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30 of Vietnam’s most beautiful places

30 of Vietnam’s most beautiful places

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(CNN) — Thanks in part to its serpentine shape and lengthy coastline, Vietnam is home to wildly diverse landscapes. As you travel around the Southeast Asian country, you’ll be surrounded by photogenic scenery — from lush rice terraces in northern Sapa to the white sandy beaches of Phu Quoc. Vietnam’s architecture is particularly notable, too. As a French colony from…

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More than pho: 5 dishes every Hanoi visitor — Trump included — needs to try

More than pho: 5 dishes every Hanoi visitor — Trump included — needs to try

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Hanoi (CNN) — With US President Donald Trump visiting Hanoi to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jung Un this week, the world’s gaze is now on the capital of Vietnam. Though it’s highly unlikely the pair will be hitting the streets for any meals, it’d be a shame it they didn’t take the time to sample at least…

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Hanoi’s ‘train street’ becomes selfie central

Hanoi’s ‘train street’ becomes selfie central

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(CNN) — Gone are the days when polite travelers would avoid walking in front of people so as not to get in their vacation snap — now, it’s all about not walking behind people to ruin their selfies. Few places have selfie culture more on display than Hanoi, Vietnam, where the mix of old and new provides…

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Cha Ca: An entire Hanoi street dedicated to one special dish

Cha Ca: An entire Hanoi street dedicated to one special dish

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(CNN) — Based on its bare-bones exterior, the restaurant at number 14 Cha Ca Street doesn’t look like much. But the line out the door indicates we’re in the right place. This is Cha Ca La Vong — one of the oldest eateries in Hanoi, Vietnam, and the first to set up shop on Cha Ca Street,…

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Vietnam’s ‘vermicelli village’: A delicious Hanoi side trip

Vietnam’s ‘vermicelli village’: A delicious Hanoi side trip

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(CNN) — Known as mien in Hanoi, vermicelli takes many forms in Vietnam. You’ll find it in pho, spring rolls, noodle soups and served with grilled meats — but nowhere is it more ubiquitous than in Cu Da village. About 13 kilometers south of Hanoi, this ancient village is known for its prolific vermicelli production and beautifully preserved architecture….

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