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See + Do Boat Trips, Bangkok

Whether by public ferry or private water taxi, leisurely cruises down the Chao Phraya River guarantee great views. Better yet, get off the river and explore... more

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Eating Gallery Café, Bangkok

Owned by one of Asia's top antique dealers, this naturally lit, well-located restaurant near the Oriental Hotel is generously decorated with indigenous... more

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Eating Bed Supperclub, Bangkok

Celebrated chef Paul Hutt inherited a sexy display kitchen better known as an afterthought at Bangkok's perennially hot nightspot Bed Supperclub. The talented... more

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Eating Cabbages & Condoms, Bangkok

Don't let the name fool you into thinking that this is a hot spot in the red-light district. Cabbages & Condoms is in fact a quirky, tasty restaurant in the... more

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Shop Thai Khue, Hanoi

Don't want to gift your family or friends with tacky Uncle Ho T-shirts? Nothing says "I thought of you" more than a handcrafted nose flute (or sao chim).... more

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Shop Old Propaganda Poster, Hanoi

Several Old Quarter stores have cashed in on the newfound appreciation of Vietnam War–era propaganda posters and their interplay of light graphics and... more

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Shop Mosaique, Hanoi

With scores of illuminated lanterns bathing the cozy display room's moss-green walls, the cheery mood inside Alan Duong's tasteful home-decor store is tempting,... more

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Shop Mai Gallery, Hanoi

A five-minute walk west from Apricot Gallery, this narrow, three-story showroom is the exclusive agent for up-and-coming young Vietnamese artists such as Nguyen... more

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Shop Craft Link, Hanoi

Retail with a cause, this not-for-profit shop overlooking the Temple of Literature helps Vietnamese artisans to market their crafts. The inventory includes... more

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Shop Apricot Gallery, Hanoi

The elongated colonial-era house that houses this respected gallery is a work of art in itself, especially the central atrium originally built for light and... more

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Shop Ipa-Nima, Hanoi

Former Hong Kong attorney Christina Yu traded in her briefcase a decade ago to design an ever-changing collection of whimsical and practical handbags and... more

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See + Do Thang Long Water Puppet Theater, Hanoi

It might seem a bit hokey in an Xbox age, but this 1,000-year-old art form still manages to enchant. The best place to catch a water-puppet performance is this... more

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See + Do Military History Museum, Hanoi

The Vietnam War (known in Vietnam as the American War) may be the most famous but it's certainly not the latest conflict that this resilient nation has endured... more

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See + Do Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi

When he died in 1969, Ho Chi Minh was embalmed, in the tradition of great Communist leaders. His mausoleum was modeled after Lenin's in Moscow (and rumor... more

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See + Do Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi

A good way to get your bearings in Hanoi is to take a quick stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake, a pleasant 30-minute circuit. The lake is fringed with willows,... more

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See + Do Hoa Lo Prison, Hanoi

About two thirds of the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" was demolished in the early 1990s for the construction of a high-rise apartment complex, but the penitentiary's... more

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Eating Wild Lotus, Hanoi

Located just south of Hoan Kiem District, Wild Lotus has an ethereal elegance and even better food. Inside the walled compound, paving stones bridge a... more

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Eating Restaurant Bobby Chinn, Hanoi

Owned by the young American chef Bobby Chinn, this hip restaurant is packed with Western ex-pats and visitors seated on the silk-pillowed banquettes. Gauzy... more

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Eating La, Hanoi

This ten-table find has everything a good bistro requires: a neighborhood following, innovative comfort food, terrific ambience, and moderate-enough prices to... more

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Eating KOTO, Hanoi

Just across the street from the 1,000-year-old Temple of Literature, this teaching restaurant offers an educational opportunity for hundreds of... more

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Eating Green Tangerine, Hanoi

Customers who retreat from the retail hustle of Hang Be Street must feel they've stepped through some sort of Second Empire looking glass. The lengthy interior... more

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Eating Emperor, Hanoi

If you don't get a chance to make it to Hué (some 300 miles away), go instead to this shrine to the imperial city's cuisine. Emperor may just... more

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Eating Cha Ca La Vong, Hanoi

This bare-bones eatery in the Old City market district has been around for more than a century. The service is monosyllabic and there are no napkins, only... more

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Eating Café Lam, Hanoi

One of Hanoi's oldest cafés, this slightly musty one-room establishment is practically a historical monument. Its proprietor, Nguyen Lam, provided... more

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See + Do The Old Quarter, Hanoi

Hanoi is the only city in Vietnam to retain its ancient merchants' quarter, and its narrow streets, packed with fruit and vegetable markets, have housed the... more

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See + Do The French Quarter, Hanoi

Lying to the south and east of Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi's French Quarter has grand boulevards and elegant French colonial buildings. These include the stately... more

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Eating Mango Tree, Bangkok

When Bangkok locals want to celebrate a big occasion, they book a table at this elegant Thai restaurant—either in the entry courtyard, where live... more

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Eating Kai Thod Jai Kee, Bangkok

It may just be a basic storefront down a dusty alley off one of Bangkok's main arteries, but the owner of Kai Thod Jai Kee has sold enough finger-licking... more

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Shop Suan Lum Night Bazaar, Bangkok

After-hours bargain hunters unearth endless treasures amid the kitsch in the night market's 35 acres of shops. Wide, covered walkways and the occasional... more

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Shop Siam Square, Bangkok

This veritable shopping sprawl stretches across central Bangkok from Rama 1 Road to Chulalongkorn University and from Phayathai Road to Henri Dunant Road.... more

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Shop Narai Phand, Bangkok

An excellent alternative to the madness of Chatuchak Market, this handicrafts center across the street from the Central World Plaza is backed by the Thai... more

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Shop Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok

Hop the extremely efficient MRT underground rail to Bangkok's famous weekend market but do not get off at Chatuchak Park Station. Exit instead at Kamphaeng Phet... more

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Eating The Deck, Bangkok

Savvy diners who can find the barely marked, shrine-filled alley across from Wat Pho will be gastronomically and visually rewarded at this waterfront café... more

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