Part 2: Coasting Along the Mekong on Viking River Cruise's 15-Day Trip

Aug 11, 2016  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

The Magnificent Mekong cruise starts and ends in Vietnam. During the first portion you'll make your way through Cambodia before venturing back through Vietnam. Once in Vietnam, you'll head to the French-conceived, former capital city of Hanoi which is filled with cultural sites, Buddhist temples, pagodas and a lively Old Quarter. 

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Vietnam On the Rise Among Tourists, A Look at the Southeast Asian Country

Sep 23, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

At Virtuoso Travel Week Conference in Las Vegas in 2015, we learned about the “Hot 10,” countries which have seen the biggest jump in year-over-year bookings. Southeast Asia, as a whole, is an emerging hotspot for travelers, and Vietnam tops the list as having seen a rise in tourism (up 270 percent from last year). This is in part due to more visitors seeking experiential travel rather than just a place to lay on the beach all day long.

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Vibrant Lunar New Year Celebrations Across Asia

Feb 22, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Most people are familiar with the traditions and festivities of Chinese New Year. But what some may not realize is that between Asian cultures, the Lunar New Year is celebrated on different days and in various ways. This year, Chinese New Year fell on Monday, February 8, but in India they party it up for five days in October. Tibet's celebrations, which begin on February 22, include dough balls that will tell your loved ones (or enemies) exactly how you feel about them. 

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Cruise the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia on a 15-Day Trip with Uniworld

Apr 22, 2014  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

Experience two exotic countries in one exceptional journey through Uniworld, a luxury river cruise company. Traditional country charm and vibrant city life are seamlessly intertwined on their 15-day tour that includes seven nights on the River Orchid plying the mystical Mekong River. It also includes seven nights in luxury hotels near must-see sights, including UNESCO World Heritage site, Angkor Wat. Most importantly, encounter the culture and meet the gracious and resilient people who make Vietnam and Cambodia their home.

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Aqua Expeditions Branches Out Into New Waters with Aqua Mekong River Cruise

Jan 9, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico  |  3 Comments

Happy Birthday to Aqua Mekong! This month, luxury cruise line Aqua Expeditions expanded into Asia with the addition of their new Vietnam and Cambodia river cruise. Previously, the brand’s vessels were only in Peru but Founder and CEO, Francesco Galli Zugaro wanted to see his ships reach new waters by 2014.

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Banyan Tree Lang Co Transforms Former Fishing Village into Luxury Resort

Jul 20, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman  |  3 Comments

Once a quiet fishing village, the stunning stretch of beach along Lang Co Bay in central Vietnam has been transformed into a luxury resort, Banyan Tree Lang Co, due to open November 2012. For the adventure minded traveler, the new Banyan Tree resort is a destination to behold.... Read More

Luxury Cruise Through Vietnam's Historic Halong Bay | Indochina Sails

Jul 3, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  4 Comments

Indochina Sails, an extension of luxury cruise company Huong Hai Junks, boasts over ten years of experience, bringing guests from all over the world to the beauty of Halong Bay, Vietnam. Featuring tropical weather, guests aboard a cruise through the bay should expect warm, humid weather in the summer and cold, dry weather in the winters.... Read More

Unique Vietnam Luxury Cruise Experience

Apr 24, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza  |  2 Comments

Au Co Gulf of Tonkin is a luxury cruise experience that features the stunning beauty of Vietnam’s coastal terrain. Au Co offers a unique route during the two and three day cruises, allowing guests to witness Halong Bay, the Bays of Lan Ha and Bai Tu Long, and Cat Ba Island. The trip includes multiple excursions and a variety of activities. The ship is built with state-of-the-art technology and design. Measuring at 55.29 meters in length and 10.43 meters in width, the ship has room for 32 roomy cabins, each with a private balcony or terrace.... Read More

Sofitel Legend Metropole in Hanoi Blends Vietnamese and French Influences

Apr 6, 2012  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm  |  2 Comments

Built in 1901, the luxury hotel Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi has been host to many celebrities, politicians, and dignitaries. The 364 guest rooms are situated in two wings, with 106 rooms in the original Metropole wing and 236 rooms, including 18 suites, in the newer and more contemporary Opera Wing.... Read More

InterContinental Hanoi's Saigon Restaurant | Authentic Vietnamese Fare

Apr 2, 2012  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm  |  1 Comment

Floating on the gently lapping shores of Hanoi’s West Lake emerges a structure that almost appears from the early morning mist: InterContinental Hanoi Westlake. It is built into the lake itself and contains three restaurants; one being Saigon, a fresh take on Vietnamese food, affording patrons impressive views and equally impressive fare.... Read More

10 Thanksgiving Celebrations Around the World

Nov 21, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

Families gather on the 15th day of the eighth lunar cycle to celebrate the autumn harvest. The Chinese reunite with family for a large three-day feast featuring mooncakes sweet cakes filled... Read More

10 Thanksgiving Celebrations Around the World

Nov 21, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

The day of grace and gluttony we know as Thanksgiving is more than just the big meal before Black Friday. It has rather noble origins. When our pioneering forefathers arrived on American shores, they left the Mayflower in a tragic state. Throughout the winter at sea they suffered from exposure, scurvy, and outbreaks of contagious diseases. When only half of the original crew made it to the New World, an Abenaki Indian greeted them in their native tongue of English. Days later, he returned with Squanto, a member of the Pawtuxet tribe, who was sold into slavery to an English sea captain.... Read More

Abercrombie & Kent's Marco Polo Club: The Curated Travel Experience

Jul 22, 2011  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

Over the years, many travel writers have insisted a major reason we travel is to find some degree of happiness, by leaving familiarity and the comfortable status quo behind, moving into a more seductive territory of risk and reward. I have always felt there was something more to this rationale - and it's this: with the most memorable forms of travel, those that involve both education and delight of the senses, a great travel experience offers a type of connectedness with past, present, and future.... Read More

Classic Vietnamese Pho

Jun 20, 2011  |   Contributor: Stefanie Payne  |  1 Comment

Pho: quite simply, an utterly captivating dish – simple in execution yet enormously complex in flavor. This Vietnamese noodle soup, pronounced "fuh," is upon first glance, just noodle water with tiny bits of greenery – snooze. But once inundated by the aromatic steam rising from the clear, yet strikingly rich, broth of boiled down marrow and bone nectar, you become intrigued...and must know [taste] more.... Read More

Snakes on a Train

Jun 1, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Taking a step out of Hollywood and into real life, passengers on a train in Hanoi, Vietnam, were hysterical, and chaos ensued, when dozens of cobras, approximately one hundred pounds, were found on a passenger train. Passengers ran to other cars... Read More

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