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Intrepid Travel Offering 20 Percent Off All Food-Centric Trips Through August 31

Intrepid Travel Offering 20 Percent Off All Food-Centric Trips Through August 31 May 2nd, 2013 at 12:00PM: Melbourne-based Intrepid Travel – known for its cultural and food-focused trips to remote corners of the planet – is now offering 20 percent off over 350 of their trips, including the newly-launched Food Adventures. The discount is good for all trips departing before August 31, 2013. Last fall, Intrepid partnered up with The Perennial Plate, which documents these culinary...

Hanoi's Oldest Hotel Will Open Secret Bunker To Visitors This Week

Hanoi's Oldest Hotel Will Open Secret Bunker To Visitors This Week May 20th, 2012 at 11:00AM: During hotel renovations last August at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi in Vietnam, construction workers discovered an unknown bunker thought to be used during the Vietnam War. While drilling near the poolside bar, they found a flooded hallway, numerous rooms and a staircase leading to the secret 500-square-foot bunker. Moreover, wine bottles, unbroken light bulbs, graffiti and air ducts were...

Snake Village in Hanoi, Vietnam, allows visitors to kill and eat their own snake

Oct 10th, 2011 at 2:00PM: Located in Le Mat, Hanoi, Vietnam, the Snake Village is filled with the snake-related opportunities. Drink snake, eat snake, hold snakes, and even kill your own snake at eat its organs. Finding it hard to wrap your head around an experience like this? Blogger Anna at TravelPod described the experience like this: "We stood around them and watched as they slit the live snake and then furrowed...

Gadling's favorite destinations for 2011

Gadling's favorite destinations for 2011 Dec 7th, 2010 at 10:00AM: We travel a lot, to destinations both well-known and unfamiliar. In our defense, it is our job to travel like mad, to explore the world and then write about our discoveries. Though most travel writers find something or other of interest in most places we visit, there are always those personal favorites that rise above the rest. This year, we decided to scribble our favorites down for you....

Vietnam monuments under threat

Vietnam monuments under threat Oct 3rd, 2010 at 3:00PM: Vietnam is an ancient land filled with historic monuments, but archaeologists say many are falling into ruin. Sites like Hue, the old capital of Vietnam pictured here, are crumbling under the strain of centuries of weathering and an increased number of visitors, while the Vietnam Archaeology Association complains it lacks the funding to make necessary repairs. The famous citadel at the UNESCO...

Letter from Hanoi: Vietnam old, new and ever

Letter from Hanoi: Vietnam old, new and ever Aug 30th, 2010 at 5:24PM: When I was a boy growing up in Canada, Hanoi was the enemy. In those days most foreign visitors to Hanoi were American pilots who had taken a wrong turn over the Bay of Tonkin. Travelling on one-way tickets, they were accommodated at the 'Hanoi Hilton', a notorious prison where room service consisted of a propaganda lecture and a bowl of maggoty rice. Sometimes they appeared on television, rather...

Photo of the Day (8.6.10)

Photo of the Day (8.6.10) Aug 6th, 2010 at 7:00PM: I love the colors, the motion, and the title of this photo (Hanoi Breakfast) by andreakw. Is it the social whir behind the woman in the foreground? Is it her intensity? Is it simply dinnertime in my time zone? This image is an easy reminder that breakfast is a culturally bound concept. That the pho' in question also looks terribly delicious, spicy and dense with noodles, is also very...

Photo of the Day (6.27.10)

Photo of the Day (6.27.10) Jun 27th, 2010 at 9:30PM: Vietnam's Halong Bay is natural oddity unlike anything on earth. Huge limestone rock formations surge from the Vietnam's coast like looming sea monsters, lending the landscape an unforgettable visual appeal. Flickr user andreakw has put Halong Bay's unique rock formations to good use in today's photo. The darkened outlines of limestone float mysteriously upon the horizon like some vanishing...

South by Southeast: Hit and run Hanoi

South by Southeast: Hit and run Hanoi Jan 20th, 2010 at 9:00AM: You don't just visit Hanoi. Hanoi visits you. Take a walk down any street of this fast-paced Vietnamese capital of commerce and communism and prepare to be overwhelmed by sensory delights (and annoyances). Motorbikes buzz around intersections like nests of angry hornets. Your feet trip over small plastic stools at street-side noodle shops. Vendors chase you down the street like used car...

