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Jay Rao

As the Hollywood studios descend on Vietnam to film their latest blockbusters, the independent moviemakers are also on site. R. Gabriel Villalobos talks to Jay Rao, the man behind a new Vietnamese short, Unforgettable ...

Leathercraft Cafés

Cafes that sell a lot more than just coffee are spreading through Hanoi like wildfire. One caffeine-infused option? Make your own leather goods. Words by Noey Neumark. Photos by Julie Vola ...

Film in Vietnam

Beautiful scenery, technical expertise, a low-cost economy. Jon Aspin attempts to ask why big budget productions are the exception rather than the rule in Vietnam. ...

Ten 10: Erwin Schweisshelm

This month, the Word sat down with Erwin Schweisshelm, resident director of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Vietnam. Celebrating 25 years of operation in Vietnam, FES is a German non-profit organisation committed to the ideas and values of social de...

The Canvas

Some art is created to be kept and marveled upon. Other art is produced live for no other reason than the enjoyment of creating art and the effect it induces on the audience. Words by Vu Ha Kim Vy. ...

Edible Art

Can you create a dish that is a work of art? That’s the challenge we gave to seven chefs in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Here’s what they produced. Words by Siân Kavanagh. Photos by Kyle Phanroy and Julie Vola ...

Atelier des Reves

A new restaurant in District 3 is offering an alternative dining location for anyone who wants to go French. Words by Owen Salisbury. Photos by Kyle Phanroy ...

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The Idiot’s Guide to Tet

With the biggest festival of the Vietnamese year just around the corner, Vu Ha Kim Vy gives some tips on a lucky New Year. Photos by Francis Xavier

Goats Do Roam

And so, apparently, do sheep

A Day in Penang

Located on the Malaysian island of Penang, Georgetown is one of the most unique cities in Southeast Asia. Nick Ross goes on a whistle-stop trip to a city that was once a key part of the British Empire

The Future of Downtown Saigon

As demolition reaches a fever pitch, 12 design proposals show what the heart of the new city might look like. Words by Ed Weinberg. Photos by Francis Xavier

Burger Wars

Four expert judges battled lunchtime traffic, salad cravings and meat sweats to taste 10 burgers in two days. David Mann delivers the verdicts on who’s dishing up the best beef burgers in Hanoi. Photos by Julie Vola

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Beneath the Wrapper: A Journey Into Vietnam…

From the cocoa plantations of southern Vietnam via its modest Ho Chi Minh City factory...

The New Peranakans

The mixed race Asians of the past known as the Straits Chinese or Peranakans were...

Stress Management

Stress is the modern day killer. Stress is making you old, making you fat, impacting...

Elephant Tourism

After doing her due diligence, Katie Jacobs visited an ‘ethical’ elephant camp and was surprised...

Quesadillas with a Twist

A food blogger and self-styled chef, this month Riccha Arora unveils one ofher secret weapons

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