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Meet the People of Vietnam – Thanh the Bridge Builder

Meet Thanh. He builds an astonishing 300 meter bamboo bridge every year in Hoi An, Central Vietnam. This bridge must be well maintained and rebuilt yearly due to the large amount of flooding that occurs during the rainy season in Hoi An- around October through December. Since this river can be dangerous to cross by boat or ferry, the government allows Thanh to build this bridge to give people a safe crossing in the countryside. Him and his family live right next to this bridge, and charge a small fee for people to cross.  Want to see this bridge for…
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Mì Quảng – Central Vietnamese Noodle Dish

The Noodles of Quảng Nam If you're in Hoi An, you have to try Mì Quảng. This delicious noodle dish is famous in the Quảng Nam Province (hence the name Mì Quảng, or "Quang noodles"). You can find it in other cities such as Saigon, but if you're coming to Central Vietnam we suggest you hold out on trying Mì Quảng til you get here. It's a popular breakfast dish, but you can also find Mì Quảng for lunch before 1:00pm. One bowl of this deliciousness typically costs around 15,000-20,000VND (about $1 USD!).    Meet My. My runs a classic Vietnamese red tabled street food vending spot…
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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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Fall Promotion for Anh Phu Neighbors!

Many thanks to everyone at Saturday's Bazaar @ The Deck who took a free Vespa ride courtesy of Vietnam Vespa Adventures! We spoke to scores of you about the half-day and evening tours we offer in Saigon as well as the multi-day trips we provide to Mui Ne, Nha Trang, and (soon) to Hue. It was a pleasure meeting you all! Many of those we spoke to Saturday accepted a coupon from us good for 15% off any of our local tours. We only regret we weren't able to give out more of those vouchers. Therefore we'd like to extend…
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Picture This

Love this video posted last week from Mark, Sin, D, and Chris of their July 6-12 Nha Trang Coastal & Highland Adventure. Guys, we're totally using this in our marketing materials! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJ15QlXcRSI&list=PLF73EFF82D4683A51&
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Travelfish.org Gives Us a Great Big Blog Hug

We've long been fans of online travel guide Travelfish, which specializes in Southeast Asian destinations. In fact, Travelfish is our own first go-to resource whenever we're doing any exploring in the region. We've used it in Bali, Singapore, Cambodia, Malaysia, the Thai islands, and of course here at home in Vietnam (if we ever get to Laos, we'll use it there, too). So we practically wet ourselves with excitement last week when Travelfish Vietnam editor Angela Schonberg contacted us about joining one of our Saigon After Dark tours for a possible write-up. She and her boyfriend joined us on a…
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Comme ci, comme ça

Last Tuesday evening we were joined on our Saigon After Dark tour by Christina and Danny from Richmond, Virginia. We've got to hand it to this über-cool couple, who described themselves right away as "very laid-back," which was a huge relief to us as it was pouring rain like the end of the world for most of the night. What's more, we quickly learned that both Christina and Danny are strict vegetarians - as in they eat "nothing that moves." This was their first evening in Vietnam, so these two had not yet learned that in Vietnam, anything that moves…
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Fallen Angel

Seen at our second stop, in District 4, during a Saigon After Dark tour last weekend. Angelic lottery seller with a rather naughty T-shirt. To be fair, I don't think she spoke a word of English.
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