Arriving in Hoi An ancient town, Vietnam

Arriving in Hoi An, the difference between what we saw in the north of Vietnam to what we were about to see in the south had become glaringly obvious. Long gone were the rough culture-shock worthy streets of Hanoi and the offbeat spots like Catba Island. Hoi An, for better or worse, is basically a tourist town. Especially down in the center of town, you’d be hard pressed to find any business at all that doesn’t relate directly to tourism. Says it all. I guess part of the shock here in Hoi An...
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The perfect holiday in Vietnam: our expert’s ultimate itinerary

The Imperial Citadel of Hue credit: Bluchiavari - Fotolia Here’s the scene. The Hai Van Pass, which crosses coastal mountains between Hue and Danang, forms a natural barrier across Vietnam’s tiny waist. Its strategic importance through centuries of conflict is signified by the various fortifications that mark the summit – including a concrete pillbox from the Vietnam War. On my last visit to Vietnam, we stopped on the top of the pass to enjoy the stupendous views of jungle-clad mountains slopi...
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