Photo of the week: Hoi An Lantern Festival

Photo of the week: Hoi An Lantern Festival

Hoi An is one of those cities transformed by the setting sun. Night-time doesn’t bring darkness to the streets of Hoi An – rather darkness sets the city a glow with lanterns of all shapes, sizes, and colours. On the 14th day of every lunar month, the full moon marks the Hoi An...

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Street eats: Bale Well, Hoi An

Street eats: Bale Well, Hoi An

You’ll smell it before you see it. That’s how you know you’ve found Bale Well, a tiny open-air restaurant in one of Hoi An’s back alleys. As arguably the most touristy town in Vietnam, Hoi An has a lot of fantastic restaurants, catering to visitors seeking air conditioned fine dining....

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7 cities that are better at night

7 cities that are better at night

To really experience a city, you’ve got to get to know it when the sun goes down. That’s when secrets come out, when friends are made and when the adventure feels just a bit more real. These places already some of our favourites in daylight, but we love even more...

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6 Cities Best Explored Underground

6 Cities Best Explored Underground

Sometimes, the best views of a city aren’t from above, but from below. From underground bunkers to subterranean villages, many of the world’s great cities are home to some surprising finds beneath their streets. Here are six places where the best views are under your feet. Budapest, Hungary If you’re...

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A Beginner’s Guide to Vietnam

A Beginner’s Guide to Vietnam

I thought I knew Vietnam. I grew up watching movies like Good Morning Vietnam and Platoon, and episodes of China Beach on TV. My parents took me to see Miss Saigon at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre. Even though I was born several years after the fall of Saigon, 1980s...

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Top Tips for a Trip to Vietnam

Top Tips for a Trip to Vietnam

No doubt about it, Southeast Asia is one of the top choices for travellers. Beautiful scenery, friendly people, and cheap food and accommodations make it a popular destination not just with backpackers, but with anyone who wants an affordable trip to paradise. As one of the less traditional stops on...

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Photo of the Week: Sapa Village in Vietnam

Photo of the Week: Sapa Village in Vietnam

We love big cities here at Urban Adventures, but that’s not to say that we don’t appreciate a small town or village when we come across one. After all, that’s where you find perfect examples of authentic, local life in the country you’re visiting, and that is definitely our thing!...

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Photo of the Week: Lanterns in Hoi An

Photo of the Week: Lanterns in Hoi An

We don’t think this photo, taken by our local partner Huong, needs too much explanation as to why it’s our favourite shot this week. These lanterns in Hoi An are beautiful in themselves, but this photo is made even more gorgeous by the face that they’re lighting up. Serene, peaceful,...

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Photo of the Week: Green Fields Outside Hanoi

Photo of the Week: Green Fields Outside Hanoi

The hues of green in this photo from outside Hanoi are incredible. There are two rice crops a year, and the best time to visit is just before harvest time, when the crops are very tall and green and just go on for miles and miles in the countryside. Our...

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