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The Best Day Trips from Hanoi

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

Beware! XO Tours does not operate in Hanoi. If you book with a tour operator in Hanoi that claims to be XO Tours, you have been defrauded! Hanoi sits on a bend in the Red River. To the south and east lies the watery world of the Red River Delta, where farms and villages continue as…

April 2016 – 41st Anniversary of Operation Babylift and end of Vietnam War

by Indigo @ Adopted Vietnamese International (AVI)

Sending warm and supportive thoughts to all our friends and peers who were part of Operation Babylift, April 1975 and adopted from the Vietnam War era and the following period immediately after. It’s a very meaningful and important historical month for everyone adopted … Continue reading

Small group tours in Vietnam

Small group tours in Vietnam


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Vietnam small group tours offer the perfect opportunity to get to know the country inside out, together with like-minded people and led by knowledgeable guides. What ...

Tu Lan Adventure Race 2017

by Dat Nguyen @ Oxalis Adventure Tours

Tu Lan Adventure Race 2016 is a competition between 10 teams throughout multiple activities such as boat racing, jungle trekking, rivers crossing, caving and swimming inside caves. This year (2016) program happens from 01 April 2016 to 03 April 2016.

August 2014 – Preview – Land of Gazillion to publish anthology on Vietnamese adoptees

by Indigo @ Adopted Vietnamese International (AVI)

EXCERPTS FROM THE UPCOMING VIETNAMESE ADOPTEES 2.0 (predicted 2014/15 release) Read more here: http://gazillionvoices.com/excerpts-from-the-upcoming-vietnamese-adoptees-2-0/#.U_2Vi1YWHwI

April 2015: Vietnamese.Adopted, new book, edited by Adam Chau

by Indigo @ Adopted Vietnamese International (AVI)

Our adopted Vietnamese occasion for speaking – edited by Adam Chau and with various Vietnamese adoptee authors from around the world (including Indigo Willing, founder of AVI) Vietnamese.Adopted: A Collection of Voices is a group of writings each in their own … Continue reading

Review Inside Vietnam Grand Circle Discount Offer

Review Inside Vietnam Grand Circle Discount Offer


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Review Inside Vietnam Grand Circle Travel tour with a $100 discount offer for first time travelers. Also good for Overseas Adventure Travel.

Inside President Trump's Trip to Asia

Inside President Trump's Trip to Asia


The White House

On Friday, November 3, President Donald J. Trump departed for Asia, his longest foreign trip to date and the longest trip to Asia by an American president in more than a quarter-century. The President used this trip to demonstrate the Administration’s commitment to the Indo-Pacific region and to strengthen U.S. alliances and partnerships. President Trump …

Holidays in Vietnam : Tailor-made tours

Holidays in Vietnam : Tailor-made tours


Evaneos.co.uk

You plan your tailor-made holidays in Vietnam with handpicked local operators. You design your trip at local prices. No middlemen.

Lisbon Travel Blog: Complete City Guide for 2018

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

This Lisbon travel blog and guide has all you need to know to plan your trip to the trendiest hotspot in Europe right now. Budget, tourist traps and places not to miss vs main tourist traps, places to eat and of course insider tips. After all I’ve lived in Lisbon for a decade! I know […]

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Getting around | About Vietnam

Getting around | About Vietnam


Rough Guides

Though still a little rough around the edges, Vietnam’s transport network is continuing to improve. Most travel takes place on the roads, which are largely...

Hanoi vs Ho Chi Minh City: Which Vietnam City Is Right For You?

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

Struggling making a decision between Hanoi vs Ho Chi Minh for your upcoming trip to Vietnam? In this article I’m comparing both cities in terms of food, safety, places to visit and overall vibe for you to decide its overall travel potential. Which one is the right for you? Vietnam is not the easiest of […]

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Costa Rica – Overseas Adventure Travel

by oatadmin32 @ Discounts Overseas Adventure Travel

Real Affordable Costa Rica – Overseas Adventure Travel Travel Dates: May 2012 The tour name said it all.  Overseas Adventure Travel offered a very affordable tour of Costa Rica, a truly fascinating country.  It really was a comprehensive tour – site seeing, adventure (Zip line ride), a ton of nature all lead by an excellent … Continue reading Costa Rica – Overseas Adventure Travel

