Main gate at the Temple of Literature. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Travel Itinerary: A Long Weekend in Hanoi

While the thousand-year-old city holds plenty of history, the most captivating moment in Hanoi is the present. Follow this three-day itinerary to explore the storied past of the capital while experiencing the best of a modern-day Vietnamese metropolis at the same time.

Storefronts line the banks of the Co Chien River in Vinh Long. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Planning Your Time in the Mekong Delta

Exploring western Vietnam allows for more interaction with locals and a more authentic glimpse of daily life than many other destinations along the coast. Here’s how to effectively plan your time in the area, making the most of your explorations, along with a general overview of the area’s geography and population.

Notch-leaved phacelia (Phacelia Crenulata), along 190 north of Furnace Creek.

Plan a Visit to Furnace Creek and the Amargosa Range

Furnace Creek is the hub of Death Valley National Park, an outpost of comfort and civilization with a visitors center, accommodations, campgrounds, restaurants, and even gas. Here’s helpful advice on planning a trip to the area, including when to go and where to spend your time.

Downtown Hanoi at rush hour. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Planning Your Time in Hanoi, Vietnam

There’s no denying that the soul of Vietnam lies in Hanoi. Along its busy streets every era of the city’s history shines, in its gracefully aging cathedral, sturdy Communist architecture, and the vibrant Old Quarter. A place to savor rather than sightsee, here’s how to plan your time in Hanoi.

A woman works in the terraced rice paddies of Vietnam's northwest. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Discover Vietnam: When to Go

Discover Vietnam, where bustling cities and sleepy farming towns alike thrive, rising in a cacophonous clash of old and new, modern and traditional. Learn about the country’s rhythms and the best times to visit.

The fanciful, fairy-tale-like exterior of the Hang Nga Crazy House.

Hotels, Hostels and More in Vietnam

Throughout Vietnam, accommodations run the gamut from dingy budget hostels to luxurious high-end resorts, sometimes even within the same neighborhood. Expert author Dana Filek-Gibson is here with tips on reservations, local customs, and places to stay from hotels to hostels, resorts to homestays.

San Jose has a compact core, as seen from above Parque Morazan. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Discover San José, Costa Rica

San José’s central position makes it an ideal base for forays into the countryside, applying the hub-and-spoke system of travel—almost every part of the country is within a four-hour drive. Read on to learn more about the city and how to plan your time there.