a good value deal on a boat that’s safe
Traditionally you need to get a Vietnam visa in your passport from a local embassy before entering the country. However, it’s also possible to apply for a Vietnam visa online and collect it at the airport on arrival in Vietnam, as Russ Brooks explains
A new graphic novel traces the journey of an American-born Vietnamese returning to his homeland in search of his family roots and trying to understand an entirely foreign culture
Today Vietnam’s capital Hanoi celebrates its 1000th birthday, and kickstarts 10 days of official celebrations.
Robert Reid is a long time Lonely Planet writer who has published a complete guide to Vietnam for free on the Web. If you’re heading to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh, make sure you check it out
It was a case of sixth time lucky – on my latest visit to Hanoi, I found the best hotel I’ve ever stayed in within Vietnam’s glorious capital city
How much does a Vietnam visa cost from the Vietnamese Embassy in Bangkok? Here are the latest prices as of January 2009
I’ll be doing a small marathon of travelling through February as old friends from the UK and USA pass through Hong Kong and Hanoi – making it relatively easy to go and see them thanks to the miracle of budget flights
Jetstar Vietnam have shaken up the domestic flight market in Vietnam, providing numerous flights between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City along with several other major Vietnamese tourist destinations
Looking for a different take on Vietnam as inspiration for your travels? The recently published To Vietnam With Love brings together a collection of different perspectives about travelling and living in Vietnam
The New York Times’ Travel section has recently had a rash of great Asian travel stories that are worth a glance for a different kind of insight
The Mekong River defines much of South East Asia, but it was only explored by Westerners for the first time in 1866. John Keay’s Mad About The Mekong charts the exploration that paved the way to South East Asia’s colonisation.
The final part of Don Morgan’s Vietnam Biking series concludes with suggestions of easy routes for beginners to take to the road