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Vietnam Tips And Tricks: 26 Key Things To Know Before Your Trip

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

This list of useful tips and tricks of Vietnam is mostly intended for first-time visitors but it can help anyone achieve a safe and worry-free travel. It should alert you for common mistakes and prepare you for traveling to one of the most amazing countries on Earth. I mean it. Not gonna lie: Vietnam is […]

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An Awesome 2-Week Thailand Itinerary (For First-Timers)

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

This article will help you craft your very own Thailand travel itinerary. After reading this, you’ll be ready for a trip to one of the most adventure-packed destination in the world! Thailand is a one of a kind place in the world. Despite getting 30M of tourists every year – some spots are already lost […]

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I Created This Website To Help You Learn and Save

by oatadmin32 @ Discounts Overseas Adventure Travel

If you are considering a first tour or cruise with Overseas Adventure Travel or their parent company Grand Circle Travel, I created this simple website to share information and a special savings offer. THE SAVINGS OFFER:  First time travelers can save $100-per-person simply by sharing that you were referred by a prior traveler.  I don’t … Continue reading I Created This Website To Help You Learn and Save

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TOP 5 REASONS TO VISIT HO CHI MINH CITY DURING TET

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

Lunar New Year, or more commonly known as Tet, is a wondrous and prosperous time in Vietnam, and is an event that is anticipated throughout the year!  It marks the arrival of spring, a brand new start for many of life’s endeavours, and is a time to appreciate and spend time with family.  If you…

The Best Of Siquijor: Itinerary, Tourist Spots and Budget in 2018

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

This Siquijor travel guide and itinerary has all you need to know to plan your trip to one of the best hidden gems of the Philippines. Dreamy waterfalls, secret tropical beaches and memorable sunsets await you in Siquijor: the island of fire! Siquijor island has been known as land of witchcraft, enchantments and sorcery. So […]

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Off The Beaten Path in Vietnam

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

Vietnam is seeing more and more visitors each year, with the actual number of tourists per year reaching well over 6 million.  Some areas in Vietnam, such as Halong Bay, Sapa, and Hoi An, are very beautiful but also packed with tourists year round.  Fortunately, if you want to get away from the crowds, you…

Review Crossroads of the Adriatic Overseas Adventure Travel

by oatadmin32 @ Discounts Overseas Adventure Travel

Crossroads of the Adriatic Tour Travel Dates:  June 2017 This was our ninth trip with Overseas Adventure Travel (two couples on the tour have taken 20+ tours with OAT and one was taking 9 back-to-back tours).  I share that because if our are reading this web page considering a first trip with OAT OR GRAND … Continue reading Review Crossroads of the Adriatic Overseas Adventure Travel

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Inside Vietnam's extraordinary underground military base

Inside Vietnam's extraordinary underground military base


Rediff

Kanika Datta visits the Cu Chi military tunnels -- a testimony to a plucky little country's 30-year war of resistance against, first, French colonisers and, then, the US. | Inside Vietnam's extraordinary underground military base

Cruising the Coast: The Top 5 Best Beach Destinations in Vietnam

by Brinda Shah @ hoi an – XO Tours Blog

CNN.com recently published an article about the best beaches in the world, and we are happy to report that two of Vietnam’s beaches made it on to the list!  However, we feel that more than two of Vietnam’s beaches have world-class standing.  With more than 3400 km of ocean coastline and remote islands galore, the…

Imperial China, Tibet & The Yangtze – Overseas Adventure Travel

by oatadmin32 @ Discounts Overseas Adventure Travel

Imperial China, Tibet & The Yangtze – Overseas Adventure Travel Travel Dates: January 2010 I couldn’t imagine seeing China in any other way (than a guided tour).  This is a huge country and to really see as much as you’d want to, you need a knowledgeable guide leader and this Overseas Adventure Tour really exceeded … Continue reading Imperial China, Tibet & The Yangtze – Overseas Adventure Travel

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The 10 best family-friendly destinations in Asia

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Travelers often ask us for recommendations for the best family-friendly holiday in Asia. We’re firm believers that Asia is great for family trips, but we know it’s difficult figuring out what the best destinations are in this vast region for your specific family needs. To help you plan the most amazing family trip in Asia,

Read The 10 best family-friendly destinations in Asia on Backyard Travel.

