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Has Hanoi’s Art Scene Lost its Edge?

Has Hanoi’s Art Scene Lost its Edge?

Whereas five years ago Hanoi’s emerging art scene was gaining widespread praise, now it seems to have come to a standstill — or has it? Words by David Mann. Photos by Julia Vola ...

A Streetcar Named Uber

A Streetcar Named Uber

Four months after ride-sharing app Uber launched in Hanoi and nine months after it touched down in Saigon, David Mann hit the streets to hear the verdict. Photos by Julie Vola ...

I Shot a Big Beer Ad

I Shot a Big Beer Ad

Jon Aspin sucks down a Hahn Super Dry, in his quest for the ultimate expat experience

Back to the Motherlanz

Back to the Motherlanz

Celebrate ANZAC Day in style this year with an Aussie-Kiwi collaboration that will turn your musical world as upside down as a toilet’s Coriolis effect. Well, kind of. But it will certainly be a show to remember. ...

Fifty Shades of Expat

Fifty Shades of Expat

Expat stereotypes are everywhere, little cocoons of half-truth that we assign to large proportions of people who live overseas. ...

The Best Banh Mi in Saigon

The Best Banh Mi in Saigon

Simon Stanley eats his way through the city’s top banh mi joints... and chooses the best. Let the crumbs fall where they may. Photos by Francis Xavier ...

Win Tickets to the Full Moon Party on Cat Ba Island

Win Tickets to the Full Moon Party on Cat Ba Island

The first Full Moon Party in the northern part of Vietnam will kick off on May 1 and run through to May 3. Described by the organisers as Glastonbury meets Café Del Mar — yes, camping and hedonism are all part of the deal — the three-day, non-stop ...

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The Rise of the Convenience Store

The Rise of the Convenience Store

While in Hanoi they have yet to make an impact, in Saigon convenience stores are everywhere. So, have they changed the way people shop? Or is there something else at play? Words by Nick Ross

Zen and the Leaky Faucet

Zen and the Leaky Faucet

There’s a part in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance where a family’s constantly leaking faucet contributes to a tense atmosphere in the house. Whenever something else goes wrong, a glass breaks or some other minor incident occurs, it’s almost too much.

Vietnam Still a Cheap Living Option

Vietnam Still a Cheap Living Option

Many expats settle in Vietnam due to the relatively cheap cost of living. Lifestyle versus earning potential makes for places like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City an attractive place for foreigners to live.

Best Day Trips for the Holidays

Best Day Trips for the Holidays

The Liberation Day/Labour Day holiday is just around the corner, and while all of your friends are packing up their bags with flight tickets in hand, you're stuck wondering how many sitcom re-runs you'll manage to get through before you suffer a cabin fever psychotic...

The World of Expat Facebook Groups

The World of Expat Facebook Groups

Whether its snakepits of despair you’re looking for or that small-town feeling you’ve been missing, the expat groups of Facebook supply that little touch of connection that we all occasionally need. Words by Niko Savvas. Illustrations by Vu ha Kim Vy

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Silver Lining

Silver Lining

At the end of October, Bui Manh Thang was dismantling some scrap metal on his...

Destination Phong Nha

Destination Phong Nha

A new destination is working wonders for the country’s tourism industry

The Final Say: Dognapped!

The Final Say: Dognapped!

Whether it’s talked about in international newspapers or in hushed tones down the street, the...

The Rise and Fall of The Pham

The Rise and Fall of The Pham

January on Bui Vien just before Tet. It’s mid-evening and the plastic chairs on the...

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