Top 10 places to have your pocket picked

Top 10 places to have your pocket picked Oct 4th, 2009 at 8:00AM: I always get a laugh when I see people walk the streets of Manhattan with backpacks worn on their fronts. Millions of people commute into and around the city every day, yet the outnumbered visitors take extreme measures to make sure their subway maps and recently purchased Planet Hollywood t-shirts remain in their control. Of course, pickpocketing is a concern in many tourist destinations...

Hanoi is water-logged

Nov 2nd, 2008 at 4:30PM: Heavens! Hanoi, one of my most favorite cities is braving through floods these days--the worst in more than twenty years. I've visited Hanoi on several occasions, but never in rains like this. I do recall slogging through Taipei in a downpour once and needing to wring out my socks in a restaurant sink, but Hanoi's woes are far greater. There are a few videos on YouTube that chronicle the...

Gadling Take FIVE August 24-29

Gadling Take FIVE August 24-29 Aug 30th, 2008 at 10:30AM: First off, Happy Labor Day weekend if you happen to be in the United States. For anyone else, happy weekend and don't work too hard. If you've read Gadling this week, perhaps you noticed posts on changes occurring , new additions to the travel field and what this means for travelers. 1. Josh, for example, talked about the upcoming opening of the Holiday Inn in Hanoi and what this signifies for...

Hanoi Holiday (Inn)

Hanoi Holiday (Inn) Aug 29th, 2008 at 9:00AM: Though the rapid rate of development has not hit Hanoi as hard as it has Ho Chi Minh City, the capital city of Vietnam still seems overwhelmed with new constructions. How this affects tourism numbers in the long term remains to be seen, but, for now, the number of visitors is rising (2 million international visitors projected by 2010). Hanoi is known for its lakes and for being a city built by...

Now where did my jumbo jet go? There it is!

Now where did my jumbo jet go? There it is! Jun 11th, 2008 at 4:00PM: Anyone lose a Boeing 727 lately? I just checked my hangar and all of mine are in stock. Girlfriend check one out? Nope, she's on the yacht. Well someone is missing one. Vietnamese officials at Hanoi's Noi Bai airport can't seem to figure out who left the aircraft at their airport late last year; it's currently sitting collecting dust at on the tarmac with an outdated order for "essential...

I see dead people

I see dead people Apr 26th, 2008 at 9:00AM: I have succumbed to the fascination in viewing dead people. I'm not talking about funerals, but about viewing dead people who have been dead awhile, as in years and years. The recent public viewing of Padre Pio, a Catholic saint, in San Giovani Rotondo, Italy has brought back memories. Ho Chi Minh was my first preserved body tourist attraction. Mao Zedong was the second one. I wasn't really...

Hanoi's own version of Nessie -- except with more sightings

Hanoi's own version of Nessie -- except with more sightings Nov 14th, 2007 at 1:10AM: When I first flew into Vietnam, I landed in Hanoi. After travelling through Laos, Vietnam was a bit of a shock -- it's more frantic and dirty than any city I've ever been to, even crazier than London, Paris, Bangkok and New York all put together. Crossing the street is a matter of life and death, people yell at you in foreign dialects for no apparent reason and you better not let the crowds push...

Cyclo Ride: A Virtual Thrill

Apr 28th, 2007 at 5:50PM: Riding a cyclo in Vietnam is a bit like riding in a baby stroller if you can remember riding in a baby stroller. Except, in a cyclo, you're moving in traffic and not safely on a sidewalk somewhere. As more and more people have cars and motorcycles in Vietnam, it's getting harder to find places to get a cyclo ride. Although in Hanoi, there are still places where they are everywhere. At Virtual...

Word for the Travel Wise (04/12/06)

Word for the Travel Wise (04/12/06) Apr 12th, 2006 at 8:00PM: Instead of using only the flag to help point out which country I'll be looking to pull a word from today I decided to use a picture from the area to help refresh our memory on a past word explored and a new word today. This picture found at the Hanoi Language and Culture Tour site shows a florist with very pretty flowers atop of a bicycle on a busy Hanoi street. Today's word is a Vietnamese word...

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