Cruise along Vietnam's Red River Delta

Cruise along Vietnam's Red River Delta


The Independent

On a circular hill, near the convergence of three rivers, a fairy who'd wept a river of tears was comforted by a dragon prince. The fairy, Au Co, and the dragon prince, Lac Long Quan, fell in love and bore a sac of 100 eggs. From these 100 snow-white eggs, the Vietnamese people were born.

10 reasons to visit Vietnam during Tet Festival

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Mid-February marks Vietnam’s most important date – Tet, the New Year’s period. It can be hard getting accurate insider information about Tet celebrations and what happens across the nation during its most festive period. It can be hard figuring out if Tet is a good time to visit Vietnam. Knowing what we know about Tet,

Read 10 reasons to visit Vietnam during Tet Festival on Backyard Travel.

Review Inside Vietnam Grand Circle Travel Discount

by oatadmin32 @ Discounts Overseas Adventure Travel

Inside Vietnam: Grand Circle Travel Dates:  November 2005 This was our first trip with Grand Circle Travel.  At the time, we didn’t know about Overseas Adventure Travel (Grand Circle owns and runs OAT).  Grand Circle is a ‘big bus’ tour for older folks and OAT is small groups and much more active. Please also note … Continue reading Review Inside Vietnam Grand Circle Travel Discount

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3 reasons you should not book with XO Tours

by XO Tours @ XO Tours Blog

Although we are very proud of the acclaim our tours have received over the years, we realize that they are not suitable for everyone. These are the 3 main reasons we think some guests should not book our tours: If you are looking for a typical food tour – All the dishes and stops on the “Foodie” tour are carefully curated to…

How to Spend One Day in Hoi An – Custom Itineraries for Vietnam

by Brinda Shah @ hoi an – XO Tours Blog

Hoi An is the one of the most unique cities in Vietnam.  The Old Town portion of the city is a UNESCO heritage site and the old architecture is superbly preserved and displayed.  Hoi An is an extremely popular destination for tourists, but because of the high number of tourists here, it can be overwhelming. …

Is Naples Safe For Tourists? What You (Really) Need To Know

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

It’s 2017 so time to sort this drama once and for all. Is Naples safe for tourists or not? Let’s spill the truth! It’s the elephant in the room of every discussion around Naples. Just like happened when I visited Rio de Janeiro, most of my conversations before heading to Italy’s third largest city had […]

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Review Machu Picchu & the Galápagos Overseas Adventure Travel

by oatadmin32 @ Discounts Overseas Adventure Travel

Machu Picchu & the Galápagos Overseas Adventure Travel Dates:  July 2007 This was our first trip with Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) and I am writing this posting years after having taken the trip to Peru, Machu Pichu and the Galapagos.  It was our second trip with the company (our first trip to Vietnam was with … Continue reading Review Machu Picchu & the Galápagos Overseas Adventure Travel

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Tu Lan Adventure Race 2018

by Ngoc Nguyen @ Oxalis Adventure Tours

Tu Lan Adventure Race 2016 is a competition between 10 teams throughout multiple activities such as boat racing, jungle trekking, rivers crossing, caving and swimming inside caves. This year (2016) program happens from 01 April 2016 to 03 April 2016.

Feb 2014: Congratulations to the MEOW skateboard and Book winners

by Indigo @ Adopted Vietnamese International (AVI)

Congratulations to Matthew Rooke (Australia) and David Nguyen (USA) who were the winners of the Vietnam Volunteer Network fundraiser draw. $850 was raised to go towards VVN projects for children in the Go Vap orphanage, and impacted by Agent Orange … Continue reading

The Best Lisbon Hidden Gems and Secret Spots

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

This is a curated list of the major Lisbon hidden gems and secret places. No touristy bullshit or pretentiousness here. Whether you are living in Lisbon, have a few extra days to explore or you’re an hipster looking for the off the beaten track, this article is for you. Lisbon holds a special place in […]

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ABC’s Foreign Correspondent call for adoptees

by Indigo @ Adopted Vietnamese International (AVI)

If you are adopted from Vietnam, the ABC’s Foreign Correspondent is keen to do a story featuring your voices. There is also a range of other posts and info to check out. Our AVI FB group now has over 700 … Continue reading

How to stay safe and avoid scams in Vietnam – Part 1: North Vietnam

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

Generally, Vietnam is a very safe country in which to travel. Compared to most major tourist cities in the West – Paris, London, New York, Rome – the streets of Vietnam’s urban centers are much less threatening. However, in some of the more popular tourist destinations in Vietnam, there are a handful of tourist scams and…

26 Important Things To Know Before Your Vietnam Trip

26 Important Things To Know Before Your Vietnam Trip


Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

This blog features important Vietnam tips and tricks for first-timers. How to be street smart, travel safely, not being ripped off and have a blast!

