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Dragon Fruit Boat, Can Tho, Vietnam

A boat delivers a cargo of dragon fruit to the floating market at Can Tho in the Mekong delta. (Rick Green photo | View slideshow)

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Vietnam is like a shoulder pole connecting the two rice baskets of the Red and Mekong river deltas. Justly famous for its food and beaches, you might be surprised by its temperate mountain regions and colourful ethnic minorities. If you enjoy culture, history, food, and outdoor activities, you will find ample reasons to visit Vietnam. To learn more about the country, read our articles and see our photos. Have any questions or comments? Become an Adventurocity community member and share them on our spam-free message boards.

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Vietnam is like a shoulder pole connecting the two rice baskets of the Red and Mekong river deltas. Justly famous for its food and beaches, you might be surprised by its temperate mountain regions and colourful ethnic minorities. If you enjoy culture, history, food, and outdoor activities, you will find ample reasons to visit Vietnam. To learn more about the country, read our articles and see our photos. Have any questions or comments? Become an Adventurocity community member and share them on our spam-free message boards.

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Banh Mi Trung Chien, Saigon, Vietnam

Banh mi trung chien, the Vietnamese street food breakfast. It's a baguette sandwich with fried egg, processed cheese, tomatoes, and fresh herbs with a sprinkling of Maggi sauce. It kills a McDonald's Egg McMuffin! (Brian K. Smith photo | View slideshow)

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Vietnam is like a shoulder pole connecting the two rice baskets of the Red and Mekong river deltas. Justly famous for its food and beaches, you might be surprised by its temperate mountain regions and colourful ethnic minorities. If you enjoy culture, history, food, and outdoor activities, you will find ample reasons to visit Vietnam. To learn more about the country, read our articles and see our photos. Have any questions or comments? Become an Adventurocity community member and share them on our spam-free message boards.

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Rick Green sharing Red Racer IPA with two Saigon cyclo drivers.

Adventurocity's Rick Green gives a Red Racer India Pale Ale to two Saigon cyclo drivers that took him and Brian Smith on a tour of Cholon that afternoon. Used to drinking cheap, cold beer, they were a little surprised by the Red Racer's bold flavour. However, the next day, the drivers were anxious for more when they spotted us coming back to our hotel in the afternoon.

Red Racer IPA is made by Central City Brewers + Distillers in Surrey, British Columbia. It is a 6.5% ABV, 80 IBU West Coast IPA made with UK Maris Otter, Superior Pale Ale Malt, Carastan Crystal Malt and German Magnum, Centennial, Amarillo and Simcoe hops. It takes six weeks to make from start to finish, with six hop additions throughout process, including dry-hopping. For reviews, see Beer Advocate and Rate Beer. (Brian K. Smith photo | View slideshow)

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Man gets cupping therapy on Saigon sidewalk.

A man getting cupping therapy on a Ho Chi Minh City sidewalk. It is an ancient method of applying acupressure through the creation of a local vacuum to induce blood flow for the purposes of promoting healing. Common ailments it is used for are musculoskeletal conditions and respiratory diseases, such as bronchitis, pneumonia, and the common cold.

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Vietnam is like a shoulder pole connecting the two rice baskets of the Red and Mekong river deltas. Justly famous for its food and beaches, you might be surprised by its temperate mountain regions and colourful ethnic minorities. If you enjoy culture, history, food, and outdoor activities, you will find ample reasons to visit Vietnam. To learn more about the country, read our articles and see our photos. Have any questions or comments? Become an Adventurocity community member and share them on our spam-free message boards.

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Quan Am Pagoda Worshipers light incense.

