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Vietnam”s hot spots revealed

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Vietnam”s capital Hanoi is one of the country”s best destinations, according to a travel expert.

The historic city offers a range of street markets, beautiful colonial architecture and the famous Ho Chi Minh museum and mausoleum.

Elsewhere in the country there is even more to see, according to Caroline Phillips of [travel agency?] Explore.

Other destinations include Sapa in the North West, which is great for "meeting hill tribes and some fine trekking" and Hoi An, described as a "laid-back historic town with great food and tailors” shops".

Those after a memorable coastal spot should look no further than the Mekong Delta, which is "rightly famed for its floating markets, fruit orchards and delightful scenes of waterlife," Ms Phillips said.

According to recent figures by the World Travel and Tourism Council, Vietnam currently employs more than 1.5 million people in the travel and tourism industries, with a rise to 1.7 million expected by 2018.

The Vietnamese government has estimated that international arrivals to Vietnam so far this year were 3.3 million, increasing by 5.9 per cent compared to the same period last year.

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Vietnam”s hot spots revealed

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Vietnam”s capital Hanoi is one of the country”s best destinations, according to a travel expert.

The historic city offers a range of street markets, beautiful colonial architecture and the famous Ho Chi Minh museum and mausoleum.

Elsewhere in the country there is even more to see, according to Caroline Phillips of [travel agency?] Explore.

Other destinations include Sapa in the North West, which is great for "meeting hill tribes and some fine trekking" and Hoi An, described as a "laid-back historic town with great food and tailors” shops".

Those after a memorable coastal spot should look no further than the Mekong Delta, which is "rightly famed for its floating markets, fruit orchards and delightful scenes of waterlife," Ms Phillips said.

According to recent figures by the World Travel and Tourism Council, Vietnam currently employs more than 1.5 million people in the travel and tourism industries, with a rise to 1.7 million expected by 2018.

The Vietnamese government has estimated that international arrivals to Vietnam so far this year were 3.3 million, increasing by 5.9 per cent compared to the same period last year.

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Vietnam”s hot spots revealed

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Vietnam”s capital Hanoi is one of the country”s best destinations, according to a travel expert.

The historic city offers a range of street markets, beautiful colonial architecture and the famous Ho Chi Minh museum and mausoleum.

Elsewhere in the country there is even more to see, according to Caroline Phillips of [travel agency?] Explore.

Other destinations include Sapa in the North West, which is great for "meeting hill tribes and some fine trekking" and Hoi An, described as a "laid-back historic town with great food and tailors” shops".

Those after a memorable coastal spot should look no further than the Mekong Delta, which is "rightly famed for its floating markets, fruit orchards and delightful scenes of waterlife," Ms Phillips said.

According to recent figures by the World Travel and Tourism Council, Vietnam currently employs more than 1.5 million people in the travel and tourism industries, with a rise to 1.7 million expected by 2018.

The Vietnamese government has estimated that international arrivals to Vietnam so far this year were 3.3 million, increasing by 5.9 per cent compared to the same period last year.

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Vietnam”s hot spots revealed

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Vietnam”s capital Hanoi is one of the country”s best destinations, according to a travel expert.

The historic city offers a range of street markets, beautiful colonial architecture and the famous Ho Chi Minh museum and mausoleum.

Elsewhere in the country there is even more to see, according to Caroline Phillips of [travel agency?] Explore.

Other destinations include Sapa in the North West, which is great for "meeting hill tribes and some fine trekking" and Hoi An, described as a "laid-back historic town with great food and tailors” shops".

Those after a memorable coastal spot should look no further than the Mekong Delta, which is "rightly famed for its floating markets, fruit orchards and delightful scenes of waterlife," Ms Phillips said.

According to recent figures by the World Travel and Tourism Council, Vietnam currently employs more than 1.5 million people in the travel and tourism industries, with a rise to 1.7 million expected by 2018.

The Vietnamese government has estimated that international arrivals to Vietnam so far this year were 3.3 million, increasing by 5.9 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Active and Adventure – Air Activities – Enjoy an exhilarating helicopter ride over New York or a serene hot air balloon ride over the Australian outback.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18811437-ADNFCR

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Vietnam”s hot spots revealed

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Vietnam”s capital Hanoi is one of the country”s best destinations, according to a travel expert.

The historic city offers a range of street markets, beautiful colonial architecture and the famous Ho Chi Minh museum and mausoleum.

Elsewhere in the country there is even more to see, according to Caroline Phillips of [travel agency?] Explore.

Other destinations include Sapa in the North West, which is great for "meeting hill tribes and some fine trekking" and Hoi An, described as a "laid-back historic town with great food and tailors” shops".

Those after a memorable coastal spot should look no further than the Mekong Delta, which is "rightly famed for its floating markets, fruit orchards and delightful scenes of waterlife," Ms Phillips said.

According to recent figures by the World Travel and Tourism Council, Vietnam currently employs more than 1.5 million people in the travel and tourism industries, with a rise to 1.7 million expected by 2018.

The Vietnamese government has estimated that international arrivals to Vietnam so far this year were 3.3 million, increasing by 5.9 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Active and Adventure – Air Activities – Enjoy an exhilarating helicopter ride over New York or a serene hot air balloon ride over the Australian outback.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18811437-ADNFCR

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Vietnam”s hot spots revealed

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Vietnam”s capital Hanoi is one of the country”s best destinations, according to a travel expert.

