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The Fantastic Hoi An Temples of Central Vietnam
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The Fantastic Hoi An Temples of Central Vietnam

A day spent visiting the Hoi An Temples are a day well spent in Central Vietnam Buddhist influences are felt far and wide throughout Southeast Asia, but perhaps the most beautiful and unique are the Hoi An Temples. Thanks to a combination of Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and even French architecture notes, the temples are a stunning part of Central Vietnam's ancient capital. For all my travel blog posts ...
Exploring Authentic Hoi An, Vietnam
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Exploring Authentic Hoi An, Vietnam

There are few pristine travel destinations left like Hoi An, Vietnam. Brilliant architecture, perfect canals, clean coastline with immaculate sandy beaches and more history than you can shake a stick at make Hoi An, Vietnam, a gem of Southeast Asia. For all my travel blog posts on Vietnam: Click Here For all the high-resolution photos from Hoi An, Vietnam: Click Here While modern cities like ...
Capturing the Corpses, Lakes & Prisons of Hanoi, Vietnam
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Capturing the Corpses, Lakes & Prisons of Hanoi, Vietnam

Gorgeous lakes, Communist shrines, French-inspired colonial architecture and a sprawling modern city make Hanoi, Vietnam, a must-see city in Southeast Asia From the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Hanoi Hilton to the brand-new buildings of downtown Hanoi, Vietnam, the capital is alive with economic progress while maintaining strong ties to its roots. For all my travel blog posts on Vietnam: Click ...
Riding Motorbikes in Halong Bay, Vietnam
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Riding Motorbikes in Halong Bay, Vietnam

Meeting a friend from Israel in Vietnam? Time to take the bikes out for a proper ride in Halong Bay, Vietnam Halong Bay, Vietnam, is a top travel destination which draws tourists from all over the world to its lush limestone mountains which jut violently from the sea. What few realize is that a whole adventure waits for you just outside the city of Ha Long Bay itself. For all my travel blog posts on ...
Photo Journal: Vietnam War Tour in HCMC
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Photo Journal: Vietnam War Tour in HCMC

The Vietnam War officially ended in 1975 but its legacy still cuts deep in the Far East. "History is written by the victors" is the famous quote by Winston Churchill and that rings true more so in Vietnam than anywhere else. This photo journal will cover three important locations of the Vietnam War in relation to the former capital of the south, Saigon, known nowadays as Ho Chi Minh City. For all my ...
Hot Shots from Ho Chi Minh – Part Two
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Hot Shots from Ho Chi Minh – Part Two

Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's largest city and has huge buildings, awesome nightclubs and a vibrant culture. Southeast Asia feels like a totally different world for western travelers, however Ho Chi Minh City is undergoing a renaissance complete with an influx of professionals from the west. Here are a couple of my favorite little spots around the city. For all my travel blog posts on Vietnam: Click ...
Chillin in Ho Chi Minh City – Part One
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Chillin in Ho Chi Minh City – Part One

Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's former capital and one of the funnest cities in Southeast Asia!  A backpacker's paradise, Ho Chi Minh City has everything a traveler is looking for - interesting history, amazing nightlife, vibrant culture, good shopping and of course, it's cheap! For all my travel blog posts on Vietnam: Click Here For part two of my visit to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Click Here For ...
Claustrophobic Cu Chi Tunnels of Ho Chi Minh City
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Claustrophobic Cu Chi Tunnels of Ho Chi Minh City

Have you ever been terrified on  your travels? I have, and the Cu Chi Tunnels are as frightening as they are incredible. Vietnam's (and neighboring Laos) natural beauty is engulfing; yet a legacy of war remains prominent when visiting the Pacific-rim country and the Cu Chi Tunnels are a prime example of that. For all my travel blog posts on Vietnam: Click Here For all the high-resolution photos from ...
Shooting Fire at the Da Nang Dragon Bridge
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Shooting Fire at the Da Nang Dragon Bridge

The Da Nang Dragon Bridge is a symbol of the resurgence of Central Vietnam both culturally and economically. The fire-breathing Da Nang Dragon Bridge is located in the heart of Danang and spans the length of the Han River a whopping 666 meters (2,185 ft). For all my travel blog posts on Vietnam: Click Here For all the high-resolution photos from the Da Nang Dragon Bridge: Click Here "Cau Rong ...
The Incredibly Colorful Chua Buu Dai Son Chinese Temple of Da Nang
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The Incredibly Colorful Chua Buu Dai Son Chinese Temple of Da Nang

The city of Da Nang in central Vietnam has so much to offer travelers - whether that be backpackers, photographers or regular run-of-the-mill travelers. An afternoon drive along the beach brought me to the Vu Lan Bao Hieu - Chua Buu Dai Son Chinese Temple and I just had to snap some pics. Located along the beach just before the magnificent Son Tra Peninsula, the Chua Buu Dai Son is a colorful reminder to ...
Wild Motorbike Ride to the Peak of Monkey Mountain, Vietnam
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Wild Motorbike Ride to the Peak of Monkey Mountain, Vietnam

The Son Tra Peninsula in Da Nang is one of the most picturesque places I've had the chance to travel to. Taking a motorbike up to the top of Monkey Mountain is a must for travelers passing through central Vietnam.  Monkey Mountain on the Son Tra Peninsula rises 850 meters (about 3,000 feet) above the city of Da Nang and makes for a perfect day trip for any adventurer (or photographer!) and has some of the ...
Biking to the Da Nang Lady Buddha of Son Tra, Vietnam
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Biking to the Da Nang Lady Buddha of Son Tra, Vietnam

The Da Nang Lady Buddha is missing from most guidebooks and travel sites but it is a must-see of central Vietnam.  Da Nang is best known for its Marble Mountains, close proximity to the Hoi Van Pass, Hoi An and Hue. The Da Nang Lady Buddha isn't at the top of the list for most travelers but really should be, standing at 67m tall and rivaling the Statue of Liberty in scale. For all my travel blog posts ...
Marvelous Marble Mountains of DaNang, Vietnam
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Marvelous Marble Mountains of DaNang, Vietnam

The Marble Mountains of DaNang jut out along the flat and pristine Vietnamese coastline and give central Vietnam its spiritual character. The Marble Mountains, Vietnam, are a main attraction for tourists from all over the world, including devout Buddhists who wish to find their inner peace within the grottoes of the intricate cave systems. For all my travel blog posts on Vietnam: Click Here For all ...
A Rainy Day in Halong Bay, Vietnam
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A Rainy Day in Halong Bay, Vietnam

Few places in the world are as renowned for its incredible natural formations like the karst limestone mountains of Halong Bay, Vietnam The sheer size, scope and beauty of the natural rock formations of Halong Bay, Vietnam, first captured my imagination several years ago when I caught a glimpse  of them on a television program on the National Geographic Channel. Seeing is believing and it is truly one of ...
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IsraeliAbroad was started as a passion project by photographer Phillip Harbor as he travels from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Yangon, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and throughout the world. Named for the adventure, the photoblog seeks to give followers a unique insight into life from a nation that was until recently closed off from the rest of the world for more than half a century. This blog is half photo-half information-half experience-driven. Yes that’s more than a whole… and yes that makes about as much sense as anything else you can find on this half of the globe! Feel free to follow us on social media and right here on the blog as we explore the incredible wonders of Myanmar. Updates will come as regularly as possible and don’t forget to share with your friends!