Digital Resources About Viet Nam

Red Bridge to Ngoc Son Temple, Hanoi

I receive a fair number of requests from people traveling to Viet Nam for business and/or pleasure who want to learn more about the country. (I also get the occasional request from colleagues thinking about relocating to Viet Nam but that’s another story or web page.) Below are some related articles, blogs, videos, and websites. This is a work in progress so feel free to recommend your own favorites. (You can contact me at markashwill[AT]capstonevietnam.) Enjoy!

NOTE: Even though Viet Nam has happily entered the post-COVID-19 era, there are not many colleagues traveling to Viet Nam these days because of travel and visa restrictions, I thought I’d share one of the best English language resources about what’s happening here: 2020 coronavirus pandemic in Vietnam This 14 March University World News article of mine is especially for international educators but also contains general information, as of 13 March. Other articles listed on my blog contain more up-to-date information.



Bad rap haunts Vietnam despite tourism boom (31.12.19) I was interviewed for this article. Here is the complete interview.

On the outside looking in: A US American in Vietnam by MAA (7.2.19)

When in Vietnam, drive as the Vietnamese do by MAA (8.10.18)


Rusty Compass (Hasn’t been updated in a while.)

Vietnam Coracle – Independent Travel Guides to Vietnam


Da Nang is Awesome!

Reverie of Vietnam  Set off on a 1650 km north to south journey capturing the best wonders of Vietnam: Hanoi ancient quarter, the breathtaking Halong Bay, the claustrophobic caves in Trang An, the glamorous fabric merchants in Hoi An, the secret temples inside the marble mountain in Da Nang, the historical old capital Hue, the wet and tropical Mekong Delta and the white sandy beaches at Phu Quoc. (Trip dates: 29 March 2015 /15 April 2015)

10 Best Places to Visit in Vietnam – Travel Video

The road story Vietnam  Made by a young Russian man who visited Vietnam in fall 2014 with his brother.  (This guy loves making videos – it’s his profession and hobby back in Moscow.)  One of my favorites – both video composition and music. Bravo!

Traffic in Frenetic HCMC, Vietnam by Rob Whitworth (2011)  Still as crazy as ever but maybe a bit crazier in Hanoi.  More buildings and people now. 

Vietnam – View from the Sky  We love Vietnam!  Chúng ta yêu Việt Nam! 


City Pass Guide (HCMC focus)

Lonely Planet Vietnam


Understanding Vietnam This guide provides useful information and links to resources on Vietnam. (Singapore Management University)

Urbanist Hanoi

Vietnam Tourism Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism This is an “experimental version.” The next one is better.

Vietnam Travel The official website of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.

Vietcetera “In the summer of 2016, Vietcetera launched as an online briefing on Vietnam affairs, society, business, and much more. We began with the belief that there is a globally-minded audience of readers, both within and outside of Vietnam, who are hungry for in-depth features and profiles about the new Vietnam. Happily, we were proved right.”