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The Cambodian Water Festival

Bon Om Touk is an exciting celebration that occurs once a year in Cambodia. Bon Om Touk, also known as the Cambodian Water Festival, celebrates the reversal of the Tonle Sap River. The Tonle Sap River reverses twice a year, lining up with Cambodia’s rainy and dry seasons. When the water from the Mekong River flows into the Tonle Sap River, a large lake forms. This takes up a vast amount of land. When the river reverses however, there are silt deposits that enrich the soil for farming and the fish are abundant. Bon Om Touk occurs on different dates…
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“Wait…Am I Supposed to tip in Vietnam?”

We often get asked about tipping in Vietnam. Tipping is one of those things that varies from country to country, andoften travelers can get confused on the subject of tipping. So we are here to help clear that up. Frequently, people receive completely different answers to this question. Here are the most common occurrences when someone may ask themselves, “Should I leave a tip?” and how to properly respond.   Taxis: In some countries, like the United States, it is considered rude to not leave a tip for a taxi driver. In Vietnam, it isn’t required and a driver will…
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Smash N’Grab – Rice Crackers in Hoi An

The humble rice cracker graces many a low plastic table in Vietnam, and is quite the accompaniment to many dishes across the country for the cuisine embraces textures, of which ‘crunchy’ plays a big part. The Vietnamese equivalent of the famous Indian poppadum is an incredibly popular snack across the country, and each region has it’s own version and Hoi An is no exception. We pay a visit Mrs Linh and her family on one of our day tours of Hoi An, where we can all have a go at making the perfect rice cracker – it’s trickier than it…
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Hoi An Full Moon Festival Dates

Every month in Hoi An, on the 14th day of the lunar calendar, Hoi An celebrates the full moon with locals placing offerings on their ancestral shrines and burning incense. Tomorrow will take at extra special significance as this is Tet Trung Thu (Mid Autumn Festival). Local kids form groups and perform incredible Lion Dances in elaborate costumes in the streets of Hoi An before and during the festival. These ‘lions’ will also go into shops and homes and start dancing as a blessing of luck and fortune. It is customary for locals to give ‘lucky money’. It is primarily a festival for…
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Rice Harvest Time In Hoi An

The last rice harvest of the year has just started in Hoi An, and will continue for the next few weeks. If you book either of our two half day tours in Hoi An, the 'Countryside & Islands Experience' or the 'Rural Village Experience' - you will be able to witness the locals in action! Not only can you see the age old manual processes involved in harvesting the rice, this is a fantastic photo opportunity! Swathes of stunning golden brown rice crops as far as the eye can see, and the locals working away in the rice paddie fields,…
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Our Favourite Clams In Hoi An

The seafood in Hoi An is legendary - and we believe we have found the best clams in Vietnam! To taste them for yourself, while taking in the stunning view out to The East Vietnam Sea, book on our morning tour around Hoi An - the 'Countryside & Islands Experience' where we finish off with a delicious seafood lunch at one of Hoi An's quieter beaches. To book, please visit: http://vietnamvespaadventures.com/category/our-tours/ or call: =84 (0)907 933 855  
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Day Tours Around Hoi An

Exhilarating!  Please click http://youtu.be/0x1W0vX93Lo to see a short video clip of our tour in Hoi An - riding through the dirt tracks around Hoi An.
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New Tours In Hoi An

Our new tours in Hoi An and now up and running! Let us take you out and explore the stunning countryside around Hoi An on one of our two amazing half day tours, or our fabulous night tour, taking in the local street food scene of Hoi An. To book your tour, please contact us: email: info@vietnamvespaadventures.com or call: 0907 722 681 or come into our new Cafe Zoom in Hoi An at 134, Tran Cao Van St.  
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A nice review from Liz Harding. Thanks a lot Liz.

Vietnam by Vespa Let me start by saying, this is one of the best things I’ve ever done – I hope this post is able to do the awesomeness of these tours justice! I first heard about Vietnam Vespa Adventures from a colleague who had been apart of one of their week long tours with her husband. She absolutely raved about their tour, despite her initial reservations, and made sure to drill it into my head as a must-do when she found out I was heading to Vietnam (not that I needed much convincing).... Click here for full review or…
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Our guest having fun with Saigon after dark tour

Intel Financial team had so much fun on Saigon after dark tour.
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Jumping chicken and vintage Vespas.