April 2015: OBL Exhibit, Presidio and Adoption Museum Project, San Fran

by Indigo @ Adopted Vietnamese International (AVI)

As part of the OBL Exhibit, Presidio and Adoption Museum Project, San Fran, AVI were proud to be involved and wish to thank the organisers and everyone involved for their consideration, important dialogues and more. Special thanks to all the adoptees for continuing … Continue reading

Vietnam Motorbike Tour

Vietnam Motorbike Tour


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Join Vietnam Motorbike Tour to understand the real locals’ activities and lifestyle, fantastic landscapes and local tasting food all along the road.

Photos: inside Vietnam Airlines' Airbus A350

Photos: inside Vietnam Airlines' Airbus A350


Australian Business Traveller

Vietnam Airlines will become the world's second airline to fly the Airbus A350, following launch customer Qatar Airways at the start of 2015. The SkyTeam member today takes delivery of the first o...

InsideAsia Tours: Step Inside Asia by Green Chameleon

InsideAsia Tours: Step Inside Asia by Green Chameleon


The Drum

‘Step Inside Asia’ (https://www.insideasiatours.com/step-inside/vietnam) was created to engage with both existing and potential customers of IAT by creating a unique interactive experience that allows users to virtually visit the 3 destinations that IAT operate in. The project invites users to explore beautifully illustrated maps of Japan, Burma and Indochina before entering stunning 360° photo spheres of each highlighted location.

A review of our “Foodie” tour by a renown New York Chef

by XO Tours @ XO Tours Blog

Here is an excerpt from the food diary of Mario Tolentino, a New York Chef and winner of The Food Network’s “Chopped” in 2010.  Mr. Tolentino, a street food fanatic, decided to take part in our “Foodie” tour on August 6th, 2011.  He was kind enough to send his review of “The Lunch Lady” and…

How To Visit The Amalfi Coast, Vesuvius and Pompeii From Naples Independently

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

I’m sharing my full planning insights to visit Naples, Pompeii, Vesuvius and Amalfi Coast on a fully independent trip. I’ve used no expensive tours or agencies and I now show you how you can do the same. This is the fun and adventurous Italy! I just came back from a surprise trip I prepared to […]

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How to get around Saigon on the cheap!

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

As tourists, Ho Chi Minh City can seem very centralized because not only are many of the tourist attractions around District 1, the centre of the city, but this district is also quite compact.  However, with 24 districts, the city is actually very spread out and some of the other districts are more than twice…

How to plan a family vacation – a step-by-step guide, with tips and checklist

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Traveling with kids – it’s hard, but it’s worth it. Depending on the age of your offspring, the challenges vary, but as parents and travel experts, we have some insights on how to streamline a family vacation. To share the things we’ve learned through years of experience planning – and taking – family trips in

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Inside Vietnam's astonishing caves on a local tour

Inside Vietnam's astonishing caves on a local tour


the Guardian

Since Son Doong, the world’s biggest cave, opened to visitors in 2013, tourism has soared, but locals around Phong Nha are keen to protect the area and promote community homestays and tours

Pure New Zealand Review – Overseas Adventure Travel

by oatadmin32 @ Discounts Overseas Adventure Travel

Pure New Zealand Tour – Overseas Adventure Travel Travel Dates:  January 2015 This was definitely one of my favorite trips with Overseas Adventure Travel.  Beautiful scenery and you get to travel to both islands.  It’s a very comprehensive tour that covers a lot of distance but not at too fast a pace.  You really get … Continue reading Pure New Zealand Review – Overseas Adventure Travel

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Cave of Wonders: inside Vietnam's hidden caves - Liv

