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Preserving the Past

Preserving the Past

Much of Old Saigon is disappearing, and fast. Alex Garel is documenting what is still left

Into the Highlands

Into the Highlands

An ongoing photographic exhibition at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi documents Vietnam’s ethnic minorities as they looked and lived 60 years ago ...

Shisha Addiction on the Rise Among Vietnamese Youth

Shisha Addiction on the Rise Among Vietnamese Youth

According to a recent article in Tuoi Tre News, the smoking of shisha pipes is quickly becoming the most dangerous health hazard facing Vietnam’s young people. ...

Saigon Launches 24/7 Tourist Help Hotline

Saigon Launches 24/7 Tourist Help Hotline

Foreign and domestic tourists will be pleased to learn that Ho Chi Minh City, under the leadership of the Departments of Tourism, Information, and Communications along with the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications group, has recently launched Vietn...

The Salt Fields

The Salt Fields

Just north of Nha Trang there is a special place, one that French photographer Thiery Beyne discovered on his motorbike. Words by Nick Ross ...

A Numbers Game

A Numbers Game

A magician says: “Pick a card! Any card!” and you pick the card. Suddenly the number on that card means so much to you. For some reason, it became your number. The number you were born to, even though you didn’t even care about it when you learnt h...

Burning Season

Burning Season

Photos provided by Nikolaj Svennevig, from his series Rice Fields ...

Featured Blogs

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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A Fact of Life

A Fact of Life

The unspoilt view of the Thu Bon River is one of the highlights of stopping by the Sleepy Gecko Chillout Bar in Hoi An. Owner Steve Harrison, who is originally from the north of England and is not a stranger to wet weather, woke to a surprise on the morning of Nov. 16.

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The Noodles

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Cao Lau

Everyone has heard the saying ‘there is something in the water’, but that ‘something’ in Hoi An is the secret ingredient for one of the most delicious dishes in Vietnam.

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Swim for Hoi An Kids

In support of charities supporting vulnerable children in Hoi An, Monster Swim will challenge 60 swimmers to battle the current and the odds on Aug 18 in Hoi An, swimming between one and 10 kilometres along the historic town’s picturesque coastline. The swim culminates in a public finish line at Cua Dai Beach, where spectators can cheer on swimmers as they take their final strokes.

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