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In pictures The best of Vietnam this week

Check out some of the most stunning Instagram photos hashtagged #vietnam and #everydayvietnam.

Upside down

In pictures The best of Vietnam this week 301017

Dusting

In pictures The best of Vietnam this week 301017

Outer Space

In pictures The best of Vietnam this week 301017

"Not belong here," the caption reads. Photo taken in Hanoi.

Peace & Chaos

In pictures The best of Vietnam this week 301017

"Man sweeps the floor of Ong Bong temple as the incenses are burning," the caption reads. Photo taken in Ho Chi Minh City.

On the school bus

In pictures The best of Vietnam this week 301017

Photo taken in Hanoi.

A day at the Opera

In pictures The best of Vietnam this week 301017

Photo taken in Ho Chi Minh City.

Hanoi in a nutshell

In pictures The best of Vietnam this week 301017

Shaving

In pictures The best of Vietnam this week 301017

A sidewalk barber stall in Hanoi.

Boarding school

In pictures The best of Vietnam this week 301017

Photo taken in Lung Pu, Ha Giang.

Incense Tradition

In pictures The best of Vietnam this week 301017

"Incense sticks dry outdoors under the sunlight at a traditional handcraft village located in Tay Ninh province," the caption reads.

Source: VnExpress

If you want to see Vietnam without the crowds, the time is now

A U.K. travel site has built an interactive map that shows the high and low travel seasons around the world.
The joys of traveling depend a lot on whether you are a crowd person or a lover of solitude and/or cheap flights. Sometimes, an unexpected turnout can kill the whole experience.

And that’s why this new animated map developed by the U.K.-based travel site LastMinute.com could be the answer to your plans for world travel.

Vietnam tour of low season

The low and high season map developed by Lastminute.com.

According to the map, Vietnam's low seasons are between April and June and September and November.

The country is most crowded in July and August.

Travel guide Lonely Planet has also suggested that the low seasons are “perhaps the best time” to travel the country.

The calculations may make sense, as April, May and June are usually the hottest months in the tropical country, while September and October are almost always soaked and cursed with storms.

Yet November, when the weather becomes more gentle, is not really a low season, at least not last year.

Figures from Vietnam National Administration of Tourism showed that November received the highest number of foreign visitors last year, followed by August, December and July.

In some countries, the low season lasts longer than others.

Indonesia has the longest low season in Southeast Asia, lasting from October through May. Norway and Finland both have a seven-month low season.

Bolivia, Switzerland and the Czech Republic boast a six-month period of peak travel.

Source: VnExpress

40 dead, 22 missing as downpours, flash floods pound northern, central Vietnam

Rain storms of vietnamHundreds of search and rescue officers are looking for victims buried by a landslide that collapsed seven houses early morning on October 12 in Hoa Binh Province. Photo by VnExpress

The death toll continues to mount as heavy rains leave a trail of destruction. 
Heavy rains have triggered flash floods in northern and central Vietnam over the past two days, leaving 40 dead and 22 missing and causing havoc in many provinces.

A landslide in the early hours on Thursday in Hoa Binh Province has collapsed seven houses, burying 18 people. So far, three people have been rescued and eight are confirmed dead.

The incident has increased Hoa Binh's death toll to 15, the highest among all provinces. Nghe An and Thanh Hoa have reported eight deaths.

Five deaths have been reported in Son La Province, while three people are missing and hundreds of houses and many hectares of crops have been destroyed.

In Yen Bai Province, four people were killed and 11 people are missing, including a Vietnam News Agency reporter who was swept away when a bridge connecting Highway 32 in Nghia Lo Commune collapsed.

The floods are the result of a tropical depression that is sweeping through northern and central provinces.

Vietnam has already suffered destructive stormy weather this year. Floods in northern Vietnam killed at least 26 people and washed away hundreds of homes in August before Typhoon Doksuri, the strongest to hit the country in years, killed at least eight people in the central region last month.

Last year, tropical storms and flooding killed 264 people in Vietnam and caused damage worth VND40 trillion ($1.75 billion), nearly five times more than in 2015.

Source: VnExpress