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La Patisserie Chez Moi

La Patisserie Chez Moi

My first experience with this bakery happened when I was riding by — the pastry shop’s signage and shining glass window grabbed my eyes. I decided to go inside. ...

Hanoi’s Best Pho

Hanoi’s Best Pho

Where can you get the best pho bo in Hanoi? As the old Vietnamese saying goes, ask nine people and you’ll get 10 different opinions. Courtesy of our four judges we went in search of a definitive answer. Words by Huyen Tran. Photos by Trung Del, Jul...

These Are a Few of Our Favourite Things - Part 1

These Are a Few of Our Favourite Things - Part 1

Think of the worst person you know. Picture her stupid, punchable face. Feel her shrill voice raking your eardrums. See her pressing the “close” button as you race towards the elevator. ...

Vietnamese Food Isn't That Great

Vietnamese Food Isn't That Great

Lower your pitchforks and let Niko Savvas explain

These Are a Few of Our Favourite Things - Part 3

These Are a Few of Our Favourite Things - Part 3

Bo Bia Ngot For those who attended school in the 1980s like myself, things were far different. Instead of sitting at KFC, Burger King or a polished-glass window café, our ritual was gathering at the school gates and buying cheap snacks. ...

These Are a Few of Our Favourite Things - Part 2

These Are a Few of Our Favourite Things - Part 2

Banh Da Tron When I first came to Vietnam I tried any new street dish I could get my chopsticks into. But as time has worn on, I’ve become a food eater of habit. I rarely try anything new. ...

The Perks of Learning the Language

The Perks of Learning the Language

Ed Weinberg has lived in Vietnam for three years — during which time he’s learnt enough Vietnamese not to starve. Well, he just points at things. In January it all started to change ...

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Enjoy Ice Cream Bar & Restaurant

Enjoy is the brainchild of Hoi An-based photographer Réhahn Croquevielle — you know, the guy who takes pictures of people covering their smiles with their hands. They’ve got continental comfort food, Tra Que-sourced Vietnamese dishes and Italian coffee on the menu. Réhahn’s photo gallery is in the back.
But that’s not why we’ve come. We’ve come to try the ice cream — all 57 flavours.

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The Nam Hai

Hamlet 1, Dien Duong Village, Quang Nam, Tel: (0510) 394 0000

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Includes three massive swimming pools, a gourmet restaurant and elegant spa on a lotus pond. Each massive room has its own espresso machine, pre–programmed iPod and both indoor and outdoor showers. 

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A New Destination in Hoi An

For those of you with a penchant for Hoi An — and in Hanoi there are lots of us who take frequent trips down south to this UNESCO-protected town — the recently opened Alma Courtyard offers not just five-star resort facilities, but all-inclusive spa treatment as part of the deal.

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Couleurs d’Asie Opens its Doors

Seven years after falling in love with Vietnam, consumated by his 2011 relocation to Hoi An, in 2012 French photographer Rehahn released his first photography book, Vietnam — Mosaic of Contrasts. Featuring portraits that capture the soul of his subjects, most of the photos were taken in the remote provinces of Ha Giang, Cao Bang and Lao Cai.

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Award-Winning Beaches

Central Vietnam is enjoying the travel spotlight this month, with two beautiful beaches stealing two spots in the Top 25 Best Beaches In Asia category in the 2014 Travelers’ Choice Award on popular travel site Trip Advisor.

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Tour by Electric Scooter

Thanks initially to the work from Vietnam Vespa Adventures — and of course the Top Gear special with Clarkson et al parading old motorbikes the length and breadth of Vietnam — scooter tours are all the rage in Vietnam. And now a new, fuel-free, drive-it-yourself tour is running out of Hoi An — a tour by electric scooter.

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