Jumping chicken and vintage Vespas! a new article featured in the travel blog titled: Asia Dreaming, by, A couple of fifty somethings living the dream in South East Asia. "They have the ability to merge and flow with their fellow riders like it's some kind of motorized ballet..."  See what else they write and check out more photos of their amazing Saigon after dark experience with Vietnam Vespa Adventures... Jumping chicken and vintage Vespas   Photos, Thanks: Ross Duncan
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“The coolest thing to do in Ho Chi Minh City”

SHE Travels writer visits Vietnam Vespa Adventures...      "The coolest thing to do in Ho Chi Minh City"... ..."Hands down, flat out the best night in Ho Chi Minh ever!" Read more... http://shetravels.net.au/the-coolest-thing-to-do-in-ho-chi-minh-city/
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A recent nice blog – Thanks a lot Sophie & Tim

Check out this nice blog from innerwesttosoutheast of Sophie & Tim We have just finished a 4 day, 3 night Vespa tour up the coast to Mui Ne with Vietnam Vespa Adventures and it was one of the best things we have ever done. Steve Mueller and his team were absolutely fantastic and we couldn’t thank them enough for a great couple of days. All the way from the skilled mechanical staff, luxurious accommodation and some of the best food I have eaten since I’ve been here, it was a blast! Read more...
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Saigon After dark – Discover Saigon nightlife

Saigon After Dark tour from Ton Bao on Vimeo.
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The Insider’s Saigon – Discover the unbeaten path of Saigon

Check out our new video of The Insider's Saigon tour - by Secret Lab The Insider's Saigon - Vietnam Vespa Adventures from Ton Bao on Vimeo.
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Remarkable Time Lapse of Saigon Traffic

Saigon motorcycle traffic is, deservedly, some of the most famous (notorious?) in the world, and every visitor with a smartphone or a video-enabled DSLR camera at some point cannnot resist the impulse to capture it on film. We've therefore seen a whole lot of amateur video footage of Saigon traffic. And being motorbike-riding residents ourselves, we see it every day from street level. But we've never, ever seen any video footage of local traffic as compelling as this short time lapse, posted 5 days ago to Vimeo by local expat photog Rob Whitworth. Clocking in at a little over two…
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Vocal Locals

It probably goes without saying that most of the guests who join us on our tours are from out of town. But in the past few months we've found that more and more of our passengers are locals -- people who are living in Saigon and have heard of us one way or another, eager for a chance to see the city with new eyes or to entertain visiting friends and family who've exhausted the limited sightseeing options listed in the guidebooks. Nothing makes us happier than to introduce area residents, whether short-term passers-through or long-timers, to a side of…
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The French Connection

We've lately found ourselves awash in awesome post-tour videos shot and produced by guests who've joined our longer multi-day trips to either Mui Ne or Nha Trang. We don't know if this is because of the proliferation of HD-enabled smartphone cameras out there, the availability of online video editing software, or just that film-school wannabees are drawn to our tours. Whatever the reason, we couldn't be happier about it!  This latest video is surely one of the better efforts we've seen. It comes to us from Marine Bourgeois-Potel, who joined our 7-day Nha Trang adventure with a passel of French-speaking…
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In Moving Pictures

Former guest and now new friend Tony Brinsdon may not be a world champion speller, but he's put together one heck of a video about his recent trip on our 7-day Nha Trang Coastal & Highland Adventure. Kudos, Tony! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQWTuDnEcwc
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The Kids Are All Right

Last Saturday, the whole VVA team cruised out to Saigon's District 2 where we set up a booth and a dazzling display of promotional materials at The Deck for their quarterly Bazaar @ The Deck, where a horde of regional vendors decamped on the swank grounds of the riverside restaurant/bar to ply their wares in front of the local Anh Phu and Thao Dien residents. We rubbed elbows with custom tailors and adventure trek services, makers of gecko-shaped refrigerator magnets (bought one) and handbags crafted from recycled plastic shopping bags (bought two), vendors of T-shirts bearing images of historic Vietnam…
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