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Con Dao: Offshore paradise with a hellish history

To most modern-day visitors it is quite simply a breathtaking island destination, but Con Dao has come a long way from a notorious prison under French colonial rule to where it is today.

The video below was shot by Saigon-based travel writer Dave Fox and his companion Jeff Nesmith during a trip to the island.

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Last day of Ambassadors’ excursion into Son Doong Cave

Today, May 17 is the last day of the excursion into Son Doong Cave of the group of seven ambassadors to Vietnam and the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State. Let’s take a look at their five-day expedition into the world’s largest natural cave.

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Da Nang dragon bridge is majestic in this flycam video

The Rong (Dragon) Bridge in Da Nang City, the world’s longest dragon-shaped steel bridge, looks impressive in this video captured by a flycam.

As the sixth bridge to cross the Han River, the 666-meter long bridge was put into use on March 29, 2012.

The six-lane bridge boasts a system of 15,000 LED lights that allow it to change color at night. And yes, it can it also breathes out fire and water.

A new symbol of Da Nang, the bridge has won international awards, notably the Lighting Design Awards 2014 that recognizes excellence in architectural lighting design

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Saigon in time-lapse

Time-lapse photographer Rufus Blackwell spent the last two months carrying a DJI Osmo handheld stabilized camera around Ho Chi Minh City. The three-minute video below was the result.

“The OSMO is a hand held gimble camera that keeps the shot amazingly steady even if you are shooting hand held,” Blackwell told Thanh Nien News.

“A completely new way of creating a moving time-lapse. This allows you so much latitude you can warp time. This was a highly experimental shoot.”

Blackwell won the 2014 Travel Photographer of the Year contest in the video category with a piece about the Kumbh Mela festival in India and the 100 million people that attended it.

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