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The Guide Awards

Celebrating 20 years of TheGuideAwards

The 20

th

The Guide Awards ceremony and gala

dinner were held by The Guide and Vietnam

Economic Times with the theme “Vietnam’s

Tourism Sector - Capacity to Leapfrog from the

Efforts of the Private Sector”.

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Culture

Animal spirit

The turtle plays a major role in Vietnamese

legend and lore.

Save money/Travel news

Of life and legend

Van Duc commune in Hanoi’s Gia Lam district

not only boasts safe vegetables but also an

intriguing history.

Travel

Sanctuary of serenity

Lan Ha Bay boasts a much more laid-back vibe

than nearby Ha Long Bay.

14 Long andwinding road

The giant “lollipop loop” north of Hanoi up

to Ha Giang delivers you to a stunningly

unrivaled landscape.

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Society

Making it happen

When it comes to replacing single-use plastic,

though challenges remain, the work being

undertaken already should not be overlooked.

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Food&Drink

Kingdomof coconuts

Ben Tre’s coconuts bear a different taste to

those found elsewhere around Vietnam and

are a local specialty.

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Modern Life

Along for the ride

Motorbike taxi drivers seem to all fall into

one particular category or another.

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Thegiant“lollipop loop”northofHanoiup toHaGiang

deliversyou toa stunninglyunrivaled landscape.

Long and

winding road

MAKING ITHAPPEN

When itcomes to replacing single-useplastic,

thoughchallenges remain, theworkbeing

undertakenalready shouldnotbeoverlooked.

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COVER:

HA GIANG

PHOTO:

NGUYEN LONG HUNG