Worshipers at the Quan Âm Pagoda in Chợ Lớn, Ho Chi Minh City's Chinatown, light joss sticks in a brazier. Dedicated primarily to the Goddess of Mercy (Avalokitasvara, Guanyin, Kwun Yum, Quan Am), the temple was founded in 1816 by Chinese immigrants from Fujian Province. It is a popular place of worship for both Chinese and Vietnamese Buddhists. In addition, there are altars devoted to the Jade Emperor (Tian Gong, Yu Di, Yu Huang) in the antechamber and the Goddess of the Sea (A-Ma, Matsu, Mazu, Thien Hau, Tin Hau) in the main hall. (Brian K. Smith photo | View slideshow)

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Vietnam is like a shoulder pole connecting the two rice baskets of the Red and Mekong river deltas. Justly famous for its food and beaches, you might be surprised by its temperate mountain regions and colourful ethnic minorities. If you enjoy culture, history, food, and outdoor activities, you will find ample reasons to visit Vietnam. To learn more about the country, read our articles and see our photos. Have any questions or comments? Become an Adventurocity community member and share them on our spam-free message boards.

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Brian Smith on a cyclo tour of Cholon.

Adventurocity's Brian K. Smith on a cyclo tour of Chợ Lớn (Big Market), Ho Chi Minh City's Chinatown. Highlights include Binh Tay Market (Chợ Bình Tây), Quan Am Pagoda (Chùa Quan Âm), and Thien Hau Temple (Chùa Bà Thiên Hậu).

Chợ Lớn was established in 1778 when the Chinese minority of Bien Hoa sought refuge on the west bank of the Saigon River from the Tây Sơn forces who attacked them for supporting the ruling Nguyễn Lords. The Tây Sơn sacked Chợ Lớn in 1782 and it was rebuilt with high embankments, ergo the Cantonese name for the city, Tai Ngon (embankment). Chợ Lớn was incorporated in 1879, subsequently expanding until it merged with Saigon on April 27, 1931.

The cyclo (see-clo), as it is known in Vietnam and Cambodia, is a human-powered cycle rickshaw most commonly found in East, Southeast, and South Asia. It is typically available for hire, like a taxi. There are different configurations, but the majority are a tricycle with the passenger seat located above the longest axle. In Vietnam and Cambodia, the driver is behind the passenger. In the Philippines, the passenger seat is beside the driver, while in South Asia, it is in front. (Rick Green photo | View slideshow)

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Vietnam is like a shoulder pole connecting the two rice baskets of the Red and Mekong river deltas. Justly famous for its food and beaches, you might be surprised by its temperate mountain regions and colourful ethnic minorities. If you enjoy culture, history, food, and outdoor activities, you will find ample reasons to visit Vietnam. To learn more about the country, read our articles and see our photos. Have any questions or comments? Become an Adventurocity community member and share them on our spam-free message boards.

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Ho Chi Minh City & Saigon River from the Air

At nearly 7.4 million people (April 2010), Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is Vietnam's largest metropolitan area. Before annexation by the Vietnamese in the 17th century, it was an important Khmer port, called Prey Nokor. Located on the banks of the Saigon River 60km from the South China Sea, HCMC is the commercial capital of Vietnam, accounting for over 20% of the nation's GDP. This photo was taken on the final approach to Tan Son Nhat International Airport, looking towards the southeast. (Brian K. Smith photo | View slideshow)

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Vietnam is like a shoulder pole connecting the two rice baskets of the Red and Mekong river deltas. Justly famous for its food and beaches, you might be surprised by its temperate mountain regions and colourful ethnic minorities. If you enjoy culture, history, food, and outdoor activities, you will find ample reasons to visit Vietnam. To learn more about the country, read our articles and see our photos. Have any questions or comments? Become an Adventurocity community member and share them on our spam-free message boards.

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Vietnam The 13th most populous country in the world, Vietnam consists of a thin strip along the eastern shore of the Indochina peninsula that is only 50km wide at its narrowest point. However, nearly 80% of the land consists of mountains and hills, which is why the flat lands of the Red River and Mekong deltas are the most developed and populated regions.

For such a small country, Vietnam is surprisingly diverse geographically, offering a variety of activities and attractions to the visitor. Trek amongst the hill tribes in the temperate highlands, kayak through the amazing karst islands of Halong Bay, or relax on brilliant white sand tropical beaches. You'll be sure to build up a hunger to explore Vietnam's fabulous cuisine.

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