Hoa Le and her gang of travellers escape Hanoi, forgoing the crowds of Halong Bay for the isolation of Co To Island

Earlier this year, eyebrows were raised and funny bones tickled when it was announced that, following an official order, all tourist boats on Halong Bay were to be painted white or have their licences revoked. Just another of those crazy ideas that tourism officials occasionally come up with, no doubt to be forgotten about within days.

Roz Plotzker explains why a solitary expedition to the Perhentian Islands in Malaysia is the way to go

Sometimes road trips just don’t work out, writes Roz Plotzker, whose aim was to cycle from Hanoi to Nghe An with 12 Snickers bars and a poncho


Most people pass through Lao Cai on their way to Sapa, but this city has got more to offer than just its historic train station

Hanoi is one of those cities — if you haven’t seen it, then you haven’t seen Vietnam. But simply follow the tourist trail or get snared by scammers and you may vow never to leave Ho Chi Minh City for the weekend again. Or, use your time in the 1001-year-old city wisely, and you’ll come back again and again, hooked by its people, its charm and the addictive hunt for that bowl of something you haven’t yet tried.

For the first five weeks I knew Ms Nguyet we spoke in echoes.

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