Cave of Wonders: inside Vietnam's hidden caves - Liv


Liv

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, 500 kilometres south of Hanoi, is a little way off the beaten track and hosts some of the most impressive cave systems in the world. Two of the largest caves in the world sit in this UNESCO world heritage site and just three decades ago they were unknown to anyone …

April 2015: Edited collection of scholarly essays on adoption debates

by Indigo @ Adopted Vietnamese International (AVI)

Includes research by Vietnamese adoptees, editors include Dr Bert Ballard, a Vietnamese adoptee in the USA and with a co-written chapter by Dr Patricia Fronek, Prof. Denise Cuthbert and AVI’s founder Dr Indigo Willing OAM who is an Australian researcher and … Continue reading

Custom made? Yes Please! A Guide to Custom Tailoring in Vietnam

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

If you haven’t already heard, Vietnam is a superstar manufacturing country.  In the last several years, many multinational companies have created manufacturing facilities in Vietnam, solidifying the country’s superstar status.  The direct consequence of this is a huge reservoir of skilled and knowledgeable workers who can do everything from shoemaking, jewelry making, dress tailoring, suit…

17 surprising ways traveling Southeast Asia like an insider can change you

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

It’s a simple fact that travel is transformative. If you travel Southeast Asia with an open mind, there’s no doubt your journeys will affect you. If you grew up in a Western country, you feel the effects even more. The contrast to what you’re used to back home can come as a shock, but, as

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Climbing Mount Pico: All You Need To Know For an Epic Hike

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

During my last trip to Azores, I had the pleasure of climbing Mount Pico in Pico island. Here’s my experience and how you can get to the top safely. While it’s not by any means amongst the tallest in the world, Mount Pico can be deceptively difficult to conquer which leads to many failed climb […]

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40th Anniversary of end of Vietnam War & Operation Babylift

by Indigo @ Adopted Vietnamese International (AVI)

The AVI team would like to send their thoughts to everyone who was part of Operation Babylift in April 1975 which refers to a series of airlifts of thousands of children from Vietnamese orphanages to the West. April 1975 also marks … Continue reading

Review Heart of India-Overseas Adventure Travel

by oatadmin32 @ Discounts Overseas Adventure Travel

Heart of India Tour Travel Dates:  December 2016 This was my eighth trip with Overseas Adventure Travel and as you’ll see from the photo I brought along my 32 year old son.  Interestingly, there was another parent traveling with her adult daughter (slightly older) on this trip to India.  SEE MY NOTE UNDER TIPS …. … Continue reading Review Heart of India-Overseas Adventure Travel

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The Ultimate Itinerary of São Miguel Island (Made By An Azorean)

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

São Miguel in the Azores is a vibrant garden in the middle of the Atlantic. With so many different landscapes and things to do there, planning a route to explore the island is essential. This is the exact road trip itinerary I use when I get friends visiting São Miguel island and now I’m sharing […]

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How to stay safe and avoid scams in Vietnam – Part 2: South Vietnam

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

In this, the second part of our two-part series on avoiding common tourist scams in Vietnam, we focus on popular tourist destinations in the south of the country. Saigon, Nha Trang and Hoi An all have their fair share of scams and safety hazards that travelers should be aware of. (Read Part 1 of this series…

How to stay safe and avoid scams in Vietnam – Part 2: South Vietnam

by Tom Divers @ hoi an – XO Tours Blog

In this, the second part of our two-part series on avoiding common tourist scams in Vietnam, we focus on popular tourist destinations in the south of the country. Saigon, Nha Trang and Hoi An all have their fair share of scams and safety hazards that travelers should be aware of. (Read Part 1 of this series…

Lisbon 3-Day Itinerary: What to See In Europe’s Hipster Capital

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

This Lisbon 3-day itinerary is ideal for anyone visiting for the first time the portuguese capital. It’s packed with insider advice of what’s REALLY worth to do and hipster tips to see the major sights. Bem-vindo a Lisboa! Oh Lisbon. The city oozing the million-dollar combination of tradition, charm and modernism. The alluring culture, the […]

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33 Travel Memes That Accurately Describe Going On A Vacation

by Bruno B. @ Geeky Explorer | Travel smart

A collection of funny travel memes and GIFs that are real AF and perfectly describe any of your last vacations. Featuring some of my favorite ones ever! Going on a trip is full of funny situations that happen over and over. I’ve put together what usually happens to me and went looking for memes and […]

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