New Year’s vs.Tet: some useful information

We are approaching New Year’s Eve according to the western calendar, and that has got Wlink thinking about Vietnamese traditional Tet. Western New Year’s Eve in Vietnam is still celebrated, but is it the same as Lunar New Year? Here are some points to keep in mind about these two same same but different holidays……

Vietnam Uncovered: The Conical hat

At Wlink Travel we decided to start our ‘Vietnam Uncovered’ series to explore some of the lesser-known elements that make Vietnam so special. This is only the 2nd installment, the 1st being about the enigmatic aodai, which we published last month. Of all the symbols of this great nation, the Vietnamese conical hat is probably…

Street food fighter: BanhMi

Is the Vietnam sandwich the best sandwich in the world? Well probably not… but it’s still pretty darn good! In our Vietnam street food fighter series, we put some of the best street food to grace our streets against one another to see which one comes out on top. As the banh mi Vietnamese sandwich is…

Is Christmas in Vietnam a good idea? Yes!

To Christmas in Vietnam or not to Christmas in Vietnam, that is the question. Southeast Asia is probably not the first region that comes to mind when people think about the quintessential images of Christmas- fresh white snow, dark green pine trees, and a big red Santa Clause. But although a white Christmas in Vietnam…

Vietnam Uncovered: The Ao Dai

At Wlink we sometimes worry that the true hidden charms of Vietnam remain so well hidden that most visitors don’t have the pleasure of discovering them. And so we decided to start our ‘Vietnam Uncovered’ series to explore some of the lesser-known elements that make Vietnam so special.We’ve decided to start this series with the…

5 reasons why LuangPrabang is pure bliss

Being based in Hanoi means that Wlink knows and loves Vietnam more than anything. But we have to admit that when it comes to ancient old towns in the former French Indochina, LuangPrabang takes the cake as the most relaxing. The food and the restaurants If you have come from Vientiane to LuangPrabang, you’ll be…

Visa prices slashed

Tourist agencies and government officials were taken aback earlier this year when statistics were released indicating that tourist numbers to Vietnam have, for the first time since the early nineties, started to drop. Admittedly, the main cause for the dip is the fall in tourist numbers from China and Russia for various economic and political…

Did you know that ‘Pan’ was shot in Vietnam?

Just last month cinemagoers keen to watch all the big 2015 movie releases were treated to the newest rendition of the old British tale ‘Peter Pan’. In keeping with current trends, this is yet another origins story, delving into the creation of this iconic children’s hero. The Pan movie plot may almost entirely take place…

Hanoi café corner: Tay Ho

Tay Ho District, named after the magnificent metropolitan body of water, West Lake, is not just an expat hangout and a space in which to withdraw from the chaotic claustrophobia of the Old Quarter. Tay Ho is also home to some of the city’s most important temples, finest cosmopolitan restaurants, and an awesome café scene….

8 things you can’t miss about the Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta region, mien tay in Vietnamese, is one of the most beautiful and bizarre natural landscapes in the country. And encompassing almost everything south and west of Ho Chi Minh City, it is also one of the largest. Here we take a look at what not to miss if you decide to venture south…

4 reasons why getting up early in Hoi An is worth it

With so many things to do in Hoi An, this ancient trading town has to be not only one of the most beautiful in Southeast Asia, but also one of the most interesting. It is common now for people to spend several days in Hoi An to take advantage of the traditional houses, beaches, restaurants…

Street Food Fighter: Fish noodle soup

Many foodies will tell you that the best Vietnamese cuisine is available on the street and in our street food fighter series, we put three popular dishes against one another to see which comes out on top. We’ve already looked at Vietnamese street foodnoodle soups, Hanoi dishes featuring bun noodles and the delights on offer…