The historic city offers a range of street markets, beautiful colonial architecture and the famous Ho Chi Minh museum and mausoleum.

Elsewhere in the country there is even more to see, according to Caroline Phillips of [travel agency?] Explore.

Other destinations include Sapa in the North West, which is great for "meeting hill tribes and some fine trekking" and Hoi An, described as a "laid-back historic town with great food and tailors” shops".

Those after a memorable coastal spot should look no further than the Mekong Delta, which is "rightly famed for its floating markets, fruit orchards and delightful scenes of waterlife," Ms Phillips said.

According to recent figures by the World Travel and Tourism Council, Vietnam currently employs more than 1.5 million people in the travel and tourism industries, with a rise to 1.7 million expected by 2018.

The Vietnamese government has estimated that international arrivals to Vietnam so far this year were 3.3 million, increasing by 5.9 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Active and Adventure – Air Activities – Enjoy an exhilarating helicopter ride over New York or a serene hot air balloon ride over the Australian outback.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18811437-ADNFCR

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Vietnam”s hot spots revealed

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Vietnam”s capital Hanoi is one of the country”s best destinations, according to a travel expert.

The historic city offers a range of street markets, beautiful colonial architecture and the famous Ho Chi Minh museum and mausoleum.

Elsewhere in the country there is even more to see, according to Caroline Phillips of [travel agency?] Explore.

Other destinations include Sapa in the North West, which is great for "meeting hill tribes and some fine trekking" and Hoi An, described as a "laid-back historic town with great food and tailors” shops".

Those after a memorable coastal spot should look no further than the Mekong Delta, which is "rightly famed for its floating markets, fruit orchards and delightful scenes of waterlife," Ms Phillips said.

According to recent figures by the World Travel and Tourism Council, Vietnam currently employs more than 1.5 million people in the travel and tourism industries, with a rise to 1.7 million expected by 2018.

The Vietnamese government has estimated that international arrivals to Vietnam so far this year were 3.3 million, increasing by 5.9 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Active and Adventure – Air Activities – Enjoy an exhilarating helicopter ride over New York or a serene hot air balloon ride over the Australian outback.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18811437-ADNFCR

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Fighting men of Shirahama aim to please the gods

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The unusual spectacle of the Nada Fighting Festival is to take place once again this year, in the Japanese town of Shirahama in the Wakayama prefecture.

From October 14th-15th, during ”Nada no Kenka Matsuri” the men of Shirahama will don traditional dress and fight staged mass fights with bamboo poles as they try to assert the dominance of their portable wooden shrines known as ”mikoshi” to please the gods.

Wearing coloured headbands which divide them into age categories, three teams of 70 men battle their way across the town before assembling at Matsubara Hachiman Shrine for the festival”s climax.

The real highlight of the event, however, is the parade of Yatai floats which are illuminated and grow ever more spectacular as the night falls.

Known all over Japan, this is the most famous of the country”s fight festivals.

Shirahama a short drive from Himeji Castle which was the first site in Japan to be placed on UNESCO”s World Heritage list – the perfect complement to this unusual and historic festival.

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New mega-hotel nears completion in Dubai

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One of the world”s most costly hotels opened on the Palm Jumeriah in Dubai this month.

With a construction bill of $1.5 billion (£800 million), Atlantis covers some 114 acres and includes over 1,500 rooms.

Its setting is a newly created island just off the coast of Dubai city, which has been conceived specifically for the hotel.

While its name might recall the numerous themed hotels some 8,000 miles away in Las Vegas, the resort”s first priority is luxury.

Double rooms start at a relatively affordable £230 a night, but the finest suite will set you back £15,000. It does boast a gold leaf-lined dining table, however.

As with any good resort, the in-house attractions are just as impressive as the accommodation. The aquapark includes a 1.5 mile lazy river, with another seven rides and numerous swimming pools and other facilities.

Seventeen restaurants will cater to any taste of palette and their list reads like the contents page from the annual Michelin guide: there are 11 of its famous stars accompanying the names of the respected chefs with locations in the complex.

World-famous hotels are no rarity in this part of the world, but the emergence of the Atlantis has raised the bar for the rest.

Dubai – A true modern metropolis Dubai boasts a fine range of tourist facilities including the refined Burj al Arab hotel.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18805202-ADNFCR

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Spectacular fireworks celebrate a hero’s victory

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On October 9th, the Hindus of the Indian sub-continent will join together in the festival of Dussehra, which marks the end of a ten-day countrywide celebration.The significance of the event varies depending on which part of India it is performed in.In northern regions it remembers the victory of the hero Rama over the Ravanna, who held the former”s wife captive in his realm.Elsewhere, in the states of southern India the celebration commemorates the goddess Durga vanquishing the demon Mahishasura, with the former appearing in effigy and in parades.Both interpretations have come about because of their historical reference to places in modern-day India, highlighting the diverse nature of faith among India”s huge population.In the north a mass of fireworks and the burning of effigies mark the end of the celebration.Colourful costumes and mystical reenactments are a key part of the event, all signifying the triumph of good over evil and attracting many non-Hindus who come to enjoy the spectacle.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18798709-ADNFCR

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